Nearly 50,000 motorists are injured each year on Missouri roads. While most of these vehicle accidents are easily sorted out by the parties’ respective insurance companies, others require the guidance and knowledge of a car accident lawyer. St. Louis motorists injured automobile accidents have long relied on the expertise and representation of Byrnes Law Firm. We fight for our clients’ rights. And, we know that in auto injury claims — as in many personal injury claims — it is about the money. Having that extra money in your bank account will not reverse the damage that has been done, but it can help with missed time away from work, medical bills, as well as bring some sense of relief for the pain and suffering you have endured.
You may have seen a recent KMOV4 story about a St. Louis County man who nearly lost his home due to a a clerical error related to a vehicle accident from over three decades ago. At 18, Donald Eckhard suffered a brain injury resulting from a motor vehicle accident. Flash forward more than 30 years later and the man nearly lost his home (which is paid off) due to a lapse in lapse in tax payments. The reason the taxes were not paid was due to a clerical error that made it difficult for Donald to access funds set aside after his catastrophic injury. While certainly not the norm, this case does demonstrate how auto accident injuries continue to have repercussions decades after the fact.
If you pay close attention to injury attorney advertisements, it would seem that any type of auto accident injury is cause to dial up an attorney. But, in reality, only under certain circumstances do you really need the assistance of a personal injury attorney. Here are a few situations in which you should contact an injury attorney following a motor vehicle accident:
You should also seek the advice of an auto accident attorney if there are circumstances that require special considerations. For instance, you may serve as an informal caregiver to a loved one, and following your auto accident injury, you are no longer able to care for your loved one. There are also catastrophic injuries that require a lifetime of care. According to Share Care, the average cost to care for someone with a spinal column injury is around $148,000 per year. Is your family ready to shoulder those costs?
Now that we’ve outlined when you should contact an attorney, it’s worth mentioning some circumstances in which it is not worth your time (or money) to contact a personal injury lawyer following an auto accident. In most vehicle injury cases, you do not need an attorney if:
If your injury isn’t severe and you have the time to study the ways to represent yourself, you can technically file suit against the insurance company, thereby saving yourself the cost of hiring a lawyer. But, this approach is not for everyone and it will likely be worth your while to at least contact an attorney for a free consultation regarding your injury.
In a single moment, a traffic accident can change the entire course of a person’s life. The victim’s family and business can also be drastically affected — especially if the victim is disabled permanently due to paralysis, traumatic brain injury, or other catastrophic injury requiring rehabilitation or continuous care.
The St. Louis auto accident lawyer at Byrnes Law Firm has an extensive history of obtaining large settlements for individuals injured in car, truck, motorcycle, and commercial vehicle accidents. To schedule a free consultation with Bill Byrnes of Byrnes Law Firm, call us today at 636-896-4300. The consultation is absolutely free and there is no obligation, but the information we provide may be invaluable to your case.
Again, you should not be subjected to a field sobriety test without an attorney present. Field sobriety tests are designed to make you fail, especially if you have naturally poor balance and coordination, or are nervous while taking the test.
The officer will likely inform you that you will be surrendering your license by refusing to comply, but what the officer will not reveal to you is that refusal to comply is not an admission of guilt, and in many instances, your attorney will be able to work out a deal with the prosecutor (especially if it’s your first offense) that will allow you to keep your driver’s license — something that is especially important for CDL drivers and those who rely on their vehicles to go between work and home.