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Helping People Injured in MO Rear-end Accidents Recover for their Losses

Few accidents happen as suddenly and with as little warning as most rear-end accidents. In many cases, an impact comes as a complete surprise to the occupants of the vehicle being struck. One could be sitting at a stoplight or slowing down to make a turn, when suddenly a violent impact occurs, potentially resulting in serious injuries. These injuries could include broken bones, concussions, facial lacerations, and other soft tissue injuries that may require significant medical care and keep victims from working for an extended period of time. Fortunately, in many cases, victims can recover after a rear-end accident for these and other losses they experience as a result of an accident.

The St. Louis car accident attorneys of The Bruning Law Firm are experienced litigators who work tirelessly to get their clients the full value of their legal claims. To schedule a free consultation with one of our car accident injury lawyers, call our office today at 314-735-8100.

A Presumption of Driver Fault in St. Louis MO

Under Missouri law, there is a presumption that the driver of a vehicle that rear-ends another vehicle is at fault for the accident. This presumption comes from as the “rear-end collision doctrine,” which can be raised if a driver can show that he or she had a right to be in the roadway, that he or she was struck from behind by another vehicle, and that he or she was not otherwise negligent. Procedurally, this is important because it shifts the burden of proof1 upon the defendant to establish that he or she was not negligent, rather than upon the plaintiff to establish negligence, as is most often the case. There are many reasons that a driver may cause a rear-end accident. Some of the most common include the following:

  • Distracted driving
  • Improper vehicle maintenance
  • Ignoring poor weather conditions
  • Following too closely.

It is important for victims to be aware that the fact they were rear-ended does not mean that their case will not be contested by the other party. As a result, anyone who has been involved in a rear-end accident should retain legal counsel as soon as possible.

Contact a St. Louis Rear-end Accident Attorney Today to Schedule a Free Consultation

Rear-end accident victims may be entitled to compensation for their economic and non-economic losses, including their medical expenses, lost income, property damage, among others. To schedule a free consultation with one of our St. Louis auto accident injury lawyers, call our office today at 314-735-8100 or send us an email through our online contact form available here.

  1. http://www.law.cornell.edu/wex/burden_of_proof
  2. http://www.distraction.gov/

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The Team at the Bruning Law Firm Can Help

When you choose an attorney to help you after a car accident, it is important find someone whom you trust and who keeps your best interests in mind. At The Bruning Law Firm, our clients trust us because they have seen us fight to win their injury cases, no matter what it takes. They also know that our system of transparency and teamwork means that they’ll always know what is going on with their case and that they have a dedicated case manager who can answer their questions at any point during the process.

To learn more about the work we do and how we can help you, call our office today 314.735.8100 or fill out our online form. Your initial consultation is free and confidential.

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Don’t Wait to Get Started on Your Case

We understand that the days and weeks after a serious car accident can be chaotic, especially when you are coping with severe injuries. However, the sooner you talk with an experienced St. Louis car accident attorney, the better.

That’s because the law limits the amount of time you have to file a claim in car accident cases. Meanwhile, with every day that passes, memories become less sharp and the opportunity to collect crucial evidence fades.

Contact the experienced St. Louis car accident attorneys at The Bruning Law Firm now to get started pursuing compensation for your injuries. Schedule a free consultation today by calling or filling out our online form.

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