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Accident Lawyer in Columbia, IL

Accident Lawyer in Columbia, IL. After being injured in an accident that was not your fault, find out how Burger Law's experienced, dedicated and talented accident lawyer team in Columbia, IL can protect and fight for you. Call Burger Law now at (314) 500-HURT or complete our online form.

By nature unintentional, an accident is an unexpected shock that changes your life forever. If you are injured because someone was negligent and caused an accident, you may be able to make a claim for a financial recovery under Illinois law. Regardless of the person's intent, when someone's negligence puts you in an accident and injures you, you do not deserve to pay with pain, disability, lost wages, medical costs, quality of life and other resulting losses. When you are unjustly injured, an experienced Columbia, IL accident lawyer from Burger Law will ensure you are made whole again by getting the maximum possible compensation. We are dedicated to getting our clients complete recoveries and never stop fighting until you get justice.

Do not delay your fight for justice. With your future on the line, you need and deserve the best quality legal representation and counsel to demand the highest available settlement and aleviate the stress, uncertainty, financial worry and general hardship you will otherwise face during the claim process. Do not put it off. Call an accident lawyer with Burger Law in Columbia, IL right away. Visit us at the Burger Law accident law office site most convenient for you, or fill out our contact form now.

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Accident Lawyer in Columbia, IL

In any accident, if you were injured, it is wise to contact a Columbia, IL accident lawyer right away. In some minor accident claims, an insurance company in Columbia, IL will offer you a fair settlement. More commonly, the insurance company pulls tricks in an attemtp to coherce or intimidate you into settling your case for a negligible dollar amount or abandoning your claim altogether. Protect yourself from being taken advantage of with a talented and experienced Columbia, IL accident lawyer from Burger Law to fight by your side. We have an amazing group of talented and compassionate Columbia, IL attorneys and paralegals that will keep you informed every step of the way and work tirelessly to secure you the maximum financial recovery.

Do I Need an Accident Lawyer in Columbia, IL?

Although some victims in simple, straighforward, low-damage, no-injury cases receive a reasonable offer from the insurance company right away, this experience is rare. In most cases, following an accident, you need a dedicated Columbia, IL accident lawyer to represent your interests and protect your future. If your case meets any of the following statements, contact an accident lawyer in Columbia, IL right away. You should plan to hire a lawyer to represent you in your accident claim if:

  • you suffer pain that persists beyond 1-2 days after the accident
  • you are injured and require medical care
  • your injuries prevent you from being able to work as normal
  • you or anyone else suffered severe injuries or death
  • the accident involved illegal activity such as driving while intoxicated or a truck driver traveling too many consecutive hours
  • the accident was a hit-and-run or you do not know who the liable party is
  • liability is complicated due to multiple parties being involved or providing conflicting accounts
  • there was a commercial truck or other commercial vehicle involved, or someone working like a delivery driver
  • government agencies may be at fault, such as road repair issues, improper traffic signs or traffic lights that are malfunctioning
  • the accident happened while you were on the job
  • you were riding in a taxi or rideshare ride like an Uber or Lyft

In any accident, you are almost guaranteed to have questions and run into uncertainties and legal complexities. Play it safe and talk to an injury lawyer in Columbia, IL with Burger Law as soon as possible. You may choose to hire a lawyer to do the work simply because you do not have time or are just not interested in the hassle of communicating with the insurance company and handling the legal paperwork of making an injury claim. Hire an accomplished Columbia, IL accident lawyer to do the work for you so you can focus on living your life. Burger Law will not take on your case as your injury attorney unless we know we can add value to your case. Speak to us for free now at (314) 500-HURT.

What Will My Columbia, IL Accident Lawyer Do?

