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Car Accident Lawyer Chesterfield, MO

Car Accident Lawyer in Chesterfield, MO. They broke the rules of the road, and now you are left to pick up the pieces. You should not have to pay because somebody else behaved thoughtlessly. Call a Burger Law Chesterfield, MO car accident lawyer immediately at (314) 500-HURT or fill out our online form for a free case evaluation and to start on your road to being made whole again.

The damage that self-centered and reckless drivers can cause is often staggering, and they need to be held responsible for their behavior. Every Burger Law car accident lawyer has committed their life to fighting back against bullies and defending the rights of the injured in Chesterfield, MO to get 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 furious — you should to be. You are also likely uncertain about the economic implications of medical bills and lost wages, to say nothing of the physical and emotional anguish that accompanies your injuries. The law extends a path to restoration; our Chesterfield, MO car accident lawyer team is here to lead you across it and fight for you until there is nothing more to fight and you are entirely compensated for the harm someone else's irresponsible actions caused. You do not have to wait any longer to begin the process of being made whole again. We charge no fees until you get the compensation you need.

In over 30 years of practice, our car accident lawyer team has won over $175 million in verdicts and settlements for our Missouri clients. If you were harmed because another person broke the rules of the road, find out how much your injuries may be worth by filling out our complimentary 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 Chesterfield and Missouri?

In Missouri, car accident deaths increased 12% between 2019 and 2020, despite the fact that there were fewer people on the road because of the COVID-19 pandemic. A 2018 study found that Missouri ranked 12th in the nation in fatal motor vehicle crashes, with over half of those fatalities happening on rural roads. The Missouri State Highway Patrol says 36,033 car crashes that caused personal injury and 923 fatal car accidents.

If you were one of the many in Chesterfield or anywhere in Missouri who was hurt on the road because of another driver's irresponsible actions, get in touch with a car accident lawyer straight away at (314) 500-HURT.

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

With some ordinary fender-benders, you may be able to be completely reimbursed without the aid of an attorney. But when you are hurt in an accident, you usually need a car accident lawyer to fight on your behalf and make sure that you get the best possible end result in your case. When you hire a Burger Law Chesterfield, MO car accident lawyer, we will:

  • Investigate your case and obtain evidence, such as:
    • Pictures
    • Surveillance footage
    • Police reports
    • Official eyewitness depositions
    • Your medical records
  • Make certain you get the full medical treatment you need
  • Provide you with wise and personalized legal counsel
  • Utilize our network of Chesterfield, MO experts to help develop a legal strategy
  • Handle all communication, documentation, litigation and negotiations
  • Demand that you receive a fair settlement offer
  • Take your case to court when we do not secure a fair settlement

You can depend on a Burger Law car accident lawyer in Chesterfield, MO to persistently and zealously demand justice in your case. We have pledged our careers to helping the injured in Chesterfield, MO in their recovery and in being made whole again. Our case evaluation and preliminary investigation are free, so there is no risk in speaking with us. Call a car accident lawyer immediately at (314) 500-HURT to discuss your case.

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Chesterfield, MO Car Accident Lawyer: Frequently Asked Questions

Most of our Chesterfield, MO clients have never had to hire a car accident lawyer before, and as expected have many questions about their rights and the legal process. Below are a few of the most common questions we get in relation 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 Chesterfield, 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 an Auto Accident Claim?

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

  1. Duty of Care: Missouri Revised Statute §304.120 stipulates that motorists are "to exercise highest degree of care." That means that anybody 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 operate the vehicle safely.
  3. Cause in Fact: Also called "causation," you must prove that the driver's breach of duty directly caused injured you.
  4. Proximate Cause: This is what ultimately determines liability and refers to the root source of your injuries. A drunk driver is clearly negligent, but if a vehicle's brakes do not function properly, the proximate cause is faulty components and the driver may not automatically be liable.
  5. Damages: That your injuries led to some sort of loss, such as property damage, medical expenses and/or lost wages.

Can I Still Collect 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 diminished by the percentage of culpability you are responsible for. For instance, if a jury awards you $100,000 for a wreck, but finds that you were 30 percent at fault, the final total you recover would be $70,000.

How Much is My Car Accident Claim Worth?

