Jefferson City Failure to Yield Accidents
Jefferson City is located in Missouri and is the capital of the state. It was incorporated as a city in 1839. During its early years, a plague of cholera infected its residents. The Civil War created significant strife for the city, and decades passed before it recovered. It began expanding again in 1875 with the adoption of the Missouri Constitution. Some famous current and former residents include Cedric the Entertainer, Representative Blaine Luetkemeyer, Arthur Frommer, and former NFL running back Charlie Brown. Like other regions across America, Jefferson City has its share of auto accidents. If you are hurt in a car crash, capable attorney Matt Uhrig can help you pursue the compensation you need.Failure to Yield Accidents in Missouri
Failure to yield accidents, also known as right of way collisions, may happen when a driver fails to yield the right of way when he or she has a duty to do so and causes a collision. All of us owe a duty to yield to other motorists in specific circumstances. For example, someone making a left turn must yield to oncoming traffic. Similarly, a driver merging onto the freeway must give the right of way to the cars who are already there.
To prevail in a lawsuit against a negligent driver, you will need to show the defendant's duty of care, a breach of this duty, actual and proximate causation, and quantifiable damages. These can extend to both economic and noneconomic forms of harm, ranging from hospital bills, lost wages, and property damage to pain and suffering. If you are unable to establish each of these elements by a preponderance of the evidence, you will not be able to recover compensation. For example, you will need to show that the accident would not have happened if not for the defendant’s carelessness to satisfy the causation requirement.
Since Missouri follows the rule of pure comparative negligence, your recovery will be reduced by your own percentage of fault if you were partly responsible for the crash in some way. The defendant's insurer or attorney may try to pin the blame for the collision on you.
Sometimes, it can be difficult to prove that the other driver failed to yield the right of way, particularly if the defendant insists that he or she did nothing wrong. An experienced attorney can retain a car accident reconstruction expert if necessary to prove the other car failed to yield. The expert can review debris, the damage to both cars, skid marks on the road, and witness testimony to prove the other driver's fault.Consult a Jefferson City Attorney After a Motor Vehicle Collision
After a serious accident, you may need to take time off work and visit your doctor frequently. You may have difficulty spending time with family and doing activities you used to do, such as going on walks, participating in sports, or going dancing with your spouse. Your injuries may ruin your quality of life, all because another driver failed to act with reasonable care. If you are hurt in a Jefferson City car accident, you may need a knowledgeable motor vehicle collision lawyer to help you seek compensation. Contact the Law Office of Matt Uhrig at (573) 657-2050 or via our online form. We serve clients in Cole and Callaway Counties, among other areas.