Waiting for a Car Accident Settlement in Missouri? What you need to know
You can never be too cautious when on the road in the state of Missouri. Though we all need our cars to get to where we need to go, the risk of a crash is always prevalent, and often when you least expect it.
It’s important to stay safe on the road, but unfortunately, accidents still happen. According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol website, a total of 47,977 drivers were injured as the result of a car crash in 2014. Many of these drivers suffered head injuries, back injuries, broken bones, whiplash, and even paralysis, and often times the accident isn’t even their fault.
We can’t always prevent an accident from occurring, but if you’ve been recently injured in an automobile accident, it is important that you take the necessary steps needed to receive the maximum compensation you deserve to make up for lost work hours and growing medical bills and other living expenses.
For instance, if you’ve been injured in an accident that was not your fault, it is essential to gather as much information on the details of the accident as possible. Take pictures of the collision, gather the other party’s insurance information, file a police report, and gather any witness testimonials and information as is possible. Legal professionals and insurance providers will need every bit of information possible to enable you to get the most out of your settlement.
Also, be sure to keep in mind that according to state law, Missouri uses a pure-comparative fault system in determining compensation. According to FreeAdvice Legal, this means that the amount one receives in compensation in an accident is determined by the percentage of fault caused by a driver.
An example of this would be that if Person A is injured in an accident and it is determined that they were only 10% responsible for the accident, they will receive 90% of the compensation in which they are awarded. That means that if Person A is awarded $100,000 in compensation for their injuries & damages, they will likely receive $90,000 in a settlement, or 90% of $100,000.
However, this also means that Person B, who was deemed 90% responsible for the accident, will be able to receive 10% of the compensation they are awarded. That means that if Person B also was awarded $100,000 for their injuries and damages, they will likely only receive up to $10,000 in a settlement.
There is both good and bad to this system of determining fault and compensation. On the upside, it means that even if you are mostly at fault for an accident, you will still be able to receive some amount of compensation, even if it’s much less than what you need. However, this can also be a downside if you’re on the other side, as it means it’s much harder to receive the full compensation you need.
This system also has another consequence; time. With the amount of detailed consideration and legal processes it would take to determine an accurate fault percentage, it may be many months or even years until you may see a penny of the compensation you deserve.
How would you be able to receive cash now from your settlement? By receiving a pre-settlement advance from Bridgeway Legal Funding!
A "Lawsuit Loan", which is similar to a traditional loan, is the quickest way to receive a portion of your expected personal injury settlement if you’ve been injured in a car accident in Missouri. However, unlike a traditional loan, you are not required to pay back your advance unless you receive a settlement from your claim. This means that within 24-48 hours of applying, you can receive a percentage of your expected settlement to use anyway you need – from paying hospital bills and auto repairs, to buying groceries and other daily needs.
Bridgeway Legal Funding makes it as easy as possible to apply for an advance. Simply call us at (800) 531-4066 or apply online to find out if you qualify for an advance. Shortly after contacting us, an associate of Bridgeway will reach out to you to discuss your case. This will involve a brief conversation regarding the details of the accident, the injuries you suffered, and any information regarding the crash we need to know. We will also contact your lawyers office for some questions and request some documents about your claim.
Once we speak with your attorney, our team will determine the amount you are eligible to receive as an advance in as little as 24-48 hours!
Drivers throughout the state of Missouri may be eligible to receive a pre-settlement advance from Bridgeway. This includes, but is not limited to, such cities as:
- Kansas City - St. Charles - Lee’s Summit
- St. Louis - Blue Springs - O’Fallon
- Springfield - St. Peters - St. Joseph
- Independence - Florissant - Cape Girardeau
- Columbia - Joplin - Wildwood
- Jefferson City - Chesterfield - University City
Call or reach out to Bridgeway Legal Funding online to find out if you are eligible to receive pre-settlement funding for your car crash injuries today!
Missouri State Highway Patrol website: http://www.mshp.dps.missouri.gov/MSHPWeb/SAC/index_960grid.html
Missouri Department of Transportation Crash Statistics: http://www.modot.org/safety/BlueprintCrashStatistics.htm
Information on Missouri’s “Pure Comparative Fault” System: