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Car Accident Lawyer Crystal City, MO

Car Accident Lawyer in Crystal City, 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 acted thoughtlessly. Call a Burger Law Crystal City, MO car accident lawyer immediately at (314) 500-HURT or fill out our online form for a complimentary consultation and to start on your road to being made whole again.

The damage that unthinking and reckless drivers can cause is often shattering, and they need to be held accountable for their behavior. Every Burger Law car accident lawyer has devoted their career to fighting back against bullies and standing up for of the injured in Crystal City, MO to deliver them the financial recovery they need to mend and return to the life they know. If you were injured by a negligent driver, we know you are infuriated — you deserve to be. You are also probably worried about the economic burden of medical bills and lost pay, in addition to the physical and emotional anguish that comes with your injuries. The law extends a path to reparation; our Crystal City, MO car accident lawyer team is here to guide you through it and fight for you until there is nothing more to fight and you are entirely repaid for the damage another person's irresponsible behavior caused. You do not have to wait any longer to begin on your road to recovery. We charge no fees until you collect the compensation you deserve.

In more than three decades of practicing law, our car accident lawyer team has gotten upwards of $175 million in verdicts and settlements for our Missouri clients. If you were injured because another driver was careless, find out how much your claim may be worth by filling out our free personal injury calculator.

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How Common Are Car Accidents in Crystal City and Missouri?

In Missouri, car accident fatalities went up by 12% between 2019 and 2020, despite the fact that there were not as many 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 reported 36,033 car wrecks that caused personal injury and 923 deadly motor vehicle crashes.

If you were one of the many in Crystal City or anywhere in Missouri who was hurt on the road because of someone else's carelessness, contact a car accident lawyer immediately at (314) 500-HURT.

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

With some typical fender-benders, you might be able to be fully reimbursed without the assistance of an attorney. But when you are injured in a collision, you usually require a car accident lawyer to fight for you and ensure that you get the best possible end result in your claim. When you hire a Burger Law Crystal City, MO car accident lawyer, we will:

  • Investigate your accident and obtain evidence, including:
    • Photos
    • Surveillance video
    • Police reports
    • Official eyewitness statements
    • Your medical records
  • Make certain you receive the full medical treatment you need
  • Offer you trustworthy and individualized legal guidance
  • Utilize our network of Crystal City, MO experts to help develop a legal strategy
  • Manage all the legal aspects of your case so you can focus on healing
  • Insist that you get a fair settlement offer
  • Take your case in front of a judge and jury when the insurance company will not give you a fair offer

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

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Crystal City, MO Car Accident Lawyer: Frequently Asked Questions

The majority of our Crystal City, MO clients have never had to hire a car accident lawyer before their crash, and as expected have a lot of questions about their rights and the legal procedure. Below are some of the most common 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 Crystal City, MO are:

Every car accident lawyer at Burger Law has seen every kind of crash imaginable, and we know how to demonstrate negligence and win every sort of motor vehicle case.

How Do I Win a Car Crash Claim?

In order to prove your claim, 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 dictates that drivers are "to exercise highest degree of care." That means that whoever gets behind the wheel automatically 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 need to demonstrate that the driver's breach of duty directly caused your injuries.
  4. Proximate Cause: This is what finally decides liability and refers to the underlying source of your injuries. A drunk driver is obviously negligent, but if a vehicle's brakes do not function properly, the proximate cause is faulty parts and the driver may not necessarily be at fault.
  5. Damages: That your injuries resulted in some sort of loss, such as damage to your car, medical expenses and/or lost wages.

Can I Still Recover Compensation If I Was Partially at Fault?

Yes. Missouri is a pure comparative fault state. Meaning, that if you are found to be partially at fault for your accident, your compensation will be reduced by the portion of fault you are responsible for. For example, if a jury grants you $100,000 for a crash, but finds that you were 30 percent to blame, the final amount you receive would be $70,000.

How Much is My Car Accident Claim Worth?

