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Car Accident Lawyer Arnold, MO

Car Accident Lawyer in Arnold, MO. They broke the rules of the road, and now your life is turned upside down. You do not have to pay because someone else was irresponsible. Call a Burger Law Arnold, MO car accident lawyer right away at (314) 500-HURT or complete our online form for a free case evaluation and to start on your road to being made whole again.

The damage that selfish and careless drivers can cause is often cataclysmic, and they need to be held responsible for their actions. Every Burger Law car accident lawyer has devoted their career to standing up to bullies and defending the rights of the vulnerable in Arnold, MO to secure them the financial recovery they need to heal and get their life back. If you were injured by an irresponsible driver, we know you are infuriated — you deserve to be. You are also probably apprehensive about the economic burden of medical expenses and lost wages, to say nothing of the physical and emotional agony that accompanies your injuries. The law provides you with a path to recompense; our Arnold, MO car accident lawyer team is here to guide you through it and fight for you until there is nothing more to fight and you are fully repaid for the destruction another person's negligence caused. You do not have to wait any longer to begin the process of being made whole again. We do not charge anything until you recover the compensation you deserve.

In over 30 years of defending the rights of the vulnerable, our car accident lawyer team has won more than $175 million in verdicts and settlements for our Missouri clients. If you were injured because somebody else was reckless, learn the value of your injuries by filling out our complimentary personal injury calculator.

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How Common Are Car Accidents in Arnold and Missouri?

In Missouri, car accident deaths went up by 12% between 2019 and 2020, despite there being fewer people on the road due to the COVID-19 pandemic. A 2018 study stated that Missouri ranked 12th in the nation in deadly auto wrecks, with 58 percent of those deaths happening on country roads. The Missouri State Highway Patrol stated 36,033 auto accidents that resulted in personal injury and 923 fatal car collisions.

If you were one of the many in Arnold or anywhere in Missouri to be harmed on the road because of another person's negligence, get in touch with a car accident lawyer now at (314) 500-HURT.

How a Car Accident Lawyer in Arnold, MO Can Help

With some typical fender-benders, you may be able to be completely compensated without legal representation. But when you are injured in a crash, you generally need a car accident lawyer to fight by your side and ensure that you get the best possible outcome in your case. When you hire a Burger Law Arnold, MO car accident lawyer, we will:

  • Investigate your accident and acquire evidence, including:
    • Photographs
    • Surveillance footage
    • Police reports
    • Official eyewitness testimony
    • Your medical records
  • Make sure you get the full medical care you need
  • Offer you reliable and individualized legal guidance
  • Use our network of Arnold, MO experts to help establish your case
  • Handle all the legal aspects of your case so you can focus on healing
  • Demand that you get a fair settlement offer
  • Take your case to trial when the insurance company will not give you a fair offer

You can trust a Burger Law car accident lawyer in Arnold, MO to aggressively and zealously demand justice for your injuries. We have dedicated our lives to helping the injured in Arnold, MO in their recovery and in being made whole again. Our case evaluation and primary investigation do no cost anything, so there is no risk in talking to. Call a car accident lawyer today at (314) 500-HURT to go over your case.

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Arnold, MO Car Accident Lawyer: Frequently Asked Questions

The bulk of our Arnold, MO clients have never needed to hire a car accident lawyer before their injury, and naturally have a lot of questions about their rights and the legal process. The following are a few of the most frequent questions we get concerning car accident claims:

Who Is Liable in My Car Accident?

That is contingent the specifics of your case. Some of the most common reasons our car accident lawyer team sees for claims in Arnold, MO are:

Every car accident lawyer at Burger Law has seen it all, and we know how to prove liability and win every variety of motor vehicle case.

How Do I Prove an Auto Accident Case?

