How Much Accident Compensation Can You Expect in Missouri?

No one wants to be in a car accident, but if you’ve been in one, you may deserve compensation for your property loss and injuries. The accident compensation you can expect in Missouri varies, but an experienced car wreck lawyer can get you the settlement you need and deserve.

How Much Accident Compensation Can a Car Wreck Lawyer Get You in Missouri?

A Car Accident Without Injury

There is no set amount of compensation you can receive from a car accident in any state, but you can get an idea of how large your settlement can be by looking at state payout ranges. In this state, the average payout for car accidents without injuries, usually referred to as “fender benders,” is between $3,000 and $15,000. The actual amount you’ll receive depends on the type of vehicle involved and the extent of damage done to your vehicle.

A Car Accident With Injury

The amount of compensation in a car accident in which you were injured depends heavily on a variety of factors, including whether the other driver was impaired when it happened, whether they were driving without a license, the extent of your injuries, and whether you or other parties were partially at fault. As such, it’s important to hire a personal injury attorney if you’ve suffered an injury in a motor vehicle accident. They’ll make sure to account for all factors.

When all losses are added up, including your medical bills, current lost wages, future lost wages, pain and suffering, and more, your settlement could range from $15,000 to over $1 million. This is why it’s important for you to not accept the first settlement offer given to you by the insurance company. The offer is likely not enough to cover all your losses, both now and in the future, but a personal injury lawyer can help.

Benefits to Hiring a Car Accident Attorney

You’ll Know How Much Your Case is Worth

As mentioned above, to ensure you get the compensation you deserve, you need to first know what your actual losses amount to. You’re likely going to suffer more losses than just medical bills and personal property damage. You may be out of work for a while or even unable to perform the same job you were doing before the accident. These losses need to be assessed by a professional who can be sure you get enough money to cover them.

Your attorney will have access to financial professionals who’ll be able to accurately determine how much your case is worth so that you don’t accept a settlement that’s not going to be sufficient to cover your losses. It can be tempting to accept an early settlement offer so that you can pay your bills, but in the long run, it’s almost always better to wait or to even take a case to court to get the amount you need.

You’ll Have Access to Resources to Support Your Case

Not only will you be able to accurately assess how much your case is worth with the help of a financial professional, but you’ll also have access to other resources that may be necessary to support your case. For example, you may need to prove that the accident was another party’s fault, which may require an accident reconstruction. Your attorney will have an accident reconstructionist available to show the insurance company, judge, or jury exactly how the accident happened.

Witnesses are also a key component of any successful personal injury case, and you may not be in any condition to track down and question witnesses. Your lawyer will have access to investigators who will perform these tasks for you to bolster your case’s strength. They’ll also obtain police reports, witness statements, and other evidentiary information that could prove instrumental in proving your case. Even if you’re able to investigate your case, it’s often better left to professionals anyway.

You’ll Have Someone With Negotiating and Courtroom Experience

Negotiation is a key component of any accidental injury case, and the majority of cases are settled before they ever reach the courtroom. Accidental injury attorneys are skilled at negotiating settlements with insurance companies, which may not be something you’re good at, especially if you’ve never done it before. Attorneys know exactly what to say and what evidence to present to get the largest settlement possible. Once you retain an attorney, all communications with an insurer should go through them.

However, if your attorney isn’t able to reach a settlement with the insurer, they’ll also be experienced in trying a case in front of a judge and jury. All top personal injury lawyers are adept at both negotiations and presenting a case so you know your case is in good hands no matter which way it goes. In fact, they’ll prepare as if your case is going to trial right from the start even if they’re expecting it to settle.

You Won’t Have to Pay Up Front

In most instances, personal injury cases are taken on a contingency fee basis. This means that you’ll only pay for your attorney’s fees if they recover compensation for you. You’ll have access to all the resources your attorney has available without having to pay for them until your case settles or you win a monetary award in a trial. This should ease your worries about how you’ll pay for your legal expenses as you fight for justice.

Be sure, though, to ask for your attorney’s fee structure before you hire them to make sure they’re taking your case on a contingency fee basis. While this is the usual arrangement for accident cases, it isn’t the only option. If you don’t have the finances available to pay for representation ahead of time, find an attorney who will allow you to defer payment until your case is over. Then, let them do the hard work of negotiating a settlement.

You’ll Have Someone on Your Side

When you’ve been injured in a car accident, your only focus should be on your recovery, but this can be difficult to do if you’re trying to fight a legal battle as well. Hiring an attorney gives you someone who is on your side and will be your voice while you concentrate on healing from your injuries. Since their compensation is tied to yours, they’ll fight as hard for you as they would for a member of their own family.

Having support during this challenging time is critical for your peace of mind and well-being, and that of your family. Knowing that someone is fighting for you behind the scenes to get you the compensation you need is restorative, especially since you won’t have the added stress of having to do it yourself. It’s been shown that stress hinders injury recovery, so hiring an attorney can actually reduce your healing time, associated medical bills, and employment wage losses.

Getting injured in a car accident is never something you can plan for. However, with the help of an experienced attorney, you can recover the compensation you deserve to get your life back on track. Contact our expert attorneys at the Potts Law Firm today to get on the path toward full recovery. We’ll get you the amount of compensation you need both now and for the future.