Jefferson City Car Accidents
Jefferson City is the county seat of Cole County, Missouri, although a part of it is in Callaway County. Before it was settled, an ancient group known as the Mound People lived in the area surrounding the city. Later, the Osage Indians lived there. In 1673, Frenchmen explored the area, and subsequently settlers began arriving along the Ohio River. The city was named for United States President Thomas Jefferson, and it was created in order to serve as the state capital. When you are hurt in a car accident, you may need significant medical care and to take time off work. In the case of catastrophic injury, you may not be able to work again. Thus, it is important to retain a dedicated motor vehicle collision attorney to fight for your right to compensation after a crash near Jefferson City. Matt Uhrig understands the nuances of this area of the law and can evaluate whether you may have a claim.Protect Your Rights Through a Negligence Lawsuit
Most car crashes are the result of carelessness, rather than intentional misconduct. To prove negligence, a victim must show that the defendant owed him or her a duty of care. Usually in a car accident case, this is relatively straightforward to establish because all individuals must use reasonable precautions to avoid unnecessary risks of harm to others on the road. The victim also will need to prove that the defendant breached the duty of care, that the breach actually and proximately caused the accident, and that he or she incurred damages as a result.
A defendant can breach the duty of care in a variety of ways, including by driving drunk, texting behind the wheel, disobeying a traffic signal, or speeding. If a person’s breach of the duty occurs too remotely from the accident, it may not be considered the "proximate" or legal cause of the accident. For example, if a defendant accidentally drives off the road, causing other motorists to rubberneck to see what is happening, and an uninsured driver plows into the back of the victim’s car half a mile behind, driving off the road may not be sufficiently foreseeable to meet this requirement. Instead, the uninsured motorist’s rear-ending of the victim’s car may be the proximate cause.
Most recoveries are made against an insurance policy. What if the defendant is uninsured? In that case, your attorney will look for other sources of compensation. It may be necessary to file an uninsured motorist claim against your own insurer.Seek Guidance for Your Auto Accident Claim from a Jefferson City Attorney
Recovering compensation after suffering injuries in a car accident is not always straightforward. Often, insurers or defense attorneys will try to find a way to blame the victim for the crash, even when an insured defendant was clearly at fault, in order to reduce the damages award. However, a skilled auto accident lawyer can help you assert your right to compensation in Jefferson City or elsewhere in Callaway or Cole Counties. Your advocate can assist you either by negotiating a settlement with insurers or taking your case to trial. Contact the Law Office of Matt Uhrig at (573) 657-2050 or via our online form.