In order to win your case, your car accident lawyer will need to prove the five elements of negligence found in tort law:

  1. Duty of Care: Missouri Revised Statute §304.120 states that drivers are "to exercise highest degree of care." Meaning, any person who in control of a vehicle automatically owes you a duty of care.
  2. Breach of Duty: The driver broke a law or otherwise did not operate the vehicle safely.
  3. Cause in Fact: Also known as "causation," you must prove that the driver's breach of duty directly caused your injuries.
  4. Proximate Cause: This is what ultimately determines negligence and refers to the root cause of your injuries. A drunk driver is obviously negligent, but if a vehicle's brakes do not function properly, the proximate cause is faulty parts and the driver may not automatically be to blame.
  5. Damages: That your injuries resulted in some kind of loss, for example damage to your car, medical expenses and/or lost wages.

Can I Still Collect Compensation If I Was Partially at Fault?

Yes. Missouri is a pure comparative fault state. That means that if you are found to be partially liable for your injuries, your compensation will be diminished by the percentage of blame you share. For instance, if a jury grants you $100,000 for a collision, but determines that you were 30 percent at fault, the your final recovery would be $70,000.

How Much is My Car Accident Claim Worth?

That depends on the severity of your injuries, the consequences they have had your life and the abilities of your car accident lawyer. With the aid of your attorney, you will be able to be awarded compensation for:

  • Economic damages, for instance:
    • Lost wages
    • Lost earning potential
    • Medical bills, for example:
      • Emergency room visits
      • Subsequent doctors appointments
      • Surgeries
      • Physical rehabilitation
      • Medication bills
      • In-home medical treatment
      • Assistive devices such as crutches or necessary improvements to your vehicle
      • Future estimated medical costs, for instance further physical therapy or medication, or replacement costs for assistive devices
    • Transportation costs to and from medical care
    • Damage to your car
  • Noneconomic damages, which the state of Missouri defines as:
    • Pain and suffering
    • Mental anguish
    • Inconvenience
    • Physical impairment
    • Disfigurement
    • Loss of capacity to enjoy life
    • Loss of consortium

In infrequent cases in Arnold, MO, for instance drunk driving crashes, your car accident lawyer may be able to help you receive punitive damages.

How Are Noneconomic Damages Calculated?

It is tough to put a figure on intangible effects of a crash such as pain and suffering. Noneconomic damages are generally determined through one of two methods:

  1. The Per Diem Method: "Per diem" means "per day" in Latin. In this method, you are awarded a daily amount for every day you were impacted by your injury. The daily amount is generally equivalent to your daily wage, the idea being that a day of suffering or mental anguish is at least worth a day's work. This method is not used for injuries resulting to impairment as there is no way to know how long your injury will impact you.
  2. The Multiplier Method: In this method, your economic damages are multiplied by a number, generally between 1.5 and 5, and the final number will be your complete financial recovery. Three is used most often, and four and five are typically reserved for cases that cause disability or permanent impairment.

Your Burger Law car accident lawyer in Arnold, MO will make certain that an insurance company or jury understands the full extent that your injuries have affected you and compensate you for all of your damages.

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How Long Do I Have to File a Car Accident Claim in Arnold, MO?

Generally speaking, according to Missouri Revised Statute §516.120, you have five years from the date of your collision to bring your personal injury claim in Arnold or anywhere in Missouri. If you were under 21 at the time of the collision, you have five years from your 21st birthday. That may appear a long time, but it is critical to reach out to a car accident lawyer right away for the best results in your case.

What Mistakes Can Hurt My Claim?

