Side Impact Accidents
No matter how safely you drive, you can be involved in a devastating collision. One of the most common types of car accidents is a side impact crash, which occurs when another driver’s vehicle makes contact with the side of your vehicle. At the Law Office of Matt Uhrig, we know just how painful the consequences of a severe side impact crash can be. Our car accident attorneys can give Columbia residents and others the compassionate and aggressive counsel that they need to pursue compensation.Hold a Negligent Driver Responsible for Your Injuries
Missouri law requires the plaintiff in a personal injury lawsuit to show that the defendant, usually another driver, was operating his or her vehicle negligently. Negligence has four elements: duty, breach, causation, and damages. To satisfy the first element, the plaintiff must show that the defendant owed the victim a duty of reasonable care. In general, this obligation requires each of us to operate our vehicles in the same way that a reasonably prudent driver would handle them in the same or similar circumstances.
The second element of the claim requires the plaintiff to show that the defendant breached that duty of care with some negligent or reckless conduct. In the context of a side impact collision, the defendant typically breaches the standard of care by failing to yield the right of way, failing to adhere to a red light, or by weaving out of the proper lane. Many side impact accidents happen in intersections and parking lots.
Next, the victim must show that he or she would not have been hurt but for the defendant’s failure to adhere to the appropriate standard of care and that the accident was a foreseeable result of the careless conduct. The fourth element, damages, requires the plaintiff to show the extent of his or her costs and losses. Common categories of compensation that a victim may be able to recover in a side impact accident often include medical expenses, physical therapy, lost wages, loss of future earning capacity, vehicle repairs, and pain and suffering.
At high speeds, side impact collisions can result in severe injuries, including spinal cord damage, brain trauma, broken bones, and deep tissue bruising. According to Missouri law, in some situations the spouse of the victim may bring a claim for loss of consortium, which recognizes the pain and suffering that the spouse experienced as a result of the harm to their loved one.Discuss Your Motor Vehicle Collision with a Jefferson City Attorney
Being the victim of another driver’s carelessness can be one of the most stressful experiences that you can endure. At the Law Office of Matt Uhrig, our injury lawyers have handled a wide variety of claims for individuals in Jefferson City and other communities throughout Missouri, such as Ashland and Columbia. If you or someone you know has been hurt in a side impact accident, you may be entitled to damages. We know this is a difficult, potentially life-changing event, and we are prepared to aggressively assert your rights. Call us at (573) 657-2050 or contact us online to set up a free initial consultation.