Car Wrecks

If you’ve been hurt in a car wreck, the physical, financial and emotional challenges caused by your injury can linger for the rest of your life. The experienced lawyers at Holder Susan Slusher LLC can ease the burden of your recovery by fighting for your rights and seeking compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering and more.

Right now, the insurance company is building its case against you. Their goal is to get you to take a small fraction of the money you deserve or worse, deny your claim altogether. Our lawyers won’t let you get pushed around or pressured into accepting less than your case is worth. We will give you the legal leverage you need to demand top dollar for your injuries and make sure you come out on top.

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Whether you were driving down North Providence Ave, merging onto I-70 or exiting Highway 63 in Missouri, if you've been hurt in a car wreck call Holder Susan Slusher LLC today at 573-499-1700 to discuss your case for free. We proudly serve the communities of Columbia, Moberly, Fulton and Boonville, Missouri.

Car Wrecks Are No Accident

The word “accident” is used far too often to describe car wrecks; it implies that the collision was somehow an unavoidable fluke of bad luck. The truth is, almost all car crashes are the result of negligence, involving drivers who are distracted, careless, reckless or intoxicated.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHSTA) estimates that 94% of crashes can be directly linked to driver error. Bad weather, vehicle defects and other causes comprise the remaining 6% of wrecks, but even those can be attributed to human error, whether from poorly maintained roads and signage or the faulty design or manufacturing of a car part.

When we continue to label these catastrophes as accidents, we fail to acknowledge the true cause of these tragic events, and diminish efforts to make the roads safer for everyone. There are a number of busy roads that surround Columbia and other areas of Missouri, like I-70, Highway 63, Route KK, in which car wrecks are likely to occur. For more than 20 years, Holder Susan Slusher LLC has fought tirelessly on behalf of personal injury victims who were not involved in accidents; they were victims of negligence in completely avoidable car wrecks.

What Damages Can You Received From A Car Crash Claim?

Common Injuries in Car Collisions

Some auto collisions result in nothing more than a dented fender or two. Unfortunately, many wrecks end in serious injuries which require extensive medical care and therapy. Some of the most common car crash injuries include:

  • Brain injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Back and neck injuries
  • Burn injuries
  • Damage to extremities
  • Damage to internal organs
  • Broken bones

In the tragic event that a death is caused by another person’s negligence, family members may be able to seek compensation for lost wages and benefits, medical bills, funeral costs, emotional pain and suffering, lost companionship and more through a wrongful death lawsuit. Contact our office today to learn how we can help you.

Head On Collisions

An infographic showing potential car crash compensation r1 Head-on collisions occur when two vehicles collide front-end to front-end. These often catastrophic and fatal wrecks are unfortunately common in crossover collisions on two-way roads. While airbags can offer some protection, the immediate deceleration is so severe that serious injury is virtually unavoidable. Head-on collisions can result from:

  • Low visibility and poor weather conditions
  • Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Construction or road work
  • Tire blow-outs from defective or worn tires
  • Improper left turn in front of an oncoming vehicle
  • Veering into an oncoming lane because of distraction or drowsiness
  • Swerving to avoid obstacles
  • Improper passing of another vehicle

Over the last two decades, our car accident lawyers have seen the devastation that head-on collisions can inflict on injury victims and their families. Do not face these challenges alone. Holder Susan Slusher LLC will help you fight for the justice you deserve and the compensation you need.

Rear End Collisions

Rear-end collisions, when one vehicle collides with the back-end of another vehicle, are among the most common types of traffic crashes in Missouri. Research has found that 85% of all neck injuries occur in automobile crashes, and 85% of those wrecks are rear-end collisions. Studies also indicate that even if a car is travelling just five miles per hour, an impact can cause significant injury. Common causes of rear-end collisions include:

  • Speeding
  • Distracted driving
  • Tailgating
  • Driving while intoxicated
  • Cell phone usage

Many injuries caused by rear-end collisions affect the neck and spine, leading to significant, long-term injuries. If you’ve suffered a serious injury because of someone else’s recklessness or carelessness, our accomplished lawyers can help you seek damages for medical bills, lost wages and more. Call us today to discuss your case for free.

