Accidents Caused by Traffic Signal Violations
EXPERIENCED COLUMBIA LAWYER HELPING VICTIMS OF CAR ACCIDENTS
If you’ve been involved in a motor vehicle accident you can bring a personal injury claim against the individual responsible for your injuries. Knowing whether or not you have a claim and the right way to go about protecting your rights can be incredibly confusing. There are a wide variety of car accident types, including drunk driving accidents, reckless driving accidents, and accidents resulting from traffic signal violations. Attorney Matt Uhrig is an experienced Columbia car accident lawyer who is dedicated to helping victims seek the justice that they deserve.
ESTABLISHING LIABILITY AFTER A CAR COLLISION
Missouri law requires all drivers to operate their vehicles with “the highest degree of care.” This standard has been defined as using the same level of ordinary skill and care that a prudent and reasonable driver would use if faced with a similar situation. When it comes to traffic signal violations, prudent drivers obey the law at all times and follow the many traffic laws that apply to our roadways. This includes yielding the right of way, not entering an intersection against a red light, and paying attention. Many drivers become distracted, either texting or talking on the phone while operating a motor vehicle. Missouri bans drivers age 21 and younger from texting while behind the wheel. If a driver fails to yield the right of way or fails to pay attention, it can have devastating consequences including t-bone collisions, rear end collisions, and serious injuries to other motorists, pedestrians, or bicyclists.
To recover compensation in a negligence action, the plaintiff must show that the defendant breached the standard of care and that he or she suffered injuries as a result of this breach. One way to show negligence is by using a doctrine called negligence per se. This doctrine allows the plaintiff to assert a rebuttable presumption of negligence where the defendant violated a statute at the time of the collision. This includes the many Missouri traffic laws, outlined in Missouri Revised Statutes Chapter 304, requiring drivers to use turn signals and headlights, follow the speed limit, and yield the right of way. Next, the plaintiff must demonstrate that the defendant’s breach was the direct cause of the injuries that he or she sustained. This can be accomplished through a variety of tactics including an accident report prepared by the police or an accident reconstructionist. Finally, the plaintiff will be asked to submit documentation supporting the amount of damages that he or she is claiming, like medical bills, physical therapy expenses, missed wages, and loss of future earning capacity.
OBTAIN LEGAL GUIDANCE FROM A DEDICATED CAR ACCIDENT ATTORNEY IN COLUMBIA
At the Law Office of Matt Uhrig, we treat each client with the dedicated, focused, and personalized legal counsel that they deserve. For many of our clients, a personal injury is their first experience with the legal system, which can seem overwhelming and confusing. We will guide you through each phase of the litigation, from gathering evidence to filing an insurance claim to retaining witnesses. Proudly serving clients in Columbia, Jefferson City, and Ashland, we offer a free consultation to help you learn about how we may be able to help you. Call us now at 573-657-2050 or contact us online to set up your free consultation with a motor vehicle accident lawyer today.