Sikeston Car Accidents
Personal Injury Lawyers Serving Sikeston and Beyond
Sikeston is located in both Scott County and New Madrid County. The city lies at the intersection of several major roadways, including U.S. Interstates 55 and 57 and U.S. Route 60. Sikeston is close to the halfway point between Memphis and St. Louis, and is just three hours away from Nashville. Many associate Sikeston with nearby Lambert’s Cafe, home of the famous “Throwed Rolls.” Given the combination of several attractions and popular roadways, Sikeston sees its fair share of traffic collisions. If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, contact the Sikeston car accident attorneys at Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz to learn about your legal rights and how we can protect them on your behalf.
Proving Liability in a Car Wreck Case in Missouri
Many auto accident cases center around the legal concept of negligence, which can generally be defined as the failure to exercise a reasonable standard of care in carrying out conduct. In the auto accident context, examples of negligence come in a wide range of forms. In addition to showing the defendant acted negligently, an injured plaintiff must also show causation, or that the defendant’s conduct caused the injuries or damages. Missouri juries have determined all of the following may constitute negligent or careless conduct:
- Failing to stop at a stop sign
- Running a red light
- Drinking and driving
- Making an improper turn
- Distracted driving
- Negligent entrustment of the vehicle
- Driving while fatigued
Often, a defendant will argue that the injured plaintiff was partially, or perhaps entirely, at fault for the accident. This concept is known as comparative negligence. Different states maintain different laws on when a plaintiff’s negligent conduct can reduce the damages awarded. In Missouri, for example, a plaintiff’s own negligence will not completely foreclose the plaintiff’s ability to recover damages. A plaintiff’s damages, however, will be reduced in proportion to his or her degree of responsibility. For example, if the plaintiff is found to be 20% at fault, he or she will receive 80% of the damages awarded.
With comparative fault laws in play, hiring a car accident lawyer in the Sikeston area can make a significant difference in the amount of your recovery. Our legal team can get started on your case immediately, as we understand the importance of gathering evidence to prove your case. Obtaining critical evidence can come from reviewing police reports, speaking with witnesses, visiting the crash scene, requesting photographs, and consulting with experts, if necessary.
Types of Damages Awarded in Missouri Car Accident Cases
Damages come in a variety of forms. Generally, damages are separated into three categories: economic, non-economic, and punitive. Economic damages include out of pocket expenditures and more easily quantifiable damages. A common type of economic damages is medical expenses, including the costs of hospital visits, prescription medications, and rehabilitative therapy. Many car accident victims in Sikeston require prompt treatment at a hospital, such as Missouri Delta Medical Center, or their primary care physician. Other examples include loss of wages from missing work and the costs of repairing one’s vehicle. A car accident attorney can help Sikeston residents pursue all of these damages.
Non-economic damages encompass items such as pain and suffering, emotional distress, and loss of enjoyment of life. These damages are individual to each victim, as accidents affect each victim in a different manner in terms of their hobbies and being able to carry out activities of daily living such as grooming, household chores, and being with family. Finally, punitive damages, though not as common, serve to punish particularly egregious behavior, such as drunk driving. If necessary, our firm can retain expert witnesses to investigate your situation and testify on your behalf regarding damages sustained.
Protect Your Legal Rights By Calling Our Attorneys Today
The dedicated Sikeston car accident lawyers at Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz have over 30 years of experience handling personal injury cases of all kinds. In addition to auto accident cases, we help people injured in truck accidents, pedestrian accidents, and motorcycle crashes. We have recovered over $1.5 billion in compensation for our clients across Missouri, Tennessee, Mississippi, Arkansas, and Kentucky, including communities such as Sikeston, Morehouse, Baker, Benton, and Kewanee. You can begin the road to recovery with just one call. To set up a free consultation, contact our office toll-free at 800-529-4004 or complete our online form. We are available 24/7 to help. Let us show you why NST is the way to go.