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Car Accident Lawyer Chillicothe, MO

Car Accident Lawyer in Chillicothe, MO. They broke the rules of the road, and now your life is upended. You should not have to pay because another person acted thoughtlessly. Call a Burger Law Chillicothe, MO car accident lawyer now at (314) 500-HURT or complete our online form for a complimentary case evaluation and to start on your road to being made whole again.

The damage that selfish and irresponsible drivers can cause is often catastrophic, and they need to be held accountable for their actions. Every Burger Law car accident lawyer has pledged their career to fighting back against bullies and standing up for of the injured in Chillicothe, MO to secure them the financial recovery they need to mend and return to the life they know. If you were hurt by a negligent driver, we know you are infuriated — that is justified. You are also likely concerned about the economic consequences of medical bills and lost pay, not to mention the physical and emotional pain that accompanies your injuries. The law gives a path to restoration; our Chillicothe, MO car accident lawyer team is here to guide you across it and fight by your side until there is nothing more to fight and you are entirely repaid for the damage someone else's carelessness caused. You do not have to wait another minute to start on your road to recovery. We do not charge any fees until we win your case.

In over three decades of practicing law, our car accident lawyer team has secured upwards of $175 million in verdicts and settlements for our Missouri clients. If you were harmed because another driver broke the rules of the road, find out the value of your claim by using our free personal injury calculator.

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Car Accident Statistics in Missouri

In Missouri, car accident fatalities increased 12% between 2019 and 2020, even though there were not as many people on the road owing to the COVID-19 pandemic. A 2018 study reported that Missouri ranked 12th in the nation in fatal auto crashes, with over half of those deaths occurring on country roads. The Missouri State Highway Patrol reported 36,033 auto wrecks that led to personal injury and 923 fatal motor vehicle wrecks.

If you were one of the many in Chillicothe or anywhere in Missouri who was hurt on the road because of another person's negligent actions, call a car accident lawyer straight away at (314) 500-HURT.

How a Car Accident Lawyer in Chillicothe, MO Can Help

With some typical fender-benders, you might be able to be fully reimbursed without legal representation. But when you are hurt in an accident, you usually need a car accident lawyer to fight by your side and make certain that you get the best possible outcome in your case. When you hire a Burger Law Chillicothe, MO car accident lawyer, we will:

  • Conduct and investigation your crash and attain evidence, such as:
    • Photos
    • Surveillance video
    • Police reports
    • Official eyewitness depositions
    • Your medical records
  • Ensure you get the full medical care you need
  • Provide you with sound and personalized legal advice
  • Utilize our network of Chillicothe, MO experts to help develop a legal strategy
  • Handle all communication, documentation, litigation and negotiations
  • Demand that you get a fair settlement offer
  • Take your case to trial when the insurance company will not give you a fair offer

You can depend on a Burger Law car accident lawyer in Chillicothe, MO to aggressively and fervently demand justice for your damages. We have committed our careers to helping the injured in Chillicothe, MO in their recovery and in being made whole again. Our case review and preliminary investigation do no cost anything, 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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Chillicothe, MO Car Accident Lawyer: Frequently Asked Questions

Most of our Chillicothe, MO clients have never had to hire a car accident lawyer before, and as expected have a good deal of questions about their rights and the legal procedure. Below are several 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 Chillicothe, MO are:

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

How Do I Win a Car Crash Case?

In order to prove your case, 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." So any person who gets behind the wheel automatically 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 determines negligence and refers to the root cause of your injuries. A drunk driver is obviously liable, but if a vehicle's brakes do not function correctly, the proximate cause is malfunctioning parts and the driver may not automatically be at fault.
  5. Damages: That your injuries caused some type of loss, for example damage to your car, medical costs and/or lost wages.

Can I Still Be Awarded Compensation If I Was Partially at Fault?

