Car Accident Attorney in Kansas City

Life After a Car Accident

Kansas City is a national transportation hub. So, naturally, the highways are some of the most dangerous in the country. Every year thousands of car accidents result in injury and death.

At the Barnes Law Firm, we help car accident victims get their lives and futures back on track. Let us help you get the compensation you deserve

Establishing Liability

Liability is based on a shared duty drivers have to others on the road. In Missouri, drivers have the legal duty to exercise the highest degree of care when behind the wheel. Drivers who fail to use the highest degree of care are found at fault for the accident. Depending on the circumstances of the accident, a judge can determine that no party was at fault, one driver is liable, or both drivers share a percentage of fault. In cases where both drivers are found liable, the court will follow the pure comparative fault rule to determine how damages will be awarded.

Unfortunately, the time it takes insurance companies to analyze the cause of the crash and determine liability can take up to years. Many times, victims will settle for pennies to the dollar to get some financial relief. Insurance companies know that you are vulnerable through this difficult time and will often try to take advantage of your plight. For this reason, it is essential that you hire an experienced attorney after you’ve sustained a personal injury from a car accident. At the Barnes Law Firm, our dedicated attorneys will help you establish liability and get the most from your personal injury claim.

Missouri’s At-Fault Insurance Law

In Missouri, the courts follow the pure comparative fault rule when determining the damages for personal injury claims. This law reduces the amount of compensation an injured person can receive by an amount that is equal to their percentage of fault. For instance, let’s imagine two drivers got into an accident that resulted in a personal injury. If the total damages added up to $10,000, but the plaintiff was found 20% liable for the accident, then they would only be able to collect $8,000 from the other at-fault party.

Since Missouri follows the pure comparative fault law, a plaintiff can collect damages regardless of how large or small their shared percentage of fault is. Technically speaking, even if you were found 99% liable for the car accident, you could still collect one percent of your damages from the other party

The Barnes Law Firm Serves Clients in Kansas City, MO

In Missouri, you have five years after the date of your accident to file a car accident personal injury claim. Failure to do meet the deadline may result in loss of legal claim to damages.

If you were injured in a car accident and have not received the compensation you deserve, contact the Barnes Law Firm in Kansas City, MO for legal representation you can trust. We go up against even the most challenging insurance companies to get clients, like you, the compensation they need to get back on track. Don’t wait and call today to schedule a free consultation.