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Car Accident Lawyer De Kalb, MO

Car Accident Lawyer in De Kalb, MO. They broke the rules of the road, and now your life is turned upside down. You do not have to pay because another driver was irresponsible. Call a Burger Law De Kalb, MO car accident lawyer immediately at (314) 500-HURT or fill out our online form for a free case review and to start on your road to being made whole again.

The damage that selfish and negligent drivers can cause is often devastating, and they need to be held responsible for their actions. Every Burger Law car accident lawyer has committed their career to standing up to bullies and standing up for of the vulnerable in De Kalb, MO to get them the compensation they need to heal and return to the life they know. If you were hurt by an irresponsible driver, we know you are angry — that is warranted. You are also likely worried about the financial ramifications of medical costs and lost wages, as well as the physical and emotional agony that comes with your injuries. The law provides you with an avenue to restitution; our De Kalb, MO car accident lawyer team is here to lead the way you across it and fight by your side until there is nothing more to fight and you are wholly compensated for the destruction another person's carelessness caused. You do not have to wait another instant to start the process of being made whole again. We do not charge anything until you are awarded the compensation you are owed.

In more than 30 years of practice, our car accident lawyer team has secured more than $175 million in verdicts and settlements for our Missouri clients. If you were harmed because somebody else broke the rules of the road, find out the value of your case by filling out our complimentary personal injury calculator.

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How Common Are Car Accidents in De Kalb and Missouri?

In Missouri, car accident deaths rose by 12% between 2019 and 2020, despite there being fewer people on the road due to the COVID-19 pandemic. A 2018 study found that Missouri ranked 12th in the nation in deadly traffic accidents, with over half of those deaths transpiring on rural roads. The Missouri State Highway Patrol says 36,033 car accidents that resulted in personal injury and 923 deadly auto collisions.

If you were one of the many in De Kalb or anywhere in Missouri who was injured on the road because of another person's negligence, get in touch with a car accident lawyer today at (314) 500-HURT.

How a Car Accident Lawyer in De Kalb, MO Can Help

With some typical fender-benders, you might be able to be completely reimbursed without the assistance of an attorney. But when you are hurt in a crash, you generally require a car accident lawyer to fight on your behalf and make sure that you get the best possible outcome in your case. When you hire a Burger Law De Kalb, MO car accident lawyer, we will:

  • Investigate your case and attain evidence, including:
    • Photographs
    • Surveillance video
    • Police reports
    • Official eyewitness depositions
    • Your medical records
  • Make sure you receive the full medical care you need
  • Provide you with wise and individualized legal guidance
  • Employ our network of De Kalb, MO experts to help develop a legal strategy
  • Handle all communication, documentation, litigation and negotiations
  • Insist that you are given a fair settlement offer
  • Take your case to court when the insurance company will not give you a fair offer

You can believe in a Burger Law car accident lawyer in De Kalb, MO to forcefully and zealously demand justice for your damages. We have devoted our careers to helping the injured in De Kalb, MO in their recovery and in being made whole again. Our consultation and initial investigation do no cost anything, so there is no reason not to talk to us. Get in touch with a car accident lawyer today at (314) 500-HURT to go over your case.

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De Kalb, MO Car Accident Lawyer: Frequently Asked Questions

The majority of our De Kalb, 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 process. The following are several of the most frequent questions we are asked concerning 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 De Kalb, MO are:

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

How Do I Win a Car Crash Claim?

In order to win 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 states that drivers are "to exercise highest degree of care." That means that anybody 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 referred to as "causation," you must demonstrate that the driver's breach of duty directly caused your injuries.
  4. Proximate Cause: This is what ultimately confirms negligence and refers to the underlying origin of your injuries. A drunk driver is plainly negligent, but if a vehicle's brakes do not function properly, the proximate cause is faulty parts and the driver may not automatically be liable.
  5. Damages: That your injuries resulted in some type of loss, such as property damage, 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 injuries, your compensation will be diminished by the portion of culpability you share. For instance, if a jury awards you $100,000 for an accident, but determines 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 gravity of your injuries, the effects they have had your life and the talent of your car accident lawyer. With the help of your attorney, you will be able to get compensation for:

  • Economic damages, for example:
    • Lost wages
    • Lost earning potential
    • Medical costs, including:
      • Emergency room visits
      • Subsequent doctors appointments
      • Surgeries
      • Physical therapy
      • Medication costs
      • In-home medical care
      • Assistive devices such as crutches or required improvements to your house
      • Future estimated medical costs, like further physical rehabilitation or medication, or replacement costs 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 infrequent cases in De Kalb, MO, for example drunk driving crashes, your car accident lawyer may be able to help you receive punitive damages.

