AUTO COLLISIONS – SPIKE IN TRAFFIC DEATHS

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Until 2015 there had been a steady decline in the number of highway fatalities.  Last year the number of highway fatalities jumped by the largest percentage in over 50 years.  And in the first six months of 2016, traffic deaths rose 10.4%, to 17,775, over the same period in 2015 according to the National Highway… Read more »

Auto Accident Settlement – Do I Have to Pay Taxes?

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In general, you do not have to pay taxes on any money you obtain for injuries from an automobile collision settlement.  The only exception to this rule is if the only injury sustained in the collision is long term emotional damages.  The IRS considers any settlement for emotional damages, only, to be taxable.  Also, any… Read more »

Auto Accidents – Causes of Chest Pain

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A common complaint following an auto collision is of chest pain.  There are a number of reasons why a car wreck can cause chest pain, ranging from extremely serious to a mild injury.  The most common cause of chest pain is pressure and bruising from the restraint of the seatbelt.  A seatbelt can cause simple… Read more »

Auto Collisions – Investigating Truck Accidents

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I can’t emphasize enough how important it is to investigate a truck collision as soon as possible.  When a truck driver is involved in a collision he will immediately notify the trucking company dispatcher.  Experienced truck investigators and insurance company investigators will immediately be sent to the scene of the collision.  I have seen cases… Read more »

Auto Collisions – Avoid Settlement Mill Lawyers

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If you have been injured in an auto collision and want to pursue a personal injury claim, the selection of a personal injury attorney is critical.  You should choose an attorney who will strive to secure maximum compensation for you, even if that means taking your case to trial.  An attorney experience in personal injury… Read more »

Auto Collisions – Choosing a Personal Injury Attorney

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Essential to the success of your personal injury claim is the attorney you choose to represent you.  To assist in selecting the right lawyer, here are some questions you want to ask.  First, does the lawyer specialize in personal injury so that they have significant experience in dealing with cases similar to yours.  Second, does… Read more »

Auto Collisions – It Is Not An Accident

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Referring to an auto collision as an accident is wrong.  An accident implies a sudden event that happens by chance or that it was an unavoidable situation.  An accident ignores the fact that car crashes occur because one or more drivers were at fault.  A car wreck should be referred to as a collision or… Read more »

Auto Collisions – Pre-Existing Conditions

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The law in every state in this country provides that, if you had a pre-existing condition that was aggravated or made worse by an auto collision, you are entitled to compensation.  To do otherwise would mean that it is ‘open season’ on those who are not one hundred percent health and would allow negligent driver’s… Read more »

Auto Accidents – Filing A Lawsuit

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If you have not been able to settle your personal injury claim with the insurance adjuster, it will be necessary to file a lawsuit.  To begin a lawsuit, your lawyer will prepare and file a Petition.  The Petition must contain information about the parties to the lawsuit, the facts of the events (car wreck), the… Read more »

Auto Accidents – Statute of Limitations

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Both Kansas and Missouri have time limits for the filing of a personal injury lawsuit in an auto collision case.  If a lawsuit is not on file by the expiration of the time limit, you will be prohibited from filing a lawsuit and will be barred from obtaining any compensation for your personal injury claim. … Read more »