Yes. Missouri is a pure comparative fault state. What that means is that if you are found to be partially culpable for your crash, your compensation will be decreased by the percentage of blame you are responsible for. For example, if a jury awards you $100,000 for a wreck, but finds that you were 30 percent at fault, the final amount you receive 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 assistance of your attorney, you will be able to recover compensation for:

  • Economic damages, for example:
    • Lost wages
    • Lost earning potential
    • Medical costs, such as:
      • Urgent care
      • Subsequent doctors visits
      • Surgeries
      • Physical therapy
      • Medication bills
      • In-home medical care
      • Assistive devices such as wheelchairs or necessary improvements to your vehicle
      • Future estimated medical costs, for instance further physical rehabilitation or prescriptions, 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 uncommon cases in Chillicothe, MO, for example drunk driving collisions, your car accident lawyer may be able to help you collect punitive damages.

How Are Noneconomic Damages Calculated?

It is tough to put a figure on intangible repercussions of a crash like pain and suffering. Noneconomic damages are generally calculated through one of two formulas:

  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 concept being that a day of suffering or mental anguish has at least the same value as a day's work. This method is not used for injuries causing disability 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 product will be your final recovery. Three is used most often, and four and five are usually reserved for cases that cause disability or permanent impairment.

Your Burger Law car accident lawyer in Chillicothe, MO will ensure that an insurance company or jury recognizes every way that your injuries have impacted you and compensate you for all of it.

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

Typically, under Missouri Revised Statute §516.120, you have five years from the day your injury happened to make your personal injury claim in Chillicothe 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 seem like a long time, but it is vital to get in touch with a car accident lawyer as soon as possible for the best results in your case.

What Mistakes Can Hurt My Claim?

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

  • Not Calling the Police: Pursuant to 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 ascertain negligence in accidents and their police report will be key 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 very useful in your claim.
  • Not Seeking Medical Attention: In order to be totally compensated for your injuries, you need to have them recorded and treated. Always be totally candid with your physician about any pains you have.
  • Believing the Insurance Company: Insurance companies use a lot of tricks to reimburse you for as little as possible; that is how they make money. Do not trust anything they say or make any recorded statements before talking to a lawyer.
  • Accepting 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 far better when all is said and done to wait for the maximum compensation you truly deserve.
  • 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 Chillicothe, MO. When someone declines 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 financial recovery you are owed.

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

Over 75 percent of people killed in auto collisions are drivers. Every Burger Law car accident lawyer has seen personally the wreckage that a thoughtless driver can cause. While you cannot always control other people's actions, there are several actions you can take to protect yourself in addition to others on the Chillicothe, MO streets.

  • Always use 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 experienced significant, life-changing 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 rules of the road. The Missouri Department of Revenue has published a Driver Guide for anyone on the Chillicothe, MO roads. Fundamental 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 liability or being partially blamed for a wreck if you do find yourself in one.
  • If you are a motorcyclist, wear a helmet. While Chillicothe, MO does not have laws forcing motorcycle drivers to wear helmets, they are literal life-savers. In 2017, helmets saved 1,872 lives.
  • Put away your cell phone. While you can always call someone back, you can never take back the effects of an auto accident. Pull over safely if you need need your phone for an emergency. 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 down at your phone.
  • Have the right attitude. The road is for everyone, and we all need to be respectful to other drivers, passengers and pedestrians. Be aware of the fact that you are controlling thousands of pounds of metal moving at high speeds. Safety should be the first thing on your mind. 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.
  • Drive with both hands on the wheel. Just having one hand on the wheel can significantly diminish your control of the vehicle. 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 true.

You can take every possible precaution when you get behind the wheel, but regrettably the careless behavior of irresponsible drivers can still cause you harm. When you get hurt because another person broke the rules of the road, you deserve maximum compensation for all of your damages. Every Chillicothe, 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 Chillicothe, MO

You only have one opportunity for a complete financial recovery. Do not let it go. Our Chillicothe, 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 financial consequences of being injured are unanticipated and harsh. That is why we have committed our lives to seeing the injured and vulnerable in Chillicothe, MO compensated and made whole again. You do not have to go through these troublesome times by yourself. To protect you and your family's future, call a Burger Law car accident lawyer in Chillicothe, MO today at (314) 500-HURT or contact us online.

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