St. Louis Car Accident Lawyer

If you need the best St. Louis car accident lawyer near you, we are located downtown and are ready to help.. Our St. Louis car accident attorneys have the highest ratings in the industry and have a track record of top settlements and verdicts including a $14,250,000.00 result in the City of St. Louis. We handle cases in both Missouri and Illinois

Attorneys Dedicated to Serious and Fatal Auto Accident Injuries 

Our car crash lawyers only take on a select number of severe injury cases each year. We do this so we can dedicate the necessary time, attention and resources to your case. By doing this, we ensure the best possible result is obtained on your case. If you need a St. Louis car accident lawyer for a non-severe injury, we know many personal injury lawyers in the St. Louis area and can refer you to one of them.

Highest Rated Missouri Car Accident Attorneys

St. Louis judges and attorneys are familiar with our  accident settlements and verdicts. We publish our top results here so you can view them and compare our information to other lawyers you may be interviewing to handle your car accident case. While there are many car crash injury lawyers, only a few can match our results. It is important to ask your lawyer whether he or she handled cases like yours. Make sure he or she has a record of beating insurance companies in the courtroom. It is equally important to ensure your car accident lawyer has the highest ratings from Martindale Hubbell like we do.

The insurance companies know we are some of the best car accident lawyers in St. Louis. Our reputation for unparalleled service, attention to detail, meticulous workup and mastery of the law often forces insurance companies to pay full settlement value for a case without the need of filing a personal injury lawsuit. However, sometimes insurance companies do not do the right thing and our auto accident lawyers will litigate your case. We are as comfortable in the courtroom as any attorney in the area. Rest assured knowing The Bradley Law Firm will try your case to a jury if required.

Over the years, we have helped hundreds of people in St. Louis with their car crash cases. Many of them have provided us with reviews on Google, Yelp, and other online directories. What we find truly helpful is that dozens have offered to speak with our potential new clients about their experience with The Bradley Law Firm. We help people in cases exactly like yours. Our former clients are ready and willing to discuss the process with you.

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Types of Missouri Car Accident & Injury Cases We Handle:

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In those types of accidents, our St. Louis car accident lawyers often handle the following cases with the following injuries:

Serious and Fatal Car Accidents in Missouri

Each day, dozens of motorists are seriously hurt and killed in Missouri on Highways I-29, I-35, I-44, I-49, I-55, I-57, I-64, I-66, I-70 and I-72. Most of the time, the cause of the crash is inattentiveness. Too often people are distracted by cell phones, I-pads and other devices.

Car accidents are the number one cause of serious personal injury and death in Missouri. In 2013, the Missouri State Highway Patrol reported there were 154,007 car accidents in Missouri. 34,819 of those resulted in injury or death. Someone dies from a car accident in Missouri every 10 hours. That means someone was involved in a fatal car accident in Missouri today. Someone is injured in a car accident every 10 minutes.

When you are injured in a motor vehicle accident, or a family member is killed, you need a St. Louis car accident  lawyer who will ensure the responsible parties are held accountable for your damages.

What to Do after an Auto Accident in Missouri 

You may be wondering what to do after a car crash. You should do the following:

  1. If you are in a car accident in St. Louis today, first call 911. 
  2. Get the other driver’s contact information. 
  3. Ensure the police show up and make a report. Auto accidents without a police report are virtually impossible to make an injury claim on. If you can give a statement to the police, do so. Make sure you clearly and calmly explain how the crash occurred and how the other party may have caused it. 
  4. Seek medical care immediately. Do not worry about medical bills, average car accident settlements, or the potential settlement amount of your case. If you were not at fault in the crash, the insurance company will be required to pay for your damages. 
  5. Hire a St. Louis car accident attorney before important evidence is lost, damaged, or destroyed. Insurance companies will be getting witness statements, recorded conversations, and gathering other evidence, so you need to keep up with them. 

Our car accident attorneys in St. Louis handle car wrecks throughout Missouri every day and can guide you through the process.Not only will we help with your injury case, but we can ensure you get a rental car and fair payment for your property damage.

If you hire us to perform a free investigation we obtain your St. Louis car accident report. In St. Louis County car accident reports are often performed by the local police department where the crash occurred. In the City of St. Louis police reports are only prepared by the Metropolitan St. Louis Police Department (SLMPD). Daily St. Louis police reports are provided online but they only provide limited information. We will get the full report for you. In the event of a St. Louis car accident death, the Missouri Highway Patrol will perform a full accident reconstruction. In Missouri, all fatal car accidents require reconstruction. Like the SLMPD, there are limited Missouri highway patrol crash reports online. There may also be a city police report. We will obtain your Missouri motor vehicle accident report for free and perform a full investigation.