That hinges on on the seriousness of your injuries, how they have impacted your life and the skill of your car accident lawyer. With the assistance of your lawyer, you will be able to get compensation for:

  • Economic damages, for example:
    • Lost wages
    • Lost earning potential
    • Medical expenses, such as:
      • Emergency room visits
      • Subsequent doctors appointments
      • Surgeries
      • Physical therapy
      • Medication costs
      • In-home medical care
      • Assistive devices such as wheelchairs or required improvements to your vehicle
      • Future estimated medical bills, like further physical rehabilitation or medication, or replacement expenses for assistive devices
    • Transportation costs to and from medical appointments
    • 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 Chesterfield, 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 difficult to put a figure on intangible consequences of an accident like mental anguish. Noneconomic damages are usually computed using one of two methods:

  1. The Per Diem Method: "Per diem" stands for "per day" in Latin. In this method, you are given a daily amount for every day you suffered. The daily amount is typically equivalent to your daily wage, the idea being that a day of pain or emotional agony has at least the same value as a day's work. This method is not employed for permanent injuries as it is impossible to know how long your injury will affect you.
  2. The Multiplier Method: In this method, your economic damages are multiplied by a number, usually between 1.5 and 5, and the product will be your total compensation. Three is used most often, and four and five are typically saved for cases that lead to disability or permanent impairment.

Your Burger Law car accident lawyer in Chesterfield, 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 it.

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

Typically, according to Missouri Revised Statute §516.120, you have five years from the date of your injury to file your personal injury claim in Chesterfield or anywhere in Missouri. If you were under 21 at the time of the accident, you have five years from the day you turn 21. That may seem like a long time, but it is crucial to contact a car accident lawyer immediately 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 inadvertently do or say things that hurt their claim. Some common mistakes your car accident lawyer in Chesterfield, 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 taught to ascertain fault in collisions and their police report will be indispensable in your claim.
  • Not Documenting the Scene: Take pictures of both vehicles and the nearby area and collect witness contact information. This will also be very 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 frank with your physician about any aches you have.
  • Trusting the Insurance Company: Insurance adjusters use a lot of tricks to pay you as little as they can; that is how they make money. Do not believe anything they say or make any recorded statements until you have talked to an attorney.
  • Taking the First Settlement Offer: If you need the money as soon as possible, it may be appealing to take what they are offering you now. It is a much better idea in the long run to wait for the maximum financial recovery you truly deserve.
  • 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 Chesterfield, MO. When someone does not want to admit blame 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 | Chesterfield, MO Car Accident Lawyer

Over three quarters of people who die in car collisions are drivers. Every Burger Law car accident lawyer has seen with their own eyes the damage that a negligent driver can cause. While you cannot always control other people's behavior, there are various measures you can take to protect yourself in addition to others on the Chesterfield, MO streets.

  • Always wear a seatbelt. In 2017, seatbelts saved an estimated 14,955 people from death. Over 83 percent 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 states that wearing a seatbelt lessens the risk of death by 45 percent and moderate to critical injury by 50 percent.
  • Be aware of the rules of the road. The Missouri Department of Revenue provides a Driver Guide for anyone on the Chesterfield, MO roads. Fundamental tips like driving at lower speeds and increasing following distance in poor weather not only do a lot to keep you and other drivers and passengers safe, but they also shield you from liability or being partially blamed for a crash if you do find yourself in one.
  • If you are a motorcyclist, wear a helmet. While Chesterfield, MO does not have laws forcing motorcycle drivers to wear helmets, they can save your life. In 2017, helmets saved 1,872 lives.
  • Put down your cell phone. While you can always call someone back, you can never take back the effects of a motor vehicle wreck. Pull over safely if you need need your phone for an emergency. If you use your phone for directions, turn the volume up and do not listen to music or podcasts 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 polite 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. A less cautious attitude is likely a contributing factor.
  • Drive with both hands on the wheel. Just having one hand on the wheel can substantially lessen your control of the car. 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 considerably impede your ability to operate a motor vehicle safely, but it also raises your confidence and makes you feel more powerful, so you could 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 you get behind the wheel, but unfortunately the reckless behavior of irresponsible drivers can still cause you injury. When you get hurt because somebody else broke the rules of the road, you deserve maximum compensation for all of your damages. Every Chesterfield, 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 Chesterfield, MO

You just have one shot for the best possible financial recovery. Do not let it go. Our Chesterfield, 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 consequences of being injured are unexpected and harsh. That is why we have pledged our lives to seeing the injured and vulnerable in Chesterfield, MO recompensed and made whole again. You do not have to go through these taxing times by yourself. To protect you and your family's future, call a Burger Law car accident lawyer in Chesterfield, MO straight away at (314) 500-HURT or contact us online.

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