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Car Accident Lawyer California, MO

Car Accident Lawyer in California, 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 California, MO car accident lawyer right away at (314) 500-HURT or fill out our online form for a free 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 accountable for their actions. Every Burger Law car accident lawyer has committed their life to fighting back against bullies and standing up for of the injured in California, MO to secure them the compensation they need to mend and return to the life they know. If you were hurt by a negligent driver, we know you are outraged — you should to be. You are also likely apprehensive about the economic consequences of medical costs and lost pay, in addition to the physical and emotional anguish that goes along with your injuries. The law provides you with a bridge to restitution; our California, MO car accident lawyer team is here to lead you across it and fight by your side until there is nothing more to fight and you are fully compensated for the harm another driver's carelessness caused. You do not have to wait another minute to start on your road to recovery. We charge no fees until you receive the compensation you need.

In more than 30 years of practice, our car accident lawyer team has delivered upwards of $175 million in verdicts and settlements for our Missouri clients. If you were harmed because another person was careless, 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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How Common Are Car Accidents in California and Missouri?

In Missouri, car accident fatalities increased 12% between 2019 and 2020, despite the fact that there were fewer people on the road owing to the COVID-19 pandemic. A 2018 study found that Missouri ranked 12th in the nation in deadly traffic wrecks, with 58 percent of those deaths occurring on rural roads. The Missouri State Highway Patrol stated 36,033 auto wrecks that caused personal injury and 923 fatal car collisions.

If you were one of the many in California or anywhere in Missouri who was harmed on the road because of another person's carelessness, contact a car accident lawyer today at (314) 500-HURT.

How a Car Accident Lawyer in California, MO Can Help

With some typical fender-benders, you might be able to be fairly reimbursed without legal representation. But when you are harmed in a crash, you usually require a car accident lawyer to fight on your behalf and make certain that you get the best possible end result in your case. When you hire a Burger Law California, MO car accident lawyer, we will:

  • Investigate your crash and gather evidence, including:
    • Photographs
    • Surveillance video
    • Police reports
    • Official eyewitness testimony
    • Your medical records
  • Make sure you receive the full medical care you need
  • Offer you trustworthy and individualized legal counsel
  • Employ our network of California, MO experts to help establish your case
  • Manage all the legal aspects of your case so you can spend your energy on healing
  • Demand that you receive a fair settlement offer
  • Take your case to court when we do not secure a fair settlement

You can believe in a Burger Law car accident lawyer in California, MO to tenaciously and zealously demand justice in your claim. We have pledged our lives to helping the vulnerable in California, MO in their recovery and in being made whole again. Our case review and primary investigation do no cost anything, so there is no risk in talking to. Get in touch with a car accident lawyer immediately at (314) 500-HURT to discuss your case.

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California, MO Car Accident Lawyer: Frequently Asked Questions

The majority of our California, MO clients have never had to hire a car accident lawyer before their injury, and as expected have many questions about their rights and the legal process. The following are some of the most frequent questions we get concerning 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 California, 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 sort of motor vehicle case.

How Do I Win an Auto Crash Claim?

In order to prove your claim, your car accident lawyer will need to show 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 any person who in control of a vehicle 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 show that the driver's breach of duty directly caused you harm.
  4. Proximate Cause: This is what finally confirms negligence and refers to the underlying origin of your injuries. A drunk driver is clearly liable, but if a vehicle's brakes do not function properly, the proximate cause is faulty components and the driver may not necessarily be at fault.
  5. Damages: That your injuries led to some sort of loss, for example damage to your car, 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. Meaning, that if you are found to be partially liable for your crash, your compensation will be lessened by the portion of culpability you are responsible for. For instance, if a jury awards you $100,000 for a wreck, 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 is contingent on the gravity of your injuries, how they have impacted your life and the willpower of your car accident lawyer. With the help of your attorney, you will be able to receive compensation for:

  • Economic damages, such as:
    • Lost wages
    • Lost earning potential
    • Medical bills, including:
      • Emergency room visits
      • Follow-up doctors visits
      • Surgeries
      • Physical rehabilitation
      • Medication expenses
      • In-home medical treatment
      • Assistive devices such as crutches or necessary upgrades to your home
      • Future estimated medical bills, like further physical therapy 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 uncommon cases in California, MO, such as drunk driving crashes, your car accident lawyer may be able to help you receive punitive damages.