The Importance of Police ReportsMissouri Highway Patrol

If you hire us to perform a free investigation we obtain your St. Louis car accident report. In St. Louis County car accident reports are often performed by the local police department where the crash occurred. In the City of St. Louis police reports are only prepared by the Metropolitan St. Louis Police Department (SLMPD). Daily St. Louis police reports are provided online but they only provide limited information. We will get the full report for you. In the event of a St. Louis car accident death, the Missouri Highway Patrol will perform a full accident reconstruction. In Missouri, all fatal car accidents require reconstruction. Like the SLMPD, there are limited Missouri highway patrol crash reports online. There may also be a city police report. We will obtain your Missouri motor vehicle accident report for free and perform a full investigation.

How Soon Should I See a Doctor after a Car Accident?

As soon as possible. One of the go-to defense strategies is to claim since you didn’t get immediate treatment, you were not hurt. Our St. Louis car accident lawyers see this defense all the time. Long ago, when we worked for the insurance companies doing defense work, the adjusters seemed to claim if you did not receive treatment within 48 hours of the crash, it was unrelated. At The Bradley Law Firm, we understand some severe injuries, like herniated discs, may not be immediately apparent. It is always a good idea to be checked by a medical professional soon after a crash to rule out any serious injury.

What Will My Lawyer Do after My Car Accident?

Our car accident law firm  will first order the police report and all accompanying investigations. That includes the accident reconstruction file, all photos, dash-cam videos, and police bodycam footage. We will get the fire rescue documents and EMT / ambulance reports, identify all witnesses to the crash and get their statements. After that, our attorneys will determine every viable legal theory to pursue. We will ensure the vehicles are properly stored and preserved. If the cars are equipped with data event recorders we may have them downloaded. All of these things are extremely important after a severe Missouri or Illinois car accident.

Understanding Car Accident Liability Beyond the At-Fault Person

In every case, we look beyond the at-fault driver to see if there are other sources of potential recovery. This is especially true when there is either no insurance or limited insurance. In one case we handled, the at-fault driver only carried $250,000 of liability insurance. Our investigation revealed that a sign in a median contributed in causing the crash because it impeded the drivers’ ability to see one another and react in time. That case resulted in a settlement in excess of $10,000,000.00.

We have dozens of St. Louis car accident results just like this because our law firm looks beyond the obvious. This means our St. Louis car accident lawyers look at all underlying causes of each crash. We inspect each vehicle to see if any defect caused the crash, investigate the whereabouts of the driver prior to the accident. Then we determine if the at-fault person was acting for any employer to determine if the doctrine of vicarious liability applies. Last, we investigate whether the roadway design complied with the published standards. You can rest assured our legal team will uncover every potential source of recovery for you.

What Does It Mean to be Negligent in a Car Accident?

Being “negligent” means you owed a duty of care to someone and you didn’t meet that standard. Under common law, every person owed a duty to exercise the same care a reasonable person would have exercised in the same or similar situation. Most states continue to hold drivers to this standard. However, Missouri requires all motorists use the highest degree of care. So, under Missouri law, you are negligent if you fail to use the highest degree of care.

Doesn’t Negligence Have to Cause Harm for Someone to Recover Compensation in a Car Crash?

Yes. In order to be held legally responsible for negligence in a car accident, your lawyer must prove the negligence caused damages. Personal injury lawyers refer to this as proximate cause. There can be more than one proximate cause of damage. For instance, a person’s negligence can combine with another factor (either another person’s negligence or another event) to cause harm.

What Damages Can I Get in a Missouri Car Accident Case?

If we accept your St. Louis car accident case, our lawyers will conduct a full investigation to determine your rights to recovery the following permissible damages:

  • Lost wages (future and past)
  • Pain and Suffering
  • Property damage (we do not charge a fee for this)
  • In some cases, pre-judgment interest
  • Past medical bills
  • Future medical bills
  • In some cases, attorneys’ fees
  • Taxable court costs
  • Punitive damages

What is the Average Car Accident Settlement Amount?

This is a common question we get from clients. The answer is somewhat complex. In short, there is no precise formula. The online calculators advertised by lead generation companies that proclaim to tell you what your case is worth by plugging in numbers into a calculator are misleading you.

The value of your case is determined by the quality of your  St. Louis car accident lawyer, the amount of your medical bills, whether you lost wages, whether you have long term medical needs, have disability, experienced pain and/or suffering and how long you experienced it. Last, even if those things are known, the amount of available insurance may reduce your accident case’s value.

An experienced lawyer should take the time to learn every aspect of the above factors before telling you what your auto accident is worth.

Do St. Louis Accident Victims Typically Recover a Large Amount of Compensation?

If you were involved in a car accident within St. Louis, that means you have venue in the Circuit Court of the City of St. Louis. This means you can file your car accident lawsuit here. Insurance companies hate defending cases here because the juries are typically seen as more liberal and historically award higher damages. Car accident settlement amounts average more here than anywhere else in the State. We keep a list of all verdicts rendered in the City of St. Louis and compare those to our cases to establish value.

Do I Need to Hire a St. Louis Car Accident Attorney?

Maybe. If you were seen by a medical professional soon after the crash and they determined you were not hurt and you don’t feel injured, then you likely do not need an injury lawyer. In these cases, we are happy to provide you with free legal resources (most of which you can find on our website) so you can handle the claim yourself.