That depends on the significance of your injuries, how they have impacted your life and the skill of your car accident lawyer. With the help of your lawyer, you will be able to collect compensation for:

  • Economic damages, for example:
    • Lost wages
    • Lost earning capacity
    • Medical bills, for instance:
      • Emergency room visits
      • Follow-up doctors appointments
      • Surgeries
      • Physical rehabilitation
      • Medication bills
      • In-home medical treatment
      • Assistive devices such as crutches or required improvements to your vehicle
      • Future estimated medical costs, such as further physical therapy or medication, or replacement costs for assistive devices
    • Transportation costs related to your 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 uncommon cases in Crystal City, MO, for instance drunk driving accidents, 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 reverberations of an accident such as pain and suffering. Noneconomic damages are typically calculated through one of two formulas:

  1. The Per Diem Method: "Per diem" means "per day" in Latin. In this method, you are awarded a daily amount for every day you were affected. The daily amount is often the same as your daily wage, the notion being that a day of pain or emotional anguish is at least worth 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, often between 1.5 and 5, and the final number will be your complete recovery. Three is the most common multiplier, and four and five are generally only used in cases that lead to disability or permanent impairment.

Your Burger Law car accident lawyer in Crystal City, MO will make sure that an insurance adjuster or jury understands the full extent 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 Crystal City, MO?

Generally, according to Missouri Revised Statute §516.120, you have five years from the day your injury happened to file your personal injury claim in Crystal City or elsewhere in Missouri. If you were under 21 at the time of the accident, you have five years from the day you turn 21. That might appear a long time, but it is crucial to get in touch with a car accident lawyer as soon as possible for the best outcome in your case.

What Mistakes Can Hurt My Claim?

Crystal City, MO residents who have not talked to 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 Crystal City, MO sees are:

  • Not Calling the Police: Under 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 know how to determine fault in wrecks and their police report will be key in your claim.
  • Not Documenting the Scene: Take photos of both vehicles and the nearby 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 honest with your doctor about any aches you have.
  • Believing the Insurance Company: Insurance adjusters employ a lot of deceptive tactics to pay you as little as possible; that is their job. Do not trust anything they say or make any recorded statements before talking to an attorney.
  • Accepting the Initial Settlement Offer: If you need the money quickly, it might be tempting to take what you can get immediately. It is a much better idea when all is said and done to wait for the maximum compensation you are owed.
  • Not Hiring a Burger Law Car Accident Lawyer: Every Burger Law car accident lawyer has dedicated their life to deliver justice for the injured in Crystal City, MO. When someone declines to admit culpability or the insurance company will not be fair, we step up and demand that you are treated fairly and get the fair compensation you are owed.

How to Avoid Auto Accidents | Crystal City, MO Car Accident Lawyer

More than 75 percent of people killed in auto accidents are drivers. Every Burger Law car accident lawyer has seen personally the havoc that a negligent driver can cause. While you cannot always control what other people do, there are several measures you can take to ensure your own safety in addition to the safety of others on the Crystal City, MO roadways.

  • 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 expelled from the vehicle die, and most of the rest suffered significant, life-altering injuries. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration states that wearing a seatbelt lowers the risk of death by 45 percent and moderate to critical injury by 50 percent.
  • Know the rules of the road. The Missouri Department of Revenue provides a Driver Guide for Crystal City, MO drivers. Fundamental tips 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 a crash if you do find yourself in one.
  • If you drive a motorcycle, use a helmet. While Crystal City, MO does not have laws requiring motorcycle drivers to wear helmets, they are literal life-savers. In 2017, helmets saved 1,872 lives.
  • Do not use your cell phone. While you can always call someone back, you can never take back the effects of a motor vehicle accident. Pull over to the side of the road if you need need your phone for an emergency. If you use your phone for directions, put the volume on high and do not listen to music or podcasts 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. Understand that you are in control of thousands of pounds 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 probably a contributing factor.
  • Keep both hands on the wheel. Only driving with one hand can considerably lessen 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 considerably diminish your ability to drive 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 trick you into believing you can drive home safely, but it is never the case.

You can take every possible precaution when you get behind the wheel, but unfortunately the negligent actions of irresponsible drivers can still hurt you. When you get hurt because somebody else broke the rules of the road, you deserve full compensation for all of your damages. Every Crystal City, 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 Crystal City, MO

You just have one opportunity for the best possible financial recovery. Do not let it slip. Our Crystal City, MO car accident lawyer team fights back against bullies like resistant insurance companies and reckless drivers who do not want to take responsibility for their actions. We know the financial consequences of being injured are immediate and harsh. That is why we have pledged our lives to seeing the injured and vulnerable in Crystal City, MO recompensed and made whole again. You do not have to go through these traumatic times alone. To protect you and your family's future, call a Burger Law car accident lawyer in Crystal City, MO straight away at (314) 500-HURT or contact us online.

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