With more than 50 years of combined legal experience, the trusted lawyers of Mann, Wyatt & Tanksley Injury Attorneys have earned a reputation for protecting the rights and interests of car accident victims like you. Our legal team has the skills and the resources to take on even the most complex car accident claims. We intentionally limit the number of cases we take so you receive dedicated attention and top-quality legal advocacy.

Contact our law firm today for a free case evaluation to discuss your crash with a knowledgeable car accident lawyer. Our attorneys are available to meet with you at the hospital, in your home, over the phone, after-hours or on weekends – whatever’s most convenient for you. We work hard to make the legal process as easy as possible, handling everything in your case so that you don’t have to deal with insurance companies or their attorneys. Instead, you can focus on your recovery and getting back to your life.

How a Car Accident Lawyer Can Make a Difference in Your Case

After you’ve been hurt in a car accident, it can be tempting to accept a check from the insurance company and move on with your life. However, if you have been seriously injured, the quick payout offered by the insurance company may barely cover the first round of medical bills from your accident.

A car accident lawyer from Mann, Wyatt & Tanksley Injury Attorneys will advocate for you during this stressful time and ensure you are pursuing the full compensation you deserve. When you choose our firm to help with your claim, you can expect that our legal team will:

  • Quickly launch our own independent investigation of your car accident to recover all available evidence
  • Work with accident reconstruction experts to help build a strong, persuasive case showing how your wreck occurred and identifying the party or parties at fault for your injuries
  • Help you document your injuries and damages, including working with medical, financial, or vocational experts to explain the extent of your ongoing and future damages
  • Filing your claims for compensation with the relevant insurance companies and dealing with the insurance adjuster, attorneys, and all other parties involved so you don’t have to
  • Vigorously pursuing a settlement that provides you with full compensation for your past and future damages, while preparing your case to go to trial if necessary

At Mann, Wyatt & Tanksley Injury Attorneys, we understand that being seriously injured in a car accident can place a significant financial burden on you and your family. That’s why our firm offers free initial consultations. When you choose us to represent you in your car accident case, you owe us no fees unless and until we obtain payment for you.

Pursuing Full Compensation in Your Car Accident Claim

When you’ve been injured in a car accident that was caused by someone else’s negligence or recklessness, you may be entitled to financial compensation for your injuries and damages. Losses that you can receive compensation for include:

  • Past, ongoing, and future medical expenses, including ER visits, surgeries or other medical procedures, pain medication, physical and occupational therapy, and medical equipment like crutches or wheelchairs
  • Personal care costs, such as home health services or home maintenance services when you cannot perform those tasks yourself
  • Lost wages, income, and business opportunities for the time you miss from work while recovering from your injuries
  • Lost earning capacity, if your injuries disable you from returning to your full pre-accident work duties
  • Lost enjoyment and/or quality of life, as from physical disabilities or disfigurements
  • Pain and suffering, or physical and emotional anguish or distress brought about by your accident and injuries
  • Property damage, including the cost to repair or replace your vehicle

No insurance adjuster can tell you right off the bat how much your case is worth. You need a strong advocate on your side to thoroughly evaluate your losses and fight for the maximum compensation you deserve.

What If You Were Partly at Fault for Your Car Crash?

Even if you share some of the blame, you could be entitled to compensation for your injuries and other losses. All but a handful of states in the U.S. follow some version of the “comparative negligence rule,” which generally states that an injured plaintiff won’t be barred from recovering compensation just because he or she shares some of the fault.

The comparative negligence rules differ from state to state. For example:

  • Missouri — Follows a “pure” comparative negligence rule, under which an injured plaintiff cannot be barred from seeking compensation due to the plaintiff sharing fault for the accident and injuries. However, the compensation the plaintiff receives will be reduced by his or her share of fault.
  • Colorado and Kansas — Follow a “modified” comparative negligence rule that states that an injured plaintiff can seek compensation as long as his or her share of fault is less than the combined fault of all other parties. In other words, the plaintiff must be less than 50 percent at fault. The plaintiff’s compensation will be reduced to reflect his or her share of fault.
  • Oklahoma — Follows a “modified” comparative negligence system that allows an injured plaintiff to recover compensation as long as his or her share of fault is equal to or less than the combined shares of fault of all other responsible parties. In other words, the plaintiff must be less than 51 percent at fault. The plaintiff’s compensation will be reduced to reflect his or her share of fault.

