Joplin Car Accident Lawyer
Auto Accidents in Missouri
A serious motor vehicle accident can completely change your life in a matter of seconds. If you suffered a severe injury or lost a loved one due to the careless, reckless, or negligent conduct of another driver, Aaron Sachs & Associates, P.C. can help.
Since 1991, our firm has been fighting for the rights of injured individuals and the families of those wrongfully killed throughout Missouri. Our Joplin car accident attorneys are here to serve as your voice throughout the legal process, protecting your best interests and advocating for the maximum compensation you are owed.
Determining Fault for Your Car Accident
Because Missouri is one of several states that follows a fault-based car accident system, you are responsible for proving that another person or party was to blame for the crash that caused your injuries and damages. Determining fault is an important element of your personal injury claim, as it allows you to identify the liable party. You can then file a claim against the liable party’s insurance provider or sue the liable party directly.
When determining who is at fault for an accident, our attorneys investigate various elements of the crash, including but not limited to:
- The official accident report (or police report)
- Reconstructions of the accident/accident scene
- The other driver’s cell phone records
- Whether the other driver was cited for a traffic violation
- Whether the other driver was arrested for driving while intoxicated
- The other vehicle’s “black box” recorder (if applicable)
- Witness testimony
- Surveillance footage/videos of the crash
- Pictures of the crash site, as well as the victims’ injuries
- The victims’ medical records
Using these and other pieces of evidence, we are able to build a clear picture of what happened and, most importantly, who is responsible for your damages. Generally speaking, if someone else was to blame for the accident, you have a case, and our Joplin car accident lawyers can help you pursue the fair compensation you are owed.
If, however, you are found partly at fault for the crash, your recovery will be affected. Under Missouri’s pure comparative negligence rule, you can seek compensation regardless of your degree of fault, but your settlement (or verdict) will be reduced by the same percentage as your percentage of fault. So, if you are found to be 30% to blame for the accident, you can only recover up to 70% of the total amount of your damages. If you suffered $10,000 in total damages, you could only recover up to $7,000.
How Much Can You Get from a Car Accident Claim?
While one of many people’s first concerns regarding their potential case is the overall value of the claim—and understandably so—it is, unfortunately, not possible to determine exactly how much your car accident claim might be worth without knowing the details of your situation.
There are many factors involved in calculating the value of a given claim, such as the severity of the crash, the extent of the victim’s damages, the degree of shared fault, and more. During a complimentary consultation, our Joplin car accident attorneys can go over these details with you, as well as how they may affect the value of your claim.
That being said, many car accident victims are able to recover compensation for specific damages. These typically include all costs associated with:
- Emergency medical attention and care
- Surgeries, rehabilitation, and other medical treatments
- Medications and medical equipment
- Future medical care
- Pain and suffering
- Lost income, wages, and other employment benefits
- Diminished earning capacity/disability
- Loss of future earnings
- In-home assistance and care
- Home modifications
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Anxiety, depression, and other mental health conditions
- Miscellaneous out-of-pocket expenses
At Aaron Sachs & Associates, P.C., our goal is to secure the maximum recovery you are owed so that you can get back on your feet and move forward with your life. We believe that you should not have to suffer the consequences of a someone else’s careless or negligent behavior on your own, which is why we fight tirelessly to secure a fair settlement on your behalf. If the insurance company refuses to play fair, we are prepared to represent you and your best interests at trial.
Contact Us Today for a Free Consultation
Whether you were involved in a serious rear-end or head-on collision, a multi-vehicle pileup, rollover accident, or any other type of motor vehicle collision, we are ready to fight for you. Our Joplin car accident lawyers represent victims of all types of accidents throughout Jasper County, Newton County, and the entire state of Missouri. We have successfully represented injured drivers, passengers, motorcyclists, pedestrians, bicyclists, and others, and we are ready to fight for you.
There is no risk and no cost in speaking to a member of our team about your legal rights and options. We provide free initial consultations and contingency fees, meaning you do not owe any attorney fees or expenses unless we recover a settlement or verdict for you.
“My experience as a client was no less than phenomenal. The attorney who handled my case was great. my biggest praise goes to the paralegal who was there for me every moment, Peggy Forest.”- Larry Ward
“Thank you all for everything. Dana Baker was great. She took over, lifting the burden of dealing with the insurance companies so we were able to focus on healing. She kept us informed every step of the way. I would recommend it to everyone. Again thank you”- Jaden Austin
“I was involved in an accident while on my motorcycle. It was a big relief that I could just focus on healing rather than dealing with insurance companies.”- Former Client