Sauter Sullivan: Missouri & Illinois, St. Louis Auto Accident Attorney
If you’ve been in a car accident, you need to consider contacting a St. Louis auto accident attorney, especially if you’ve been injured. The attorneys at Sauter Sullivan are experienced, skilled experts at handling the issues associated with car accidents. We can help you take steps right away to protect your rights, keeping insurance companies from trying to inappropriately put all the blame on you. Sauter Sullivan can also help reconstruct the accident, including determining which driver bears most of the responsibility for the collision. If necessary, a St. Louis auto accident attorney at our firm can bring suit on your behalf against the party or parties responsible for the accident.
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WHAT TO DO IF YOU’VE BEEN IN AN AUTO ACCIDENT:
If you’ve been in an auto accident, after the immediate shock of the accident lets up, you should take the following steps at the scene:
- Check yourself to see if you’re injured or bleeding. If you are able, then immediately check on anyone else involved in the accident to see if they’re OK.
- Call 911 to get an ambulance or the fire department to the scene immediately if needed. If you can’t make the call, make sure someone else calls 911 right away.
- Make sure the police come to the scene of the accident, even if it is a minor fender bender. The police will write up an accident report, and this could be critical to you should you or anyone else involved in the accident end up with medical problems. You’ll want a police report for your insurance claim, too, so be absolutely sure you get a policeman to write up a report, and get a copy of it when it’s available.
- Make sure you seek medical attention right away if you need it. If you have minor or serious injuries caused by the car accident, or even if you feel you may have just gotten bumped around a bit, it’s usually wise to lets the EMT’s on the scene examine you. If they think you should go to the hospital for further medical attention, it is in your best interest to take their advice. If someone else involved in the accident refuses medical attention, it’s a good idea to make sure the police know this so they can include it in their car accident report.
- Talk to the police on the scene. Tell them what happened, giving every detail you can remember that might be important. Do not admit to guilt when you speak to the police, it is their job to collect all the facts about the accident, and include all the details in their accident report.
- Get the names and contact information of everyone involved in the accident, including drivers, passengers and any other witnesses who were at the scene. It is a good idea to ask people to show you their driver’s license so you can record their names and addresses, and get their phone numbers, too.
- Exchange insurance information with the other drivers in the accident. Write it all down. If any other drivers involved in the accident do not have insurance, make sure the police are notified of this fact.
- Take steps to recall and reconstruct the accident as much as possible. As soon as you can, take notes if you can, including the date, time, location, the actions of your vehicle, the actions of other vehicles involved.
- Consider whether you should see a medical professional after your accident. Sometimes injuries from accidents take time to affect you, like whiplash or a nagging headache, so you should see a medical professional right away after any car accident where you got bumped around a bit, or more. Even seemingly small injuries can cause issues like a subdural hematoma or other unrecognized internal bleeding, and left unattended they could become big, disabling problems.
- Think about getting a St. Louis auto accident attorney. If you’ve been injured in a car accident, it’s in your best interest to get a lawyer. The experienced attorneys at Sauter Sullivan can help you right away.
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- $5.2 Million Settlement in Delivery Van Accident Case
In July of 2011, a mother was stopped at a traffic light with her 9 year old son and 11 year old daughter on Illinois route 15 in Belleville, Illinois. The driver of a commercial delivery van / truck was using his cellular phone instead of paying attention and slammed into the back of the woman’s car at almost 50 miles per hour! Witnesses said the impact was so tremendous that it sounded like a bomb going off.
- Over $1.1 Million Won for Injured Construction Worker in Worker’s Compensation related Car Accident
- Sauter Sullivan Obtains Judgment of Over $800,000 Against Missouri Highway and Transportation Commission
Matthew Sauter of Sauter Sullivan was hired to represent a family who witnessed the tragic death of a loved one. The family lived on Highway 47 in Bonne Terre, Missouri. Prior to the accident, the Bonne Terre area had received 6-10 inches of snow. The Missouri Highway and Transportation Commission (MODOT) had cleared the snow and had piled the snow on an elevated curve not far from our clients’ house. The snow melted during the day, and then froze on the road at night in what is termed “refreezing”. The Plaintiffs were standing in the front yard, when a lady hit the ice, catapulted from a ditch, and landed on the decedent. The decedent’s grandsons were standing right next to him when this happened.
