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Car Accident Lawyer Caldwell County, MO

Car Accident Lawyer in Caldwell County, MO. They broke the rules of the road, and now your life is upended. You should not have to pay because somebody else was negligent. Call a Burger Law Caldwell County, MO car accident lawyer immediately at (314) 500-HURT or fill out our online form for a complimentary case review and to start on your road to recovery.

The damage that selfish and irresponsible drivers can cause is often cataclysmic, and they need to be held responsible for their behavior. Every Burger Law car accident lawyer has devoted their career to fighting back against bullies and standing up for of the injured in Caldwell County, MO to secure them the financial recovery they need to move forward and get their life back. If you were injured by an irresponsible driver, we know you are outraged — that is merited. You are also probably anxious about the economic effects of medical bills and lost wages, not to mention the physical and emotional agony that comes with your injuries. The law offers you an avenue to restitution; our Caldwell 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 entirely repaid for the destruction someone else's irresponsible behavior caused. You do not have to wait another minute to begin on your road to recovery. We do not charge any fees until you are awarded the compensation you are owed.

In over 30 years of defending the rights of the vulnerable, our car accident lawyer team has gotten over $175 million in verdicts and settlements for our Missouri clients. If you were injured because another driver was negligent, learn how much your claim may be worth 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 deaths increased 12% between 2019 and 2020, even though there were fewer people on the road because of the COVID-19 pandemic. A 2018 study reported that Missouri ranked 12th in the nation in deadly auto accidents, with 58 percent of those fatalities transpiring on rural roads. The Missouri State Highway Patrol stated 36,033 motor vehicle collisions that resulted in personal injury and 923 fatal auto crashes.

If you were one of the many in Caldwell County or anywhere in Missouri who was injured on the road because of another person's irresponsible actions, call a car accident lawyer today at (314) 500-HURT.

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

With some ordinary fender-benders, you might be able to be completely compensated without the assistance of an attorney. But when you are injured in a crash, you generally 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 Caldwell County, MO car accident lawyer, we will:

  • Conduct and investigation your crash and attain evidence, for instance:
    • Photographs
    • Surveillance video
    • Police reports
    • Official eyewitness depositions
    • Your medical records
  • Make sure you receive the full medical treatment you need
  • Provide you with wise and individualized legal advice
  • Employ our network of Caldwell County, MO experts to help establish 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 trial when we do not secure a fair settlement

You can depend on a Burger Law car accident lawyer in Caldwell County, MO to aggressively and passionately demand justice for your damages. We have committed our lives to helping the injured in Caldwell County, MO in their recovery and in being made whole again. Our consultation and primary investigation are free, so there is no reason not to talk to us. Call a car accident lawyer today at (314) 500-HURT to go over your case.

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Caldwell County, MO Car Accident Lawyer: Frequently Asked Questions

The bulk of our Caldwell County, MO clients have never needed to hire a car accident lawyer before their injury, and as expected have a lot of questions about their rights and the legal process. Below are some of the most common questions we are asked 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 Caldwell County, MO are:

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

How Do I Prove a Car Crash Claim?

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

  1. Duty of Care: Missouri Revised Statute §304.120 specifies that motorists are "to exercise highest degree of care." Meaning, any person who gets behind the wheel necessarily owes you a duty of care.
  2. Breach of Duty: The driver is in violation of a statute or otherwise did not drive safely.
  3. Cause in Fact: Also called "causation," you must prove that the driver's breach of duty directly caused you harm.
  4. Proximate Cause: This is what finally decides negligence and refers to the root cause of your injuries. A drunk driver is clearly negligent, but if a vehicle's brakes do not function correctly, the proximate cause is defective parts and the driver may not necessarily be negligent.
  5. Damages: That your injuries led to some kind of loss, such as property damage, medical expenses and/or lost wages.

Can I Still Recover 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 at fault for your wreck, your compensation will be decreased by the portion of blame 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 amount you recover would be $70,000.

How Much is My Car Accident Claim Worth?

