Bridgeton has a long history with transportation dating back to the early 1720’s. Railroads, ferries, and some of the oldest trails lined the terrain, making the city a popular rest stop for travelers going to St. Louis and surrounding areas.
Today, Bridgeton still uses some of those original paths; Natural Bridge, St. Charles Rock Road, and the American Discovery Trail are used every day to get neighbors to and from their favorite places. In addition, neighborhood streets, I-70, and I-270 all make travelling easy and efficient.
Throughout history, another factor hasn’t changed: accidents. Even though broken wooden wheels transformed into flat tires and cloth coverings became luxury convertibles, technology has not decreased the amount of auto accidents. Accidents happen, and they happen often.
In 2011, a total of 51,060 Missouri residents were injured in car accidents and 786 residents were killed. Throughout every season, auto vehicles alter the course of Bridgeton and St. Louis resident’s lives. Cars, trucks, motorcycles, bicycles, and even boats and ATVs are involved in auto accidents each year, leaving thousands injured.
Finney Law Office, LLC has over 30 years of experience handling a variety of auto vehicle accidents. While the pattern stays the same, the accidents differ. We handle each unique case differently, using the evidence, injury, and impact on your life to steer us in a specific direction.
Every 10.3 minutes, a Missourian is injured from a traffic accident in 2011.
Every day, the highways edges are lined with broken down cars, police cars, and ambulances. The radio highlights ways to avoid the traffic, and we move on with our lives.
Yet when you are involved in an auto accident it isn’t so easy to move on. Every ten minutes, another Missouri resident may be facing whiplash, broken bones, scrapes and bruises, and a brand new outlook on life.
An auto accident may only take a second but the repercussions can last a lifetime. Hospital and medical expenses pile up; you may lose time away from work, and your family and social relationships may become strained. You have to figure out a new way of life. Over and over again you ask yourself–how did this happen to you?
Over 11,000 residents were injured from speed-related accidents in Missouri in 2011.
Many Bridgeton residents are guilty of speeding. Whether they are late on their way to work, have a need for speed, or are just following the natural flow of traffic, speeding is an easy way to get a ticket, and an easy way to injury other Bridgeton residents.
Speeding can lead to fender benders and high-impact collisions. It can ultimately cause severe injury to Bridgeton and St. Louis residents. When speeding is involved in a car crash, injured victims may experience severe whiplash, chest pains, and back injuries from the impactful collisions.
Drunk driving accidents caused 3,625 injuries and 208 deaths to Missourians in 2011.
Drunk driving can be catastrophic. The law states that a person should not drive if they have a blood alcohol level over 0.08 percent but more times than not, drunk drivers are completely unaware of how much they drank.
We have all heard of the horror stories about drunk driving accidents. When a car is swerving or driving too fast, you may not have enough time to save yourself and your family from this trauma.
Young drivers (under the age of 21) caused 12,808 injuries and 246 deaths to Missouri residents in auto accidents in 2011.
Traffic accidents are the leading cause of death for teenagers. Unfortunately, many accidents involve other teens or vehicles and leave many families dealing with the consequences.
Young drivers do not have the skill that more experienced drivers have. Unfamiliar roads and distractions can easily be factors when young drivers are involved. When teenagers are on their way to Pattonville Senior High School, they may find themselves involved on their phone instead of the road.
Young drivers are more often distracted by their phones, changing the radio or GPS, playing loud music, etc. When distracted, car accidents occur and may leave you or a loved one severely injured.
Elder drivers (55+) were responsible for 15,929 traffic accident injuries and 247 deaths to Missourians in 2011.
Someday, you may need to have a hard conversation with your parents and ask the question, “Should you keep driving?” Small obstacles like driving at night and in poor weather conditions may be a hard challenge for aging parents and elderly Bridgeton residents.
Commercial motor vehicle accidents resulted in 3,479 injures and 120 deaths to Missourians in 2011.
Trucks accidents may be less common than car accidents but they tend to be some of the most severe. Due to the sheer weight of trucks, the damages can be extreme.
Overweight trucks, drowsy driving, improper training, or mechanical problems are other factors when trucks are involved in accidents. If a driver wasn’t trained properly or told to continue driving past their allotted hours, the truck company could be liable.
One out of four persons in a motorcycle accident will be injured. In 2011, 2,166 Missourians were injured due to motorcycle accidents.
While this number does not seem significant, think of how much time a motorcyclist is on their bike. They usually only ride when the weather permits, leaving just the summer days and occasional spring and fall days.
Motorcycles are unlike car and truck accidents because of the severity of the injuries sustained. There is no cushion between the motorcyclist and the impact of the collision. Many motorcyclists are carted away with severe road burn, broken bones, and head traumas.
Construction / other work zones were involved in 711 injuries and 10 deaths in Missouri in 2011.
Construction zones are always a hassle and can be dangerous for drivers. Smaller roads, concrete blocks, and improper signs can lead to auto accidents that result in injuring Bridgeton and Missouri neighbors.
In Bridgeton, Fee Fee Road is undergoing Phase 1 construction. Years of construction will eliminate safer road conditions and increase the possibility of a negligent driver injuring a loved family member or neighbor. Remember to keep up with the updates and reroute your navigation to avoid narrow construction zones.
Don’t become the next statistic.
When you’re involved in an accident and have been injured, you shouldn’t just be a statistic. You should be remembered for your story, and how you regained your quality of life in Bridgeton.
At Finney Law Office, LLC, we treat each client with utmost respect. Being injured or killed in an auto accident is one of the scariest things that may ever happen to you or a loved one.
After an accident, you may feel confused, overwhelmed, and in pain. While you are trying to recover, the pile of medical expenses and changed lifestyle may leave you despaired. During this time, it is important to remember that you are not at fault and the negligent driver is responsible for your sustained losses.
When you work with an experienced auto accident attorney, you may successfully receive the compensation that you deserve. Compensation can cover continual medical expenses, lost salary, time, suffering, and more.
Finney Law Office, LLC has been working with Bridgeton neighbors to help them secure the best possible outcome after an auto accident. If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a car accident, truck accident, or motorcycle accident, contact the attorney at Finney Law Office, LLC today.