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Car Accident Lawyer Cape Girardeau, MO

Car Accident Lawyer in Cape Girardeau, 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 someone else was negligent. Call a Burger Law Cape Girardeau, MO car accident lawyer now at (314) 500-HURT or complete our online form for a complimentary case review and to start on your road to recovery.

The damage that unthinking and reckless drivers can cause is often shattering, 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 defending the rights of the injured in Cape Girardeau, MO to get them the financial recovery they need to heal and get their life back. If you were hurt by an irresponsible driver, we know you are infuriated — that is warranted. You are also probably anxious about the economic implications of medical bills and lost pay, to say nothing of the physical and emotional anguish that comes with your injuries. The law offers you a path to restoration; our Cape Girardeau, MO car accident lawyer team is here to lead the way you across it and fight on your behalf until there is nothing more to fight and you are wholly compensated for the damage somebody else's neglect caused. You do not have to wait any longer to begin on your road to recovery. We accept no fees until we win your case.

In over three decades of practice, our car accident lawyer team has gotten upwards of $175 million in verdicts and settlements for our Missouri clients. If you were hurt because another driver broke the rules of the road, see how much your case may be worth by filling out our free personal injury calculator.

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Car Accident Statistics in Missouri

In Missouri, car accident fatalities rose by 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 reported that Missouri ranked 12th in the nation in fatal auto accidents, with over half of those fatalities happening on rural roads. The Missouri State Highway Patrol stated 36,033 car accidents that led to personal injury and 923 deadly car collisions.

If you were one of the many in Cape Girardeau or anywhere in Missouri who was harmed on the road because of another person's careless behavior, reach out to a car accident lawyer immediately at (314) 500-HURT.

How a Car Accident Lawyer in Cape Girardeau, MO Can Help

With some common fender-benders, you may be able to be fairly reimbursed without the assistance of a lawyer. But when you are harmed in a collision, you usually require a car accident lawyer to fight on your behalf and make certain that you get the best results in your case. When you hire a Burger Law Cape Girardeau, MO car accident lawyer, we will:

  • Carry out and investigation your accident and acquire evidence, for example:
    • Photographs
    • Surveillance footage
    • Police reports
    • Official eyewitness depositions
    • Your medical records
  • Ensure you get the full medical care you need
  • Provide you with trustworthy and individualized legal counsel
  • Employ our network of Cape Girardeau, MO experts to help establish your case
  • Manage all the legal aspects of your case so you can focus on healing
  • Insist that you receive a fair settlement offer
  • Take your case in front of a judge and jury when we do not secure a fair settlement

You can depend on a Burger Law car accident lawyer in Cape Girardeau, MO to aggressively and zealously demand justice in your case. We have pledged our lives to helping the injured in Cape Girardeau, MO in their recovery and in being made whole again. Our case review and primary investigation do no cost anything, so there is no reason not to talk to us. Get in touch with a car accident lawyer immediately at (314) 500-HURT to discuss your case.

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Cape Girardeau, MO Car Accident Lawyer: Frequently Asked Questions

Most of our Cape Girardeau, MO clients have never had to hire a car accident lawyer prior to their crash, and unsurprisingly have a good deal of questions about their rights and the legal procedure. Below are some of the most frequent questions we get 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 Cape Girardeau, MO are:

Every car accident lawyer at Burger Law has seen every kind of wreck imaginable, and we know how to prove negligence 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 need to prove 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, anybody 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 operate the vehicle safely.
  3. Cause in Fact: Also called "causation," you need to show that the driver's breach of duty directly caused your injuries.
  4. Proximate Cause: This is what finally determines liability and refers to the underlying origin of your injuries. A drunk driver is plainly liable, but if a vehicle's brakes do not work, the proximate cause is defective components and the driver may not necessarily be liable.
  5. Damages: That your injuries caused some sort of loss, like damage to your car, 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. Meaning, that if you are found to be partially responsibility for your crash, your compensation will be decreased by the percentage of fault you are responsible for. For instance, if a jury grants you $100,000 for an accident, 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 consequences they have had your life and the abilities of your car accident lawyer. With the aid of your lawyer, you will be able to be awarded compensation for:

  • Economic damages, such as:
    • Lost wages
    • Lost earning capacity
    • Medical bills, such as:
      • Emergency room visits
      • Subsequent doctors visits
      • Surgeries
      • Physical therapy
      • Medication expenses
      • In-home medical treatment
      • Assistive devices such as crutches or required improvements to your home
      • Future estimated medical bills, such as further physical therapy or prescriptions, or replacement costs for assistive devices
    • Transportation costs to and from 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 rare cases in Cape Girardeau, MO, for example 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 number on intangible effects of a crash such as loss of capacity to enjoy life. Noneconomic damages are usually calculated 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 impacted by your injury. The daily amount is generally the same as your daily wage, the idea being that a day of pain or mental anguish is at least worth a day's work. This method is not employed for injuries causing impairment as it is impossible to know how long your injury will impact you.
  2. The Multiplier Method: In this method, your economic damages are multiplied by a number, generally between 1.5 and 5, and the final number will be your total recovery. Three is the most common multiplier, and four and five are usually saved for cases that result in disability or permanent impairment.

