FAQs Following a Car Crash

On June 1, 2017, in Auto Accident, by K. Lindsay Rakers

I represent those injured in both downstate Illinois car accidents and Missouri car accidents.  I find that oftentimes, my new clients seem to have the same questions.  I have tried to answer these questions with my Missouri Accident Guide and my Roadmap to Your Illinois Car Crash Case.  My guess is that many folks, those who are not my clients, those who want to try to handle their case on their own (and some people should do this, please check … Continue Reading >

Colossus – Computers Can’t Determine Individual Losses

On June 1, 2017, in Auto Accident, Insurance, by K. Lindsay Rakers

Allstate continues to use a claims evaluation software to determine their insureds’ and claimants’ harms and losses.  Allstate uses a software called “Colossus” to assist their adjusters.  It is actually estimated that 70% of car accident claims are being evaluated by Colossus.  And it isn’t just Allstate – a helpful list of all known insurance companies with licensing rights to use Colossus can be found here (which insurance companies are authorized to use Colossus?).  Of course, the insurance companies claim … Continue Reading >

Can an Injury Attorney Really Help Me?

On June 1, 2017, in Auto Accident, Product Liability, Safety, by K. Lindsay Rakers

Yes.  A personal injury attorney can be invaluable to you and your family if you have been injured in a car crash, truck crash, fall, or other type of personal injury as a result of someone else’s carelessness.   Granted, there are times when a lawyer just isn’t needed and I have told friends, family, even potential clients just that.  If you have been in a car crash or fell on someone’s property but you were lucky enough to escape without … Continue Reading >

What Kind of Injury Lawyer Do You Want?

On June 1, 2017, in Auto Accident, Personal Injury, by K. Lindsay Rakers

You need a personal injury lawyer.  There are a lot of them out there.  Should you just toss a coin?  Should you pick the one on the back of the phone book?  Should you call the guy or gal who is listed at the top of Google?  Well, let me ask you this…what do you do when you need a doctor?  If you think you are having a heart attack, you go to the nearest emergency room and hope that … Continue Reading >

I Was Following the Rules…Why Am I Being Punished?

On June 1, 2017, in Auto Accident, by K. Lindsay Rakers

As an injury trial lawyer, I hear this from my clients frequently – “I didn’t do anything wrong…so why has MY life been turned upside down?”  I’ve been in a car crash myself – one caused by the carelessness of someone else.  All of a sudden, I found myself with medical bills, missed work, a totaled car.  I was fortunate – I was able to take a few days off from work without being punished; I had health insurance to … Continue Reading >

Distracted Driving – Our Kids Might Not Be the Problem

On June 1, 2017, in Auto Accident, Safety, by K. Lindsay Rakers

Distracted driving.  If you haven’t heard about it, you have been living in a bubble or, well, very distracted.

According to the CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention), in 2012 alone, 3,328 people were killed in crashes involving a distracted driving.  In addition, 421,000 people were injured as a result of people driving distracted.  I’ve represented some of those folks and their families.  In 2011, almost one in every five crashes involving injury involved distracted driving.  In December 2012 … Continue Reading >

Truck Driver Medical Examinations Must Now Be Completed By a Certified Professional

On June 1, 2017, in Auto Accident, Truck Accident, by K. Lindsay Rakers

I have several clients that were severely injured tractor trailer crashes. I find it disturbing that on more than one occasion, I have learned that the negligent truck driver shouldn’t have been on the road in the first place. Just like regular motorists, tractor trailer drivers can have medical conditions that make it unsafe for them to drive a regular car, let alone a heavy, large semi-truck. While trucking company/employers are required to have their drivers examined to confirm that … Continue Reading >

Construction and Road Workers Face Risks Each Day

On June 1, 2017, in Auto Accident, Personal Injury, by K. Lindsay Rakers

Construction work can be dangerous work no matter where it is taking place. But one particularly dangerous type of construction work is highway work. With warming temperatures and longer daylight hours, we are sure to see more and more construction work beginning on our highways. In fact, April 23-27 is National Work Zone Awareness Week, with many activities taking place right here in the greater St. Louis area. With the warmer weather, there will be more Illinois drivers and Missouri … Continue Reading >

Regulations Are in Place for Semi-Truck Drivers for a Reason

On June 1, 2017, in Auto Accident, Truck Accident, by K. Lindsay Rakers

As a Missouri and Illinois truck accident attorney, I know there are many things that must be considered in a post-crash investigation. More often than not, the insurance carrier for the truck driver receives notice of the semi-truck crash right away – sometimes within the hour. This is because truck drivers are trained to to notify their employers of a crash immediately. When that happens, the employer (who is trained to do so) immediately notifies the insurance carrier. You would … Continue Reading >

What Car Insurance Do I Need?

On June 1, 2017, in Auto Accident, Insurance, by K. Lindsay Rakers

As a St. Louis Missouri injury attorney I hear a lot of clients tell me that they’re confused about their options when purchasing automobile insurance. Unfortunately, we often discover that a client is underprotected after they’ve been in a in a car accident. There are several different options available to you when purchasing an automobile insurance. It’s a good idea to know what these options are so that if you are indeed involved in an automobile accident – whether it’s … Continue Reading >

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