Unfortunately, auto collisions occur so frequently that our society has accepted them as a way of life. It is impossible for those who have never been in a serious accident to fully understand the tremendous impact a car accident has on a person’s ability to work, to take care of themselves and their family, and to enjoy a normal life. If you have been injured in a car accident in Kansas or Missouri, the Kansas City personal injury lawyers at Cullan & Cullan can help you get the financial compensation necessary to rebuild your life. Our team of car accident lawyers represents plaintiffs looking for fair compensation for their injuries.
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Experienced Auto Accident Injury Representation in Kansas City & Beyond
Over the decades, Cullan & Cullan has handled thousands of auto accident cases. Our lawyers can help protect your rights when you deal with insurance companies after a serious accident. The insurance company may try to do everything in their power to minimize the amount of money they must pay in the case. Insurance companies hire some of the best defense lawyers to represent them. You must also obtain experienced, aggressive legal representation to protect you and your family.
Our Kansas City auto accident lawyers have helped plaintiffs secure compensation for the following cases:
- $19,600,000 truck accident verdict (largest verdict for trucking collision in Nebraska history)
- $6,000,000 car accident wrongful death settlement
- $5,250,000 car accident wrongful death settlement
- $1,700,000 car accident wrongful death settlement
- $1,550,000 truck accident settlement
- $1,000,000 bus accident settlement
- $1,000,000 car accident settlement
- $830,626 car accident verdict
- Hundreds of car accident settlements between $25,000 -$100,000 +.
What Qualifies as Negligence in a Car Accident Case?
All drivers have a responsibility and a duty of care toward the passengers in their vehicles and other commuters on the road.
Negligent acts that can result in serious car accident may include:
- Driving while distracted (texting, putting on makeup, bending down to get something off floor)
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Driving while drowsy
- Failing to yield the right-of-way
- Failing to obey a traffic control device, such as a red light or stop sign
- Failing to follow the rules of the road
Some accidents are caused not by a driver but by a dangerous roadway condition or defective auto parts, such as defective tires, brakes or airbags. In such cases, the potentially liable parties may include the government entity in charge of maintaining the roadway or the manufacturer of the defective vehicle or faulty part. A knowledgeable attorney can help you determine whether you have a claim, and who may be responsible.
Car Accident Fatalities
Over the last four years, the United States has seen a 12% increase in auto accident deaths, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation. Many of these collisions are caused by an increase in distracted driving and driving at excessive speeds. Statistics now show that texting while driving is actually as dangerous as drunk driving.
When it comes to traffic accidents, Missouri ranks on the higher end of U.S. fatality rates with 945 fatalities in 2016. If you’ve been injured or have lost a loved one, a skilled Kansas City car accident lawyer can help you establish your motor vehicle accident case to prove liability and get the compensation you deserve. Proving negligence will be a key component to maximizing compensation.
Car Accident Reconstruction Information
A serious automobile accident requires an immediate investigation to preserve the evidence before it is altered, lost, or destroyed. In these cases, the Kansas City car accident lawyers at our firm often find it extremely important to hire an accident reconstructionist, crash impact experts, or human factors experts to quickly investigate the case. At Cullan & Cullan, we are fortunate to have Dr. Gene Cullan. He is one of a small percentage of car accident lawyers in the United States who has obtained extensive advanced training in accident reconstruction.
Kansas City Car Accident Wrongful Death
The attorneys at Cullan & Cullan understand that there are few things in life that are as traumatic as losing a loved one in a traffic accident. During such a time of grief, families are not thinking about monetary compensation, although they are often faced with immediate financial burdens, such as medical and funeral expenses. In the long term, families may have to cope with paying bills and not having the support of an earning member of the family, or the deceased person may have been the family’s sole breadwinner. When a fatal car accident is caused as a result of someone else’s negligence or wrongdoing, contact our firm to learn more about your legal rights and options.
Who Can File a Wrongful Death Claim After an Auto Accident?
A death caused by negligence or wrongdoing does not automatically give rise to a civil action. Even if the at-fault driver faces criminal prosecution and is found guilty, convicted, and sentenced, a wrongful death lawsuit must be filed by the victim’s legal heirs, such as a spouse or children. In some states, other family members are considered legal heirs if there is no surviving spouse or children. In some cases, it is possible for parents, other beneficiaries, or dependents to file a wrongful death claim.
While it is easier to calculate certain types of economic damages, such as medical expenses and funeral costs, it may be challenging to determine other damages, including lost future income, loss of household services, loss of companionship, loss of love and mentorship, pain and suffering, and emotional distress. It is important for families who have lost a loved one in a car accident get the counseling and support they need to get through this time of grief. It is also important that families have access to the resources and guidance they need to preserve their rights and obtain the compensation they will need to secure their financial future and survive without their loved one.
For experienced representation and compassionate guidance, call (816) 253-8606. Our Kansas City car accident attorneys are standing by to help you.