Diligent, dedicated, tenacious, your Burger Law accident lawyer in Columbia, IL fights hard and does not stop until you are paid and made whole again. We leverage our past experience, relationship and resources to shape a strong case and do whatever it takes to get you maximum compensation. We know how to hold negligent drivers accountable and make the insurance companies pay full settlements to our Columbia, IL clients. When you hire Burger Law, we get started on your case immediately. We will:

  • Investigate every aspect of your case
  • Work with crash experts to determine who is liable
  • Acquire official documents such as police reports and medical bills
  • Determine and prove negligence
  • Work with medical and economic experts to properly value the amount of compensation you are owed
  • Offer sound, personal and empathetic legal advice
  • Stand up to bullies like bad faith insurance companies to make them pay
  • Take the case to trial when necessary

What Must I Prove in My Illinois Accident Claim?

You may feel entitled to compensation based on the circumstances surrounding your accident, but in order to make a financial recovery for your damages you must have a claim that satisfies the legal requirements under Illinois tort law. Before we sign with you as a client, your Columbia, IL accident lawyer from Burger Law will assess your case to determine whether you have a qualified claim. Then, we will work tirelessly to prove all elements of your claim and negotiate an excellent settlement.

Following the Illinois rules of evidence to document your argument, your Burger Law accident lawyer in Columbia, IL will prove the four requirements of your Illinois personal injury case.

  1. Duty of Care: We must establish that there was a relationship between you and the defendant such that the defendant owed you a duty of care. In a car accident case, this is automatically fulfilled as all motorists owe each other a duty to drive with reasonable care to avoid putting others in danger. In a slip and fall case, it is the owner or person in control of the property's duty to post warning and/or remove any dangers on the property to keep visitors safe.
  2. Negligence: Next your lawyer needs to be able to show that the defendant was negligent in their duty of care to you. There are many examples of negligence, which can take the form of both actions and failures to act. Failing to reduce speed in poor weather conditions or choosing to drive and text are examples of negligence in traffic accident cases. In a slip and fall accident, failing to de-ice the sidewalk could be a breach of duty of care.
  3. Causation: This connects the dots. Your injury lawyer must show that the accident was caused by the defendant's behavior. Illinois' policy on negligence is that of modified comparative negligence, which means that in cases where fault is shared by multiple parties, anyone can make a claim and recover damages, minimized by your amount of fault, as long as you hold less than 50% of the fault. So in proving causation, you can receive a settlement and make the other driver pay even if they were not the sole cause of the accident. For example, if the other party in a car accident is 80% at-fault for the accident and you are 20% responsible, you can demand a settlement for 80% of your total losses from the other party.
  4. Damages: Lastly, your accident lawyer has to demonstrate that you suffered lossses known as damages because of the accident caused by the negligence of the defendant. As the victim in an accident, you likely have suffered a variety of damages, both economic and non-economic, including concrete expenses like medical costs and loss of income as well as intangible losses like pain and suffering and disability.

If someone acted without regard for your safety and caused you to be in an accident, call the Columbia area Illinois accident lawyer team of Burger Law today at (314) 500-HURT. We provide a free evaluation of your case and your Burger Law Columbia, IL accident lawyer will not rest until we win your claim and get you a complete financial recovery.

Columbia, Illinois Auto Accident Lawyer

The Bureau of Justice Statistics found that over half of personal injury cases were motor vehicle claims. The Illinois Vehicle Code (625 ILCS 5/) stipulates that "every driver of a vehicle shall exercise due care" to others on the Columbia and Illinois roadways. If you are injured because of a driver's negligent or reckless actions, you are owed damages. Every Burger Law Columbia-based Illinois accident lawyer has seen every type of auto accident and knows how to get you a full financial recovery. Below are the most common types of claims our accident lawyer team in Columbia, IL see.

Car Accident Lawyer in Columbia, IL

Crashes between passenger vehicles - such as cars, minivans, pick-up trucks and SUVs - are by far the most common type of motor vehicle accident. In 2019, passenger vehicle occupants accounted for 62 percent of all deaths in fatal crashes.

Some of the most common types of car accidents our accident lawyers work with in Columbia, IL are:

Whatever the specific circumstances and causes of your car accident injuries, we know how car accident claims work. Our accident lawyer team inColumbia, IL reviews every piece of evidence, including witness testimony, surveillance footage and photographs from the accident scene. Once we determine who is liable for your injuries, we will aggressively and tenaciously work to get you justice and make sure they are held accountable.

