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Car Accident Lawyer Buchanan County, MO

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

The damage that unthinking and reckless drivers can cause is often cataclysmic, and they need to be held accountable for their behavior. Every Burger Law car accident lawyer has pledged their life to standing up to bullies and standing up for of the injured in Buchanan County, MO to secure them the compensation they need to heal and return to the life they know. If you were injured by an irresponsible driver, we know you are infuriated — that is justified. You are also probably worried about the financial hardships of medical expenses and lost wages, to say nothing of the physical and emotional pain that accompanies your injuries. The law extends a bridge to restitution; our Buchanan County, MO car accident lawyer team is here to guide you across it and fight on your behalf until there is nothing left to fight and you are completely repaid for the harm another person's negligent actions caused. You do not have to wait any longer to start on your road to recovery. We do not charge anything until you receive the compensation you deserve.

In more than three decades of practicing law, our car accident lawyer team has delivered over $175 million in verdicts and settlements for our Missouri clients. If you were harmed because someone else was negligent, learn how much your claim may be worth by filling out our complimentary 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, despite there being fewer people on the road due to the COVID-19 pandemic. A 2018 study reported that Missouri ranked 12th in the nation in fatal auto collisions, with over half of those fatalities happening on country roads. The Missouri State Highway Patrol stated 36,033 auto wrecks that led to personal injury and 923 deadly auto collisions.

If you were one of the many in Buchanan County or anywhere in Missouri to be injured on the road because of another driver's negligent behavior, contact a car accident lawyer right away at (314) 500-HURT.

How a Car Accident Lawyer in Buchanan County, MO Can Help

With some standard fender-benders, you might be able to be fully compensated without the assistance of an attorney. But when you are hurt in a collision, you often require a car accident lawyer to fight on your behalf and make sure that you get the best possible outcome in your claim. When you hire a Burger Law Buchanan County, MO car accident lawyer, we will:

  • Perform and investigation your crash and attain evidence, including:
    • Photographs
    • Surveillance video
    • Police reports
    • Official eyewitness depositions
    • Your medical records
  • Make certain you get the full medical treatment you need
  • Provide you with reliable and individualized legal guidance
  • Utilize our network of Buchanan County, MO experts to help build your case
  • Handle all the legal aspects of your case so you can spend your energy on healing
  • Demand that you are given a fair settlement offer
  • Take your case to court when we do not secure a fair settlement

You can trust a Burger Law car accident lawyer in Buchanan County, MO to persistently and zealously demand justice in your case. We have dedicated our lives to helping the injured in Buchanan County, MO in their recovery and in being made whole again. Our consultation and preliminary investigation do no cost anything, so there is no risk in speaking with us. Call a car accident lawyer now at (314) 500-HURT to go over your case.

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Buchanan County, MO Car Accident Lawyer: Frequently Asked Questions

The majority of our Buchanan County, MO clients have never needed to hire a car accident lawyer before, and naturally have many questions about their rights and the legal procedure. Below are a few of the most common questions we are asked about car accident claims:

Who Is Liable in My Car Accident?

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

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

How Do I Win a Motor Vehicle Accident Claim?

In order to win your claim, your car accident lawyer must demonstrate the five elements of negligence found in tort law:

  1. Duty of Care: Missouri Revised Statute §304.120 dictates that drivers are "to exercise highest degree of care." Meaning, whoever gets behind the wheel automatically owes you a duty of care.
  2. Breach of Duty: The driver is in violation of a statute or otherwise did not operate the vehicle safely.
  3. Cause in Fact: Also called "causation," you need to prove that the driver's breach of duty directly caused you harm.
  4. Proximate Cause: This is what ultimately establishes negligence and refers to the root origin of your injuries. A drunk driver is obviously negligent, but if a vehicle's brakes do not work, the proximate cause is defective parts and the driver may not automatically be liable.
  5. Damages: That your injuries caused some form of loss, such as property damage, medical bills and/or lost wages.

Can I Still Receive 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 accident, your compensation will be lessened by the portion of fault you are responsible for. For example, if a jury awards you $100,000 for a wreck, 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 is contingent on the gravity of your injuries, the impact they have had your life and the willpower of your car accident lawyer. With the help of your lawyer, you will be able to receive compensation for:

  • Economic damages, for instance:
    • Lost wages
    • Lost earning potential
    • Medical expenses, including:
      • Urgent care
      • Subsequent doctors appointments
      • Surgeries
      • Physical therapy
      • Medication bills
      • In-home medical treatment
      • Assistive devices such as wheelchairs or necessary improvements to your house
      • Future estimated medical expenses, for instance 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 rare cases in Buchanan County, MO, such as drunk driving accidents, your car accident lawyer may be able to help you collect punitive damages.

