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Causes of Car Accidents in Missouri

Causes of Car Accidents in St. Louis, Missouri

St. Louis auto accident attorney representing injury victims and their families after a vehicle wreck

Most of us ride in a car every day. Because we usually get home safe, we forget how dangerous driving truly is. There are an endless number of hazards on the road caused by drivers, road conditions, weather, highway design and even our own vehicles. When an accident is caused by the actions or negligence of a person or a company, the Guirl Law Firm in St. Louis seeks justice for those who have been injured. Our firm has held drivers accountable for all types of dangerous driving and has helped our clients recover compensation from insurance companies for all types of injuries.

Dangers caused by Missouri drivers

Some of the most common causes of auto accidents are actions by other drivers on the road. These dangerous behaviors include:

  • Distracted driving. Many drivers aren’t aware of their surroundings. This is frequently because they are texting or talking on a cell phone. Drivers can also be distracted by their own passengers, their radio, food or other electronic devices. Our firm holds these negligent drivers accountable for the injuries they cause.
  • Speeding. Some people are only focused on themselves and getting to their destination quickly. This leads them to drive faster than they should. Speeding causes accidents and makes damage worse. When a speeding driver disregards the safety of everyone else on the road and causes injuries, we seek to make them pay.
  • Failing to obey traffic laws. In addition to speed limits, there are many other ways to violate the law while driving. Drivers who ignore traffic signals, fail to use blinkers or tailgate other drivers can all cause accidents.
  • Driving while intoxicated (DWI). Missouri law prohibits adult drivers from operating a vehicle with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.08% or higher. Minors cannot operate a vehicle if their BAC is 0.02 or above. Drunk driving impairs coordination, reaction time and decision making. Drunk drivers who cause an accident face criminal prosecution as well as the possibility of punitive damages in a civil lawsuit.

Our firm seeks compensation for St. Louis car accident victims, regardless of the cause.

Other hazards on Missouri roads

In addition to negligent drivers, accidents can be caused by defects in roads or cars. Our firm helps accident victims bring governmental liability claims when poor road design or poor road maintenance is responsible for their injury. We also represent injury victims in products liability claims against car and truck manufacturers when a defect made a vehicle unsafe for use.

Getting compensation for St. Louis car accident injuries

Any type of vehicle accident can result in catastrophic injuries. Some of the most frequent types of injury associated with Missouri car wrecks include:

  • Broken bones
  • Burns
  • Internal bleeding and organ damage
  • Nerve damage and paralysis
  • Back, neck and spine injury
  • Head injury and brain damage

Our firm knows exactly what to do after a car accident. By working with accident reconstruction experts and medical experts, our attorney is able to pursue the highest recovery possible for our clients. We negotiate aggressively in settlement talks with insurance companies and have decades of experience litigating clients’ claims in court. We have helped countless clients receive a larger settlement than the insurance company originally offered them.

Trust us to help you deal with insurance companies after a Missouri car crash

If you or a family member has suffered injuries in a St. Louis car accident, you need an experienced car accident attorney you can trust. At the Guirl Law Firm, we have a reputation for getting injury victims justice. Our firm only handles accident and injury claims so that we can devote our full resources to helping those who have been hurt. To schedule a free consultation, call our 24-hour hotline at 314-391-2585 or contact us online.


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