Improper Passing Accidents
Many of us know what it is like to be in a hurry or late for an important event. Unfortunately, in some instances, motorists use this as an excuse to operate their vehicles in a dangerous manner and to disregard the safety of other drivers and pedestrians. Perhaps one of the leading causes of motor vehicle accidents is improper passing, which may occur anywhere, including on a highway or in a residential area. Dedicated Columbia car accident lawyer Matt Uhrig has assisted many victims and their families with seeking compensation under Missouri law after an improper passing accident.Establishing Liability in an Improper Passing Accident Case
To recover compensation from a careless driver, a victim may bring a negligence case against them. In general, the law of negligence requires each of us to use the same skill and care that a reasonable driver would use if faced with a similar set of circumstances. The first step in pursuing compensation requires a plaintiff to show that the defendant failed to operate their vehicle with the appropriate care. This standard encompasses all of the traffic rules and regulations that apply to drivers. For example, Missouri Revised Statutes Section 304.016 describes how drivers must handle passing other motorists. In general, drivers are required to pass on the left side of other vehicles and may only return to the original lane once they have safely and clearly overtaken the other vehicle. Additionally, the driver of an overtaken vehicle must yield the right of way to a driver who is passing. Other rules require drivers to use appropriate signals when passing and to only pass when the roadway is clear.
After showing that the defendant operated their vehicle in a negligent manner, the plaintiff must next prove that this negligence was the direct cause of the injuries that they sustained. In other words, the plaintiff must show that they would not have been injured had the defendant driven according to the standard of care. Finally, the plaintiff will be asked to provide evidence supporting the amount of compensation that they are claiming in the lawsuit. Common categories of damages that may be available to an injured plaintiff include medical bills, physical therapy costs, lost earning capacity, property damage, and pain and suffering.Retain a Dedicated Columbia Lawyer for Your Car Accident Case
At the Law Offices of Matt Uhrig, we have witnessed firsthand how devastating and life-altering a car accident may be for a victim and their family. As a result, we ensure that each of our clients receives the personalized, compassionate, and vigorous legal representation that they deserve. Columbia attorney Matt Uhrig provides a free consultation so that you can learn more about the legal process, your rights, and how we may be able to assist you during this stressful and uncertain time. To get started, call us at 573-657-2050 or contact us online to set up your appointment with a motor vehicle collision attorney. We also represent victims of improper passing accidents and their families in other Missouri communities, such as Jefferson City and Ashland.