Auto Injury LawIt's All We Do!
Bishop & Hayes, P.C. is a well-respected auto accident law firm that represents victims in Missouri, Oklahoma, Kansas and Arkansas. Our lawyers have concentrated their entire careers exclusively on car accident cases, applying almost 50 years of combined experience and vast resources to delivering the best representation possible to car crash victims.
When you retain Bishop & Hayes, P.C., partners Brad Bishop and Tim Hayes will personally represent you; our partners handle your claim, not a paralegal or associate. We are never too busy to take your call and we promise a same-day response. Most importantly, we focus on one main goal, recovering the money you deserve for your auto accident injuries.
Areas of FocusFor Missouri, Oklahoma, Kansas, & Arkansas
Wrongful Death Claims
The moment you learn your loved one died in a car accident is devastating and life-changing. Our lawyers understand the heartbreak and do all we can to ease the burden on your family and win justice on your behalf. We assertively protect your right to compensation, and always remain respectful and compassionate to your family’s needs as you mourn your loss.
Although the last thing on your mind is filing a lawsuit, taking quick legal action can relieve the financial burden caused by the crash and bring a sense of justice to the tragedy.
Commercial Vehicle Accidents
Commercial vehicle accidents are more complex than car crashes. Multiple parties are often responsible for the accident and point the finger at each other to deflect liability. Trucking corporations engage a large team of lawyers to investigate the crash immediately and may even destroy evidence in the guise of clearing the wreckage.
Our lawyers act quickly to be proactive rather than responsive. Our investigators are at the scene to collect vital evidence and talk to witnesses. Our lawyers immediately file an emergency motion to stop any destruction of evidence and to demand urgent information about the crash.
Even if you ride your motorcycle with care, you remain at risk of being hit by a negligent driver who claims not to have seen you in the car’s blind spot. Furthermore, you do not have the same protections as you would in a car since motorcycles lack seat belts, air bags and car frames to absorb the crash impact.
Drivers have a duty to look before switching lanes or pulling in front of a cyclist. Our attorneys hold the driver accountable for failing to yield and causing injuries.
Your insurance company is not your friend, it is a business with the goal of making money. The best way for insurers to increase profits is to decrease payouts to policyholders. Our attorneys shift the ball to your court. We understand the complexity of auto injury and insurance laws and leverage them to your advantage.
Truck / SUV Accidents
SUVs and pickups have grown in popularity, as have compact green, gas-efficient cars. SUVs and pickup trucks are bigger and weigh more, so when one collides with a car, the result is often catastrophic. The damage of the impact on smaller vehicles is a matter of physics. The occupants of the lighter vehicle bear the brunt of the impact and the worst injuries. Our legal team understands the dynamics of these accidents and how to present clear, persuasive evidence for fault and damages.
Uninsured / Underinsured Motorists
Oklahoma leads the country in uninsured motorists — more than a quarter of drivers do not carry any insurance. 15.9 percent of drivers in Arkansas, 13.5 percent in Missouri and 9.4 percent in Kansas also lack insurance. Many more drivers in all four states carry only the minimum insurance mandated by law, which is inadequate to cover the damages resulting from a moderately serious crash. These are considerably high odds for being hit by an uninsured or underinsured driver. The experience can be frustrating and disheartening as you fight for payment of your medical bills, lost wages and car repair bills. Our attorneys have substantial experience in uninsured motorist cases and can help you get the damages to which you are entitled.
Failure to Yield Accidents
The laws are clear about the order in which cars must proceed on roadways and intersections. When all drivers abide by these rules, order prevails. A driver who goes out of turn creates chaos and the potential for a serious accident. A negligent driver who runs a red light might T-bone another driver at an intersection. The negligent driver might cut off a motorcyclist while switching lanes. Passing on a two-lane road can result in a head-on collision. In these types of cases, our lawyers actively seek out videos that can demonstrate the driver’s failure to yield. We scour the scene for municipal red light cameras, nearby commercial areas with cameras pointed in the right direction and dash cameras and video taken by bystanders.