However, if your doctor diagnoses you with an injury from the crash, that is when you should at least get a free consultation with an experienced car accident lawyer. Often times, we will agree to monitor a case after the person is injured. We do this for free. If it is later determined our assistance is not needed, we close the file and you do not owe us anything. Our assistance is typically required when a person has an injury that requires ongoing care or surgery.

Won’t My Car Insurance Company Take Care of Everything after a Crash?

No. Many people think they can simply rely upon their own insurance companies to be fair. Often, people think their personal relationship with their own insurance agent will help with the claims adjusters. This is simply not true. The claim adjuster’s job is to minimize the amount you are paid.

When you file a claim against your own insurance company, Missouri law allows insurers to treat this as an antagonistic relationship. This means your insurance company can do things behind your back. You have no control. Your car insurance company doesn’t care if you recover money damages from the at-fault driver. The only interest your insurer will have is to minimize the amount they pay you.

What if There is Little or No Damage to My Car, but I Am Still Hurt?

People can be severely injured in a car accident even though there is little or no damage to the vehicle. Some insurance companies and their hired lawyers argue that a small amount of damage to a car must mean little or no injury to the person. While cars are designed to absorb force from an impact, human bodies are not.

While most Missouri courts rejected this bogus argument without expert testimony, competent personal injury lawyers must counter this defense and other defensive theories and tactics. Failure to do so could undermine an otherwise legitimate claim. Our St. Louis car accident lawyers consult with the very best expert witnesses to support your case and to protect your rights.

What if I Have Pre-Existing Injuries?

People often come to us with pre-existing injuries. As we age, we all become more frail and more injury prone. Missouri laws take this into consideration and only require that you prove the crash contributed in causing your injury. The crash does not need to be the sole cause. Just because you have a pre-existing condition doesn’t mean you cannot make a personal injury claim in a car crash.

What Happens if I Am in More Than One Car Accident? Top-Rated Car Accident Lawyer Ryan Bradley

If you are injured in more than one car accident the insurance company may not pay you. Insurance companies use every excuse to avoid paying claims. The adjuster will likely say your injuries were caused by the other crash. A St. Louis car accident lawyer from our firm will conduct a full investigation to determine if your injuries are divisible. If they are not, we can combine the two incidents into one lawsuit and pursue both drivers.

How Long Does a Car Accident Case Take to Settle?

This is a hard question to answer. We have resolved car crash cases in as little as 2 weeks. Sometimes we litigate cases for years. Typically, our liability investigation takes at least 2 or 3 months. It can take longer if we need to hire experts. Sometimes a lawsuit must be filed to get information the other party won’t give us.

Depending upon the severity of your injury, your personal injury case may require doctors to be deposed and experts to determine your future damages. All of this can take several years. Some cases must be tried to a jury and even appealed meaning they are never “settled.” So, the short answer is that your car accident case could take as little as a few weeks to several years to resolve depending upon the issues.

If Our St. Louis Car Accident Lawyer Doesn’t Win Your Case, You Don’t Pay Us 

As you have probably heard, accident lawyers do not charge any fee unless compensation is recovered. This is called a contingency fee. However, some charge you the expenses associated in prosecuting your case. We do not do this. You will never get a bill from our law firm. You have zero risk when you hire us.

Schedule a Free Consultation with The Bradley Law Firm

If you would like a free legal consultation from the best St. Louis car accident lawyer near you, call us at 314-400-0000. Or, fill out the free car accident case evaluation form.

Our Results

Our Personal Injury Attorneys have proudly collected TENS OF MILLIONS of dollars in compensation for clients. Below are some of our recent personal injury case results.

$30M Sexual Assault
$14.25M Motorcyle Crash
$10.5M Fatal Wreck
$4M Product Liability
$4M Wrongful Death
$2M 18-Wheeler Wreck
$2M Wrongful Death Trucking Crash
$2M Wrongful Death Tractor Trailer
$1.7M Van Crash
$1M Truck Crash
$1M 18-Wheeler Wreck
$321K Auto Crash
$300K Motorcycle Wreck
$300K SUV Wreck
$225K Truck Crash


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What Our Clients Are Saying

"Overall, I had a great experience working with The Bradley Law Firm!! I would recommend Ryan and his team to anyone. Being involved in a car accident can be quite stressful and dealing with insurance companies can be even more stressful. Having Ryan in my corner lifted a huge burden off my shoulders and made this process much easier for me. They handled everything. Tina is great…she is awesome! She’s extremely patient and kept me informed throughout the entire process. The Bradley Law Firm team is very personable, easy to talk to, and a pleasure to work with."

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Our Results

Our Personal Injury Attorneys have proudly collected TENS OF MILLIONS of dollars in compensation for clients.

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Our Mission

It is our mission to ensure you receive a maximum recovery for all of your damages, to the fullest extent under the law.

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1424 Washington Ave
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