How Are Noneconomic Damages Calculated?

It is hard to put a number on intangible reverberations of a crash like mental anguish. Noneconomic damages are generally determined through one of two methods:

  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 usually equivalent to the amount you make from a day's work, the thought being that a day of suffering or mental anguish is at least worth a day's work. This method is not implemented for injuries resulting to 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, often between 1.5 and 5, and the final number will be your complete financial recovery. Three is used most often, and four and five are usually only used in cases that lead to disability or permanent impairment.

Your Burger Law car accident lawyer in De Kalb, MO will make sure that an insurance company or jury knows the full extent that your injuries have impacted you and reimburse you for all of it.

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

Generally, following Missouri Revised Statute §516.120, you have five years from the day your injury occurred to file your personal injury claim in De Kalb or elsewhere in Missouri. If you were under 21 at the time of the injury, you have five years from the day you turn 21. That might seem like a long time, but it is important to contact a car accident lawyer as soon as possible for the best outcome in your case.

What Mistakes Can Hurt My Claim?

De Kalb, MO residents 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 De Kalb, 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 know how to ascertain liability in collisions and their police report will be critical in your case.
  • Not Documenting the Scene: Take photographs of both vehicles and the surrounding area and ask for witness contact information. This will also be extremely helpful in your claim.
  • Not Seeking Medical Care: In order to be fully compensated for your injuries, you need to have them recorded and treated. Always be 100 percent honest with your physician about any aches you have.
  • Believing the Insurance Company: Insurance companies employ a lot of tricks to compensate you with as little as possible; that is their job. Do not believe anything they say or make any recorded statements before talking to a lawyer.
  • Accepting the Initial Settlement Offer: If you need the money quickly, it may be appealing to take what they are offering you now. It is much better in the long run 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 devoted their career to seeking justice for the injured in De Kalb, MO. When someone refuses to admit blame or the insurance company will not be fair, we step in and insist that you are treated fairly and get the fair financial recovery you deserve.

How to Avoid Auto Accidents | De Kalb, MO Car Accident Lawyer

More than 75 percent of people who die in motor vehicle wrecks are drivers. Every Burger Law car accident lawyer has seen with their own eyes the destruction that a careless driver can cause. While you cannot always control other people's behavior, there are several steps you can take to ensure your own safety as well as the safety of others on the De Kalb, MO roadways.

  • Always use a seatbelt. In 2017, seatbelts saved an estimated 14,955 people from death. More than 83 percent of drivers and passengers who are entirely expelled from the vehicle perish, and the majority of the rest experienced severe, life-altering injuries. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that wearing a seatbelt lowers 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 offers a Driver Guide for anyone on the De Kalb, MO roads. Simple suggestions 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 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 De Kalb, 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 effects of a car accident. 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 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 polite to other drivers, passengers and pedestrians. Recognize that you are controlling several tons 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 traffic deaths are people under the age of 25. A less cautious attitude is probably a contributing factor.
  • Keep both hands on the wheel. Just having one hand on the wheel can considerably diminish your control of the vehicle. Quickly changing the radio is probably 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 impair your ability to operate a motor vehicle safely, but it also boosts your confidence and makes you feel more powerful, so you might think driving while drunk will be fine. Your brain may 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 regrettably the negligent actions of irresponsible drivers can still injure you. When you get hurt because someone else broke the rules of the road, you are entitled to complete compensation for all of your damages. Every De Kalb, 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 De Kalb, MO

You just have one shot for a complete financial recovery. Do not let it go. Our De Kalb, MO car accident lawyer team stands up to 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 unanticipated and severe. That is why we have committed our lives to seeing the injured and vulnerable in De Kalb, MO restituted and made whole again. You do not have to go through these troublesome times alone. To protect you and your family's future, call a Burger Law car accident lawyer in De Kalb, MO immediately at (314) 500-HURT or contact us online.

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