That hinges on on the significance of your injuries, the impact they have had your life and the talent of your car accident lawyer. With the aid of your lawyer, you will be able to receive compensation for:

  • Economic damages, including:
    • Lost wages
    • Lost earning capacity
    • Medical bills, including:
      • Emergency room visits
      • Subsequent doctors appointments
      • Surgeries
      • Physical therapy
      • Medication expenses
      • In-home medical treatment
      • Assistive devices such as wheelchairs or required upgrades to your house
      • Future estimated medical expenses, for example further physical therapy or medication, or replacement costs for assistive devices
    • Transportation costs related to your 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 uncommon cases in Caldwell County, MO, for instance drunk driving accidents, your car accident lawyer may be able to help you collect punitive damages.

How Are Noneconomic Damages Calculated?

It is difficult to put a number on intangible reverberations of an accident like pain and suffering. Noneconomic damages are usually quantified 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 suffered. The daily amount is usually the same as the amount you make from a day's labor, 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 implemented 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, often between 1.5 and 5, and the final number will be your complete 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 Caldwell County, MO will make sure that an insurance adjuster or jury recognizes every way that your injuries have impacted 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 Caldwell County, MO?

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

What Mistakes Can Hurt My Claim?

People who have not spoken with a car accident lawyer may accidentally do or say things that make their claim harder to win. Some common mistakes your car accident lawyer in Caldwell County, MO sees are:

  • Not Calling the Police: Following Missouri Revised Statute §300.110, you have to report an accident to the police "as soon as reasonably possible" if it lead to an injury. Police know how to ascertain liability in crashes and their police report will be key in your case.
  • Not Documenting the Scene: Take pictures of both vehicles and the surrounding area and acquire witness contact information. This will also be extremely beneficial in your claim.
  • Not Seeking Medical Attention: In order to be completely compensated for your injuries, you need to have records of them and have them treated. Always be entirely truthful with your doctor about any pains you have.
  • Believing the Insurance Company: Insurance companies utilize a lot of deceptive tactics to reimburse you for as little as possible; that is their job. Do not believe anything they say or make any recorded statements before talking to an attorney.
  • Taking the Initial Settlement Offer: If you need the money as soon as possible, it may be tempting to take what they are offering you now. It is a far 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 dedicated their life to pursuing justice for the injured in Caldwell County, MO. When someone does not want to admit fault or the insurance company is not being fair, we step up and insist that you are treated fairly and get the fair financial recovery you deserve.

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

Over three quarters of people who die in traffic 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 numerous actions you can take to protect yourself as well as others on the Caldwell County, MO streets.

  • Always wear a seatbelt. In 2017, seatbelts saved approximately 14,955 lives. More than 83 percent of drivers and passengers who are entirely thrown out of the vehicle die, and most of the rest experienced severe, life-altering injuries. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that wearing a seatbelt reduces the chances of death by almost half and moderate to critical injury by 50 percent.
  • Be aware of the rules of the road. The Missouri Department of Revenue has published a Driver Guide for Caldwell County, MO drivers. Basic suggestions like driving at lower speeds and increasing following distance in winter conditions not only go a long way in keeping you and everyone else on the road safe, but they also protect you from liability or being partially blamed for a collision if you do find yourself in one.
  • If you are a motorcyclist, use a helmet. While Caldwell County, MO does not have laws obligating motorcycle drivers to use 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 a car collision. Pull over safely if you need need your phone for an emergency. If you use your phone for directions, turn the volume up 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. No one owns the road, and we all should be polite to other drivers, passengers and pedestrians. Recognize that you are controlling several tons of metal moving at high speeds. Safety needs to be your priority. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, almost 25 percent of auto deaths are people under the age of 25. Maturity is likely a contributing factor.
  • Keep both hands on the wheel. Just driving with one hand can substantially diminish your control of the car. Quickly changing the A/C settings is probably 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 significantly impair 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 true.

You can take every precaution imaginable when driving, but regrettably the careless behavior of irresponsible drivers can still cause you harm. When you get hurt because someone else broke the rules of the road, you are entitled to the best possible compensation for all of your damages. Every Caldwell County, 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 Caldwell County, MO

You only have one shot for the best possible financial recovery. Do not let it go. Our Caldwell County, MO car accident lawyer team fights back against bullies like resistant insurance companies and reckless drivers who do not want to take responsibility for their actions. We know the economic implications of being injured are immediate and harsh. That is why we have dedicated our lives to seeing the injured and vulnerable in Caldwell County, MO compensated and made whole again. You do not have to go through these taxing times alone. To protect you and your family's future, call a Burger Law car accident lawyer in Caldwell County, MO straight away at (314) 500-HURT or contact us online.

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