Preserving Your Claim After A Motor Vehicle Accident
What you do in the immediate aftermath of an accident is crucial. If you make a mistake, you could jeopardize a potential personal injury claim. Three of the most common mistakes people make are the following:
- If you feel the urge to “apologize,” don’t. You may feel as though you should apologize, but it could constitute an admission of guilt.
- Refrain from providing an insurance adjuster with a recorded statement until you have an opportunity to talk to a lawyer in order to protect your rights.
- Don’t make the mistake of settling too quickly. The first offer will more than likely be far less than you need and deserve.
These aren’t the only mistakes you could make, however. Contact The Backer Law Firm as soon as possible after your accident to gain an understanding of your rights and to know what steps to take next. Call 816-399-5219 to schedule your free initial consultation at our conveniently located office near the intersection of I-70 and Noland Road in Independence, Missouri.
We represent people throughout Kansas City involved in all kinds of accidents including those involving:
- Drivers impaired by alcohol or drugs
- Drivers who fail to get sufficient sleep or who are chronically sleep deprived
- Drivers distracted by a cellphone, an infotainment system or even lunch
- Drivers going well above the posted speed limit
The Backer Law Firm has your back in just about any scenario in which another driver is negligent and causes a crash.
Negligence And Damages In Missouri
Proving negligence requires establishing the other driver’s duty, the breach of that duty, your injuries and that the other driver’s actions caused your injuries. Once you establish those facts, you must show the court that you suffered damages as a result. Even if the court concludes that your actions contributed to your injuries, you may still pursue and receive damages.
As a “pure” comparative negligence state, Missouri judges may decrease any award by the percentage they believe the injured party is at fault. For example, if the court rules that you were 15 percent responsible for the crash, then your award will be reduced by 15 percent.