Side-Impact Collisions

The force of a side-impact collision is almost immediately transferred to the occupants of a vehicle, often causing traumatic, life-altering injuries or death. Although modern side-impact air bags are designed to soften the blow of these types of crashes, the intensity of side-impacts is often too great to completely protect passengers from serious injury, such as:

  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Bone fractures
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Broken pelvis
  • Broken ribs
  • Rotator cuff tears
  • Shoulder separations
  • Death

Negligent behaviors, such as distracted driving, drunk driving and speeding, are usually to blame for broadside collisions. Our seasoned car accident attorneys have the experience and resources necessary to fully investigate the details of your wreck and determine who is responsible for your injuries. Call us today to begin your path toward justice and recovery.


The term “rollover” refers to any crash in which a vehicle has rolled at least 90-degrees, regardless of whether the car ends up resting on its roof, side or even returns upright on all four wheels. While rollovers often occur in high-impact vehicle collisions, they are also common in single-vehicle wrecks. Common factors involved in rollovers include:

  • Top heavy vehicles, such as SUVs
  • “Tripped” rollovers, when vehicles with high centers of gravity collide with something low, like a curb or pothole
  • Overloaded vehicles, with increased centers of gravity and risk of rolling over
  • Aggressive drivers who speed or make sharp turns too quickly

It is crucial to investigate every detail of a vehicle rollover to determine the cause of the crash and who is responsible for subsequent injuries. The experienced legal team at Holder Susan Slusher LLC has helped thousands of clients attain the justice they deserve. Call us today for free to learn how we can help you.

Passenger Ejections

According to the NHTSA, passengers ejected from their automobiles are three times more likely to die in a wreck than those who remain in their vehicles. Crash victims who are displaced from their cars are typically ejected at high speeds and strike other objects, such as trees, buildings or other vehicles. Additionally, when passengers are ejected onto roadways, they are more likely to be hit or crushed by traffic or a rollover vehicle. In fact, rollovers are the leading cause of passenger ejections.

Whether a passenger ejection was the result of a negligent driver or defective vehicle part, such as a seatbelt or door latch, the attorneys at Holder Susan Slusher LLC can effectively investigate the factors involved in the wreck and pursue justice on your behalf. Call us today to learn more.


Speeding is one of the most common causes of car wrecks. Drivers who travel at high rates of speed or drive too fast for road conditions put the lives of themselves and every other driver on the road at risk. Speeding crashes are so common and dangerous because:

  • Vehicles moving at a high rate of speed travel a greater distance from the moment a driver recognizes an imminent crash to the time that driver can react.
  • Speeding increases the distance required to stop a vehicle when the driver hits the brakes.
  • Speeding increases the energy in an impact and reduces the likelihood that a vehicle’s safety systems will be able to absorb the energy and prevent a serious injury from occurring.

When drivers speed, they endanger everyone near them and should be held accountable for the consequences of their reckless behavior. If you’ve been hurt by a speeding driver, call Holder Susan Slusher LLC today for a complimentary case evaluation.

Tire Blowouts

The NHSTA estimates that tire blowouts are to blame for 8,000 car wrecks every year. Tire blowouts occur when tires lose air rapidly and explosively. Tire blowouts compromise a driver’s ability to control a vehicle and often result in rollovers and other catastrophic wrecks. Tire blowouts can happen for a number of reasons, including:

  • Poor road conditions
  • Tire defects
  • Overloaded vehicles
  • Improper maintenance

With regular attention and maintenance, tire blowouts are very preventable. It is important to routinely check your tires for cuts, cracks, leaks and bulges due to internal damage. Call us today for a free consultation if a tire blowout has caused you or someone you love serious injury.