Under comparative negligence rules, a crash victim who is partly at fault would be assigned a percentage of blame. Then, the amount of damages awarded would be reduced by that percentage. For example, if it’s determined you are 25 percent at fault for a car accident in which you suffered $100,000 in damages, your compensation would be reduced by $25,000.

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Time Limit for Filing a Car Accident Lawsuit

The law in each state puts a time limit, known as the statute of limitations, on filing a car accident lawsuit. In Kansas and Oklahoma, you have two years from the date of your accident to file a personal injury lawsuit. In Colorado, you have three years to file a car accident injury lawsuit. In Missouri, you have five years from the date of your accident to file a lawsuit.

You should speak with an experienced car accident lawyer about the statute of limitations on your case. Your attorney will want to begin an investigation as soon as possible to preserve evidence and start documenting your losses. The sooner you get legal advice, the better.

Tips for Protecting Your Rights After a Car Crash

  • Call 911 — You can also contact local law enforcement to have an officer come to the accident scene. The responding officer will prepare an accident report documenting crucial evidence. Make sure you obtain a copy of this report, as it will be useful for your injury claim.
  • Take photographs — If possible, take photos and/or video of the accident scene. This includes details such as the positions of the vehicles after the accident, any skid marks on the road, damage to the vehicles, any obstructions to drivers’ vision, the road lines and traffic controls at the scene, and the weather, lighting, road, and traffic conditions at the time of the accident. Also photograph any visible injuries you’ve suffered.
  • Collect drivers’ information — Collect the names, registration, license information, and insurance information from each driver involved in the accident.
  • Get witness contact information — Get the names and contact information for any bystanders who may have witnessed your accident. Your lawyer can follow up with them later for a statement.
  • See a doctor — Get examined at the local emergency room or urgent care clinic. Or see your primary care physician as soon as possible after your accident. This ensures you get necessary treatment and that your injuries are properly documented.

Finally, speak with a car accident lawyer from Mann, Wyatt & Tanksley Injury Attorneys to go over the details of your accident and to learn more about your legal rights. A consultation with our team is free, and there is no charge unless we recover money for you.

Common Car Accident Injuries

Some of the injuries we commonly see related to serious motor vehicle accidents include:

  • Broken bones
  • Spinal cord injuries and paralysis
  • Internal organ damage and internal bleeding
  • Burns, such as from a car fire or from road rash if the person is ejected from the vehicle
  • Head injuries, including eye and ear trauma
  • Traumatic brain injuries, ranging from concussion to more severe injuries like coma
  • Amputations
  • Soft-tissue injuries, such as sprains/tears of tendons, ligaments, and muscles, or herniated or ruptured spinal discs

Common Causes of Car Accidents

Our legal team will thoroughly investigate your crash to determine the cause and who should be held liable. Some of the most common causes of car accidents include:

  • Careless or reckless driving, including speeding, tailgating (following too closely), failing to signal before turns or lane changes, failing to check mirrors and blind spots, or weaving through heavy traffic
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs
  • Drowsy or fatigued driving, which can be just as dangerous as driving under the influence
  • Distracted driving, which commonly results from using cellphones while driving
  • Road rage
  • Defective vehicles or car parts

Other factors like nighttime driving, potholes and broken pavement, or adverse weather like rain, snow, and fog can also contribute to car accidents.

Talk to a Car Accident Attorney Now

If you have been seriously injured in a car accident in Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, or Colorado, do not wait to talk to a lawyer. Get a free, no-obligation consultation with a car accident lawyer from Mann, Wyatt & Tanksley Injury Attorneys today. We can answer all your questions and help you understand your next steps.

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