Southeast Missouri Personal Injury Attorneys




Automotive Crashes and Pedestrians

BOLD Marketing - Wednesday, December 07, 2016

In May 2016, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration released pedestrian data from 2014.


         - While the trend for total vehicle fatalities lowered by nearly 10,000 from 2005 to 2014, the percentage of pedestrian fatalities out of total vehicle

         fatalities has increased from 11 to 15 percent. In other words, automotive crashes are becoming more fatal for pedestrians.


          - Adults 50 to 59 made up the highest total number of pedestrians killed in 2014, at 942 deaths, and the second largest age group, with 745 deaths,

          was adults 20 to 29.


          - Alcohol involvement — for the driver and/or the pedestrian — was reported in 48 percent of the traffic crashes that resulted in pedestrian fatalities.


Pedestrians should remain cautious when crossing roads, especially outside of intersections and crosswalks. Inebriating substances used by both motorists and pedestrians increase the chance of a catastrophic event.


To help our community remain safe, we rely on each other to practice attentive and careful driving.


To learn more about your rights as a pedestrian, contact Cook, Barkett, Ponder & Wolz for a free consultation: 1 (877) 337-6651.


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Four things to consider when hiring a personal injury attorney

BOLD Marketing - Thursday, December 01, 2016

Running an internet search for “personal injury lawyer” churn up result after result, and not knowing how to narrow them down can lead to a hasty and unfortunate decision. Knowing the right questions to ask is critical for making the best decision when hiring a personal injury attorney.



A case evaluation allows you to sit down with an attorney to share details about your situation at no charge or obligation to you. This also allows you a chance to “interview” the attorney about his or her experience and expertise.



It’s important to engage an attorney who is experienced and successful in the field with which you need assistance. The practice of law is complex, and a dedicated personal injury attorney will not only be experienced but will be up-to-date on new developments in personal injury and medical malpractice law with the knowledge and resources needed for a serious personal injury claim. Ask your prospective attorney:

  •      - How long have you been in practice?
    •      - Is your practice focused on personal injury?
      •      - How many personal injury lawsuits have you tried?
  •      - Have you handled cases similar to mine before?




It’s beneficial to understand expectations and have a basic idea of what the legal process entails before proceeding with a personal injury claim. Both of those require ongoing, open communication between a client and his or her attorney. Speak with your attorney about how often you should expect communication and in what form that communication may come to help ensure your case moves forward smoothly.



Lawsuits involving catastrophic injuries take considerable time and resources to develop correctly. Working with a qualified expert witnesss will provide greater credibility to claims and can help explain complex issues. It’s important to ensure your attorney has the available resources and connections with expert witnesses to try your case effectively.


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