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Car Accident Lawyer Desloge, MO

Car Accident Lawyer in Desloge, MO. They broke the rules of the road, and now your life is turned upside down. You should not have to pay because somebody else behaved carelessly. Call a Burger Law Desloge, MO car accident lawyer right away at (314) 500-HURT or complete 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 catastrophic, 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 injured in Desloge, MO to get them the compensation they need to move forward and get their life back. If you were injured by a careless driver, we know you are infuriated — that is warranted. You are also probably uncertain about the economic consequences of medical costs and lost pay, to say nothing of the physical and emotional agony that comes with your injuries. The law extends a path to reparation; our Desloge, MO car accident lawyer team is here to lead the way you through it and fight by your side until there is nothing more to fight and you are entirely repaid for the harm another person's neglect caused. You do not have to wait any longer to start the process of being made whole again. We do not charge any fees until we win your case.

In more than three decades of practice, our car accident lawyer team has delivered more than $175 million in verdicts and settlements for our Missouri clients. If you were injured because someone else was negligent, find out the value of your injuries by filling out our complimentary personal injury calculator.

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Car Accident Statistics in Missouri

In Missouri, car accident fatalities went up by 12% between 2019 and 2020, despite there being fewer people on the road due to the COVID-19 pandemic. A 2018 study reported that Missouri ranked 12th in the nation in fatal motor vehicle wrecks, with 58 percent of those fatalities occurring on rural roads. The Missouri State Highway Patrol reported 36,033 car wrecks that caused personal injury and 923 deadly car wrecks.

If you were one of the many in Desloge or anywhere in Missouri to be harmed on the road because of somebody else's carelessness, get in touch with a car accident lawyer immediately at (314) 500-HURT.

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

With some typical fender-benders, you may be able to be completely compensated without the help of a lawyer. But when you are hurt in a collision, you often require a car accident lawyer to fight for you and make certain that you get the best results in your claim. When you hire a Burger Law Desloge, MO car accident lawyer, we will:

  • Perform and investigation your crash and obtain evidence, such as:
    • Photographs
    • Surveillance footage
    • Police reports
    • Official eyewitness testimony
    • Your medical records
  • Ensure you receive the full medical care you need
  • Offer you sound and personalized legal guidance
  • Utilize our network of Desloge, MO experts to help establish your case
  • Handle all communication, documentation, litigation and negotiations
  • Insist that you receive a fair settlement offer
  • Take your case to court when the insurance company will not give you a fair offer

You can trust a Burger Law car accident lawyer in Desloge, MO to persistently and passionately demand justice for your injuries. We have devoted our lives to helping the injured in Desloge, MO in their recovery and in being made whole again. Our case evaluation and primary investigation do no cost anything, so there is no reason not to talk to us. Get in touch with a car accident lawyer immediately at (314) 500-HURT to go over your case.

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Desloge, MO Car Accident Lawyer: Frequently Asked Questions

Most of our Desloge, MO clients have never needed to hire a car accident lawyer prior to their accident, and as expected have a good deal of questions about their rights and the legal procedure. The following are some of the most common questions we get about 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 Desloge, MO are:

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

How Do I Win a Car Accident Case?

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 stipulates that motorists are "to exercise highest degree of care." So whoever in control of a vehicle 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 must show that the driver's breach of duty directly caused your injuries.
  4. Proximate Cause: This is what finally decides liability and refers to the root origin of your injuries. A drunk driver is clearly liable, but if a vehicle's brakes do not work, the proximate cause is faulty parts and the driver may not automatically be at fault.
  5. Damages: That your injuries caused some kind of loss, like property damage, medical bills and/or lost wages.

Can I Still Recover Compensation If I Was Partially to Blame?

Yes. Missouri is a pure comparative fault state. What that means is that if you are found to be partially at fault for your injuries, your compensation will be diminished by the portion of culpability you are responsible for. For example, if a jury grants you $100,000 for a crash, but establishes that you were 30 percent to blame, the your final recovery would be $70,000.

How Much is My Car Accident Claim Worth?

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

  • Economic damages, including:
    • Lost wages
    • Lost earning potential
    • Medical bills, for example:
      • Urgent care
      • Subsequent doctors appointments
      • Surgeries
      • Physical therapy
      • Medication bills
      • In-home medical treatment
      • Assistive devices such as crutches or necessary upgrades to your house
      • Future estimated medical costs, for example 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 Desloge, MO, for instance drunk driving collisions, your car accident lawyer may be able to help you get punitive damages.

