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Auto Accident Law Firm in St. Louis, Missouri. If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, call the auto accident law firm of Burger law today. We have 20 years of experience securing maximum compensation for our St. Louis and Missouri clients. Call us now at (314) 500-HURT or contact us online.

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At Burger Law, our auto accident law firm knows the terrible consequences a car crash accident can have on St. Louis and Missouri residents and their loved ones. We have seen accident scenes at 2:30 AM and visited our injured clients in the hospital; we know firsthand the devastating physical, emotional and financial toll an injury can have. That is why we have dedicated our lives to fighting by the side of the injured in St. Louis and Missouri and insisting that they get the justice and fair compensation they deserve. We stand up to bullies like resistant insurance companies and negligent or reckless parties that do not want to take responsibility for their actions. When you hire Burger Law as your St. Louis auto accident law firm, we start working on your case right away. We gather the evidence and work alongside our network of experts to determine liability and make sure you get the full financial recovery you deserve. To date, our St. Louis and Missouri clients have won over $175 million in verdicts and settlements with our fierce and dedicated representation.

Do not try to deal with the burden of medical costs, lost wages and potentially life-altering injuries alone. Burger Law stands by your side every step of the way, from our initial consultation to winning your case and receiving your settlement check. You deserve a knowledgeable and experienced auto accident law firm; one that is driven by justice and seeing St. Louis and Missouri residents compensated for the negligence of others. We handle every aspect of your case so you can spend your energy on healing. You should not have to put your future in jeopardy just because someone else broke the rules. Call us today at (314) 500-HURT or fill out our online form to get help in your recovery and take the first step in being made whole again.

How Common Are Auto Accidents?

How Common Are Auto Accidents in St. Louis and Missouri?

We all know that auto accidents can be dangerous, but the statistics are truly sobering. Nationwide, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that in 2019 there were approximately 6,756,000 police-reported motor vehicle crashes, which resulted in 1,916,000 injuries and 33,244 deaths. Worldwide, auto accidents killed 1.25 million people in 2013, and were the leading cause of death for people between the ages of 15 and 29. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that "medical and productivity losses" from car accidents cost over $75 billion per year in the U.S., and that is before taking into account the emotional impact a car accident can have on your life. That is why it is imperative to contact our St. Louis-based Missouri auto accident law firm at Burger Law. We will make sure that you are compensated for all of your damages, including pain and suffering.

In Missouri, car accident fatalities increased 12% between 2019 and 2020, even though there were less people on the road because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Most of these accidents were avoidable, and the data serves as a stark reminder that the negligent and reckless actions of some drivers can have terrible consequences. A 2018 study found that Missouri ranked 12th in the nation in fatal road accidents, with 58 percent of those fatalities occurring on rural roads. The Missouri State Highway Patrol reported 35,730 car accidents that resulted in personal injury and 916 fatal car crashes.

While there is the rare accident that may be unavoidable, like an animal jumping in front of your car, almost every car accident is preventable. Human error is the leading cause of auto accidents, as it causes or contributes to 94 percent of accidents. When you are left to pick up the pieces after you are injured because of a driver's negligence or reckless actions, you may feel a wide range of emotions, which could include vulnerability, fear and uncertainty about how you will pay for all the medical bills, especially if you have to miss work. You do not have to go it alone. At the St. Louis auto accident law firm of Burger Law, we have dedicated our lives to offering professional and compassionate support and legal counsel to injured residents throughout Missouri. We will help protect you and your family's future by securing a full financial recovery not only for your medical bills, but for any emotional distress and inconvenience you experienced. Call our St. Louis auto accident law firm today at (314) 500-HURT to take the first step toward becoming whole again.

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9 Most Common Types of Auto Accidents in St. Louis and Missouri

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9 Most Common Types of Auto Accidents in St. Louis and Missouri

At the St. Louis auto accident law firm of Burger Law, we have dedicated our lives to helping injured St. Louis and Missouri residents receive justice and compensation for their injuries from car accidents, truck accidents, motorcycle accidents and any other types of motor vehicle accidents. Each accident is different, and we use our experience, knowledge and expertise to conduct a full investigation into your St. Louis or Missouri car crash in order to hold the negligent parties responsible and deliver you the best possible financial recovery. As a leading, trusted auto accident law firm in St. Louis, we have seen every type of accident and have won even the toughest car accident injury claims. We even take on the most difficult auto accident cases that other St. Louis auto accident law firms refuse to take. Below are nine of the most common types of car accidents we see in St. Louis and Missouri.