Your Burger Law car accident lawyer in Cape Girardeau, MO will make certain that an insurance company or jury knows the full extent 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 Cape Girardeau, MO?

Generally speaking, according to Missouri Revised Statute §516.120, you have five years from the day your injury transpired to file your personal injury claim in Cape Girardeau or anywhere in Missouri. If you were under 21 at the time of the injury, you have five years from your 21st birthday. That might seem like a long time, but it is imperative to get in touch with a car accident lawyer right away for the best results in your case.

What Mistakes Can Hurt My Claim?

People who have not been in touch with a car accident lawyer might accidentally do or say things that make their claim harder to win. Some common mistakes your car accident lawyer in Cape Girardeau, 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 results in injury. Police are trained to determine liability in crashes and their police report will be invaluable in your case.
  • Not Documenting the Scene: Take photographs of both vehicles and the surrounding area and acquire witness contact information. This will also be extremely useful in your claim.
  • Not Seeking Medical Attention: In order to be totally 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.
  • Believing the Insurance Company: Insurance companies employ a lot of deceptive tactics to pay you as little as they can; that is their job. Do not believe anything they say or make any recorded statements before speaking with a lawyer.
  • Taking the Initial Settlement Offer: If you need the money fast, it might be tempting to take what they are offering you now. It is a much better idea in the long run to wait for the fair financial recovery you truly deserve.
  • Not Hiring a Burger Law Car Accident Lawyer: Every Burger Law car accident lawyer has pledged their life to seeking justice for the injured in Cape Girardeau, MO. When someone does not want to admit blame or the insurance company will not be fair, we step in and demand that you are treated fairly and get the full financial recovery you are owed.

How to Avoid Auto Accidents | Cape Girardeau, MO Car Accident Lawyer

Over three quarters of people who perish in auto crashes are drivers. Every Burger Law car accident lawyer has seen with their own eyes the wreckage that a negligent driver can cause. While you cannot always control how other people drive, there are several actions you can take to protect yourself as well as others on the Cape Girardeau, MO roadways.

  • Always use a seatbelt. In 2017, seatbelts saved approximately 14,955 people from death. More than four-fifths of drivers and passengers who are completely ejected from the vehicle perish, and the majority of the rest suffered significant, life-changing injuries. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that wearing a seatbelt lowers the chances of death by almost half and moderate to critical injury by 50 percent.
  • Know the rules of the road. The Missouri Department of Revenue offers a Driver Guide for Cape Girardeau, 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 shield you from liability or being partially blamed for an accident if you do find yourself in one.
  • If you are a motorcyclist, use a helmet. While Cape Girardeau, 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 text somebody later, you can never take back the consequences of an auto crash. Pull over to the side of the road if you need to make an urgent call. 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. The road is for everyone, and we all need to be courteous to other drivers, passengers and pedestrians. Recognize 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 25 percent of motor vehicle deaths are people under the age of 25. A less cautious attitude is probably a contributing factor.
  • Keep both hands on the wheel. Only having one hand on the wheel can significantly diminish your control of the vehicle. Quickly changing the radio 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 impede your ability to drive safely, but it also boosts your confidence and makes you feel more powerful, so you could 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 unfortunately the negligent actions of irresponsible drivers can still injure you. When you get hurt because another person broke the rules of the road, you are owed maximum compensation for all of your damages. Every Cape Girardeau, 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 Cape Girardeau, MO

You just have one chance for the best possible financial recovery. Do not let it slip. Our Cape Girardeau, MO car accident lawyer team pushes back against bullies like resistant insurance companies and careless drivers who do not want to take responsibility for their actions. We know the financial consequences of being injured are unexpected and harsh. That is why we have devoted our lives to seeing the injured and vulnerable in Cape Girardeau, MO compensated and made whole again. You do not have to go through these trying times by yourself. To protect you and your family's future, call a Burger Law car accident lawyer in Cape Girardeau, MO immediately at (314) 500-HURT or contact us online.

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