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Proving Negligence in Car and Truck Accidents

Experienced Missouri Car Crash Attorney

In most auto accidents, there is no mystery about who is responsible. But when fault is not clear cut, proving negligence can be a barrier to much needed compensation. Or the defense may argue that the victim's role in the accident should reduce the payout.

Veteran personal injury lawyers Lee Dempsey and Bob Kingsland have handled hundreds of auto accident cases. With 50-plus years of combined experience, they can initiate a prompt and thorough investigation to protect your rights and establish liability of all parties who bear responsibility for a crash.

We handle car accidents, truck accidents and other motor vehicle accidents throughout the greater Kansas City area. Call immediately at 816-421-6868 so that we can get investigators to the scene.

Proving Negligence of the Other Driver and Third Parties

We act quickly to preserve evidence that is critical to your case:

  • Photos of the vehicles, ideally before they are moved
  • Photo or video of the crash site (skid marks, debris, obstructed views)
  • Photos of the victims' injuries
  • Inspection of the vehicles for evidence of poor maintenance
  • Data from onboard "black box" recorder (speed, braking, etc.)
  • Truck driver logbooks and corresponding truck company logs
  • Driver history (license status, prior accidents, traffic violations, criminal convictions)
  • Law enforcement accident reports
  • Toxicology tests if alcohol or drugs are suspected
  • Witness statements

From this body of evidence we can trace the actual negligence: a fatigued trucker, a driver distracted by a cell phone, unsafe condition of the vehicle itself. In cases of major injuries or a wrongful death where liability is disputed, or a complicated crash scene involving multiple vehicles, we can bring in accident reconstruction specialists, human factors experts, automotive mechanics, road engineers and other professionals who can determine what happened and who was at fault.

In fatal accidents, the person does not always die at the scene or from the immediate injuries. Our medical consultants and attorneys are skilled at proving liability via medical causation if a family member died weeks, months or even a year later from complications such as internal bleeding, stroke, infection or organ failure.

Laying the Groundwork for Full Damages

We present our evidence to the insurance company and begin the earnest negotiations. If the insurer still denies negligence or argues our client's contributory negligence as a minimizing factor, we are ready and willing to go to a jury.

But even if liability is acknowledged, securing full compensation is another matter. We anticipate resistance from the insurance company by carefully documenting the extent of the injuries and the physical, financial and emotional impact on our client.

Contact us quickly so that we put the full resources of our firm behind your case. We offer a free consultation, including evenings or weekends and including home or hospital visits.

Kansas City Dempsey and Kingsland Personal Injury Attorney Video

The attorneys at Dempsey & Kingsland handle personal injury cases. If you have been seriously injured, contact a lawyer in Kansas City, Missouri at 816.421.6868 or visit http://www.dempseyandkingsland.com

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