  1. Head-On Collisions: Also called frontal collisions, these can cause especially devastating injuries as both cars are moving towards each other, usually at relatively high speeds. In 2019, head-on collisions accounted for 57 percent of all auto accident deaths. They are usually caused by drunk driving, distracted driving or drowsy driving.
  2. Hit and Runs: Hit and run accidents can be especially confounding as the liable party does not want to take responsibility for their actions. Common reasons someone may flee the scene of an accident are:
    • They were drinking or impaired by drugs
    • They have a warrant out for their arrest
    • They do not have a license or have a suspended license
    • They do not have insurance
    • There is low lighting or no witnesses and they do not think they will be caught
    • They were panicked
    The police and your St. Louis and Missouri auto accident law firm are often able to track down the driver, or if the driver was panicked they may turn themselves in after they calm down. In cases where no one can locate the driver, you will need to file an uninsured motorist claim with your own insurance company.
  3. Rear End Collisions: Rear-end collisions are the most frequent type of auto accident, and make up about 29 percent of all car crashes. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that crashes are typically caused when the lead driver was driving at a slower speed, decelerated or came to a complete stop. Distracted driving is often the cause of rear-end collisions. Drivers are supposed to keep enough room between them and the vehicle in front of them; however, there are certain cases where an experienced and skilled St. Louis-based Missouri auto accident law firm can hold the driver in front accountable:
    • The lead driver merged in front of you without giving you enough space
    • The lead driver turned in front of you too quickly or without enough space
    • The lead driver was erratic due to impaired or reckless driving
    • The lead driver reversed into your vehicle
    Whether you were rear-ended or collided with a car in front of you in one of the scenarios we have listed here, our experienced auto accident law firm will hold the right driver accountable and get you the recovery you deserve. Rear-end collisions are a common cause of whiplash injuries, which can have long-term effects that require further medical treatment beyond a quick trip to a Missouri emergency room. An accomplished auto accident law firm like Burger Law will make sure you collect complete compensation for all of your medical needs.
  4. Intersection Accidents: About 40 percent of car crashes in the U.S. happen at intersections. These accidents occur when somebody runs a red light, tries to take an illegal or unsafe U-turn, signals improperly, is distracted or turns right on red without looking or too quickly. They are usually side-impact collisions, which are responsible for 23 percent of deaths in auto accidents.
  5. Rollover Accidents: Despite rollover accidents only accounting for 2-3% of auto accidents each year, they account for over a third of all fatal highway crashes. While we may typically think of larger vehicles as being safer, drivers and passengers in SUVs, pickup trucks and vans are at a much higher risk of rolling over and experiencing serious injury or death. Rollover accidents are not always caused by driver error; icy roads or soft soil on shoulders can also cause a car to flip.
  6. Backing Up Accidents: These typically occur in parking lots and are often at low speeds, meaning they do not generally carry the same amount of risk of injury as other car crashes. Usually, fault will be placed on the driver of the car backing up, as moving vehicles have the right of way in parking lots and when backing out of a driveway.
  7. Multi-Vehicle Accidents. Crashes involving multiple vehicles can be catastrophic, as a vehicle can be hit from multiple angles and flung into other traffic. They typically occur when one vehicle hits another, and other drivers cannot or do not avoid being hit by or hitting the other vehicles. Determining liability can be incredibly complicated as it can be hard to know which driver is really to blame. The St. Louis-based auto accident law firm of Burger Law knows how to investigate the scene and work with our network of car crash experts to find the exact cause of your accident and determine who we need to hold accountable. As Missouri is an "at-fault" state, you will need the help of an experienced and knowledgeable car crash lawyer to make sure you receive a full financial recovery for your damages.
  8. Road Construction Accidents: We need construction to help keep our St. Louis and Missouri roads up-to-date and safe, but construction sites can be a danger in themselves if certain people do not follow the rules. Construction companies are legally required to cone or cordon off a construction site and place appropriate warning signage to ensure your safety. Additionally, misplaced equipment or debris such as barrels or metal on the road can cause accidents. Determining liability can be complicated, as the at-fault party may be the construction company or the local government. Suing the state of Missouri has specific processes that differ from typical personal injury claims. The auto accident law firm of Burger Law in St. Louis has over two decades of experience navigating the maze that is Missouri law. If you sustained an injury in a road construction accident, place your financial recovery in the trustworthy and capable hands of Burger Law's car accident lawyers.

