Tort Fund Heavy Vehicles STL Fall Events

Tort Fund Heavy Vehicles STL Fall Events

September 2022 Newsletter

Rana Law Group Newsletter

In this issue:

  • MO Tort Victims’ Compensation Fund 
  • Larger/Heavier Vehicles are More Deadly
  • Fall Events: Art Fair & Balloon Race

Missouri Tort Victims’ Compensation Fund
With injury cases, most lawyers only take cases where there is a means of financial recovery for the injured person.  Almost always, this is in the form of insurance coverage (and not from individuals).  Our office policy is not to go after individuals primarily for safety reasons (we do not want someone showing up at our office), but also because the person can simply file for bankruptcy and likely discharge the judgment.  But even when there is insurance coverage, there may not be enough available to make the injured person fully whole from their damages.

For those who were undercompensated from a crime or tort (injury due to negligence or recklessness of another), the state of Missouri has the Tort Victims’ Compensation Fund which allows claims for up to $300,000.  Victims can make a claim through this fund within the applicable statute of limitations.  Missouri takes all the claims submitted within a period and victims are paid out on a pro-rata basis based on the amount the legislature allocated to the fund.  There are some limitations, however, overall, the Tort Victims’ Compensation Fund is a lifeline to be able to pay medical bills and get compensation when the perpetrator of the crime or tort either cannot pay or does not have enough insurance coverage.

If you think you or someone you know may qualify, please call our office and we can determine if there is eligibility for any money out of the Tort Victims’ Compensation Fund.

Larger and Heavier Vehicles are More Deadly
Back in our February newsletter, we discussed the Department of Transportation’s National Roadway Safety Strategy report that showed our roads have become more dangerous over the past ten years.  The report highlighted that vehicles have been killing pedestrians and cyclist more often than in the past.  I recently read an article in the Journal of Safety Research that sheds more light on the reasons for this disturbing trend and it has a lot to do with the weight of vehicles compared to in years past (additionally, distracted driving is still an epidemic, however, it is not discussed in this post).

As expected, SUVs and trucks are more deadly than passenger cars.  In  the study, children were actually 8x more likely to die when struck by an SUV than a passenger car.  These types of vehicles have become more popular over the past decade and their larger size and heavier frames make them more deadly than lighter vehicles.  This issue will likely be exacerbated when more electric vehicles hit the road since they are typically heavier than combustion engine vehicles.  For example, the new Ford Lightning F-150 is 33% heavier than the current Ford F-150.  I do not want to demonize electric or larger vehicles since they have broad appeal, especially since I plan on purchasing an electric vehicle in the next few years.  The point of this post, however, is to remind everyone to be more vigilant and careful when driving heavier vehicles so that we can all get home safely to our loved ones.

Fall Events: Art Fair & Balloon Race
Hopefully everyone had a great Labor Day weekend and had the opportunity to enjoy the wonderful weather!  We did our annual Camp Endos (End of Summer) Labor Day weekend tent camping trip at Table Rock Lake (depicted is the banner my wife made which may or may not have been inspired by Game of Thrones, when it was good at least before that last season).

While it is a bummer to have pools closing and the kids going back to school, I want to remind everyone there are still some great events to look forward to in September.  The St. Louis Art Fair is in Clayton from September 9-11.  While the art for sale is usually expensive, it is free to walk around and enjoy the great artwork and, for the kids, there are free art activities as well.  The Great Forest Park Balloon Race is on Saturday, September 17, with the Balloon Glow on Friday the 16th.  This is a Rana Law Group favorite, especially since our very own Sarah will be participating again this year.  Every year, Sarah is off on Friday to help her ballooning team prepare for the glow and race.  Since you never know which way the wind will blow, keep your eyes on the skies on Saturday and you may be lucky enough to see the air full of hot air balloons!

Case Referrals  

From time to time, clients call and ask which type of cases we handle.  My practice is built on referrals from satisfied clients.  I know that if I work hard and do a good job for my clients, they will tell their friends about me.  The best compliment from a former client is that client entrusting me with the potential case of their friends and family.  Our office specializes in the following cases:

  1. Personal Injury (auto collisions, trucking, motorcycle, slip and fall)
  2. Work Injuries
  3. Traffic tickets and DUI/DWI

If you know someone that meets these criteria, please have them call my office.  If someone does not quite fit the above criteria, please still have the prospective referral give me a call as I can usually help them find the right attorney via a referral.

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