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Car Accident Lawyer Ashland, MO

Car Accident Lawyer in Ashland, MO. They broke the rules of the road, and now your life is upended. You should not have to pay because somebody else acted negligently. Call a Burger Law Ashland, MO car accident lawyer now at (314) 500-HURT or fill out our online form for a free case evaluation and to start on your road to being made whole again.

The damage that unthinking and irresponsible drivers can cause is often staggering, and they need to be held accountable for their actions. Every Burger Law car accident lawyer has committed their career to standing up to bullies and defending the rights of the vulnerable in Ashland, MO to deliver them the financial recovery they need to heal and get their life back. If you were harmed by an irresponsible driver, we know you are angry — that is merited. You are also likely worried about the economic repercussions of medical bills and lost work, as well as the physical and emotional anguish that goes along with your injuries. The law gives an avenue to restitution; our Ashland, MO car accident lawyer team is here to guide you through it and fight by your side until there is nothing left to fight and you are wholly compensated for the damage another driver's negligence caused. You do not have to wait another second to begin on your road to recovery. We do not charge anything until we win your case.

In more than 30 years of practice, our car accident lawyer team has won over $175 million in verdicts and settlements for our Missouri clients. If you were hurt because someone else was reckless, see how much your case may be worth by filling out our complimentary personal injury calculator.

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Chesterfield, MO

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Suites 200-222
Chesterfield, MO 63005

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Car Accident Statistics in Missouri

In Missouri, car accident fatalities rose by 12% between 2019 and 2020, despite there being fewer people on the road owing to the COVID-19 pandemic. A 2018 study reported that Missouri ranked 12th in the nation in fatal auto wrecks, with over half of those fatalities transpiring on country roads. The Missouri State Highway Patrol reported 36,033 auto collisions that resulted in personal injury and 923 deadly car accidents.

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

What a Car Accident Lawyer in Ashland, MO Can Do For You

With some common fender-benders, you may be able to be fairly reimbursed without legal representation. But when you are harmed in a collision, you often require a car accident lawyer to fight for you and make sure that you get the best results in your claim. When you hire a Burger Law Ashland, MO car accident lawyer, we will:

  • Perform and investigation your accident and gather evidence, for example:
    • Photos
    • Surveillance footage
    • Police reports
    • Official eyewitness depositions
    • Your medical records
  • Make certain you receive the full medical treatment you need
  • Provide you with reliable and personalized legal counsel
  • Employ our network of Ashland, MO experts to help establish your case
  • Handle all the legal aspects of your case so you can spend your energy on healing
  • Insist that you get a fair settlement offer
  • Take your case to trial when we do not secure a fair settlement

You can believe in a Burger Law car accident lawyer in Ashland, MO to aggressively and fervently demand justice for your injuries. We have devoted our careers to helping the injured in Ashland, MO in their recovery and in being made whole again. Our case review and initial investigation do no cost anything, so there is no reason not to talk to us. Reach out to a car accident lawyer now at (314) 500-HURT to go over your case.

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Ashland, MO Car Accident Lawyer: Frequently Asked Questions

Most of our Ashland, MO clients have never needed to hire a car accident lawyer before, and as expected have a good deal of questions about their rights and the legal process. Below are several of the most common questions we are asked with regard to car accident claims:

Who Is Liable in My Car Accident?

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

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

How Do I Win an Auto Crash Case?

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

  1. Duty of Care: Missouri Revised Statute §304.120 dictates that motorists are "to exercise highest degree of care." So any person who gets behind the wheel necessarily 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 you harm.
  4. Proximate Cause: This is what ultimately confirms liability and refers to the underlying cause of your injuries. A drunk driver is obviously liable, but if a vehicle's brakes do not function correctly, the proximate cause is defective parts and the driver may not automatically be negligent.
  5. Damages: That your injuries resulted in some form of loss, for instance property damage, medical expenses and/or lost wages.

Can I Still Recover 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 reduced by the percentage of fault you are responsible for. For example, if a jury awards you $100,000 for a collision, but finds that you were 30 percent at fault, the your final compensation would be $70,000.

How Much is My Car Accident Claim Worth?

That hinges on on the gravity of your injuries, the effects they have had your life and the abilities of your car accident lawyer. With the aid of your attorney, you will be able to collect compensation for:

  • Economic damages, for example:
    • Lost wages
    • Lost earning capacity
    • Medical costs, such as:
      • Emergency room visits
      • Subsequent doctors visits
      • Surgeries
      • Physical therapy
      • Medication costs
      • In-home medical care
      • Assistive devices such as crutches or necessary upgrades to your home
      • Future estimated medical costs, such as further physical rehabilitation or medication, or replacement costs for assistive devices
    • Transportation costs to and from medical treatment
    • 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 Ashland, MO, for instance drunk driving crashes, your car accident lawyer may be able to help you collect punitive damages.

How Are Noneconomic Damages Calculated?

