traffic collision, also known as a motor vehicle collision (MVC), traffic accidentmotor vehicle accidentcar accidentautomobile accidentroad traffic collisionroad traffic accidentwreckcar crash, or car smash occurs when a   with another vehicle, pedestrian, animal, , or other stationary obstruction, such as a tree or . Traffic collisions may result in injury, death and property damage.

A number of factors contribute to the risk of collision, including , speed of operation, , road environment, and driver skill, impairment due to alcohol or drugs, and behavior, notably speeding and racing. Worldwide,  collisions lead to death and disability as well as financial costs to both society and the individuals involved.

Road injuries resulted in 1.4 million deaths in 2013, up from 1.1 million deaths in 1990. About 68,000 of these occurred in children less than five years old. Almost all high-income countries have decreasing death rates, while the majority of low-income countries having increasing death rates due to traffic collisions. Middle-income countries have the highest rate with 20 deaths per 100,000 inhabitants, 80% of all road fatalities by only 52% of all vehicles. While the death rate in Africa is the highest (24.1 per 100,000 inhabitants), the lowest rate is to be found in Europe (10.3). 


Have You Been in a Motor Vehicle Accident?

Motor vehicle accidents including   and  are the most common type of  claim. These claims are typically based on the theory of negligence. In most Missouri and Illinois motor vehicle accidents, the injured party, the plaintiff, must establish the negligence the defendant in order to seek civil damages. Furthermore, the plaintiff must show that the defendant’s negligence was the proximate cause of both the accident and the plaintiff’s injuries. Our St. Louis motor vehicle laywers can help guide you through this process.


You May Be Eligible For Compensation

Violations of statutory law and vehicle code are often cited to establish negligence in motor vehicle accidents. If, for example, a driver failed to stop at a stop sign causing an accident, that statutory violation could be enough to establish fault in that accident. Establishing fault in a motor vehicle accident can be more complicated in some cases, however. If you have been injured in a motor vehicle accident, it’s important to contact an experienced St. Louis personal injury lawyer like the attorneys at Sumner Law Group.  Our St. Louis personal injury lawyers can help you determine who is at fault for the accident and seek damages where appropriate. St. Louis motor vehicle lawyers at Sumner Law Group deal with these issues on a regular basis, so if you’ve been injured, please give us a call.