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Car Accident Lawyer Bolivar, MO

Car Accident Lawyer in Bolivar, MO. They broke the rules of the road, and now you are left to pick up the pieces. You do not have to pay because somebody else was negligent. Call a Burger Law Bolivar, MO car accident lawyer right away at (314) 500-HURT or complete our online form for a complimentary case evaluation and to start on your road to being made whole again.

The damage that unthinking and irresponsible drivers can cause is often devastating, and they need to be held accountable for their behavior. Every Burger Law car accident lawyer has devoted their life to fighting back against bullies and defending the rights of the vulnerable in Bolivar, MO to secure them the financial recovery they need to heal and return to the life they know. If you were injured by an irresponsible driver, we know you are outraged — you should to be. You are also probably anxious about the financial burden of medical bills and lost work, as well as the physical and emotional pain that accompanies your injuries. The law gives a path to restoration; our Bolivar, MO car accident lawyer team is here to lead the way you across it and fight for you until there is nothing left to fight and you are completely repaid for the damage another driver's careless actions caused. You do not have to wait any longer to start on your road to recovery. We charge no fees until you collect the compensation you need.

In more than three decades of defending the rights of the vulnerable, our car accident lawyer team has delivered over $175 million in verdicts and settlements for our Missouri clients. If you were injured because someone else was negligent, find out the value of your case by using our free personal injury calculator.

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Chesterfield, MO 63005

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Car Accident Statistics in Missouri

In Missouri, car accident fatalities rose by 12% between 2019 and 2020, even though there were not as many people on the road because of the COVID-19 pandemic. A 2018 study stated that Missouri ranked 12th in the nation in deadly road accidents, with over half of those deaths occurring on rural roads. The Missouri State Highway Patrol says 36,033 car crashes that caused personal injury and 923 fatal car collisions.

If you were one of the many in Bolivar or anywhere in Missouri to be injured on the road because of somebody else's horrible actions, get in touch with a car accident lawyer right away at (314) 500-HURT.

How a Car Accident Lawyer in Bolivar, MO Can Help

With some ordinary fender-benders, you may be able to be fully reimbursed without the assistance of a lawyer. But when you are hurt in a crash, you often require a car accident lawyer to fight on your behalf and make sure that you get the best possible outcome in your case. When you hire a Burger Law Bolivar, MO car accident lawyer, we will:

  • Carry out and investigation your accident and attain evidence, for instance:
    • Pictures
    • Surveillance footage
    • Police reports
    • Official eyewitness statements
    • Your medical records
  • Ensure you receive the full medical care you need
  • Offer you reliable and personalized legal guidance
  • Employ our network of Bolivar, MO experts to help establish your case
  • Handle all communication, documentation, litigation and negotiations
  • Insist that you receive a fair settlement offer
  • Take your case in front of a judge and jury when the insurance company will not give you a fair offer

You can believe in a Burger Law car accident lawyer in Bolivar, MO to aggressively and passionately demand justice for your damages. We have pledged our careers to helping the injured in Bolivar, MO in their recovery and in being made whole again. Our consultation and initial investigation are free, so there is no risk in talking to. Get in touch with a car accident lawyer today at (314) 500-HURT to discuss your case.

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Bolivar, MO Car Accident Lawyer: Frequently Asked Questions

The majority of our Bolivar, MO clients have never had to hire a car accident lawyer before, and unsurprisingly have a lot of questions about their rights and the legal procedure. Below are several of the most frequent questions we get with regard to 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 Bolivar, MO are:

Every car accident lawyer at Burger Law has seen every kind of wreck imaginable, and we know how to demonstrate negligence and win every sort of motor vehicle case.

How Do I Prove an Auto Crash Case?

In order to prove your case, your car accident lawyer will have 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, anybody who in control of a vehicle 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 your injuries.
  4. Proximate Cause: This is what ultimately determines liability and refers to the root origin of your injuries. A drunk driver is clearly negligent, but if a vehicle's brakes do not work, the proximate cause is faulty parts and the driver may not necessarily be liable.
  5. Damages: That your injuries led to some form of loss, like damage to your car, medical expenses and/or lost wages.

Can I Still Receive Compensation If I Was Partially to Blame?

Yes. Missouri is a pure comparative fault state. What that means is that if you are found to be partially responsibility for your injuries, your compensation will be reduced by the percentage of fault you share. For example, if a jury grants you $100,000 for an accident, but determines that you were 30 percent to blame, the final sum you recover would be $70,000.

How Much is My Car Accident Claim Worth?

That hinges on on the significance of your injuries, the consequences they have had your life and the willpower of your car accident lawyer. With the assistance of your lawyer, you will be able to collect compensation for:

  • Economic damages, including:
    • Lost wages
    • Lost earning potential
    • Medical expenses, for instance:
      • Emergency room visits
      • Subsequent doctors appointments
      • Surgeries
      • Physical rehabilitation
      • Medication expenses
      • In-home medical care
      • Assistive devices such as wheelchairs or required upgrades to your house
      • Future estimated medical costs, for instance further physical rehabilitation or prescriptions, or replacement costs for assistive devices
    • Transportation costs related to your 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 rare cases in Bolivar, MO, for example drunk driving accidents, your car accident lawyer may be able to help you get punitive damages.

