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Car Accident Lawyer Clayton, MO

Car Accident Lawyer in Clayton, 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 someone else acted carelessly. Call a Burger Law Clayton, 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 recovery.

The damage that self-centered and reckless drivers can cause is often devastating, and they need to be held accountable for their behavior. Every Burger Law car accident lawyer has dedicated their life to standing up to bullies and standing up for of the injured in Clayton, MO to get them the financial recovery they need to mend and return to the life they know. If you were hurt by an irresponsible driver, we know you are infuriated — you should to be. You are also probably uncertain about the economic ramifications of medical bills and lost work, not to mention the physical and emotional pain that goes along with your injuries. The law gives a path to recompense; our Clayton, MO car accident lawyer team is here to lead the way you across it and fight for you until there is nothing more to fight and you are entirely compensated for the harm another person's carelessness caused. You do not have to wait another second to start on your road to recovery. We do not charge any fees until you collect the compensation you deserve.

In more than 30 years of practicing law, our car accident lawyer team has secured over $175 million in verdicts and settlements for our Missouri clients. If you were harmed because somebody else broke the rules of the road, see the value of your injuries by using our complimentary personal injury calculator.

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How Common Are Car Accidents in Clayton and Missouri?

In Missouri, car accident deaths rose by 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 stated that Missouri ranked 12th in the nation in fatal traffic accidents, with 58 percent of those deaths occurring on country roads. The Missouri State Highway Patrol reported 36,033 auto wrecks that resulted in personal injury and 923 deadly car crashes.

If you were one of the many in Clayton or anywhere in Missouri who was hurt on the road because of someone else's neglect, get in touch with a car accident lawyer today at (314) 500-HURT.

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

With some common fender-benders, you may be able to be fairly reimbursed without legal representation. But when you are harmed in a wreck, you usually require a car accident lawyer to fight for you and make sure that you get the best possible end result in your claim. When you hire a Burger Law Clayton, MO car accident lawyer, we will:

  • Conduct and investigation your accident and obtain evidence, for example:
    • Pictures
    • Surveillance video
    • Police reports
    • Official eyewitness statements
    • Your medical records
  • Ensure you receive the full medical care you need
  • Provide you with trustworthy and individualized legal counsel
  • Employ our network of Clayton, MO experts to help develop a legal strategy
  • Manage all the legal aspects of your case so you can focus 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 Clayton, MO to tenaciously and passionately demand justice in your claim. We have dedicated our careers to helping the injured in Clayton, MO in their recovery and in being made whole again. Our consultation and preliminary investigation are free, so there is no reason not to talk to us. Reach out to a car accident lawyer right away at (314) 500-HURT to talk over your case.

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Clayton, MO Car Accident Lawyer: Frequently Asked Questions

Most of our Clayton, MO clients have never needed to hire a car accident lawyer prior to their accident, and unsurprisingly have a good deal of questions about their rights and the legal procedure. Below are a few of the most common 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 Clayton, MO are:

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

How Do I Prove an Auto Accident Case?

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

  1. Duty of Care: Missouri Revised Statute §304.120 states that motorists are "to exercise highest degree of care." So any person who gets behind the wheel necessarily owes you a duty of care.
  2. Breach of Duty: The driver broke a law or otherwise did not operate the vehicle safely.
  3. Cause in Fact: Also called "causation," you must show that the driver's breach of duty directly caused your injuries.
  4. Proximate Cause: This is what ultimately decides negligence and refers to the underlying source of your injuries. A drunk driver is clearly liable, but if a vehicle's brakes do not function correctly, the proximate cause is malfunctioning parts and the driver may not automatically be negligent.
  5. Damages: That your injuries resulted in some type of loss, like property damage, medical bills and/or lost wages.

