Saint Louis, MO (PRWEB) May 25, 2010
Rakers Injury Law, LLC located in St. Louis County, Missouri, is a Missouri and Illinois personal injury firm dedicated to fighting the insurance companies on behalf of the injured. Opening in June 2010, Rakers Injury Law will devote significant time on automobile accident cases. Lindsay Rakers, the founder of Rakers Injury Law, discusses the current state of automobile accident cases in Missouri and Illinois.
Automobile accidents are the leading cause of death among children worldwide. In the United States, automobile accidents are the leading cause of preventable death. Automobile accidents (also known as traffic collisions, motor vehicle accidents, car crashes, car collisions, motor vehicle collisions) can occur when a vehicle collides with another passenger vehicle, truck, tractor-trailer, semi, pedestrian, bicycle, motorcycle, animal, road debris, or a road structure.
The most common cause of automobile accidents is driver error. Such “error” can be classified as driving too fast for conditions, driving the wrong way, failing to obey traffic signs and signals, inattention, sleep deprivation, drug use, drunk driving, and impairment from medication or a health condition. Sometimes, the driver of the vehicle is not to blame but instead, the vehicle itself is to blame. The recent Toyota recalls have shown just how devastating vehicular defects can be. Rakers Injury Law has seen automobile accidents caused by a variety of vehicle defects including those that slip out of park into reverse, weak tires that blow, rollovers, weak roof metal, defective seats, defective seat belts, gas pedals that stick, and faulty brakes. It is also possible that a lack of car maintenance can be the cause of an accident. Vehicle manufacturers recommend routine maintenance to protect vehicle safety. When vehicle owners miss oil changes, fail to replace damaged brakes, and other maintenance, the vehicle cannot perform as intended.
Although less common, the actual design of the roadway itself can cause an accident. Each state highway and road commission is bound by certain road specifications to protect the lives of drivers. When these state authorities fail to adhere to the guidelines, unnecessary accidents may occur. Automobile accidents can result from missing guardrails, missing signs, potholes, lack of a shoulder, sharp curves, steep hills, missing warning signs and defective traffic signals, among other things. With such cases, there are specific procedures that must be followed and certain evidence must be gathered immediately. It is essential to hire an automobile accident attorney if you were injured due to a defective road design.
These traffic accidents can quickly disrupt the lives of anyone involved. As a result of an automobile accident, the driver and occupants can suffer broken bones, bruises, cuts and scrapes, torn muscles and ligaments, spine damage, disc herniations and bulges, burns, paralysis, and death. In addition to the traumatic physical injuries and resulting pain and suffering, the injured can suffer from emotional trauma resulting from the crash. Because of the injuries, one may miss work and suffer lost wages and profits. Typically, moderate to severe property damage to the vehicle, motorcycle or bicycle is also incurred.
The steps taken immediately following a traffic accident can impact a potential lawsuit. A Missouri automobile accident attorney can provide guidance following such an event. It is crucial that medical treatment is sought, witness statements are taken and most importantly, that the injured does not speak to the insurance company.
Lindsay Rakers, the founder of Rakers Injury Law, exclusively devotes her time as a Missouri and Illinois personal injury lawyer. After attending the University of Illinois at Urbana for undergraduate work and Saint Louis University School of Law for law school, Lindsay immediately knew that Missouri and Illinois injury law was her calling. Following several years of representing major corporations and insurance companies in Missouri and Illinois injury cases, Lindsay decided she had seen enough bullying of the injured. She decided to put her talents and ambition to better use by representing the injured and their families. She hasn't looked back. Since switching to representing those injured in Missouri and Illinois, Lindsay has successfully collected more than $11 million for her clients in settlements and awards. Lindsay prides herself on providing individualized attention to each of her clients, day or night. This has lead Lindsay to provide her Missouri and Illinois personal injury clients not only with her email address but her personal cell phone number so that clients always know she is only a phone call away to answer questions.
As a Missouri and Illinois injury attorney/lawyer, Lindsay Rakers at Rakers Injury Law has vast experience handling injury claims in both Missouri and Illinois including - motor vehicle accidents, auto accidents, vehicular accidents, bicycle accidents, pedestrian accidents, truck accidents, tractor-trailer accidents, semi-truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, falls on property, slip and falls, premises liability, animal attacks, dog bites, defective products, defective drugs, and burn injuries.