Drunk Driving Accidents
Close to 10,000 people died in drunk driving accidents and thousands more sustained life-altering injuries in 2014 alone. Driving drunk is negligent on its face. In every case, the drunk driver could have avoided the accident but purposely drove despite being too intoxicated to safely operate a vehicle.
If a driver’s single act of getting behind the wheel while intoxicated changed your life or the life of a loved one forever, she or he should be held accountable. Our attorneys pursue the maximum possible damages, including punitive damages, which are reserved for the worst acts of negligence. We also serve as your advocates throughout the criminal process to protect your rights as the victim of the crime.
Pedestrian / Bicycle Accidents
Pedestrians and bicyclists have the right to be on and near the road, travel in designated lanes and cross at intersections and crosswalks. Drivers have a duty to look out for these individuals and to yield to them. But, considering 4,735 pedestrians were killed and 66,000 were injured in 2014 alone, drivers continue to pose a substantial danger.
Our law firm works to prove that the driver who hit you was texting, distracted, speeding, drunk or otherwise reckless, and helps you get the damages you deserve.
Distracted Driver Accidents (Texting)
In our fast-paced world, people are constantly strapped for time and expected to be available at every given moment. Using drive time productively is the unfortunate by-product of a 24/7, multi-tasking culture. But the truth is, drivers should do only one thing while behind the wheel — drive. All other distractions, such as texting, talking on the phone, eating, drinking, applying makeup or turning to answer a child’s question, are negligent conduct that have caused traffic accidents to increase.
Our partners have personally seen the tragedy caused by these inappropriate driving activities. We fight for your recovery and, ultimately, for laws that effectively protect the public from distracted drivers.
Distracted Driver Accident LawyersFor Missouri, Oklahoma, Kansas, & Arkansas
Negotiating with the Insurance Company
Your insurance company might claim to represent your best interests. In actuality, the company takes every legal chance it can to delay your claim or pay you less than you deserve. Every dollar it saves on paying on its policies equals more profits. So, when your agent asks you to give a statement, accept a quick settlement or sign a waiver without your attorney present, do not do it.
After practicing auto accident law exclusively for more than two decades, our attorneys know every trick in the book. We anticipate and prepare for such common defense tactics as claiming your injuries were preexisting, deflecting fault onto you, interviewing you while you are still shaken after the crash and convincing you to settle before you know all the facts.
Proving Your Auto Accident Claim
To prevail on your claim, you must prove that the other driver was at fault for your accident, you were injured in the accident and you suffered damages. In addition, you must calculate the damages. Damages constitute the economic and noneconomic losses you sustained because of your injuries.
Our lawyers have substantial experience in calculating damages, particularly related to such complex issues as future earnings, pain and medical needs. We consult with medical, financial and economic experts to value damages, including:
- Lost wages
- Diminished future earning capacity
- Medical bills
- Future medical care
- Costs associated with your disabilities
- Reduced quality of life
- Loss of consortium
Every case is different and every claimant suffers different damages. Our lawyers can assess your potential damages during your free case evaluation.
Act Now to Protect Your Rights
Time is of the essence in an auto accident claim. First, the statute of limitations sets a strict deadline for filing a civil lawsuit. If you miss the deadline, you waive your right to pursue damages through the court system. In addition, if you delay in investigating your case, important evidence might be lost or witnesses might not be locatable.
Due to the time-sensitive nature of auto accident claims, we urge you to act now to protect your rights. Bishop & Hayes, P.C. offers free consultations so you can learn more about your claim. We represent clients on a contingency fee basis, allowing you to pay no attorneys’ fees until we recover damages through a settlement or verdict. In the unlikely event that we do not recover anything, you owe us nothing. This arrangement permits you to pursue your legal rights risk-free.
Learn More about Recovering Damages for Your Auto Crash Today
Learn more about how Bishop & Hayes, P.C. can help you recover damages for your injuries. Call or schedule your free appointment online today. For your convenience, we have offices in Springfield and Joplin, MO and Miami, OK. Our attorneys are members of the bars of Missouri, Oklahoma, Kansas and Arkansas.