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Car Accident Lawyer Dexter, MO

Car Accident Lawyer in Dexter, MO. They broke the rules of the road, and now your life is upended. You do not have to pay because someone else behaved recklessly. Call a Burger Law Dexter, 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 catastrophic, and they need to be held responsible for their actions. Every Burger Law car accident lawyer has committed their career to fighting back against bullies and defending the rights of the injured in Dexter, MO to get them the compensation they need to mend and get their life back. If you were harmed by a negligent driver, we know you are outraged — that is warranted. You are also probably anxious about the financial implications of medical costs and lost pay, as well as the physical and emotional pain that comes with your injuries. The law offers you a path to recompense; our Dexter, MO car accident lawyer team is here to lead the way you across it and fight by your side until there is nothing left to fight and you are fully compensated for the damage someone else's careless actions caused. You do not have to wait another minute to start on your road to recovery. We charge no fees until you receive the compensation you need.

In over 30 years of practice, our car accident lawyer team has gotten upwards of $175 million in verdicts and settlements for our Missouri clients. If you were injured because someone else broke the rules of the road, learn how much your injuries may be worth by filling out our free 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, even though there were not as many people on the road because of the COVID-19 pandemic. A 2018 study found that Missouri ranked 12th in the nation in deadly motor vehicle accidents, with 58 percent of those fatalities happening on rural roads. The Missouri State Highway Patrol reported 36,033 car wrecks that resulted in personal injury and 923 deadly car wrecks.

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

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

With some common fender-benders, you might 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 ensure that you get the best results in your case. When you hire a Burger Law Dexter, MO car accident lawyer, we will:

  • Investigate your case and acquire evidence, for instance:
    • Photographs
    • Surveillance video
    • Police reports
    • Official eyewitness depositions
    • Your medical records
  • Ensure you receive the full medical treatment you need
  • Provide you with trustworthy and individualized legal guidance
  • Employ our network of Dexter, MO experts to help establish your case
  • Handle all the legal aspects of your case so you can spend your energy on healing
  • Insist that you are given 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 believe in a Burger Law car accident lawyer in Dexter, MO to forcefully and fervently demand justice in your case. We have devoted our careers to helping the injured in Dexter, MO in their recovery and in being made whole again. Our case evaluation and preliminary investigation do no cost anything, so there is no risk in talking to. Contact a car accident lawyer today at (314) 500-HURT to talk over your case.

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Dexter, MO Car Accident Lawyer: Frequently Asked Questions

Most of our Dexter, 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 some of the most frequent questions we get in relation to 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 Dexter, MO are:

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

How Do I Win a Car Accident Claim?

In order to win your case, your car accident lawyer must show 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." Meaning, whoever 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 show that the driver's breach of duty directly caused your injuries.
  4. Proximate Cause: This is what finally establishes negligence and refers to the underlying cause of your injuries. A drunk driver is obviously negligent, but if a vehicle's brakes do not work, the proximate cause is faulty parts and the driver may not necessarily be negligent.
  5. Damages: That your injuries caused some form of loss, for example damage to your car, medical costs 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 liable for your injuries, your compensation will be lessened by the portion of culpability you share. 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 collect would be $70,000.

How Much is My Car Accident Claim Worth?

That is contingent on the severity of your injuries, the consequences they have had your life and the skill of your car accident lawyer. With the assistance of your lawyer, you will be able to get compensation for:

  • Economic damages, including:
    • Lost wages
    • Lost earning capacity
    • Medical bills, such as:
      • Emergency room visits
      • Follow-up doctors visits
      • Surgeries
      • Physical rehabilitation
      • Medication expenses
      • In-home medical care
      • Assistive devices such as crutches or necessary improvements to your home
      • Future estimated medical costs, like further physical rehabilitation or medication, or replacement costs for assistive devices
    • Transportation costs related to your 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 Dexter, MO, such as drunk driving collisions, your car accident lawyer may be able to help you receive punitive damages.

How Are Noneconomic Damages Calculated?

