Many drivers will experience a fender bender during their time on the road. However, if you’ve been involved in a major automobile accident that has led to life-threatening injuries or serious damage, you shouldn’t have to manage expensive medical bills and deal with confusing insurance claims alone.
At Devereaux, Stokes, Fernandez and Leonard, we know how important it is to have an experienced car accident lawyer on your side. We’ve handled these complex cases for over 40 years and can help you or your loved one get the compensation you deserve.
While you focus on recovering from injuries, our team will take care of all matters with insurance companies and work hard to hold negligent parties responsible.
Why Should I Hire A Lawyer?
Getting in an automobile accident is overwhelming and stressful. Our team can assist you in the following ways:
- Help you settle insurance claims
- Hold negligent parties responsible for damages
- Get compensation for emotional damage/pain and suffering
- Receive help paying past and future medical bills
What Types of Cases Do Our Lawyers Take?
We help clients receive compensation for motor vehicle accidents caused by, but not limited to, the following:
Drunk Driving Accidents
A car accident caused by a driver under the influence of alcohol or drugs can alter your life forever. Tracking a DUI arrest following your drunk driving accident is just one example of the type of in-depth investigation that the lawyers at Devereaux, Stokes, Fernandez & Leonard, P.C., are prepared to undertake. There are specific statutes in Missouri and Illinois called Dram Shop laws that address the liability of a bar or restaurant who continues to serve alcohol to an obviously intoxicated person who then goes on to hurt someone. In addition, if the drunk driver was working or has a homeowners policy, it is possible that there may be workplace other insurance available to compensate you.
Every state has mandatory minimum insurance requirements. In order to register a vehicle, you must prove that you have purchased the statutorily required minimum amount of insurance on that vehicle in case you get into an accident. If you are hit by an uninsured driver or if an unidentified vehicle is responsible for your accident, you may be able to make an Uninsured Motorist (UM) claim under your own insurance policy.
Texting While Driving
Research studies have shown that using a cell phone while driving can cause as many accidents as driving under the influence of alcohol. Our team can work with investigators to find out if the driver of the other car was distracted by a cell phone conversation, a text message exchange or something happening inside or outside the car. This information is key in our pursuit of compensation for your injuries and pain and suffering.
Some of the most serious and life-threatening injuries are those resulting from head-on collisions. These types of auto accidents are extremely dangerous due to the high impact and velocity often associated with the crash. Most common are injuries to the head and brain. When serious enough, head and brain injuries cause permanent damage, leading to further rehabilitation and post-operative care needs. We will thoroughly investigate the cause of your head-on collision crash and hold all negligent parties responsible for their actions.
How Much Is Your Claim Worth?
Every accident is different. Damages earned depend on a variety of factors, including the cost of medical bills, damages for lost wages, and types of injuries.
To discuss your case with an experienced lawyer, contact our office to set up a free consultation.
I was referred to Gonzolo (“Gonz”) Fernandez by a friend of mine after I was in a car accident and had battled the insurance company for several months. I finally realized I needed to hire legal counsel. Gonz was fabulous to work with. From our initial meeting, I knew he was the right match. He was personable, honest, fair, and collaborative. He always got back to me on time, kept me in the loop during those “waiting times,” called or emailed me personally (rather than having an assistant do it), and took over everything. He gave me excellent advice, and I trusted him completely. He let me make my own decisions, but consistently helped me weigh the pros and cons of any choice I faced. I will say with 100 percent certainty, my end settlement was far more than I would have received if I had attempted this process alone. I would recommend him in a heartbeat.