Built in the forests and prairies, Columbia is the county seat of Boone County, Missouri. With a population of about 115,000 residents and a progressive college town atmosphere, it is home to the University of Missouri. Some have nicknamed the city the "Athens of Missouri." Columbia is home to significant wildlife, including coyotes, deer, opossums, raccoons, and rabbits. It is located on the Mississippi Flyway, a bird migration route that follows the Mississippi River. Like other cities in Missouri and throughout the country, car accidents often happen in Columbia. If you are injured in a motor vehicle collision, an experienced attorney can fight for the compensation you deserve. Matt Uhrig has helped many individuals from across Boone County hold accountable those who harmed them.Liability for Car Crashes in Missouri
After you are hurt in an accident, you may rack up significant medical bills and suffer pain and discomfort. You may need time off work to recover. When a crash is particularly serious, you may suffer permanent injuries and have to participate in vocational rehabilitation. In most cases, you will need to prove the other driver's negligence in order to recover compensation for all your losses.
Negligence has the following elements in Missouri: duty, breach of duty, actual and proximate causation, and damages. All drivers owe a duty to use reasonable care to avoid the risk of unnecessary harm to others with whom they share the road. This obligation can be breached when a driver engages in behavior such as distracted driving, failing to yield, aggressive driving, drunk driving, and any other situations when he or she does not act as a reasonably prudent driver would.
"Proximate cause" means that an action is legally the cause of the accident. In some cases, an event contributes to the harm but is not sufficiently foreseeable to meet the causation requirement. For example, if a driver has a sudden heart attack on the freeway and swerves across the lanes, causing other cars to keep their distance and resulting in the victim’s vehicle stopping suddenly and getting rear-ended by a bus, the heart attack is probably too remote to be the proximate cause of the accident, even though it may have contributed to the chain of events that led up to it.
If an injured person is able to establish negligence, he or she can potentially recover compensation from any defendant held liable. This can include medical expenses, out-of-pocket costs, loss of enjoyment, loss of consortium, pain and suffering, and lost income.Discuss Your Accident Case with a Columbia Attorney
If you are hurt by a careless driver near Columbia, it is important to seek the advice of an experienced auto accident lawyer. It is rare for a defendant's insurer or attorney to concede liability or offer you the full value of your claim. However, it helps to have a tenacious advocate who understands the law and how to investigate the facts of your case. Unlike the defendant's insurer, your attorney is on your side and wants you to obtain the largest recovery possible for the harm that was done to you. Contact the Law Office of Matt Uhrig at (573) 657-2050 or via our online form.