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Car Accident Lawyer Buffalo, MO

Car Accident Lawyer in Buffalo, MO. They broke the rules of the road, and now your life is turned upside down. You should not have to pay because somebody else was negligent. Call a Burger Law Buffalo, 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 careless drivers can cause is often cataclysmic, and they need to be held responsible for their behavior. Every Burger Law car accident lawyer has pledged their life to standing up to bullies and defending the rights of the vulnerable in Buffalo, MO to deliver them the compensation they need to heal and return to the life they know. If you were harmed by a careless driver, we know you are furious — you deserve to be. You are also probably worried about the economic burden of medical expenses and lost work, not to mention the physical and emotional pain that goes along with your injuries. The law extends a bridge to restoration; our Buffalo, MO car accident lawyer team is here to guide you across it and fight by your side until there is nothing left to fight and you are wholly repaid for the damage someone else's negligent actions caused. You do not have to wait another second to start the process of being made whole again. We accept no fees until you recover the compensation you need.

In over 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 injured because another driver broke the rules of the road, find out the value of your claim by filling out our free personal injury calculator.

Chesterfield, MO

Chesterfield, MO

100 Chesterfield Business Pkwy
Suites 200-222
Chesterfield, MO 63005

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Phone: (314) 648-8348

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Car Accident Statistics in Missouri

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

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

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

With some common fender-benders, you might be able to be completely reimbursed without legal representation. But when you are harmed in an accident, you often need 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 Buffalo, MO car accident lawyer, we will:

  • Investigate your accident and obtain evidence, such as:
    • Pictures
    • Surveillance footage
    • Police reports
    • Official eyewitness testimony
    • Your medical records
  • Ensure you get the full medical treatment you need
  • Provide you with sound and personalized legal counsel
  • Use our network of Buffalo, MO experts to help develop a legal strategy
  • 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 Buffalo, MO to forcefully and zealously demand justice in your claim. We have committed our lives to helping the injured in Buffalo, MO in their recovery and in being made whole again. Our case evaluation and preliminary investigation are free, so there is no reason not to talk to us. Reach out to a car accident lawyer immediately at (314) 500-HURT to discuss your case.

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Buffalo, MO Car Accident Lawyer: Frequently Asked Questions

The majority of our Buffalo, MO clients have never needed to hire a car accident lawyer before their accident, and as expected have a good deal of questions about their rights and the legal procedure. The following 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 Buffalo, MO are:

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

How Do I Win an Auto Accident Case?

In order to prove your claim, 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." That means that whoever in control of a vehicle 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 known as "causation," you must show that the driver's breach of duty directly caused hurt you.
  4. Proximate Cause: This is what ultimately establishes negligence and refers to the underlying source of your injuries. A drunk driver is plainly negligent, but if a vehicle's brakes do not work, the proximate cause is malfunctioning parts and the driver may not necessarily be negligent.
  5. Damages: That your injuries led to some kind of loss, like property damage, medical expenses and/or lost wages.

Can I Still Be Awarded Compensation If I Was Partially to Blame?

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

How Much is My Car Accident Claim Worth?

That hinges on on the severity 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, including:
    • Lost wages
    • Lost earning potential
    • Medical bills, including:
      • Emergency room visits
      • Follow-up doctors visits
      • Surgeries
      • Physical therapy
      • Medication bills
      • In-home medical treatment
      • Assistive devices such as crutches or required upgrades to your home
      • Future estimated medical expenses, like further physical therapy or prescriptions, 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 Buffalo, MO, for instance drunk driving crashes, your car accident lawyer may be able to help you secure punitive damages.

How Are Noneconomic Damages Calculated?

It is tough to put a figure on intangible effects of a collision like pain and suffering. Noneconomic damages are usually computed through 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 every day you were impacted by your injury. The daily amount is generally equal to your daily wage, the belief being that a day of pain or emotional distress has at least the same value as a day's work. This method is not implemented for injuries leading to impairment 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 complete compensation. Three is the most common multiplier, and four and five are generally only used in cases that lead to disability or permanent impairment.

Your Burger Law car accident lawyer in Buffalo, MO will ensure that an insurance adjuster or jury knows the full extent that your injuries have impacted you and reimburse you for all of it.

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

In General, according to Missouri Revised Statute §516.120, you have five years from the date of your wreck to make your personal injury claim in Buffalo or elsewhere 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 vital to reach out to a car accident lawyer as soon as possible for the best outcome in your case.

What Mistakes Can Hurt My Claim?

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

  • Not Calling the Police: Pursuant to 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 know how to determine liability in crashes and their police report will be critical in your claim.
  • Not Documenting the Scene: Take photographs of both vehicles and the surrounding area and obtain witness contact information. This will also be very beneficial in your claim.
  • Not Seeking Medical Attention: In order to be wholly compensated for your injuries, you need to have records of them and have them treated. Always be entirely honest with your doctor about any pains you have.
  • Believing the Insurance Company: Insurance companies use a lot of deceptive tactics to compensate you with as little as possible; that is their job. Do not trust anything they say or make any recorded statements before talking to a lawyer.
  • Taking the First Settlement Offer: If you need the money fast, it may be appealing to take what they are offering you now. It is much better when all is said and done to wait for the complete compensation you truly deserve.
  • Not Hiring a Burger Law Car Accident Lawyer: Every Burger Law car accident lawyer has devoted their career to pursuing justice for the injured in Buffalo, MO. When someone does not want to admit culpability or the insurance company will not be fair, we step up and demand that you are treated fairly and get the complete financial recovery you deserve.

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

More than three quarters of people who die in auto wrecks are drivers. Every Burger Law car accident lawyer has seen firsthand the devastation that a careless driver can cause. While you cannot always control how other people drive, there are many actions you can take to ensure your own safety in addition to the safety of others on the Buffalo, MO roads.

  • Always use a seatbelt. In 2017, seatbelts saved approximately 14,955 people from death. More than 83 percent of drivers and passengers who are completely ejected from the vehicle perish, and the majority of the rest experienced serious, life-altering injuries. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that wearing a seatbelt lessens the risk 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 offers a Driver Guide for anyone on the Buffalo, MO roads. Basic tips like driving slower 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 a collision if you do find yourself in one.
  • If you are a motorcyclist, wear a helmet. While Buffalo, MO does not have laws requiring motorcycle drivers to wear 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 effects of a traffic crash. 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.
  • Have the right attitude. The road is for everyone, and we all need to be polite to other drivers, passengers and pedestrians. Understand that you are in control of several tons of metal moving at high speeds. Safety needs to be your prime concern. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, almost one-fourth of motor vehicle deaths are people under the age of 25. A less cautious attitude is likely a contributing factor.
  • Keep both hands on the wheel. Only having one hand on the wheel can considerably lessen your control of the car. Quickly changing the A/C settings 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 considerably 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 believing you can drive home safely, but it is never the case.

You can take every precaution imaginable when driving, but unfortunately the negligent actions of irresponsible drivers can still cause you injury. When you get hurt because someone else broke the rules of the road, you deserve complete compensation for all of your damages. Every Buffalo, MO car accident lawyer at Burger Law takes on and wins the tough cases, and knows how to achieve great results.


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Car Accident Lawyer Buffalo, MO

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

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