Jefferson City Distracted Driving Accidents
Jefferson City is the county seat of Cole County in Missouri and the 15th-largest city in the state. Named the "Most Beautiful Small Town" in the nation by Rand McNally, the city extends partly into Callaway County. Its local economy was adversely affected by the Civil War, but it began to regroup after 1900. In 1924, the present-day Capitol building was dedicated. During the following 40 years, more people left their farms and moved to the city. In 1993, a major flood caused significant damage, but the area recovered towards the end of that decade. Today, it is known for a low cost of living and livability, but like other places, it is the site of auto accidents. If you have been hurt in a car crash caused by a careless Jefferson City motorist, you may want to enlist a knowledgeable attorney. Matt Uhrig has the skill to help you pursue the compensation that you need.Holding Motorists Liable for Distracted Driving
Distracted driving happens when a person is paying attention to something other than the road. Operating a vehicle requires each of us to pay attention to what is happening around us in order to follow traffic laws and avoid harming others. Common examples of distracted driving include eating, texting or calling someone, and checking the map while behind the wheel. All individuals owe a duty of reasonable care to avoid posing foreseeable risks of injury to those who could be affected by their conduct. Thus, any of these actions may be a breach of a driver's duty of care.
The distracted driving also must be the actual and proximate cause of the victim’s injuries to be actionable. "Proximate" cause means that the law recognizes an event as having a close causal connection to its consequences. For example, if a driver is applying make-up and rear-ends the car in front of him or her, that person’s distraction is the proximate cause of the accident. Similarly, if someone feels passionately about a football team, gets into a heated argument with a passenger about the team's recent loss, and runs a stop sign, his or her actions are likely to be found the proximate cause of the crash. However, when an action is too remote, it will not be considered a proximate cause.
After a distracted driving accident, you can sue the at-fault driver for economic and noneconomic damages. Your attorney will explore the full range of your injuries because you can bring only one lawsuit for compensation. In some cases, it can take a long time for the complete extent of your harm to become apparent. If you can prove the distracted driver's negligence, you may be eligible to recover all damages that you can prove, such as medical expenses, out-of-pocket costs, lost wages, property damage, pain and suffering, or loss of enjoyment.Explore Your Options with a Jefferson City Attorney After an Auto Accident
It can be difficult to recover after a serious car crash. In most cases, the at-fault driver's insurer will not offer you the full amount to which you are entitled. Instead, you may be offered a quick settlement in the hopes that you will go away. However, since it can take some time for the full scope of your injuries to be revealed, you should not talk to the insurer or sign anything without talking to your own attorney. An experienced auto accident lawyer can help you pursue compensation for your losses in Jefferson City or elsewhere in Cole or Callaway Counties. Contact the Law Office of Matt Uhrig at (573) 657-2050 or via our online form.