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What does it mean to settle a personal injury case?

If you have a premises liability claim filed against you in Missouri, the chances are fairly good that you will settle your case. According to the American Bar Association, settling a case simply means coming to an agreement with the other party without needing to involve a judge. Many cases end with a settlement instead of a judgment.

When you settle your case, it means you agree to pay the other person a certain amount of money if he or she drops the case against you. The other person must agree to stop pursuing the lawsuit under the settlement agreement.

Attempt to evade authorities leads to fatal Mo. motorcycle crash

When motorists in Missouri see the flashing lights of an emergency vehicle, the best thing to do in the interest of everybody's safety, including that of the motorist, is to pull over to the side of the road. A motorcyclist in Springfield who allegedly attempted to evade authorities who tried to pull him over for speeding is now dead after a collision with a car. 

The collision happened at the intersection of Main Avenue and Chestnut Expressway in Springfield. The driver of the vehicle sustained no injuries in the crash when the motorcyclist allegedly sped into the intersection, running a red light, and struck the vehicle. Part of the motorcycle became pinned under the car as the motorcyclist died at the scene.

State sees spike in accident fatalities

As the holiday season is now in full swing, residents all across Missouri may well find themselves concerned about their safety and the safety of their loved ones as they travel to and from holiday events. Whether en route to a local event or on the road to spend multiple days with family for larger gatherings, people should be able to trust that everyone will arrive at their intended destinations safely and soundly. Sadly, that does not always happen.

Being involved in an accident at any time of year can be an upsetting experience for people but when crashes occur at times that are meant to be extra special, the pain people feel can be very deep. This pain is actually something that too many people in Missouri have had to face recently.

Pay attention to your mental health after a car wreck

Victims of car wrecks have a lot to deal with as they heal from their injuries. It is all too easy to focus on the physical impacts of the crash, but you also have to think about your mental health. Through the days following the incident, you will likely go through a range of emotions.

The normal emotions you will feel range from shock and anger to fear and guilt. Over time, these should abate. If they don't start to go away or if you notice they are getting more intense, you might need to seek mental health help. There is a chance that you could be one of the people who will suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder due to a harrowing auto accident.

Missouri man killed in hit-and-run accident

Fatal motor vehicle accidents in Missouri are horrific enough, but drivers who leave the scene of an accident make matters worse, not only for themselves but for anyone injured and in need of help in the wake of a collision. A 44-year-old Kansas City man compounded a fatal motor vehicle accident on Sunday by leaving the scene of an accident in which the operator of a tow truck died. He now faces class D felony charges for the offense.

The accident occurred as the operator of the tow truck was getting back into the cab of his vehicle after loading a broken-down automobile onto his truck. The driver who struck him admitted to leaving the scene without stopping. Toxicology results are still pending, but the driver claimed to have ingested six or seven Coronas prior to the accident. In addition, due to a revoked driver's license, he was operating his vehicle illegally. 

Assigning liability in a truck accident

After having been involved in a truck accident in Kansas City, you are often forced to deal with a number of different issues. There's the medical care you and any loved one's also injured in the crash may need, as well as the potential for further financial losses from having the miss work in order to recuperate. Then there is the matter of having to repair or replace your vehicle. Many of those that have come to see us here at McShane & Brady LLC who have been through similar ordeals have often found that standard insurance coverage is not enough to help cover their costs. If you do need to seek compensation, who is ultimately liable: the truck driver that hit you, or the company that employs them? 

The legal principle of respondeat superior allows you to assign liability to a third party in cases where the one who caused you harm was acting as said party's agent. Per rulings issued by the Missouri Supreme Court, respondeat superior allows an employer to be held liable even in situations where an employee's conduct was deemed to be: 

  • Wrongful
  • Unskillful 
  • Negligent 

How do electrical shocks affect the human body?

Unsafe Missouri buildings that contain faulty or damaged wiring can result in an unwary person receiving a nasty electric shock. Depending on the severity of the shock, a person may experience severe health problems afterward. In fact, if the electric shock is strong enough, it could result in a person's death.

The Winchester Hospital explains that some symptoms may be low key. Following an electric shock, you could feel weak or disoriented. Receiving a burst of electricity can also cause you to experience headaches. The sensation in your limbs might also be disrupted, even to the point that your body feels numb in places or you experience a tingling sensation.

Serious crash near Arnold illustrates dangers for motorcyclists

Motorcyclists in Missouri and elsewhere have a saying: “It’s not if you crash, it’s when.” Motorcyclists understand that they face great risks when they ride, and most take these risks seriously. Unfortunately, the best precautions don’t always protect bikers from the negligent actions of other drivers. A recent motorcycle accident that occurred outside the Arnold city limits shows the unexpected, serious dangers that motorcyclists face whenever they are on the road.

Leader Publications reported on the crash, during which a woman who had stopped to turn left into a private drive failed to yield to an oncoming motorcyclist. The biker struck the rear of the woman’s SUV as she turned, which resulted in him receiving serious injuries. After the crash, another driver was unable to avoid the motorcycle in the road, and he received injuries, as well.

Can a car crash result in paralysis?

If you injure your back in a Missouri car crash, you could spend the rest of your life in a wheelchair. Exactly how severe your paralysis could be depends on the area of your back where your injuries occur.

As explained by Brain and Spinal Cord, your spinal cord consists of the following four regions:

  1. Cervical region – the region from the base of your brain to the lower portion of your neck
  2. Thoracic region – the region from the bottom of your neck to your waist
  3. Lumbar region – the region fom your waist to your lower back
  4. Sacral region – the region from your lower back to your tailbone

Take these actions if you're in a car accident

Car accidents take a toll on your body and mind. In the minutes, and even days, after the crash, you might be dealing with a concussion or other symptoms that make it hard for you to think and focus. There are some things that are imperative to take care of after a crash.

Some of the steps apply regardless of the severity of the crash. Others might only be relevant to certain wrecks. Determining which apply to your case can be difficult, so be sure to take care of the applicable ones.

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