Accidents Involving Stop Sign Violations
CAR CRASH ATTORNEYS ASSISTING VICTIMS IN THE COLUMBIA AREA
One of the most common traffic violations that may occur in Missouri is a failure to stop at a stop sign. Unfortunately, failing to yield the right of way may lead to devastating accidents, particularly if a head-on collision or a T-bone collision occurs. When an accident involving a stop sign violation happens, the driver who failed to yield likely will be legally responsible for any injuries and damages that the victims suffer. People who may be affected include occupants of other vehicles involved in the ensuing crash, pedestrians, motorcyclists, and bicyclists. At the Law Office of Matt Uhrig, our dedicated Columbia car accident lawyer has assisted numerous people with seeking the justice that they deserve after a motor vehicle accident, and he is ready to do the same for you.
PROVING LIABILITY FOR AN ACCIDENT INVOLVING A STOP SIGN VIOLATION
Missouri traffic laws specifically require motorists to come to a complete stop at any and all stop signs. These laws are important and must be followed diligently by all drivers to ensure that our roadways are safe. Although it may seem obvious that a driver who failed to stop at a stop sign and who caused a car accident to occur as a result should be legally liable, the burden is on the plaintiff to establish that the defendant failed to use due care at the time of the accident and that this failure was the cause of the injuries that they sustained. One of the common tactics that defendants may use to fight this type of lawsuit is to claim that the stop sign was not clearly visible at the time of the crash because it was covered by foliage or obstructed by other signs. It is critical to clearly document the accident site and to obtain any witness statements that demonstrate that the stop sign was visible at the time of the accident.
There are many reasons why drivers may fail to yield at stop signs. One of the most common is distracted driving, which involves using a cell phone, adjusting the stereo, or engaging in other behaviors that take the motorist’s attention off the roadway. Driving under the influence and reckless driving are other common causes.
After proving that the defendant failed to use due care and failed to comply with applicable traffic laws, the plaintiff must show that this failure was the cause of their injuries. If the defendant can prove that the plaintiff was partially at fault for the collision, the jury will be asked to assign a percentage of fault to the plaintiff. Any damages award in the plaintiff’s favor will then be reduced by this percentage. For example, the defendant may argue that an injured bicyclist failed to stay within clearly marked bike lanes or that a pedestrian was not in a crosswalk at the time of the crash.
Finally, the plaintiff will need to provide documentation substantiating the amount of compensation that they are requesting in the litigation, including any medical bills, lost earnings, and future expenses associated with the accident. These future damages may include ongoing medical care, as well as reduced earning capacity. In the unfortunate circumstance that a victim dies as a result of a collision, Missouri law allows the surviving heirs to bring a wrongful death claim, seeking compensation for funeral and burial expenses as well as pain and suffering and the loss of their loved one’s companionship, love, and support.
CONTACT A SKILLFUL COLUMBIA LAWYER FOR YOUR CAR CRASH CASEC
If you or someone you love has been injured as a result of an accident involving a stop sign violation, Columbia attorney Matt Uhrig is available to assist you. Having represented victims in Jefferson City, Ashland, Columbia, and other areas of Missouri, we can provide you with the compassionate and zealous legal counsel that you deserve. Call us at 573-657-2050 or contact us online to set up a free consultation with a motor vehicle collision lawyer today.