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St. Louis Auto Accident Lawyer Helps Victims of Car, Truck, and Motorcycle Crashes

More than 30 years assisting those hurt in Missouri vehicle crashes

St. Louis enjoys the special distinction of being the Gateway to the West, but the city’s appeal goes well beyond its iconic arch and replica steamboats. As a center of baseball and blues, art and learning, St. Louis has amenities for residents and visitors of all ages and interests.

St. Louis also has some of the most dangerous intersections in the state, including Jefferson Avenue at I-44, Salisbury Street at I-70, and Kings highway Blvd. at I-64. If you’ve been seriously injured in an auto accident, the Guirl Law Firm knows that this is a difficult time for you and your family, and we do all we can to ease the stress of your medical and legal recovery. Attorney James N. Guirl, II founded the firm to help victims of injury in St. Louis and throughout Missouri. With more than 30 years of experience, and a commitment to treating you like a person, not a case number, we get results.

What to do if you are involved in a car accident in St. Louis

If you are involved in an car wreck, your first priority should be getting yourself and any passengers to safety. Contact the police and seek medical treatment, whether you think you are injured or not. Getting checked out creates a medical record linking your injuries to the accident. If you put off getting attention for an injury because it seems like “no big deal” at the time, a defendant driver can claim that a subsequent event caused your injuries. Finally, always contact an experienced injury attorney like James N. Guirl II before speaking to insurance company representatives. With a sole focus on personal injury, we are able to help you understand exactly what to do after a car accident.

Insurance issues after a car crash in Missouri

Most automobile injury cases settle through negotiations with an insurance company. But insurance adjusters are more interested in limiting the company’s loss than in paying full and fair compensation. Attempting to handle your claim without an attorney usually results in a significantly lower recovery even after accounting for attorney fees.

Missouri law requires drivers to carry liability insurance in the following amounts:

  • $25,000 for bodily injury for one person per accident
  • $50,000 for bodily injury for all persons in a single accident
  • $10,000 for property damage per accident

Despite the legal requirement to carry insurance, you could find yourself in a dispute with a driver who has no insurance, further complicating your claim. You may have to file a claim with your own insurance company under your uninsured motorist coverage, as well as a civil lawsuit against the at-fault driver.

Vast experience with a wide variety of traffic collisions

The Guirl Law Firm has experience with a broad array of collision types:

  • Rear-end collisions
  • Side-impact collisions
  • Head-on collisions
  • Rollovers
  • Single car accidents

Each crash scenario creates a different challenge when it comes to proving liability for your personal injuries. Only trust your case to an accident lawyer with experience and a track record of positive results.

Common causes of injuries in car accidents

Car accidents in St. Louis caused 172 serious injuries and 50 deaths in 2015 alone. The leading causes of fatal crashes in St. Louis from 2013 to 2015 were:

  • Aggressive driving/speeding — 58
  • Alcohol or drugs — 12
  • Driving too fast for conditions — 12
  • Distraction or inattention — 10

Other common causes of accidents include running a red light or stop sign, following too closely, and failing to yield the right of way.

Accidents at higher speeds naturally cause the greatest harm. Our law firm has helped victims with car accident injuries including broken bones, burns, head trauma, internal organ damage, injuries to the back, neck and spine, and wrongful death.

Truck and motorcycle accidents in the St. Louis area

St. Louis is a major commercial hub for the Midwest, so commercial truck traffic is high throughout the area. Tractor trailers have enormous destructive potential, especially at highway speeds. Despite state and federal regulations on maintaining safe equipment and ensuring that truck drivers are qualified and ready to perform, many trucking companies are lax in following the rules. Too often, trucks involved in accidents have been on the road despite safety violations. Nevertheless, there are always issues of fact that must be resolved in a trucking accident case, and insurance companies defend these cases aggressively in an effort to deny or limit your recovery.

Because of traffic congestion in the metro area, many people choose to ride motorcycles rather than drive. While motorcycles allow for greater freedom and economy, injuries from accidents are much more severe for riders than for passenger car drivers.

Commercial truck accidents and motorcycle crashes can produce catastrophic injuries, leaving you with a long road to recovery or permanent disability. To get the full compensation you deserve, trust truck accident Attorney James N. Guirl II to fight for your rights.

Call today to get help from a committed and experienced St. Louis auto accident attorney

Although we are able to settle most car and truck accident cases, we never accept less than you deserve for your injuries. Attorney James N. Guirl II goes toe-to-toe with the insurance companies to maximize your compensation through negotiations, arbitration, or trial. To get justice for your motor vehicle crash injuries, call the Guirl Law Firm any time, 24 hours a day at 314-391-2585 or contact us online to schedule your free initial consultation. Our office is conveniently located in the heart of downtown St. Louis at 1010 Market Street, just two blocks from the Gateway Mall.

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