It is tough to put a figure on intangible effects of a wreck like pain and suffering. Noneconomic damages are typically quantified using one of two formulas:

  1. The Per Diem Method: "Per diem" means "per day" in Latin. In this method, you are awarded a daily amount for each day you were affected. The daily amount is usually equivalent to the amount you make from a day's work, the thought being that a day of suffering or mental distress is at least worth a day's work. This method is not implemented for injuries causing disability as there is no way to know how many days your injury will affect you.
  2. The Multiplier Method: In this method, your economic damages are multiplied by a number, often between 1.5 and 5, and the product will be your total 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 Ashland, MO will ensure that an insurance adjuster or jury knows every way 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 Ashland, MO?

Typically, following Missouri Revised Statute §516.120, you have five years from the day your injury happened to file your personal injury claim in Ashland or anywhere in Missouri. If you were under 21 at the time of the collision, you have five years from the day you turn 21. That might appear a long time, but it is critical to contact a car accident lawyer right away for the best outcome in your case.

What Mistakes Can Hurt My Claim?

Ashland, MO residents who have not talked to a car accident lawyer could mistakenly do or say things that hurt their claim. Some common mistakes your car accident lawyer in Ashland, MO sees are:

  • Not Calling the Police: According to Missouri Revised Statute §300.110, you must report an accident to the police "as soon as reasonably possible" if it lead to an injury. Police know how to ascertain negligence in wrecks and their police report will be critical in your case.
  • Not Documenting the Scene: Take photographs of both vehicles and the surrounding area and collect witness contact information. This will also be incredibly helpful in your claim.
  • Not Seeking Medical Attention: In order to be completely compensated for your injuries, you need to have them recorded and treated. Always be 100 percent honest with your doctor about any pains you have.
  • Believing the Insurance Company: Insurance companies employ a lot of deceptive tactics to pay you as little as possible; that is their job. Do not trust anything they say or make any recorded statements until you have talked to a lawyer.
  • Taking the First Settlement Offer: If you need the money as soon as possible, it might be tempting to take what you can get now. It is a far better idea in the long term to wait for the maximum financial recovery you are owed.
  • Not Hiring a Burger Law Car Accident Lawyer: Every Burger Law car accident lawyer has committed their life to pursuing justice for the injured in Ashland, MO. When someone declines to admit liability or the insurance company will not be fair, we step in and demand that you are treated fairly and get the full compensation you deserve.

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

More than three quarters of people killed in motor vehicle wrecks are drivers. Every Burger Law car accident lawyer has seen personally the destruction that a reckless driver can cause. While you cannot always control what other people do, there are various steps you can take to protect yourself in addition to others on the Ashland, MO streets.

  • Always use a seatbelt. In 2017, seatbelts saved an estimated 14,955 lives. Over four-fifths of drivers and passengers who are entirely thrown out of the vehicle die, and most of the rest suffered grave, life-altering injuries. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration states that wearing a seatbelt decreases the risk of death by 45 percent and moderate to critical injury by 50 percent.
  • Be aware of the rules of the road. The Missouri Department of Revenue offers a Driver Guide for Ashland, MO drivers. Simple suggestions like driving slower and increasing following distance in poor weather not only go a long way in keeping you and other drivers and passengers safe, but they also shield you from fault or being partially blamed for a crash if you do find yourself in one.
  • If you are a motorcyclist, use a helmet. While Ashland, MO does not have laws obligating 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 call someone back, you can never take back the consequences of an auto accident. Pull over safely if you need to make an urgent call. If you use your phone for directions, put the volume on high and turn the radio off so you can clearly hear the directions and do not have to look down at your phone.
  • Have the right attitude. The road is for everyone, and we all should be respectful to other drivers, passengers and pedestrians. Understand that you are in control of thousands of pounds of metal moving at high speeds. Safety needs to be your prime concern. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, almost 25 percent of auto deaths are people under the age of 25. A less cautious attitude is likely a contributing factor.
  • Drive with both hands on the wheel. Only having one hand on the wheel can considerably diminish your control of the car. Quickly changing the radio is likely 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 substantially impair your ability to drive safely, but it also raises your confidence and makes you feel more powerful, so you may think driving while drunk will be fine. Your brain may deceive you into believing you can drive home safely, but it is never true.

You can take every possible precaution when driving, but unfortunately the negligent behavior of irresponsible drivers can still injure you. When you get hurt because another driver broke the rules of the road, you are entitled to the best possible compensation for all of your damages. Every Ashland, 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 Ashland, MO

You only have one shot for a complete financial recovery. Do not let it go. Our Ashland, MO car accident lawyer team stands up to bullies like resistant insurance companies and negligent drivers who do not want to take responsibility for their behavior. We know the economic consequences of being injured are unexpected and severe. That is why we have dedicated our lives to seeing the injured and vulnerable in Ashland, MO restituted and made whole again. You do not have to go through these traumatic times alone. To protect you and your family's future, call a Burger Law car accident lawyer in Ashland, MO today at (314) 500-HURT or contact us online.

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