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    St. Louis car accident Lawyers

    As your St. Louis car accident lawyers, we will deal with your insurance company and all other inconveniences

    Automobile attorneys with major victories for our clients

    Ortwerth Law has the experience needed to maximize your car accident settlement. Whether it is an insurance agency, an individual, or company, our injury attorneys have filed lawsuits, gone to trial, and received car accident settlements for more than $2 million.

    Featured car accident verdicts and settlements

    If you are in a car crash, 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.

    Why you need experienced car accident attorneys

    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.

    Insurance companies we have successfully brought claims against include:

    AAA, Allied, Allstate, American Family, Auto-Owners, Chubb, Country Companies, Farmers, Federal, Founders, GEICO, Great Western, Hartford, Liberty Mutual, Old Dominion, Progressive, Safeco, Sentry, Shelter, State Farm, Travelers, USAA, Vanliner, Viking, Zurich

    What should I know about car accidents in St. Louis, Missouri and the surrounding areas?

    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.

    How long can I wait to file a car accident lawsuit 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.

    How do I file a car accident police report in Missouri?

    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.

    In short, the process of filing a police report in Missouri is:

    1. Report your car accident claim to the local police department (In other words, call the police)
    2. If uninjured and out of harm’s way, document the scene with photos and notes
    3. Contact your car insurance provider
    4. Fill out Motor Vehicle Accident Report Form 1140

    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.

    What types of things can be covered in a car accident settlement?

    Missouri is an at-fault state which means the guilty party may be required to cover the following car accident expenses:

    • Damages caused to the victim’s vehicle
    • Expenses from injuries sustained in the crash like medical bills
    • Physical pain and suffering
    • Loss of income from the inability to work due to a direct result of the car accident

    In other words, as the victim, you are entitled to compensation that extends beyond just repairs to your vehicle.

    Related: Everything you need to know about filing a car accident lawsuit in St. Louis, Missouri

    What is the average car accident settlement in Missouri?

    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.

    Other things that may affect the amount you receive for your car accident compensation:

    • The type of car, truck or SUV you drive and the severity of the damages it sustained
    • You must have car insurance to receive compensation
    • The cost of medical bills or expenses accrued as a direct result from injuries sustained due to the car accident
    • If the driver was under the influence, you may have grounds for an additional lawsuit or claims

    How much has your firm recovered in car accident claims?

    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.

    We are experienced car accident attorneys in St. Louis

    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.

    How to hire the right firm to handle your car wreck case

    Our top priority is our client’s safety. We make sure they have taken all of the proper medical precautions after they are involved in a car accident. No matter how minor or major an automobile collision is, it is always a scary situation. Having car accident lawyers that work to understand your situation is vital. We have dealt with many car accident cases in St. Louis and the surrounding areas, and know-how to get the information better serve our clients. As your car accident lawyer, we will fight for your rights and get you the compensation you deserve. We are experienced St. Louis personal injury lawyers who have taken on some of the Country’s biggest insurance agencies in car accident cases.

    We are powerful St. Louis car wreck attorneys who handle a wide range of automobile collision cases. We are known as one of St. Louis’ top car accident law firms and have recovered millions for our clients. Along with car accident cases, we are also St. Louis truck accident lawyers, train crash lawyers, boat 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. We want to make sure all we have all of the facts and your side of the story is heard. We are powerful St. Louis car accident lawyers who fight for our client’s rights and receive no compensation unless we win their case.

    Am I required to file a police report after a car accident in St. Louis?

    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:

    • Either party has damages that exceed $500
    • Your insurance company requires you to report the accident to the police
    • Either party has been injured or killed due to a result of the accident
    • A parked/unattended vehicle was damaged and the owner is not present

    How quickly must I file a claim after a car accident in St. Louis?

    Another question we are frequently asked is the timeframe required to file a claim after a car accident. Like most laws, each state’s statute of limitations vary.

    In Missouri, you must file a police report within five years of your automobile accident. After five years, the statute of limitations expires, and in most cases, you will not be able to file a claim.