Missouri Traffic Fatality Rate Spikes During COVID-19
Fewer drivers are on the road during the pandemic, but the Missouri Highway Patrol reported in June that fatal crashes are up by 11% compared to last year. The number of pedestrians struck or killed is also rising.
Although there are fewer people on the road during the pandemic, there is a higher number of drivers speeding or driving distracted. Reckless driving often results in serious or life-threatening injuries. If you were hurt, or someone you love was killed, due to another driver’s negligence, Wolfgram Law car accident lawyers in St. Louis can help you take legal action.
Will COVID-19 Affect My Car Accident Claim?
Just like everyone, it took a while for insurance companies to transition to work-from-home conditions. The claims process now is only slightly delayed. At first, clients were understandably afraid to go to Hospitals. Hospital wait times are down now. Private doctors are seeing fewer patients so there can be delays, but with COVID precautions in place safe and effective medical care is readily available.
Some insurance companies are making lower offers and delaying offers trying to take advantage of delays in restarting jury trials. I have had two insurance company lawyers tell me that the company would not offer more because they knew the jury trial we had scheduled was going to be delayed. Insurance company dirty tricks. I have been doing this work for 30 years but this is a new low for insurance companies. We will add vexatious claims practices to every lawsuit where we find this behavior.
Jury trials are delayed but there is so much work to do between filing suit and sitting in front of a jury. I expect it will take a little longer to get to trial. One tactic we use to punish the insurance company dragging its feet is to file for Prejudgment Interest. This means if the verdict is greater than your last demand the insurance has to pay interest on the judgment. The rates vary but are about 6%. Not a bad return.
The insurance companies are always going to try to put obstacles in your path but that is another reason to get in touch with a St. Louis car accident attorney immediately to get started on your claim. We know how to knock down the barriers to a just recovery.
How a St. Louis Car Accident Lawyer Can Help
Many are experiencing financial distress during the COVID-19 pandemic. For some, this may cause a lapse in insurance coverage, while for others, this may prevent them from hiring an attorney to handle their car accident or wrongful death case.
If you were injured in an auto accident, or someone you love was involved in a fatal crash, Wolfgram Law can help. Our attorneys operate on a contingency basis meaning that you will not have to pay for our services until we recover compensation for you. With our qualified legal team on your side, you may be able to receive a settlement that covers present and future damages, including:
- Medical expenses
- Funeral and burial costs
- Lost income
- Property damages
- Loss of companionship
Contact Wolfgram Law
COVID-19 is already a challenging time for many. If you or someone you love has sustained serious injuries or been killed in an auto accident, our qualified St. Louis car accident attorneys are here to help. We can help you gather evidence, identify all potential sources of compensation, and fight for your right to recover a fair settlement.