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In a Missouri car accident, who caused the crash plays an essential role in determining the injured party’s compensation and how much they receive. However, determining fault can be a complicated process, and an at-fault driver may try to pin blame on someone else to avoid paying for the damage they caused.

 

The Basics of Negligence in Missouri Car Accidents

Negligence in Missouri means someone failed to use the highest degree of care in operating a motor vehicle and their actions (or inactions) caused a crash. For instance, speeding is a common example of negligence, as drivers have less time and space to react when they exceed posted speed limits. The same idea is true when drivers go too fast for road conditions, even if they are not technically going faster than posted limits.

 

Evidence to Prove Fault for a Missouri Car Crash

To win a Missouri car accident claim, you must prove that the other driver acted negligently, and that this negligence caused or contributed to cause injury. Some types of evidence that you and your legal team can gather to support your case include:

 

  • Photos of the Accident Scene– These can show the position of the vehicles, road conditions, and any relevant signs or signals.
  • Police Reports– Accident reports from police often include the officer’s observations and may indicate who they believe caused the crash.
  • Witness Statements– People who saw the accident can provide accounts that support your version of events.
  • Video Footage– This might come from traffic cameras, dashcams, or security cameras nearby that captured the crash.
  • Cell Phone Records– A driver’s phone records can help prove if they were distracted by a phone call or text message when the accident happened.
  • Accident Reconstruction Reports– Specialists can reconstruct the crash to help understand how and why the accident occurred.
  • Medical Records– These documents help link your injuries to the accident and can help establish the impact and timing of the crash.

 

What If You Share the Fault for a Crash?

Missouri follows a “pure comparative fault” system. This means that even if you are partially at fault, you can still recover damages. However, your compensation will be reduced by your percentage of fault. For instance, if you are found to be 30% at fault, you are only entitled to 70% of your damages.

 

Contact a Missouri Car Accident Lawyer Now

If you suffered injuries in a car accident that someone else caused, you deserve robust legal support to seek financial recovery for your injuries and other losses. The Missouri car accident attorneys at Ryan R. Cox & Associates, LLC, have served St. Charles- and St. Louis-area clients for many years and can help you pursue the compensation you deserve after a collision. Call us today or complete our contact form for a free consultation.