People who have not been in touch with a car accident lawyer could accidentally do or say things that hurt their claim. Some common mistakes your car accident lawyer in Arnold, MO sees are:

  • Not Calling the Police: Pursuant to Missouri Revised Statute §300.110, you need to report an accident to the police "as soon as reasonably possible" if it results in injury. Police are coached to ascertain negligence in collisions and their police report will be indispensable in your case.
  • Not Documenting the Scene: Take photos of both vehicles and the surrounding area and gather witness contact information. This will also be extremely beneficial in your case.
  • Not Seeking Medical Treatment: In order to be fully compensated for your injuries, you need to have them recorded and treated. Always be totally candid with your doctor about any aches you have.
  • Trusting the Insurance Company: Insurance adjusters utilize a lot of deceptive tactics to reimburse you for as little as they can; that is their job. Do not believe anything they say or make any recorded statements until you have talked to a lawyer.
  • Accepting the Initial Settlement Offer: If you need the money fast, it might be tempting to take what you can get immediately. It is a much better idea when all is said and done to wait for the fair financial recovery you are owed.
  • Not Hiring a Burger Law Car Accident Lawyer: Every Burger Law car accident lawyer has committed their career to deliver justice for the injured in Arnold, MO. When someone does not want to admit culpability or the insurance company will not be fair, we step in and demand that you are treated fairly and get the complete compensation you are owed.

How to Avoid Auto Accidents | Arnold, MO Car Accident Lawyer

Over three quarters of people killed in traffic collisions are drivers. Every Burger Law car accident lawyer has seen personally the anguish that a reckless driver can cause. While you cannot always control other people's actions, there are many steps you can take to protect yourself in addition to others on the Arnold, MO streets.

  • Always use a seatbelt. In 2017, seatbelts saved an estimated 14,955 people from death. Over four-fifths of drivers and passengers who are completely thrown out of the vehicle perish, and most of the rest suffered severe, life-altering injuries. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that wearing a seatbelt reduces the chances of death by almost half and moderate to critical injury by 50 percent.
  • Be aware of the laws and best driving practices. The Missouri Department of Revenue offers a Driver Guide for anyone on the Arnold, MO roads. Fundamental tips like driving slower and increasing following distance in winter conditions not only do a lot to keep you and everyone else on the road safe, but they also shield you from liability or being partially blamed for a crash if you do find yourself in one.
  • If you are a motorcyclist, wear a helmet. While Arnold, MO does not have laws forcing motorcycle drivers to wear helmets, they are literal life-savers. In 2017, helmets saved 1,872 lives.
  • Put away your cell phone. While you can always text somebody later, you can never take back the effects of an auto wreck. Pull over safely if you need need your phone for an emergency. If you use your phone for directions, put the volume on high and do not listen to music or podcasts so you can clearly hear the directions and do not have to look down at your phone.
  • Have the right attitude. No one owns the road, and we all should be courteous to other drivers, passengers and pedestrians. Recognize that you are in control of several tons of metal moving at high speeds. Safety should be the first thing on your mind. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, almost 25 percent of motor vehicle deaths are people under the age of 25. Maturity is likely a contributing factor.
  • Drive with both hands on the wheel. Just driving with one hand can significantly diminish your control of the car. Quickly changing the radio is probably OK, but both hands should be on the wheel the majority of the time.
  • Call a taxi or ridesharing service if you have been drinking. Not only does alcohol significantly diminish your ability to operate a car safely, but it also boosts your confidence and makes you feel more powerful, so you might think driving while drunk will be fine. Your brain may trick you into believing you can drive home safely, but it is never true.

You can take every possible precaution when driving, but regrettably the careless behavior of irresponsible drivers can still injure you. When you get hurt because somebody else broke the rules of the road, you deserve complete compensation for all of your damages. Every Arnold, MO car accident lawyer at Burger Law takes on and wins the tough cases, and knows how to get great results.

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Car Accident Lawyer Arnold, MO

You just have one opportunity for the best possible financial recovery. Do not let it go. Our Arnold, MO car accident lawyer team pushes back against bullies like resistant insurance companies and careless drivers who do not want to be held accountable for their actions. We know the financial implications of being injured are unexpected and severe. That is why we have dedicated our lives to seeing the injured and vulnerable in Arnold, MO recompensed and made whole again. You do not have to go through these traumatic times by yourself. To protect you and your family's future, call a Burger Law car accident lawyer in Arnold, MO immediately at (314) 500-HURT or contact us online.

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