Sauter Sullivan sued the driver of the automobile and MODOT. After depositions, Sauter Sullivan settled the claim against the driver for the policy limits. Sauter Sullivan was able to get favorable testimony from MODOT employees that helped make the case against MODOT. Sauter Sullivan took countless depositions of every MODOT employee involved in the snow and ice removal on Highway 47. This hard work paid off.
MODOT did not offer any money prior to trial, and indicated to Matthew Sauter that his clients did not have a case. Sauter Sullivan tried the case on behalf of its clients and received a judgment of over $800,000. Approximately 50% of the judgment was for the wrongful death case, and the other 50% was for the negligent infliction of emotional distress claims brought by Sauter Sullivan’s clients who were the grandsons of the decedent. Both grandsons were diagnosed with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder after the accident. Matthew Sauter and his team at Sauter Sullivan rolled up their sleeves and went to work because they believed MODOT was responsible for the accident. Although MODOT kept putting up roadblocks to recovery along the way, Sauter Sullivan fought through these tactics and was able to make a case for their client.
A lot of law firms that advertise for personal injury case try to settle the cases with the least amount of work. When Sauter Sullivan accepts a difficult case, they expend whatever time and money is necessary to achieve a just result. All of the attorneys at Sauter Sullivan regularly appear in courtrooms in the State of Missouri and Illinois, and have tried lawsuits before juries and judges. We are experienced trial attorneys. When searching for an attorney to handle your personal injury case, make sure to ask them how often they have trials and the results achieved at trial. Do not hire an attorney whose object is simply to take whatever offer is made by the insurance company. At Sauter Sullivan, if we do not receive an adequate offer, we take the case to trial.
- $450,000 Settlement for Truck Driver Hit While Changing Tire
A young, recently married couple from a small town in Southern Illinois was faced with uncertainty after the husband was involved in a terrible truck accident. The husband drives a truck for a living, and was travelling on Highway 57 near Effingham, Illinois, when he had a tire blow out on his tractor-trailer. He put on his flashers and pulled his truck completely off the highway on to the shoulder.
- Sauter Sullivan Wins $450,000 Truck Accident Case in Federal Court
A truck accident / auto accident that happened in the City of St. Louis, Missouri, seriously injured a Sauter Sullivan client. The truck T-Boned the client’s car at an intersection, and the client injured her neck and back. After a long course of treatment, the plaintiff had to have neck surgery. Matt Sauter of the Sauter Sullivan law firm filed a lawsuit for the plaintiff in Federal Court and conducted extensive investigation and dispositions. Matt Sauter won a $450,000 settlement in the case, so his client recovered enough money to pay her medical expenses plus a substantial sum for her past and future pain and suffering.
- Car Accident Injury Yields $400,000 Settlement
A woman who was traveling on Interstate 70 in the St. Louis area when a car traveling in the opposite direction crossed over the median and struck her vehicle. She suffered serious injuries in the auto accident, including injuries to her lower extremity which required surgery, and had a fairly long recovery period. Matt Sauter from the Sauter Sullivan law firm took on the woman’s case, and tried to reach a settlement with the insurance company before filing suit. The insurance company only offered $100,000 to settle the car accident case, but Matt and his client believed this offer was inadequate to compensate the woman for her injuries and suffering, so they proceeded with a lawsuit. The extensive resources of the Sauter Sullivan firm were brought to bear on the case, and depositions were taken which bolstered the woman’s argument. Before the case could get to trial, it was settled with an award of over $400,000 for Sauter Sullivan’s client.