It is hard to put a figure on intangible consequences of an accident like loss of capacity to enjoy life. Noneconomic damages are usually calculated through one of two methods:

  1. The Per Diem Method: "Per diem" stands for "per day" in Latin. In this method, you are granted a daily amount for each day you suffered. The daily amount is typically equivalent to the amount you make from a day's labor, the concept being that a day of suffering or emotional distress has at least the same value as a day's work. This method is not used for injuries resulting to impairment as there is no way to know how long your injury will impact 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 total financial recovery. Three is the most common multiplier, and four and five are generally saved for cases that result in disability or permanent impairment.

Your Burger Law car accident lawyer in Dexter, MO will make certain that an insurance company or jury understands every way that your injuries have impacted 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 Dexter, MO?

Typically, according to Missouri Revised Statute §516.120, you have five years from the day your injury happened to make your personal injury claim in Dexter or elsewhere in Missouri. If you were under 21 at the time of the collision, you have five years from the day you turn 21. That may seem like a long time, but it is critical to reach out to a car accident lawyer immediately for the best results in your case.

What Mistakes Can Hurt My Claim?

Dexter, MO residents who have not spoken with a car accident lawyer might unintentionally do or say things that make their claim harder to win. Some common mistakes your car accident lawyer in Dexter, MO sees are:

  • Not Calling the Police: Under Missouri Revised Statute §300.110, you must report an accident to the police "as soon as reasonably possible" if it lead to an injury. Police are taught to ascertain negligence in wrecks and their police report will be indispensable in your claim.
  • Not Documenting the Scene: Take pictures of both vehicles and the nearby area and ask for witness contact information. This will also be extremely valuable in your case.
  • Not Seeking Medical Attention: In order to be completely compensated for your injuries, you need to have records of them and have them treated. Always be totally honest with your doctor about any aches you have.
  • Trusting the Insurance Company: Insurance adjusters use a lot of deceptive tactics to pay you as little as possible; that is how they make money. Do not believe anything they say or make any recorded statements until you have spoken with an attorney.
  • Accepting the First Settlement Offer: If you need the money as soon as possible, it might be enticing to take what you can get now. It is a far better idea when all is said and done to wait for the maximum financial recovery 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 Dexter, MO. When someone declines to admit blame or the insurance company refused to be fair, we step up and insist that you are treated fairly and get the fair financial recovery you deserve.

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

Over three quarters of people who die in auto crashes are drivers. Every Burger Law car accident lawyer has seen firsthand the devastation that a thoughtless 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 Dexter, MO roads.

  • Always wear a seatbelt. In 2017, seatbelts saved approximately 14,955 lives. More than four-fifths of drivers and passengers who are completely expelled from the vehicle die, and most of the rest sustained significant, life-altering injuries. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that wearing a seatbelt reduces the chances of death by almost half and moderate to critical injury by 50 percent.
  • Be familiar with the rules of the road. The Missouri Department of Revenue provides a Driver Guide for Dexter, MO drivers. 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 liability or being partially blamed for an accident if you do find yourself in one.
  • If you are a motorcyclist, wear a helmet. While Dexter, MO does not have laws obligating 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 text somebody later, you can never take back the consequences of a car wreck. 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 radio off so you can clearly hear the directions and do not have to look.
  • Have the right attitude. The road is for everyone, and we all need to be courteous to other drivers, passengers and pedestrians. Recognize that you are in control of 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 a quarter 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. Only driving with one hand can considerably lessen your control of the car. Quickly changing the A/C settings 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 substantially impair 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 may deceive you into thinking you can drive home safely, but it is never true.

You can take every possible precaution when you get behind the wheel, but unfortunately the careless behavior of irresponsible drivers can still hurt you. When you get hurt because another driver broke the rules of the road, you are owed complete compensation for all of your damages. Every Dexter, 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 Dexter, MO

You just have one chance for a complete financial recovery. Do not let it slip. Our Dexter, MO car accident lawyer team fights back against bullies like resistant insurance companies and thoughtless drivers who do not want to take responsibility for their actions. We know the financial implications of being injured are unanticipated and severe. That is why we have committed our lives to seeing the injured and vulnerable in Dexter, MO reimbursed and made whole again. You do not have to go through these trying times by yourself. To protect you and your family's future, call a Burger Law car accident lawyer in Dexter, MO today at (314) 500-HURT or contact us online.

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