How Are Noneconomic Damages Calculated?

It is tough to put a figure on intangible reverberations of a collision like mental anguish. Noneconomic damages are generally quantified through one of two formulas:

  1. The Per Diem Method: "Per diem" stands for "per day" in Latin. In this method, you are awarded a daily amount for every day you were affected. The daily amount is typically the same as your daily wage, the idea being that a day of suffering or emotional agony has at least the same value as a day's work. This method is not used for permanent injuries as there is no way to know how long your injury will affect you.
  2. The Multiplier Method: In this method, your economic damages are multiplied by a number, generally between 1.5 and 5, and the product will be your total compensation. Three is used most often, and four and five are often reserved for cases that result in disability or permanent impairment.

Your Burger Law car accident lawyer in Bolivar, MO will ensure that an insurance company or jury knows every way that your injuries have affected you and reimburse you for all of your damages.

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

Generally speaking, according to Missouri Revised Statute §516.120, you have five years from the date of your collision to file your personal injury claim in Bolivar or elsewhere in Missouri. If you were under 21 at the time of the accident, you have five years from your 21st birthday. That may appear a long time, but it is critical to get in touch with a car accident lawyer immediately for the best results in your case.

What Mistakes Can Hurt My Claim?

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

  • Not Calling the Police: Following Missouri Revised Statute §300.110, you are obligated to report an accident to the police "as soon as reasonably possible" if it causes injury. Police are taught to determine liability in accidents and their police report will be crucial in your case.
  • Not Documenting the Scene: Take photographs of both vehicles and the nearby area and acquire witness contact information. This will also be very useful in your claim.
  • Not Seeking Medical Treatment: In order to be wholly compensated for your injuries, you need to have them recorded and treated. Always be entirely candid with your doctor about any pains you have.
  • Trusting the Insurance Company: Insurance adjusters utilize a lot of tricks to pay you as little as they can; that is how they make money. Do not believe anything they say or make any recorded statements until you have spoken with a lawyer.
  • Taking the Initial Settlement Offer: If you need the money as soon as possible, it may be enticing to take what you can get immediately. It is far better in the long term to wait for the full financial recovery you are owed.
  • Not Hiring a Burger Law Car Accident Lawyer: Every Burger Law car accident lawyer has devoted their career to deliver justice for the injured in Bolivar, MO. When someone refuses to admit liability or the insurance company refused to be fair, we step up and insist that you are treated fairly and get the fair compensation you deserve.

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

More than 75 percent of people killed in motor vehicle collisions are drivers. Every Burger Law car accident lawyer has seen with their own eyes the havoc that a negligent driver can cause. While you cannot always control how other people drive, there are many actions you can take to protect yourself in addition to others on the Bolivar, MO streets.

  • Always use a seatbelt. In 2017, seatbelts saved an estimated 14,955 lives. More than four-fifths of drivers and passengers who are entirely expelled from the vehicle die, and the majority of the rest experienced severe, life-changing injuries. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that wearing a seatbelt lessens the chances of death by almost half and moderate to critical injury by 50 percent.
  • Know the laws and best driving practices. The Missouri Department of Revenue has published a Driver Guide for Bolivar, MO drivers. Simple suggestions like driving at lower speeds and increasing following distance in poor weather not only do a lot to keep you and everyone else on the road safe, but they also protect you from fault or being partially blamed for an accident if you do find yourself in one.
  • If you ride a motorcycle, use a helmet. While Bolivar, MO does not have laws forcing motorcycle drivers to wear helmets, they can save your life. In 2017, helmets saved 1,872 lives.
  • Do not use your cell phone. While you can always text somebody later, you can never take back the consequences of a car collision. 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 turn the radio off so you can clearly hear the directions and do not have to look.
  • Have the right attitude. No one owns the road, and we all need to be courteous to other drivers, passengers and pedestrians. Understand that you are controlling several tons of metal moving at high speeds. Safety should be your prime concern. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, almost one-fourth of auto deaths are people under the age of 25. Maturity is probably a contributing factor.
  • Keep both hands on the wheel. Just having one hand on the wheel can significantly lessen your control of the vehicle. Quickly changing the A/C settings is likely OK, but you should mostly be driving with both hands.
  • Call a taxi or ridesharing service if you have been drinking. Not only does alcohol substantially diminish 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 trick you into thinking you can drive home safely, but it is never true.

You can take every possible precaution when you get behind the wheel, but regrettably the thoughtless actions of irresponsible drivers can still injure you. When you get hurt because someone else broke the rules of the road, you deserve the best possible compensation for all of your damages. Every Bolivar, MO car accident lawyer at Burger Law takes on and wins the tough cases, and knows how to attain great results.

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Car Accident Lawyer Bolivar, MO

You just have one chance for a complete financial recovery. Do not let it go. Our Bolivar, MO car accident lawyer team pushes back against bullies like resistant insurance companies and reckless drivers who do not want to take responsibility for their actions. We know the financial hardships of being injured are unanticipated and severe. That is why we have dedicated our lives to seeing the injured and vulnerable in Bolivar, MO compensated and made whole again. You do not have to go through these troublesome times alone. To protect you and your family's future, call a Burger Law car accident lawyer in Bolivar, MO today at (314) 500-HURT or contact us online.

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