- Sauter Sullivan Gets $300,000 for Union Tradesman Who Lost His Career Due to Injury in Commercial Vehicle Accident
- Sauter Sullivan Gets $300,000 Settlement for Client Injured in Rear-End Auto Accident
- $275,000 Settlement for Woman Pedestrian
- $250,000 Settlement Reached within 6 Months of Car Accident
- Over $230,000 in Worker’s Compensation Settlement for a Truck Driver
A Missouri truck driver was involved in an accident while he was on-the-job driving on I-57 in Illinois. Two people ultimately died from the accident, and the man sustained injuries to his knees, suffered from post-traumatic stress and was unable to return to his job as a truck driver. Michael Knepper of Sauter Sullivan took his case and filed a workers’ compensation claim on behalf of his client. The Sauter Sullivan team was able to identify the advantages of filing a claim in Illinois for this particular type of injury, rather than in Missouri. Mike fought hard for his client and was able to get the trucking company he worked for to agree to pay him weekly benefits while he trained for a new career in a different line of work, and pay a settlement to compensate him for the loss of earnings due to the fact that he was unable to return to his job. Although the majority of the client’s injuries were psychological, including chronic stress and anxiety, Mr. Knepper was able to obtain over $230,000 for his client, some of which were the weekly benefits the client was paid while he trained for a new career.
- Client’s Prior Counsel Drops the Ball: Sauter Sullivan Takes Over Languishing Auto Accident Case and Reaches $200,000 Settlement
In 2008, A 40 year old mother of one was seriously injured in an auto accident at the intersection of Union Road and Union Terrace in St. Louis, County, Missouri. The woman was driving down Union Road with her daughter when another driver attempted a left hand turn directly in front of her, crashing hard into her vehicle. The force of the impact was so severe it caused the woman’s car to flip onto its side. The mother sustained various abrasions and lacerations, plus neck, back and shoulder injuries in the car crash. She suffered a tear in her left shoulder as a result of the accident and required two different surgeries on the shoulder due to ongoing pain and limitations following the first procedure. The woman missed a lot of time from work and had to undergo a great deal of medical treatment. She came to Carolyn Caruthers at Sauter Sullivan after becoming dissatisfied with her previous attorney, as her case had been pending for several years without resolution or communication from her prior counsel. Caruthers negotiated the claims for both the woman and her daughter. Due to Caruthers’ hard work and persistence with negotiations, the at fault driver’s insurance company settled for $100,000, and the client’s insurance carrier paid out an additional $100,000 on her underinsured motorist coverage, for a total recovery of $200,000 for the client.
- $125,000 Settlement for Man Who Suffered Stroke after Head-On Collision
In January 2013, a high school principal and father was driving in south St. Louis City when another driver coming from the opposite direction tried to make a left hand turn in front of him, causing a head-on collision. The client initially went to the ER for complaints of neck and back pain, and then started chiropractic treatment. Then, a few days after the car accident he suffered a stroke, which required a lengthy hospitalization, and extensive treatment and therapy. While the injuries and treatment from the car accident itself were not very substantial, the injuries resulting from the stroke were quite extensive, requiring over a year of therapy and causing the man to miss over 6 months of work.
There were many intricate questions about whether the stroke was causally related to the car accident as the client had pre-existing risk factors that could have resulted in the stroke. The gentleman came to the Sauter Sullivan law firm for help. Carolyn Caruthers listened to the man’s story, took the case and worked hard to ensure her client got the compensation he deserved. Claims were made with the other driver’s insurance company as well as the clients for underinsured motorist coverage. Caruthers consulted with medical experts and fought through a protracted investigation on the causal connection between the car accident and the subsequent stroke. In the end, Caruthers was able to gain two policy limits settlements for her client totaling $125,000.
- $75,000 Jury Verdict for Express Scripts Employee Injured in Rear-End Collision
A 43-year-old Express Scripts employee and father of four was injured in rear end collision heading westbound in backed up traffic on Interstate 70 just outside of downtown St. Louis. The man went to the ER and followed up with a chiropractor for treatment of the injuries he sustained. Ten months after finishing treatment with the chiropractor, he was still suffering with neck and shoulder problems. He went back to the chiropractor for additional care. The chiropractor then referred him to an orthopedic surgeon for injections in his neck and left shoulder. The treatments left the man with medical bills totaling just over $31,000.00.
The other driver’s insurance company refused to take responsibility for the client’s injuries arguing that since there was very little damage to either car involved in the collision, the man’s injuries could not be that serious. The gentleman hired Christopher Geldmacher of Sauter Sullivan to represent him with regard to his injuries and fight the insurance company. Initially, the insurance company was only offering just over $12,000.00…only enough to cover about a third of the victim’s medical bills due to the accident.
