St. Louis Car Accident Lawyer

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. We handle cases in both Missouri and Illinois. 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.

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 St. Louis and can refer you to one of them.

The insurance companies know we are some of the best car accident lawyers in St. Louis. Often times, our reputation for unparalleled service, attention to detail, meticulous workup and mastery of the law 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.

Highest rated Missouri auto accident attorneys

St. Louis judges and attorneys are familiar with our car accident settlements and verdicts. We publish our top results here so you can view them and compare 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.

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If you are in a St. Louis car accident today, follow this advice:

You may be wondering what to do after a car crash. If you are in a car accident in St. Louis today, first call 911. Get the other driver’s contact information. 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. 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. Our personal injury 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.

Types of Missouri car accident cases we handle:roll over crash

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.Missouri Highway Patrol

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 car accident, or a family member is killed, you need an accident injury lawyer who will ensure the responsible parties are held accountable for your damages.

Types of injuries our St. louis car wreck lawyers handle

Car accident lawyers near you

We are conveniently located in downtown St. Louis. We have ample parking lots surrounding our office. The office is fully handicap accessible. If you are traveling by Metrolink, the station is only blocks away and the Metrobus has a stop right outside our doors. But if you cannot travel, we can always come to you. If you are looking for a car crash attorney near you, we are the obvious choice.

Car accident: St. Louis police reports

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.

Cases involving uninsured motorists

Just ask any car accident lawyer, St. Louis Mo can be dangerous place to drive. Often people drive without car insurance. It is important you carry Uninsured Motorist coverage on your own policy. In fact, it is required by Missouri law. If you are hit by an uninsured driver the chances are they will not have assets to satisfy any judgment you get against them.

We conduct an asset investigation on every at-fault driver so you know exactly what assets he or she has. In addition, if they did not have insurance, we can file paperwork to have their drivers’ license revoked.

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.

Referrals from our past clients.

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.

What is a St. Louis car accident case worth?

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.

What damages can I get in a car accident case?

If we accept your St. Louis car accident case, we 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 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 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. 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 if I have pre-existing injuries?

Often times, people come to us with preexisting 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 preexisting 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?

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. We 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.

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 car accident case is determined by the quality of your 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.

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 the 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.

How much car insurance does Missouri require me to have?

Under Missouri law, drivers need only carry liability minimums of $25,000 per person and $50,000 per occurrence. While most responsible people purchase insurance coverage above these minimum limits, if you are in a car accident with someone who carries only minimal coverage, their insurance company may not cover all of your damage.

What if the at-fault driver does not have enough insurance to cover my damages?

In cases like this, you have essentially two options. First, you may need to execute against the at-fault person’s assets to satisfy your damages over and above the insurance limits. Most people do not have adequate financial resources to fully compensate our injury clients. Therefore, in these scenarios, your second option is to make an underinsured motorist coverage (UIM coverage), you can file a claim with your insurance company.

We recommend our clients always purchase the most UM and UIM insurance coverage available. We will investigate whether you are entitled to these benefits. Often, people seem perplexed when we ask for other family members insurance on vehicles that were not involved in the accident. We do this because this type of coverage entitles the purchaser, and most often the household residents, to benefits even if the covered vehicle was not involved in the collision.

Our car accident lawyers know how to find coverage and often times can stack multiple policy benefits together to increase the amount of money available. Our law firm routinely beats insurance companies when they try to deny these benefits.

What if the at-fault person does not have car insurance?

Some irresponsible Missouri drivers operate without car insurance. In other cases, out-of-state drivers may only carry the coverage required by their home state, which can be as low as $10,000. If you are unfortunate enough to become involved in a car accident with one of these drivers, there may be little or no car insurance to pay for the damages you suffer, or even to cover your medical bills.

Because of this possibility, Missouri requires all motorists carry uninsured motorist coverage (sometimes called “UM”) with minimum limits of $25,000 per person and $50,000 per occurrence. Your accident attorney will need to file a form with the Missouri Director of Revenue to have the person’s license revoked.

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. We consult with the very best car accident experts to support your case and to protect your rights.

When should I hire a lawyer for my case?

After you call the police from the scene of a crash you should get medical attention. Next, call a qualified injury lawyer who knows the law. Hire this lawyer before important evidence is lost, damaged, or destroyed. Insurance companies will be getting witness statements, recorded conversations, and gathering other evidence.

Having the right personal injury attorney on your side will ensure you do things to help your case. Without proper legal advice, you may ruin your claim.

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.

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.

When should I hire a lawyer for my case?

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.

What will my lawyer do after my car accident?

We will first order the police report and all accompanying investigation. 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 St. Louis car accident.

Our rapid response St. Louis team

If we are contacted from the scene of a catastrophic crash, we have a rapid response team that can be on-scene in the St. Louis area within an hour. Years ago we were contacted by a distraught husband whose wife was run over by a tractor trailer in the parking lot of a well-known truck stop across the river in Illinois. We were there within 30 minutes of getting the call and took hundreds of pictures and interviewed witnesses.

Later, after we were forced to file a lawsuit against the truck company and driver. First, the truck accident lawyer claimed some other truck ran her over. Second, he claimed if they did run her over the driver did the best he could and could not have seen my client’s wife, who passed away from her injuries.

The pictures we took of the truck saved the case. The photos showed the windshield of the truck was covered in a thick layer of dirt and grime, which impeded the driver’s view. Second, when we inspected the truck months after the crash, our forensic team looked for trace evidence to link the truck to the victim. We soon realized the trucking company changed the tires on the truck, which paved the way for a destruction of evidence claim against the company. Without this evidence, the insurance company would never have paid the $2,000,000 policy limits.

You need to realize this kind of nonsense goes on all the time. When large corporations realize they did something wrong things “disappear.” If you find yourself in this situation, it is imperative you have a personal injury law firm with the resources to protect you.

The Bradley Law Firm gets top settlements and verdicts

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Top-Rated St. Louis attorney Ryan Bradley

Look no further than the yearly edition of the Missouri Lawyers Weekly to find The Bradley Law Firm’s name listed for top verdicts and settlements. In fact, we have many plaques hanging in our conference room detailing our work on these cases. We hang them here as a constant reminder to the defense lawyers who step into our office who they are dealing with. Likewise, we keep these as a reminder of the enormous responsibility we have to our clients in ensuring their cases are properly cared for.

Car accident lawyer fees- If we don’t win, you don’t pay

As you have probably heard, personal injury 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.

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

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

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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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