A leading cause of injury and death in America is automobile accidents and motor vehicle collisions. According to national statistics, approximately 6,000,000 auto accidents occur each year, causing close to 40,000 fatalities. Broken down by age, crashes are the number one cause of death for every age from 3 through 33. In addition, it is estimated that 1 out of every 5 Americans will be involved in an alcohol-related car crash at some point in their lives according to the NHTSA (National Highway Transportation Safety Administration).
Most auto accident victims never receive the full amount of damages to which they are entitled. The major reason is that, because they don't know the full value of their claim, auto accident victims commonly accept the first offer that an insurance company makes.
By contacting Stuart Law to represent you after an auto accident, you are ensuring fair and just compensation for the losses incurred and injuries suffered due to the wrongful acts and omissions of another driver. We will investigate the accident scene, research the accident and your vehicle along with any other evidence that came into play at the time of your accident. We will stand up for you against any insurance company, wrongdoer, trucking company, or anyone else who has caused you harm. It is our responsibility to make sure your rights are upheld and defended vigorously.
A trucking accident occurs when large trucks (10,000+ lbs.) collide with other vehicles or pedestrians. Around 500,000 trucking accidents occur every year in the United States. Of these, approximately 5,000 trucking accidents result in fatalities. In fact, 1 out of every 8 traffic fatalities involves a trucking accident. Of the fatalities that resulted from truck accidents involving large trucks, 78 percent were occupants in another vehicle, 8 percent were non-occupants, and only 15 percent were occupants of a large truck. Therefore, the majority who suffer as a result of fatal traffic accidents are innocent drivers and passengers just like you. The costs for fatal traffic accidents exceed $20 billion, including $8.7 billion in productivity losses, $2.5 billion in resource costs, and quality of life losses valued at $13.1 billion.
Semi-truck drivers and the companies they work for have a duty to operate their vehicles in a safe and responsible manner. Unsafe driving, oversized loads and various other negligible practices put the public and the truck operators in danger. To protect your legal rights following severe injury or wrongful death resulting from a trucking accident, it is wise to immediately consult an experienced personal injury law firm. Within the first week, important physical evidence can be lost, and witnesses may forget important details. Because our lawyers are intimately familiar with the specific laws and insurance regulations governing the commercial trucking industry, we are able to obtain adequate restitution for victims of this type of injury.
Claims arising from wrecks caused by tractor trailers are much morecomplicated than simple automobile wreck claims. These cases can be very complex, involving governmental entities and large corporations. Our attorneys will work fast to obtain the trucking logs, witness statements, police reports and other important evidence. The Federal Motor Carrier regulations will be reviewed to determine if the company has violated any applicable rules. Trucking experts may be hired to review documents. We will check to see if driver fatigue, overloading, or faulty equipment contributed to the wreck. Some trucking companies hire unqualified drivers, encourage speeding, or overloaded trucks. If these conditions caused or contributed to a wreck, then the trucking company should be responsible
In 2004, more than 4,000 motorcyclists were killed and more than 76,000 were injured in the United States. While motorcycles make up only 2 percent of registered vehicles, they account for 9 percent of total traffic fatalities. Per vehicle mile traveled, motorcyclists were about 32 times more likely than passenger car occupants to die in an accident.
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a motorcycle accident, you should contact an experienced and aggressive Missouri motorcycle accident attorney at Stuart Law immediately. Whether your accident was caused by the negligence of another driver, dangerous roadways, or a defective motorcycle part you have the right to competent legal advice and representation. Depending upon the particulars of your case, you may be able to recover monetary compensation for your injuries, property damage, future losses, medical expenses, and other related costs.
According to the USCG (United States Coast Guard) 2,108 casualties were reported in 2005 resulting from open-vessel collisions. Use of personal watercraft (PWC), otherwise known as “jet-skis” or “waverunners” resulted in 1,072 casualties nationally that same year. Nearly 70 percent of all reported accidents in involved operator-controllable factors and 84 percent of those operators involved in accidents had no boating safety education. The increased use of PWC has presented a new cause for safety concern. PWC are comparable to motorcycles, in that they offer little to no protection for the driver and passenger. Injuries sustained in a PWC accident can be catastrophic, which is why it is critical to contact a competent personal injury attorney to evaluate the particulars of each claim.
In Missouri alone, the number of boats and their use on recreational waters has dramatically increased over the past years. The major lakes of Missouri and the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers account for approximately 275,000 acres with over 8,000 miles of shoreline, not including the numerous tributaries and popular float streams across the state. In 2004, there were 293 boating accidents reported in Missouri, resulting in 126 injuries and 15 fatalities with an additional 19 drownings reported on state waterways. Those figures have undoubted increased however, as popular vacation spots such as Lake of the Ozarks become exceedingly congested.
Every year loved ones across the United States grieve the loss of family members that die as the result of wrongful death. Wrongful death is a type of personal injury which may be caused by many unfortunate accidents, including medical malpractice, nursing home abuse, defective products, and catastrophic automobile accidents.
The unexpected passing of a loved one may leave family members with many expenses, such as hospital bills, and funeral and burial costs. You may be able to receive maximum compensation for these expenses along with the compensation of your loved ones lost wages and the loss of your loved one’s companionship. Compassion, understanding, and excellence are some of the traits that a person should look for in a wrongful death lawyer.