Mr. Geldmacher filed suit and fought to get his client a fair resolution of his claim. Just before the trial, the insurance company raised its offer to $21,000.00, still well short of the medical expenses. Mr. Geldmacher took the gentleman’s case to a jury trial in the City of St. Louis. At trial, the insurance company once again argued that the light damage to the vehicles involved meant that this man’s injuries could not have been as severe as the doctors were saying. The jury did not agree. Instead, the jury awarded Mr. Geldmacher’s client $75,000.00.
- $44,000 Settlement for Family Involved in Hit and Run Car Accident
A mother and her two children were involved in a head-on collision with a driver that fled the scene of the car accident in north St. Louis County. All three victims suffered from neck and back strains and sprain injuries, and the younger son also had complaints of headaches and was diagnosed with post-accident concussions. In addition to the injuries, the mother’s vehicle was un-drivable and was rendered a total loss from the crash. Unfortunately, the value of the vehicle was less than the outstanding loan balance and the substantial negotiations were needed to resolve the total loss claim. In the meantime, the medical bills were piling up and the family had transportation problems getting to and from work and school since they were without their car. The mother went to Carolyn Caruthers at Sauter Sullivan for help. Caruthers fought with the insurance company, worked out the issues with the property damage total loss claim, and reached settlements on all three injury claims. Carolyn was able negotiate $10,000 for the vehicle replacement along with and compensation totaling $44,000 for the family’s injury claims.
- $38,000 for Woman Injured in a Multiple Vehicle Collision
Michael Knepper of Sauter Sullivan LLC represented a 40 year old office worker who was involved in a multi-car crash August of 2013. The client was driving when traffic slowed and she was unable to stop in time and rear-ended the vehicle in front of her. The collision caused little damage to the vehicles. Moments later, while the woman was still in her car, the vehicle behind her rear-ended the back of her car, causing a much more severe collision. The client suffered from a neck injury and bulging disks from the impact of the other car and required chiropractic treatment, physical therapy and epidural steroid injections in her neck. Knepper and his team investigated the circumstances of the accident, and in spite of the fact that his client caused the first accident; he was able to negotiate a settlement of $38,000 for his client.
- $50,000 Car Accident Settlement for Client Hit by Uninsured Motorist
A client of the Sauter Sullivan law firm was involved in a car accident caused by an uninsured motorist. The client had an insurance policy that offered $25,000 in uninsured motorist coverage; however the client owned two vehicles. Matthew Sauter was able to get the insurance company to agree to stack the coverage, and the client was awarded $50,000.
- $50,000 Settlement for Couple in Rear-End Collision
In April 2014, a young couple was stopped in traffic in St. Claire County, IL when they were rear-ended and then pushed into the vehicle in front of them. Both were taken by EMS to the ER, were treated for neck and back sprains and strains, and required follow up chiropractic care for several months after the car crash. The man wasn’t able to return to work right away after the accident and his employer filled his position in his absence, offering him an alternate position that paid much less and caused him a substantial loss of wages. Carolyn Caruthers of the Sauter Sullivan law firm took the case and immediately filed a claim on behalf of her clients. Caruthers was able to negotiate a settlement of $20,000 for the woman and $30,000 for the man, a total settlement of $50,000 for the couple.
- $53,000 Plus Medical Bills Received on an Uninsured Motorist Claim
Two clients of the Sauter Sullivan law firm, a grandmother and granddaughter, were involved in a car accident caused by an uninsured motorist. The uninsured motorist was traveling in front of the clients when he made an illegal U-turn striking the clients’ vehicle. The granddaughter had some minor injuries, including pain in her left wrist, for which she was treated in the emergency room and released. No follow up treatment was required. Unfortunately, the Grandmother’s injuries were more substantial and included a laceration to her scalp which required numerous stitches along with a fractured right wrist. Fortunately, her wrist fracture was resolved with physical therapy and did not require surgery.
Carolyn Caruthers fought for her clients and was able to get $3,000 plus medical expenses for the granddaughter’s minor injuries. On the claim for the grandmother, Caruthers recovered policy limits on the two applicable insurance policies for a total settlement of $50,000 for her medical expenses and pain and suffering.
