Offering Tenacious Representation to Accident Victims
The personal injury attorneys at The Dixon Injury Firm offer experienced legal representation to victims and their families. It’s our job to help clients recover the maximum amount of compensation possible after an accident. We handle insurance claims and cases in and out of the courtroom. We’ve won over $50 million for clients in Missouri and Illinois.
We provide counsel for cases involving:
- Pedestrian accidents
- Boating accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Car accidents
- Golf cart accidents
- Truck accidents
- Metrolink accidents
- Public transport accidents
- Bus accidents
- Snowmobile accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
Contact The Dixon Injury Firm today for legal representation at no cost – if we don’t win, you don’t pay.
A car or truck accident can irrevocably change your life and the lives of others. As experienced injury lawyers, it’s up to us to make sure the legal process is as smooth and easy as possible.
We are here to answer all of your questions, including:
What do I do if I’m in a car or truck accident? Contact our St. Louis car accident lawyers as soon as possible. The quicker you begin the process, the sooner you get compensated for your loss.
Why would I need a lawyer? Insurers will try to “buy you off” with an easy and quick settlement, which may be tempting if you’re under financial pressure. A qualified attorney will help you add up any damages.
How is reimbursement calculated? Reimbursement includes general and special damages, such as medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, loss of consortium, and other financial factors.
What sort of cases do you focus on? We take cases that involve workers’ compensation, opioids, vehicle accidents, general injuries, and others.
An Overview of Motor Vehicle Accident Claims
Our accident lawyers provide top-notch representation to injury victims and their families in Missouri and Illinois.
If you’re involved in some sort of accident, there are a number of important things to keep in mind:
According to the BJS, nearly half of all personal injury claims involve motor vehicle accidents. Only 15% of cases involve medical malpractice, 5% to product liability, and the rest are considered “other claims.”
The average compensation for injury claims is more than $31,000. Reimbursement is based on damages such as loss of consortium, medical expenses, pain and suffering, and lost wages. Some cases can be worth millions if you hire an experienced injury lawyer.
The Centers for Disease Control claims that upwards of 35,000 people are killed in motor vehicle accidents annually.
“Tort” cases only make up a fraction of civil case filings. Torts are civil cases involving personal injuries such as premise liability, a truck accident, or some other injury that has a financial impact on the victim and their family.
Having settled over $50 million for clients, Chris Dixon and the St. Louis injury lawyers have the experience you need to win the maximum amount of reimbursement.
Do I Need a Car Accident Lawyer?
As a top accident firm in the Metro St. Louis, area, Chris Dixon has proven time and time again his ability to do what is best for his clients. Nearly 40 million people each year suffer mild-to-severe accidents that may impact their lives. Starting a claim can help you recover.
You probably have a personal injury case and will need an accident lawyer if:
You’re unable to work due to an injury
You were injured on someone else’s premises
A family member died by a negligent party
An injury prohibits you from doing normal activities
An insurance company offers you a fast settlement
The last point is crucial. Often, after an incident, the negligent party’s insurance company will offer you what may appear to be a fair settlement. Accepting or rejecting a settlement offer can mean the difference between a fast payout and hundreds of thousands of dollars.
If you want a team that is prepared to fight for you, feel free to call us at (314) 208-2808 today for a free case review and more information. We serve the greater St. Louis and Southern Illinois area.
Recoverable Damages After a Vehicle-Related Accident
In any one of these accidents, there are a couple of ways to figure out fair compensation. The damages you can claim after a car accident depend on who was involved, if there were any fatalities, where/how the accident occurred, and other situations.
Our St. Louis auto accident attorneys will consider general and special damages to figure out what victims are owed in regard to reimbursement. These include:
Comparative fault: Certain states (like Missouri) use Comparative fault, where a plaintiff may only be partially at fault. This means the defendant would pay a percentage based on comparative fault.
Liability: Who is liable? If you’re hit by a big rig, who pays? You need to look into who owns the truck, their insurers, and other factors.
Pain and suffering: When you calculate your damages, pain and suffering can be one of the more difficult factors to adjust for. To start with, pain and suffering accounts for post-accident recovery and stress. This can include general damages such as chronic pain, anxiety, depression, PTSD, and other lasting mental and physical injuries. Loss of consortium or enjoyment are other damages to consider.
Medical expenses: If you’re injured, it is absolutely critical to document any and all of your medical expenses. This includes medication, any surgeries you may need, rehab, and other factors and long-term health effects.
Lost wages: Being in a car or truck accident may mean taking time off of work. When you add in expenses like rehab and medical bills, a couple of lost paychecks can add up. Our St. Louis car accident attorneys will account for lost wages in addition to any loss of career advancement or earning potential. Read more about calculating lost income here.
Property damage: Was your car totaled? Were other vehicles involved? Property damage may extend to repair costs are replacements based on fair market value. “Property” also includes damaged phones, jewelry, watches, and other personal property.
Out-of-pocket expenses: Everything from carpooling expenses, fees for a nanny, transportation to and from a hospital, and even gas money can be added to special damages.
To justify any claim to damages like emotional distress, lost wages, and pain and suffering, it’s absolutely critical to document everything. You need to request medical records and police reports, keep track of expenses, gather photos and witness testimonies, and even document your recovery process and emotional well-being. A member of our team can help you gather all of these documents to support your claim. You’ll need all the information you can get to convince claims adjusters and courts that you suffered monetary damages because of an accident.
Settlements for vehicle-related accidents vary based on a variety of factors. For example, drowsy driving is linked to upwards of 72,000 crashes and nearly 1,000 deaths each year.
A few of the most common types of vehicle-related accidents involve:
- Drugs and alcohol
- Bad weather
- Road hazards
- Speeding accidents
- Failure to yield
- Big rigs
- Teen car accidents
- Road construction
- Hit and runs
- Tire blowouts
- Texting and driving
- Driver fatigue
- Overloaded trucks
Additional types of commercial truck crashes often involve failure to maintain the vehicle, sideswipes, distracted driving, passenger vehicle drivers, and speeding.
One of the most important jobs for an accident attorney is to prove fault and negligence.
There are 4 basic elements of negligence that need to be proved. These include:
The “Duty of Care” refers to anyone’s responsibility moral contract between them and others. Citizens are legally and morally expected to act in certain ways. For example, a landlord would have a responsibility to make sure railings on staircases are secure.
A “Breach” is when that person knows the duty of care and fails to act. A good example of this is when someone ignores a yield sign and drives through an intersection.
“Causation” is determining who is actually responsible for breaching duty of care. An accident happens because someone failed to act responsibly. Consider a car salesman that doesn’t salt an icy walkway and someone slips and falls. The proprietor is responsible because it’s reasonable they would have steps to avoid that accident.
The final step in proving if you have a case or claim is deciding “Damages.” You probably don’t have a claim if you stub your toe. There need to be financial repercussions. Compensation for personal injuries varies on a number of factors. Once you prove the defendant is negligent, they will look at the expenses caused by the breach of duty of care.
The accident lawyers at The Dixon Injury Firm help clients and their families with the entire legal process. This includes gathering evidence, submitting claims, and countering settlement offers.