St. Louis Fatal Car Crash Lawyers
Fatal Car Crash Lawyers in St. Louis. Over the past decade, car accident fatalities in Missouri have significantly increased. In 2009, an estimated 878 people were killed in fatal car crashes and this number increased to 921 fatalities in 2018. If your family member has been the victim of a fatal car crash, Eason Law can offer support during this trying time. As a former Golden Gloves Boxer, James Windsor Eason can aggressively fight for your fatal car crash claim and demand the most compensation for your case. For more information on how James Eason and the St. Louis Fatal Car Crash Lawyers at Eason Law can fight for your case, contact our experienced attorneys today.
Top Causes of Fatal Car Crashes in Missouri
While car crash fatalities have decreased in Missouri over the past year (918 in 2018, 932 in 2017), overall, the rate of fatal car crashes has increased. According to reports by the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the leading circumstances involved in fatal crashes include:
- Speeding - Speeding can often cause a driver to lose control of their vehicle and have less time to react to other drivers and objects around them on the road. Driving over the speed limit increases the likelihood of a fatal crash, especially if other types of negligence are involved
- Driving Under the Influence - in 2017 alone, 198 people were killed in fatal car crashes in Missouri that involved drugs or alcohol
- Distracted Driving - distracted driving is one of the top factors involved in car crash injury and wrongful death claims in Missouri. Distracted driving behaviors such as texting and driving, talking on the phone, and using a GPS are such a danger that every day in the U.S., roughly nine people are killed in distracted driving accidents
- Bad Weather - snow, rain, and ice can make it challenging for a driver to remain in control of their vehicle due to decreased visibility, traction, and other factors. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, bad weather is a factor in approximately 15% of fatal car crashes
If your loved one was killed in a fatal car crash, it's essential to gather evidence from the accident, such as a copy of the police report and autopsy, witness reports, and other proof of the at-fault driver's negligence before filing a St. Louis fatal car crash claim with help from an experienced attorney.
Missouri Fatal Car Crash Settlements
If your close family member has been the victim of a fatal car crash, you could be eligible to recover compensation for medical bills, rehabilitation services, lost wages, and other damages related to the accident. Under Missouri's statute of limitations, if a person is killed because of another person's negligence, the victim's surviving spouse, children, parents, or designated heirs can sue for the victim's damages, as well as the family's harm and losses attributed to the accident.
Missouri wrongful death claims must be filed by an eligible family member within two years of the accident and include adequate evidence of the victim's damages (medical expenses and pain and suffering experienced before their death), as well as harm and losses the family suffered due to the loss of a loved one (lost wages, loss of affection, funeral and burial expenses). However, without representation from an attorney, it can be challenging to determine your right to compensation. An experienced attorney can assess whether you can recover compensation on behalf of your deceased loved one, build a compelling wrongful death claim against the at-fault party, and negotiate on behalf of your claim to recover a Missouri fatal car crash settlement that compensates for harm and losses that stemmed from the crash.
Talk to Our St. Louis Fatal Car Crash Lawyers
If your close family member was killed in a fatal speeding, bad weather, or impaired driving accident in Missouri, the aggressive attorneys at Eason Law are ready to take care of your loved one's case from start to finish.
The St. Louis Fatal Car Crash Lawyers at Eason Law have recovered settlements and recoveries for countless victims in Missouri and Illinois and can make sure that you get justice, and the maximum amount of damages, for your loved one's fatal car accident claim. For more information on how the Eason Law Firm can fight for your loved one's fatal car accident case, call 314-932-1066 or contact our experienced attorneys now for a free case review or consultation.
Missouri Statute of Limitation - Wrongful Death; Who Can Sue
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety - Crash Fatality Facts
Missouri State Highway Patrol - Crash Circumstances