Crossover Collisions

When vehicles cross over the center line of a roadway, the results can be catastrophic. Although the state of Missouri has taken steps to diminish the frequency of these dangerous crashes by implementing a state-wide push for lane “rumble strips”, crossover collisions are still all too common.
Proving negligence in a crossover collision claim can be complicated, especially when both drivers accuse the other of crossing the line. Our experienced car accident attorneys know how to carefully examine all of the evidence to determine the cause of the wreck, including which side of the road contains the most evidence of impact, such as:

  • Vehicle fluid
  • Debris
  • Gauge marks in pavement

While photographic evidence is important in most auto wreck cases, it is particularly crucial in the event of a crossover collision. If possible, document as much as you can at the scene of the wreck and contact Holder Susan Slusher LLC right away.

Red Light and Stop Sign Violations

When drivers fail to stop at red lights or stop signs, the consequences can be catastrophic. Red lights and stop signs help to ease the flow of traffic and promote safety, but all too often, careless drivers drive past stop signs or try to beat yellow lights in an attempt to save time.
If you have been injured in a wreck that involves another driver who ran a red light or failed to fully stop at a stop sign, our attorneys will investigate the details of your crash and pursue justice on your behalf. With more than 20 years experience helping injury victims, we have the knowledge and resources available to uncover the facts in your case and determine who is responsible for your injuries. Call us today for a free consultation.

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Failure to Yield

One of the most common causes of car wrecks is a failure to yield. These types of crashes are particularly dangerous to pedestrians, bicyclists and motorcycle riders and often result when a negligent driver fails to yield in the following situations:

  • From a parking lot, private drive or side street
  • At a stop sign
  • When merging onto a highway
  • When crossing traffic at a flashing yellow or red light
  • To a pedestrian who has the right of way
  • To a bicyclist who has the right of way
  • To oncoming traffic when making a left turn

Failure to yield cases can be difficult, and require the knowledge and skill of an experienced car accident attorney to prove negligence. If you’ve been injured in this type of crash, it is important to contact our office as quickly as possible to discuss your case for free.

Hit and Run Car Wrecks

Leaving the scene of an auto wreck isn’t just irresponsible; it can be considered a felony, and puts the lives and well-being of injury victims left behind at risk. At Holder Susan Slusher, LLC our experienced car accident lawyers understand the complexities of these difficult cases. We know how to investigate the details of a crash site and potentially identify the wrongdoer who fled the scene. A driver may leave the scene of a collision for a variety of reasons, most typically because he or she:

  • Knows that their own negligence is responsible for the crash
  • Has a warrant out for his or her arrest
  • Lacks a valid driver’s license or insurance
  • Is under the influence of drugs or alcohol

While time is of the essence in any car wreck case, urgency is particularly critical in the event of a hit and run. Over the passage of too much time, crucial evidence can be lost or destroyed, witnesses and other victims can forget important details and culpable drivers can make repairs to their damaged vehicles. If you’ve been involved in a hit and run collision, call Holder Susan Slusher LLC today to speak with one of our attorneys for free.

How Holder Susan Slusher LLC Can Help You

A car crash can be the most traumatic event you ever experience, and leave you facing high medical bills and time away from work that you and your family can’t afford. If you’ve been hurt in a car wreck, the car accident lawyers at Holder Susan Slusher LLC can help you pursue maximum compensation for:

  • Medical bills
  • Lost wages
  • Reduced earning capacity
  • Pain and suffering
  • Other long-term physical and emotional consequences

We proudly offer free, no-obligation case evaluations to determine the merits of your case. Call today to learn how we can help you.

Call Now To Discuss Your Car Crash For Free

If you’ve been injured because of the negligence of another driver, the clock is already ticking on your case. Contact Holder Susan Slusher LLC immediately online or at 573-499-1700 to discuss your case for free with an experienced car accident lawyer. We serve clients across Missouri, including Columbia, Moberly, Fulton and Boonville.

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