Can I Still Be Awarded 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 fault you share. For instance, if a jury awards you $100,000 for a collision, but finds that you were 30 percent to blame, the your final recovery 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 willpower of your car accident lawyer. With the help of your lawyer, you will be able to collect compensation for:

  • Economic damages, for instance:
    • Lost wages
    • Lost earning potential
    • Medical expenses, for instance:
      • Emergency room visits
      • Subsequent doctors visits
      • Surgeries
      • Physical rehabilitation
      • Medication expenses
      • In-home medical care
      • Assistive devices such as crutches or necessary improvements to your vehicle
      • Future estimated medical costs, such as 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 infrequent cases in Clayton, 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 difficult to put a dollar amount on intangible consequences of a crash such as emotional anguish. Noneconomic damages are usually computed using one of two methods:

  1. The Per Diem Method: "Per diem" means "per day" in Latin. In this method, you are granted a daily amount for every day you were affected. The daily amount is often equal to your daily wage, the notion being that a day of pain or mental anguish has at least the same value as a day's work. This method is not employed for injuries leading to impairment 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, typically between 1.5 and 5, and the product will be your final compensation. Three is used most often, and four and five are often saved for cases that cause disability or permanent impairment.

Your Burger Law car accident lawyer in Clayton, MO will make sure that an insurance adjuster 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 Clayton, MO?

Generally speaking, according to Missouri Revised Statute §516.120, you have five years from the day your injury occurred to make your personal injury claim in Clayton or elsewhere in Missouri. If you were under 21 at the time of the wreck, you have five years from the day you turn 21. That might seem like a long time, but it is crucial to get in touch with a car accident lawyer right away 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 hurt their claim. Some common mistakes your car accident lawyer in Clayton, MO sees are:

  • Not Calling the Police: Under 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 know how to ascertain negligence in crashes and their police report will be key in your case.
  • Not Documenting the Scene: Take photos of both vehicles and the surrounding area and gather witness contact information. This will also be incredibly beneficial in your case.
  • Not Seeking Medical Care: In order to be fully compensated for your injuries, you need to have records of them and have them treated. Always be totally honest with your physician about any aches you have.
  • Believing the Insurance Company: Insurance adjusters use a lot of tricks to compensate you with as little as possible; that is how they make money. Do not trust anything they say or make any recorded statements before speaking with an attorney.
  • Taking the First Settlement Offer: If you need the money fast, it may be enticing to take what you can get now. It is a much 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 seeking justice for the injured in Clayton, 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 full financial recovery you deserve.

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

More than three quarters of people killed in auto collisions are drivers. Every Burger Law car accident lawyer has seen firsthand the devastation that a careless driver can cause. While you cannot always control other people's behavior, there are numerous steps you can take to ensure your own safety in addition to the safety of others on the Clayton, MO streets.

  • Always wear a seatbelt. In 2017, seatbelts saved an estimated 14,955 people from death. More than 83 percent of drivers and passengers who are completely thrown out of the vehicle die, and most of the rest suffered severe, life-altering injuries. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that wearing a seatbelt reduces the risk 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 provides a Driver Guide for anyone on the Clayton, MO roads. Basic tips like driving at lower speeds and increasing following distance in poor weather not only go a long way in keeping you and everyone else on the road safe, but they also shield you from fault or being partially blamed for a collision if you do find yourself in one.
  • If you drive a motorcycle, use a helmet. While Clayton, MO does not have laws obligating motorcycle drivers to use helmets, they are literal life-savers. In 2017, helmets saved 1,872 lives.
  • Put down your cell phone. While you can always text somebody later, you can never take back the effects of a traffic crash. Pull over to the side of the road if you need to make an urgent call. 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 should be respectful to other drivers, passengers and pedestrians. Recognize that you are in control of thousands of pounds of metal moving at high speeds. Safety needs to be your priority. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, almost a quarter of auto deaths are people under the age of 25. A less cautious attitude is likely a contributing factor.
  • Keep both hands on the wheel. Only driving with one hand can considerably lessen your control of the car. Quickly changing the radio 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 car 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 believing you can drive home safely, but it is never true.

You can take every precaution imaginable when driving, but unfortunately the reckless behavior of irresponsible drivers can still cause you injury. When you get hurt because another person broke the rules of the road, you deserve full compensation for all of your damages. Every Clayton, 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 Clayton, MO

You just have one shot for a complete financial recovery. Do not let it go. Our Clayton, 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 behavior. We know the economic hardships of being injured are immediate and harsh. That is why we have devoted our lives to seeing the injured and vulnerable in Clayton, MO recompensed 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 Clayton, MO immediately at (314) 500-HURT or contact us online.

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