How Are Noneconomic Damages Calculated?

It is difficult to put a number on intangible repercussions of a collision such as loss of capacity to enjoy life. Noneconomic damages are generally determined using one of two formulas:

  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 suffered. The daily amount is often equal to your daily wage, the thought being that a day of suffering or mental agony has at least the same value as a day's work. This method is not implemented for permanent injuries as there is no way to know how many days your injury will affect you.
  2. The Multiplier Method: In this method, your economic damages are multiplied by a number, often between 1.5 and 5, and the product will be your final financial recovery. Three is used most often, and four and five are usually saved for cases that lead to disability or permanent impairment.

Your Burger Law car accident lawyer in Desloge, MO will make sure that an insurance adjuster or jury recognizes the full extent that your injuries have affected you and reimburse you for all of your damages.

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

Typically, under Missouri Revised Statute §516.120, you have five years from the date of your accident to make your personal injury claim in Desloge or elsewhere in Missouri. If you were under 21 at the time of the crash, you have five years from the day you turn 21. That might seem like a long time, but it is important to reach out to a car accident lawyer right away for the best results in your case.

What Mistakes Can Hurt My Claim?

Desloge, MO residents who have not talked to a car accident lawyer may mistakenly do or say things that make their claim harder to win. Some common mistakes your car accident lawyer in Desloge, MO sees are:

  • Not Calling the Police: Following Missouri Revised Statute §300.110, you must report an accident to the police "as soon as reasonably possible" if it causes injury. Police know how to ascertain negligence in accidents and their police report will be indispensable in your case.
  • Not Documenting the Scene: Take photographs of both vehicles and the nearby area and ask for witness contact information. This will also be very valuable in your claim.
  • Not Seeking Medical Care: In order to be totally compensated for your injuries, you need to have them recorded and treated. Always be 100 percent truthful with your doctor about any pains you have.
  • Trusting the Insurance Company: Insurance companies 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 speaking with a lawyer.
  • Taking the First Settlement Offer: If you need the money as soon as possible, it may be tempting to take what you can get now. It is a much better idea 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 pledged their life to seeking justice for the injured in Desloge, MO. When someone refuses to admit blame or the insurance company is not being fair, we step in and demand that you are treated fairly and get the fair financial recovery you deserve.

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

Over 75 percent of people who die in traffic wrecks are drivers. Every Burger Law car accident lawyer has seen firsthand the destruction that a careless driver can cause. While you cannot always control what other people do, there are various steps you can take to protect yourself as well as others on the Desloge, MO roads.

  • Always wear a seatbelt. In 2017, seatbelts saved an estimated 14,955 lives. More than four-fifths of drivers and passengers who are completely thrown out of the vehicle die, and most of the rest experienced significant, life-changing injuries. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that wearing a seatbelt lessens 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 Desloge, MO drivers. Basic tips like driving at lower speeds and increasing following distance in poor weather not only do a lot to keep you and everyone else on the road safe, but they also protect you from fault or being partially blamed for a wreck if you do find yourself in one.
  • If you ride a motorcycle, wear a helmet. While Desloge, MO does not have laws forcing motorcycle drivers to use 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 consequences of a traffic accident. Pull over safely 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.
  • Have the right attitude. We all share the road, and we all should be courteous to other drivers, passengers and pedestrians. Recognize 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 25 percent of traffic deaths are people under the age of 25. A less cautious attitude is likely a contributing factor.
  • Keep both hands on the wheel. Just having one hand on the wheel can considerably diminish your control of the car. 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 diminish your ability to operate a motor vehicle 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 may deceive you into believing you can drive home safely, but it is never true.

You can take every possible precaution when driving, but unfortunately the negligent actions of irresponsible drivers can still cause you injury. When you get hurt because somebody else broke the rules of the road, you are entitled to the best possible compensation for all of your damages. Every Desloge, MO car accident lawyer at Burger Law takes on and wins the tough cases, and knows how to achieve great results.


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Car Accident Lawyer Desloge, MO

You just have one chance for a full financial recovery. Do not let it slip. Our Desloge, MO car accident lawyer team fights back against bullies like resistant insurance companies and reckless drivers who do not want to be held accountable for their actions. We know the financial hardships of being injured are unexpected and severe. That is why we have devoted our lives to seeing the injured and vulnerable in Desloge, MO restituted and made whole again. You do not have to go through these traumatic times by yourself. To protect you and your family's future, call a Burger Law car accident lawyer in Desloge, MO straight away at (314) 500-HURT or contact us online.

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