Motorcycle Accident Lawyer in Columbia, IL

Motorcycle drivers are at an especially high-risk for injury in an accident due to motorcycles' lack of stability and protection. Despite only accounting for 0.6 percent of miles driven by all vehicles, they accounted for 14% of all fatalities and 3% of injuries in motor vehicle crashes. While certain safety measures like wearing a helmet can substantially reduce the risk of injury or death, you cannot help it when other Columbia and Illinois drivers break the rules. If a reckless or negligent driver caused you injury, call the Columbia, IL accident lawyers of Burger Law today. We have seen firsthand the devastation that a motorcycle accident can have on Columbia, IL individuals and families, and know exactly how to get you maximum compensation for all of your damages.

Truck Accident Lawyer in Columbia, IL

Truck accidents also present higher risk for those on the Columbia, IL roads. Trucks weigh 20-30 pounds heavier than passenger vehicles and can take 20-40 percent longer to stop. That means they exert a much higher amount of force in collisions and truck drivers have much less time to react. There may be nothing more dangerous on the Columbia, IL roads than an 18-wheeler that is unfit to be driven or a truck driver who is not currently fit to drive. They are often part of multi-vehicle accidents which can make investigating them complicated. Your Columbia-based Illinois accident lawyer may find that several parties are liable, including:

  • The truck driver or another driver for driver error, such as distracted driving or not accounting for weather conditions.
  • The trucking company for not properly maintaining the truck, not performing inspections, negligent hiring practices or forcing their drivers to drive longer than the hours of service regulations allow.
  • The manufacturer for not safely designing the truck or not recalling a defective part.
  • The shipping company for improperly loading cargo.

Whatever the cause of your truck accident, you can be sure Burger Law's Illinois accident lawyer team in Columbia has seen it before. We will make sure each and every liable party takes responsibility for all of your damages to secure you a full financial recovery.

Bus Accident Lawyer in Columbia, IL

While rare, bus accidents are similar to truck accidents in that they can cause a lot of damage and there are special rules that go with driving them. Like truck accidents, you can sue the driver of the bus, the bus company, the manufacturer or, in some cases a Columbia, IL or Illinois governmental entity. For example, if your child was hurt in a school bus accident, your Illinois accident lawyer in Columbia may be able to help you make a claim against a public school district if the crash was caused by a snowstorm and they should have canceled school.

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Accident Lawyers Who Win

Our Columbia, IL accident lawyers have brought hundreds of accident victims in Columbia and across Illinois more than $170 million in compensation for a wide variety of accidents. We have expertise, knowledge and resources to help you get justice in any kind of accident case in the Columbia, IL area, including:

What Other Cases Do Accident Lawyers Take?

Though traffic accidents are the most common type of personal injury claims in Columbia, IL and Illinois, people can be injured in all kinds of negligence-based accidents. Your Columbia, IL-area Burger Law accident lawyer has superior qualities, including years of experience and a record of winning, making them an effective attorney for a personal injury claim.

In any kind of accident, if you were injured by the negligence or recklessness of another person you deserve compensation for your damages. The Burger Law accident lawyer on your case in Columbia, IL has experience with personal injury claims arising from accidents of all kinds and will work tirelessly for your complete financial recovery. Call our firm now at (314) 500-HURT.

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How to Get a Great Settlement for Your Columbia, IL Accident

The main responsibility of your Columbia, IL accident lawyer is to ensure you receive justice when someone causes an accident that insures you. This means making you whole again by getting you a great settlement that compensates you for all the ways in which the accident has cost you. If it were not for the other driver's negligence you would not have suffered theses losses and it should not be up to you to pay for another person's mistakes with your money and your life and wellbeing.

There is no question that, both morally and under Illinois law, you have the right to receive full payment for your damages after you are subjected to damages caused by another person's negligence. While you, as the victim of an accident caused by negligence in Columbia, IL, deserve to be compensated fully for your damages, it is rarely that easy. Sadly, many accident victims in Columbia, IL and all over the United States are denied justice. They are resigned to accepting pitifully low settlement payments or miss out completely on receiving a financial recovery.