- FAST RESULTS: $25,000 Policy Limit Settlement for Rear-End Collision Causing an Eye Injury to a 6 Year Old Girl
A 6-year-old girl was in the back seat of her mother’s vehicle when they were involved in a rear-end collision on Skinker Blvd in St. Louis City. The little girl’s seat belt pulled loose upon impact and the girl was thrown forward into the console of the front seat where she was struck in the face by the front seat airbag. The little girl was taken to the hospital suffering a serious eye injury. Due to increased pressure in her eye, emergency surgery was performed. The young victim still has no vision in her left eye, and additional surgery may be required, but her visual impairment could be permanent. The driver who caused the accident did not have any insurance, so Carolyn Caruthers investigated and located a policy providing uninsured motorist coverage to the girl. Caruthers filed a claim on behalf of her client against the uninsured motorist coverage under her grandmother’s policy, as the little girl was a resident relative. Within weeks of the accident and injury, Carolyn negotiated a policy limit settlement of $25,000 for her client.
- FAST RESULTS: $25,000 Settlement for a One Vehicle Collision
A 23- year old man was driving in downtown St. Louis when a vehicle coming at him from the opposite direction crossed into his lane. The man swerved and avoided the head-on collision but ended up driving onto a sidewalk, hitting a sign and ultimately running into a brick building in a one vehicle collision. The impact caused him to hit is head and lose consciousness. The other driver that crossed into his lane was never identified. Fortunately, someone at the scene called 911. EMS arrived, got him out of his damaged vehicle and took him to the ER. Luckily he did not sustain a head-injury despite his loss of consciousness, but he did suffer contusions and lacerations to his face, including a deep cut to his lip that required stiches. Various scans and x-rays were performed but were all negative, so fortunately, the abrasions and lacerations were the only injuries he sustained. He didn’t require any follow-up treatment but the bills from EMS and the ER were very substantial. The man was very nervous about the medical bills coming in, and given the fact the other driver was never identified, he wasn’t sure what to do. Months after the accident, his mother referred him to Carolyn Caruthers, who took his case and filed an uninsured motorist claim with his insurance company. Carolyn was able to set up a recorded interview and ultimately convinced the man’s insurance company that a phantom vehicle that left the scene was the cause of the accident. Within 90 days of taking the case Carolyn got the insurance company to agree to pay a settlement of $25,000 in uninsured motorist coverage, and she was also able to get his medical bills submitted through his health insurance to help defray the costs. This was a great relief to her client because his medical bills actually exceeded the amount of his uninsured motorist coverage in the one vehicle collision.
- $23,000 Settlement for Woman Involved in Car Accident
In December of 2013 a client of Michael Knepper of the Sauter Sullivan law firm was involved in a car accident. The client, a 47 year old woman, was driving in St. Clair County, IL on a four lane road when another driver turned onto the wrong side of the divided road. She couldn’t stop in time and struck the other vehicle that turned into her lane. She suffered injuries to her head, neck, and back including a disc protrusion. She had to go the emergency room after the car crash, and had to undergo chiropractic treatment. Knepper filed a claim with the other driver’s insurance company and was able to negotiate a settlement of $23,000 for his client.
- $21,000 Settlement for Mother of Two Involved in a Car Accident with a False Police Report
A woman traveling south bound on Route 3 in St. Clair County, Illinois, stopped at a red light at the intersection of Camp Jackson Road, and waited to turn left. After getting a green left turn arrow, she started into the intersection. As she did so, another driver traveling north bound ran a red light and crashed into her vehicle. The woman was rushed to the hospital by ambulance, and her car was totaled. She suffered soft tissue injuries to her neck, back and both knees, experienced headaches, and required chiropractic treatment after the accident. The police officer who investigated the car accident blamed the accident on the woman without actually getting a statement from her. The officer sided with the other driver from the beginning and used a statement from a witness to justify the findings in the police report. Medical bills were coming in, the woman’s car was totaled and the insurance company was denying her claim. Desperate for help, this mother of two came to Chris Geldmacher at Sauter Sullivan. Chris contacted the witness cited in the police report, and found out that the statement attributed to the witness in the police report was incorrect. Mr. Geldmacher took a statement from the witness that was recorded in which the witness explained that the police report was false and that Mr. Geldmacher’s client was not at fault. He also located a second, independent witness who corroborated his client’s story. After fighting with the insurance company and ultimately filing suit against them, Mr. Geldmacher convinced the insurance company that the police report was wrong and that its insured was at fault. In the end, Mr. Geldmacher worked out a $21,000 settlement on behalf of his client.