How Are Noneconomic Damages Calculated?

It is tough to put a dollar amount on intangible repercussions of a collision like pain and suffering. Noneconomic damages are usually quantified through one of two formulas:

  1. The Per Diem Method: "Per diem" stands for "per day" in Latin. In this method, you are granted a daily amount for every day you were affected. The daily amount is generally equal to your daily wage, the notion being that a day of suffering or mental distress has at least the same value as a day's work. This method is not employed for injuries leading to disability as there is no way 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, typically between 1.5 and 5, and the final number will be your final financial recovery. 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 California, MO will make certain that an insurance company or jury realizes the full extent that your injuries have affected you and compensate you for all of it.

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

Generally, following Missouri Revised Statute §516.120, you have five years from the date of your collision to make your personal injury claim in California or anywhere in Missouri. If you were under 21 at the time of the wreck, you have five years from your 21st birthday. That may appear a long time, but it is imperative to contact a car accident lawyer immediately for the best results in your case.

What Mistakes Can Hurt My Claim?

People who have not talked to a car accident lawyer may inadvertently do or say things that make their claim harder to win. Some common mistakes your car accident lawyer in California, 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 coached to determine fault in collisions and their police report will be critical in your claim.
  • Not Documenting the Scene: Take photographs of both vehicles and the surrounding area and collect witness contact information. This will also be incredibly useful in your case.
  • Not Seeking Medical Attention: In order to be fully compensated for your injuries, you need to have records of them and have them treated. Always be 100 percent candid with your physician about any aches you have.
  • Trusting the Insurance Company: Insurance companies employ a lot of deceptive tactics to compensate you with as little as possible; that is their job. Do not believe anything they say or make any recorded statements before talking to a lawyer.
  • Accepting the Initial Settlement Offer: If you need the money quickly, it may be appealing to take what they are offering you now. It is a far better idea when all is said and done 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 seeking justice for the injured in California, MO. When someone refuses to admit fault or the insurance company is not being fair, we step in and demand that you are treated fairly and get the complete compensation you deserve.

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

Over 75 percent of people who die in auto wrecks are drivers. Every Burger Law car accident lawyer has seen firsthand the devastation that a thoughtless driver can cause. While you cannot always control how other people drive, there are various actions you can take to protect yourself as well as others on the California, MO roadways.

  • Always wear a seatbelt. In 2017, seatbelts saved approximately 14,955 lives. Over four-fifths of drivers and passengers who are completely ejected from the vehicle die, and most of the rest suffered significant, life-changing injuries. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that wearing a seatbelt decreases the risk of death by 45 percent 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 anyone on the California, MO roads. Simple tips 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 protect you from fault or being partially blamed for a collision if you do find yourself in one.
  • If you drive a motorcycle, wear a helmet. While California, 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 an auto wreck. Pull over to the side of the road if you need need your phone for an emergency. If you use your phone for directions, turn the volume up and turn the music 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 need to be courteous to other drivers, passengers and pedestrians. Be aware of the fact that you are in control of several tons of metal moving at high speeds. Safety should be your prime concern. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, almost a quarter of traffic 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 significantly diminish your control of the car. Quickly changing the A/C settings 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 considerably impair your ability to operate a motor vehicle 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 may 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 regrettably the reckless actions of irresponsible drivers can still cause you injury. When you get hurt because somebody else broke the rules of the road, you are entitled to the best possible compensation for all of your damages. Every California, 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 California, MO

You only have one shot for the best possible financial recovery. Do not let it slip. Our California, 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 actions. We know the economic hardships of being injured are immediate and severe. That is why we have devoted our lives to seeing the injured and vulnerable in California, MO reimbursed 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 California, MO now at (314) 500-HURT or contact us online.

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