    Road construction accidents can also be dangerous - and sometimes fatal - for construction workers. Burger Law also has experience with winning maximum compensation for our St. Louis and Missouri clients in workers' compensation and construction site accident claims. If you or your loved one were injured while working on a construction site, call us at (314) 500-HURT now.

  9. Carpool and Rideshare Accidents: Ridesharing services like Uber and Lyft are ubiquitous on the St. Louis and Missouri roads. Their drivers are held to the same duty of care standards that any Missouri driver is. Typically, rideshare companies have three different policies depending on the circumstances of the accident:
    1. If the driver is "offline," meaning they are not working for the rideshare company at the time of their accident, you will have to bring a claim against the driver's personal auto insurance policy.
    2. If the driver is "online" but is still waiting for a passenger, meaning they are working but have not accepted a ride yet, you can make a claim with Uber and Lyft's own insurance companies. Their policy limits are $25,000 for property damage and $50,000 per person injured ($100,000) per accident.
    3. If the driver has accepted a ride, meaning they currently have a passenger or are on their way to pick them up, Uber and Lyft both have $1 million insurance policies for any damages the passenger or a pedestrian sustains.

Whatever type of car accident you were in, and however severe your injuries, you deserve to recover maximum compensation for all of your damages. When you hire the auto accident law firm of Burger Law, our talented and tenacious St. Louis car accident lawyers get started on your case right away and do not let up until we win your case. If you or a loved one have been injured in a car, truck, or motorcycle accident, contact our St. Louis-based Missouri auto accident law firm today.

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How Long Do I Have to File an Auto Accident Claim?

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How Long Do I Have to File an Auto Accident Claim in Missouri?

Once you are injured in an auto accident, the state of Missouri's statute of limitations dictates how long you have after the date of the accident to file your claim.

  • In general, according to Missouri Revised Statute §516.120, you have five years from the date of your injury to file your personal injury claim in St. Louis or elsewhere in Missouri.
  • If you were under the age of 21 at the time of the injury, or were mentally incapacitated at the time, Missouri Revised Statute §516.170 states that you have 5 years after the date you turn 21 or that your "legal disability" ends.
  • If you are injured by someone who was a resident of the state when the injury occurred, but later left the state before you filed a lawsuit, Missouri Revised Statute §516.200 stipulates that the time the defendant is out of the state does not apply towards the five years.

If you have been injured in a car accident in Missouri, the clock is already ticking for when you can make your claim. Do not wait, call the auto accident law firm of Burger law now at (314) 500-HURT to get justice and maximum compensation for your injuries. We start working on your case right away and do not rest until we win your case.

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Burger Law's Missouri personal injury auto accident law firm based in St. Louis has a team of gifted litigators and trial lawyers with more than 70 years of combined experience practicing law and protecting the vulnerable and injured. We will fight to get you maximum compensation in any injury claim in Missouri, including the case types listed here. Click for more information.

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When you hire our Missouri auto accident law firm in St. Louis, we get working on your case right away. You deserve to have your family and future protected. Our St. Louis car accident attorneys have dedicated their lives to standing up to bullies and fighting side-by-side with our clients to make sure they are fairly compensated for all of their damages. Our dedicated, talented and tenacious auto accident law firm has over two decades of experience taking on and winning the tough cases. Let us help you feel like "you" again. Do not wait another second. Call us today at (314) 500-HURT or contact us online for a free consultation.