- $19,000 Settlement for Rear-End Collision After Dropped by Another Firm
A mother in her mid 30’s suffered whiplash when she was in a rear-end collision on Riverview Blvd in the City of St. Louis. She was rushed to the hospital after the accident because she had just been released from hospitalization days earlier after suffering a pulmonary embolism. The woman incurred a large amount of medical expenses from the ER and follow up visits to a chiropractor to treat her ongoing pain and stiffness. She was left hopeless after her prior attorney had dropped the claim, advising her not to proceed because the impact wasn’t hard enough to justify a whiplash claim, and she didn’t have insurance on her vehicle. 10 months after the accident she was referred to Sauter Sullivan attorney, Carolyn Caruthers, who helped her reach a settlement for $19,000 within a few short months of taking the rear-end collision claim.
- FAST RESULTS!: $15,000 Plus Medical Bills Awarded in Car Accident Settlement
A client of Matthew Sauter of the Sauter Sullivan law firm was injured in a car accident while driving on Clarkson Road in St. Louis. Another driver crossed over the median and struck her vehicle, causing her injuries including chest contusions and neck sprain. She was held at the emergency room overnight, and was left with a substantial emergency room bill; she also needed and received therapy for her injuries after the car crash. Because his client was stuck with all those big medical bills from an accident that wasn’t her fault, Matt fought hard to reach a fair settlement. Less than 2 months after she client completed medical treatment, Sauter’s client was awarded a settlement that paid all her medical bills plus over $15,000 additional cash.
- FAST RESULTS: $23,000 for Head-On Collision with an Uninsured Driver
A banker in her early 30’s was driving in Downtown St. Louis in March of 2016 when another driver ran a red light, causing a head-on collision. The impact caused the airbag to deploy and the woman was thrown back and forth and side to side in her vehicle. She suffered from neck and back pain immediately but refused medical treatment on the scene because she didn’t have health insurance and was afraid of the incurring medical bills. A few days later, after suffering from headaches and increased pain she went to the ER where they advised her she had a pinched nerve. Already afraid of the medical bills from her ER visit she tried to manage her pain herself with over the counter medication, but the pain was so severe some days that she missed work; she was in a great deal of pain for several months. The driver who hit her did not have car insurance, so she called Sauter Sullivan. Carolyn Caruthers met with the woman and they filed a claim with her own insurance company for uninsured motorist coverage. Ms Caruthers helped her client get the medical treatment she needed to relieve her pinched nerve, and within three months of taking the case, she negotiated an insurance company settlement of $23,000 for her client, which covered her medical bills and left her with over $15,000 of compensation for her injury in the head-on collision.
- FAST RESULTS!: $7,600 Plus Medical Expenses Awarded in Car Accident Caused By Motorist On Cell Phone
A client of Carolyn Caruthers at the Sauter Sullivan law firm, a 22 year old medical student, was injured in a car accident in downtown St. Louis. She was driving through a green light when another vehicle ran a red light and struck her. The other driver was using her cell phone at the time, and was obviously distracted. Caruthers’ client suffered from knee pain and some minor cuts and bruises from the accident, causing her to see her primary care doctor and an orthopedic knee specialist. Fortunately her injuries weren’t overly serious or ongoing, but she did incur medical costs as a result of the accident. Caruthers fought with the insurance companies and reached a quick settlement that awarded her client $7600 in addition to covering all her medical bills and out of pocket expenses.
- FAST RESULTS!: Car Accident Settlement Takes Less than 30 Days to Finalize
Two individuals were traveling on Interstate 170 when a vehicle veered into their lane and hit them. Both of the car accident victims required medical attention and were taken by ambulance to the emergency room. Matthew Sauter of the Sauter Sullivan law firm took the case and negotiated on behalf of both of his clients. Although neither of the victims’ injuries were extremely serious or life threatening, the nature of their injuries affected their ability to work for a few weeks causing them monetary loss due to the accident. Each client required and received chiropractic care for their injuries. Within 30 days of completing their medical treatment, both clients in this personal injury case received fair monetary compensation for their injuries and had all their medical bills covered.