So how do you make sure you get a great accident settlement in Columbia, IL for your injuries? And what is the maximum possible settlement amount you can get? A great settlement is a complete settlement, one that completely covers your damages, both economic and non-economic. You can start by finding out how much your accident injury claim is worth by using our personal injury calculator.

To be made whole again through a financial recovery for your negligence-based Columbia, IL accident injuries, you need to do the following:

  • Receive the medical care you need. To foster a strong physical recovery and a financial recovery in the future, prioritize receiving complete medical care for your injuries. That means getting timely medical attention after the accident occurs, continuing with the appointments and referrals to specialists your physician orders, and participating in your treatment. Comprehensive medical care for your injuries is critical to understanding your pain and suffering, any potential for lasting disability, and what it will take for you to reach your maximum medical recovery when you have been injured in an accident.
  • Hire the right accident lawyer. Indisputibly your most crucial responsibility you owe yourself as an accident victim is finding the right accident lawyer in Columbia, IL. If you were injured in an accident that another person caused, you need a skilled Columbia, IL accident lawyer to represent you and protect your legal rights under civil law by negotiating a great settlement for you. Work with an accident lawyer in Columbia, IL that you trust and who has experience working the type of accident case you are facing. Do your part to research before you hire a lawyer, including understanding how to choose a law firm to represent you.
  • Prove negligence and your damages. After hiring a talented Columbia, IL accident lawyer such as an attorney from Burger Law, you are no longer in the fight alone; you have an advocate in your fight for a full recovery. Your biggest charge is collaborating with your lawyer and receiving their advice. To get the full recovery you deserve, your Columbia, IL accident lawyer has to prove that your case meets the requirements of a personal injury case in Illinois, including proving that the defendant failed to meet their duty to keep you safe and that their negligence caused your injuries and other damages.
  • Negotiate. In your Illinois accident case, getting a successful recovery ultimately depends on success in negotiations. A talented personal injury accident attorney could be the only thing protecting you from the dishonest tactics of the insurance companies in your Columbia, IL accident case. In the end, the amount of payment you take home for your accident depends on your lawyer's ability to demand and negotiate the compensation you need. Your Burger Law personal injury accident attorney demands full compensation using whatever channels necessary. Some cases with good faith insurance adjusters can be resolved relatively quickly and easily in initial negotiations, others are resolved in mediation, and some go through the formal lawsuit process and could even go to trial. With decades of experience, your Burger Law accident lawyer is equipped to fight for you and represent you ferociously in trial if that is what it takes to get you a full recovery.

As the victim in an accident, your two most important responsibilitiies are to get medical attention and contact an accident lawyer in Columbia, IL as soon as possible. Work with a lawyer from a reliable Columbia, IL law firm like Burger Law who has a history of successfully negotiating the highest possible settlements in accident cases similar to yours and make sure they offer a free consultation so you can speak to them about your case before you hire anyone. At Burger Law, our accident lawyers in Columbia, IL evaluate your case for free and will sit down with you to understand the details of your case — and determine whether your case warrants pursuit and a lawyer would add value to your claim — before you decide to hire us. Call (314) 500-HURT now for a free case evaluation.


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Win your Columbia, IL Claim with an Experienced Columbia, IL Accident Lawyer

When you are in an accident caused by another person's negligence and left with injuries, there is no time to waste. You have limited time to attempt to make a recovery under Illinois' statute of limitations and every second counts. The sooner you have a competent accident lawyer on your case, the better they will be able to argue your case and demand your recovery.

Our astute and experienced accident lawyers in Columbia, IL tenatiously represent you every step of the way. You do not have to shoulder the burden of an injury claim alone. You deserve the great recovery you can only get with the help of a dedicated and diligent Burger Law accident lawyer. If you have been injured in a Columbia, IL accident due to another person's negligence, talk to a Columbia, IL accident lawyer right away at (314) 500-HURT or online.

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