Ortwerth Law has the experience needed to maximize your car accident settlement. Whether it is an insurance agency, an individual, or a company, our injury attorneys have filed lawsuits, gone to trial, and received car accident settlements for more than $2 million.
If you are in a car accident, do not talk to the insurance company!
If you have been involved in a motor vehicle collision, you will eventually be contacted by the other driver’s insurance company. Do not talk to the insurance adjuster! Answer the telephone, say hello, politely decline to discuss the accident and advise the adjuster that you will be hiring an attorney. Do not be fooled; do not let your guard down; and do not allow yourself to believe that the insurance company cares about you. The insurance adjuster is just doing his/her job and looking for information to use against you. If the adjuster offers you the opportunity to “settle now” it most certainly will not be a fair settlement for you. This tactic has been used by insurance companies for years to maximize their profits by paying victims less than they deserve.
We are premier St. Louis car accident lawyers and we will thoroughly investigate your case, speak to witnesses, contact police, work with your doctors and do whatever it takes to maximize your recovery. This is our commitment to you.
Without a car accident attorney, the insurance company isn’t going to pay you the amount you deserve. The insurance company’s main goal is to maximize profits. The adjuster’s goal is to pay you as little money as possible. Even if you do receive an offer, it may not even cover your medical expenses. And the offer certainly won’t be enough to fairly compensate for your pain and suffering. Why let that happen to you? The insurance company has experienced lawyers working on its side. Shouldn’t you have an experienced lawyer work for you? It just makes sense because you deserve full and fair compensation for your injuries, medical bills, out-of-pocket expenses and economic damages.
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Laws regarding car accidents, like all laws, vary depending on the state in which the automobile accident took place. Below are some of the most important Missouri laws to keep in mind when you are involved in a car accident in St. Louis.
In Missouri, you are legally allowed to file an automobile accident within 5 (five) years of the date of the accident. In other words, the statute of limitations for car accident lawsuits in Missouri is 5 years.
Having said that, we strongly recommend speaking with a local injury attorney as soon as possible. The longer you wait, the hazier the details surrounding the car crash becomes for you, witnesses, and police statements.
The process for filing a police report may vary slightly depending on the city or county, but there are certain steps that are consistent throughout the State of Missouri.
Once these steps have been completed, you can contact a local personal injury attorney for a free consultation and to discuss whether you should file a lawsuit.
Missouri is an at-fault state which means the guilty party may be required to cover the following car accident expenses:
In other words, as the victim, you are entitled to compensation that extends beyond just repairs to your vehicle.
What will I receive for my car accident settlement? This is one of the questions we are most frequently asked.
Because every accident is different, there is no definitive answer we can give, however, you can expect your car accident settlement to be between $3,000 – $15,000+ if the only damages sustained are to your vehicle.
If you are injured, you are likely entitled to additional compensation for things like medical bills and loss of income.
A common question we get asked by our clients is whether or not they are required to file a police report. In Missouri, you must file a car accident police report if:
Ortwerth Law is a St. Louis personal injury firm with extensive experience in handling car accident lawsuits.
We have handled cases that range from filing a lawsuit against insurance agencies due to unfair compensation to cases that resulted in major settlements of $1 million and even $2.2 million.
For more information on our car accident settlements, you can see some of our featured stories on our verdicts page.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more than 30,000 people die as a result of car crashes every year. More than 2 million motorists, motorcyclists, and pedestrians are injured on roads and highways every year. Most of these “accidents” really are not accidents because the word “accident” implies that the crash wasn’t anybody’s fault.
Along with car accident cases, we are also St. Louis truck accident lawyers and handle any other automobile accident cases. We know the importance of acting quickly when our clients have been involved in a car accident.