- Other Lawyer Fails. Sauter Sullivan Gets Car Accident Victim $40,000 Settlement
A housekeeper and mother was injured in April 2014 when she was involved in a car accident in North County St. Louis. She was driving on the inside lane on Natural Bridge when a driver of a U-Haul trailer improperly changed lanes and struck her vehicle on the passenger side. The woman suffered from neck, back and left side sprains and complained of headaches. She went to the ER for treatment and accrued substantial bills for diagnostic testing; she also required some minimal follow-up chiropractic treatment.
The driver of the U-Haul initially tried to deny liability of the accident and stated that the mother came around him while he was trying to make a turn and that caused the collision. The woman’s car was un-drivable and ruled a total loss. Not sure what to do, she sought legal representation with another law firm. After two months, the attorney she was working with still wasn’t able to resolve her property damage claim and didn’t even have the claim set up with the correct insurance company. Frustrated, she decided to go to Sauter Sullivan for help. Carolyn Caruthers listened to the woman’s story, took her case, and went to bat for her client. Despite starting from square one with the correct insurance company and having to fight to ensure liability was placed on the other driver, Caruthers settled the property damage claim within a few weeks, and then settled the injury claim within a few months after that. Caruthers negotiated settlements totaling $40,000 for her client, a great result for a soft tissue sprain/strain injury.
- Fast Settlement of $25,000 in Car Accident Caused By Uninsured Motorist
A 25 year old landscaper was traveling in the far right lane on Highway 270 in St. Louis in May of 2014 when another driver attempting to merge onto the highway came into his lane causing a severe car accident. The landscaper’s airbags deployed causing his rear view mirror to shatter and cut his face near his eye; the eye injury required medical attention and a number of stitches. He also suffered from neck and back sprains and strains. The other driver, who was uninsured, claimed the landscaper caused the accident and filed a lawsuit against him. Looking for help, the landscaper came to Sauter Sullivan law firm where Carolyn Caruthers took the case. She fought the false allegations against him and filed suit against the other driver. The client incurred medical bills from his injuries, lost wages from being unable to return to the physical demands of landscaping for several months, and had permanent scarring to his face. Caruthers was able to prove that the accident was completely the other driver’s fault and in 2-3 months she finalized negotiations for a $25,000 settlement, the maximum his policy allowed for uninsured motorist coverage.
- Seriously Injured Auto Accident Victim Gets $100,000 Settlement from Insurance Company
A sales manager in his mid-40’s was seriously injured in an auto accident in Madison County, Illinois. The man was driving to work on a snowy January morning when a woman driving towards him from the opposite direction lost control of her vehicle and crossed over into the man’s lane, striking his vehicle. The impact spun the man’s vehicle around in such a manner that the woman’s car struck him a second time and pushed his vehicle off the road into a ditch. The man suffered serious injuries to his neck, shoulder and knee as a result of the car crash. The knee was so badly damaged he required a total knee replacement, and his shoulder required surgery to repair his rotator cuff. He also had 3 disc bulges in his neck for which surgery was not a good option, requiring him to undergo more conservative treatment including physical therapy and injections. His injuries were so severe he was off work for a period of time for which he lost wages, plus he incurred huge medical expenses associated with his surgery and rehabilitation therapy. When the woman driver’s insurance company was not forthcoming with compensation, the injured man contacted Carolyn Caruthers at the Sauter Sullivan law firm. Caruthers assertively negotiated on behalf of her client in the insurance company dispute, and reached a settlement wherein the insurance company paid $100,000 in compensation, the maximum limit under the policy.