How Are Noneconomic Damages Calculated?

It is hard to put a figure on intangible consequences of a wreck such as emotional anguish. Noneconomic damages are usually quantified using one of two methods:

  1. The Per Diem Method: "Per diem" means "per day" in Latin. In this method, you are granted a daily amount for each day you suffered. The daily amount is usually equal to your daily wage, the thought being that a day of suffering or emotional anguish has at least the same value as a day's work. This method is not implemented for permanent injuries as it is impossible to know how many days your injury will impact 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 complete financial recovery. Three is the most common multiplier, and four and five are typically only used in cases that result in disability or permanent impairment.

Your Burger Law car accident lawyer in Buchanan County, MO will make certain 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 Buchanan County, MO?

Generally speaking, according to Missouri Revised Statute §516.120, you have five years from the date of your accident to make your personal injury claim in Buchanan County or elsewhere in Missouri. If you were under 21 at the time of the wreck, you have five years from your 21st birthday. That might appear a long time, but it is crucial to get in touch with a car accident lawyer right away for the best outcome in your case.

What Mistakes Can Hurt My Claim?

Buchanan County, 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 Buchanan County, MO sees are:

  • Not Calling the Police: According to Missouri Revised Statute §300.110, you have to report an accident to the police "as soon as reasonably possible" if it causes injury. Police are taught to determine fault in wrecks and their police report will be key in your case.
  • Not Documenting the Scene: Take photographs of both vehicles and the surrounding area and gather witness contact information. This will also be extremely beneficial in your claim.
  • Not Seeking Medical Care: In order to be wholly compensated for your injuries, you need to have them recorded and treated. Always be entirely frank with your physician about any pains you have.
  • Believing the Insurance Company: Insurance companies employ a lot of deceptive tactics to reimburse you for as little as possible; that is how they make money. Do not believe anything they say or make any recorded statements before talking to a lawyer.
  • Taking the Initial Settlement Offer: If you need the money quickly, it may be tempting to take what you can get immediately. It is much better when all is said and done to wait for the maximum compensation you are owed.
  • Not Hiring a Burger Law Car Accident Lawyer: Every Burger Law car accident lawyer has committed their life to seeking justice for the injured in Buchanan County, MO. When someone does not want to admit blame or the insurance company is not being fair, we step up and demand that you are treated fairly and get the fair financial recovery you are owed.

How to Avoid Auto Accidents | Buchanan County, MO Car Accident Lawyer

Over 75 percent of people killed in auto accidents are drivers. Every Burger Law car accident lawyer has seen firsthand the destruction that a careless driver can cause. While you cannot always control how other people drive, there are numerous steps you can take to ensure your own safety in addition to the safety of others on the Buchanan County, MO roads.

  • Always use a seatbelt. In 2017, seatbelts saved approximately 14,955 people from death. Over four-fifths of drivers and passengers who are completely thrown out of the vehicle perish, and the majority of the rest sustained significant, life-altering injuries. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that wearing a seatbelt lowers the risk of death by almost half and moderate to critical injury by 50 percent.
  • Be familiar with the laws and best driving practices. The Missouri Department of Revenue offers a Driver Guide for anyone on the Buchanan County, MO roads. Fundamental tips like driving at lower speeds and increasing following distance in poor weather not only go a long way in keeping 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 drive a motorcycle, wear a helmet. While Buchanan County, MO does not have laws obligating motorcycle drivers to use helmets, they are literal life-savers. In 2017, helmets saved 1,872 lives.
  • Do not use 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 need your phone for an emergency. If you use your phone for directions, put the volume on high and turn the music 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. Be aware of the fact that you are controlling thousands of pounds of metal moving at high speeds. Safety should be your prime concern. 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. Only having one hand on the wheel can substantially lessen your control of the vehicle. 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 impede your ability to drive safely, but it also raises your confidence and makes you feel more powerful, so you might think driving while drunk will be fine. Your brain might deceive you into thinking you can drive home safely, but it is never the case.

You can take every precaution imaginable when you get behind the wheel, but unfortunately the careless behavior of irresponsible drivers can still injure you. When you get hurt because another person broke the rules of the road, you are entitled to maximum compensation for all of your damages. Every Buchanan County, 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 Buchanan County, MO

You just have one shot for the best possible financial recovery. Do not let it slip. Our Buchanan County, 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 behavior. We know the financial implications of being injured are sudden and severe. That is why we have devoted our lives to seeing the injured and vulnerable in Buchanan County, MO compensated and made whole again. You do not have to go through these troublesome times by yourself. To protect you and your family's future, call a Burger Law car accident lawyer in Buchanan County, MO straight away at (314) 500-HURT or contact us online.

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