- $25,000 Settlement for Woman Rear-Ended That Caused Whiplash
A 50 year old career woman was rear-ended in her vehicle off Berry Road in Webster Groves, Missouri. The insurance company was skeptical of her medical claims due to the minor impact of the collision and minimal visible damage to the woman’s car. The crash was severe enough to cause her body to jerk forward and backward upon impact, causing sprains and strains to her neck and back…classic whiplash injuries. She required treatment for over 9 months including care from the ER, her primary doctor, a chiropractor and physical therapist before the symptoms were resolved. Sauter Sullivan assisted the client with locating necessary medical treatment, worked with the medical insurance company to get a favorable reduction in bills owed for medical treatment, and overcame the auto insurance company’s arguments of low speed or low velocity impact. Carolyn Caruthers persuaded the insurance company to overcome their skepticism of injuries caused by a “minor impact” and negotiated a full policy limits settlement of $25,000 for her client.
- Sauter Sullivan Overcomes a False Police Report and Secures $300,000 for Woman Involved in Car Accident
A woman was traveling down a two-lane road when an SUV coming in the opposite direction at a high rate of speed crested a hill, came into her lane and crashed into her vehicle head on. She sustained injuries to her shoulder that required surgery. The police officer who investigated the car accident blamed the accident on her, claiming she had crossed the center line. The woman came to Sauter Sullivan for help, and after hearing her story, Matthew Sauter took the case. Sauter hired an accident reconstruction expert and secured the vehicles involved in the accident, both of which had been totaled and were at a tow lot. Sauter was also able to retrieve the crash data computer information from the vehicles’ computers, which showed that the other vehicle was traveling more than 40 miles over the speed limit at the time of the accident. The Sauter Sullivan team engaged engineering experts to do a full accident reconstruction, which showed that the other vehicle crossed the center line and was in the opposite lane of travel at the time of the accident. Matt Sauter secured a settlement of over $300,000 for his client and ensured she was covered for the surgery she needed.
- Sauter Sullivan Turns Around Pair of Unfavorable Police Reports and Settles Cases for $250,000 and $200,000
In the first case, our client was riding a bicycle home late at night. He was coming from a bar, and his blood alcohol was over the legal limit. A vehicle made a turn in front of him and hit him, causing very serious injuries. The police report was unfavorable to our client, indicating our client had failed to yield the right-of-way and had been drinking. Sauter Sullivan’s investigation uncovered that the other driver had also been drinking and that the evidence from the scene of the accident did not support the police report. The other driver did not have insurance, so Sauter Sullivan made claims under our client’s uninsured motorist coverage. After the filing of a lawsuit and discovery, Sauter Sullivan was able to obtain the full policy limits of $250,000 from the uninsured motorist coverage despite the fact that the police report had blamed the accident on our client.
In the second case, our clients were traveling to work on Broadway in the City of St. Louis, when an individual came from a side street and hit them. Our clients were knocked unconscious in the accident. The other driver claimed our client ran a red light and the police report reflected that our clients were at fault for running a red light. We canvassed the area, and were able to find a witness to the accident who was able to provide evidence that the police report was wrong. The witness testified that our clients had a green light and that the other individual had, in fact, run the red light. After obtaining a deposition of the witness, Sauter Sullivan was able to settle the case for the policy limits of $200,000.
In both cases, it initially appeared that there would be no recovery due to the unfavorable police reports. Sauter Sullivan conducted an investigation through photographs, accident reconstruction techniques, location of witnesses, and deposition testimony to overcome the unfavorable police reports. Sauter Sullivan does not simply accept the police report at face value. We do our own independent investigation to determine who was at fault in an accident. Oftentimes, we are able to overcome unfavorable facts which may appear in the police report. Not many law firms have the resources and the willingness to do this.
- Shared Fault in Truck-Car Accident Ends in $115,000 Settlement
A mother in her mid 40’s rear-ended a truck and trailer while driving in the fast lane of Highway 55 in the St. Louis area. She had just changed into the fast lane when the defendant’s truck and trailer came to a complete stop in the fast lane of the highway.
- Truck Accident Victim’s Pain, Emotional Trauma & Anxiety Yields $80,000 Settlement
A licensed practical nurse in her 50’s was stopped at a traffic light in a line of cars on Greenmount Road in Shiloh, Illinois. The driver of an 18-wheeler semi-truck was not paying attention, looking through his delivery papers as he drove, and slammed into the last vehicle in line at a high rate of speed, causing a multi-car pileup.