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Car Accident Lawyer Eldon, MO

Car Accident Lawyer in Eldon, MO. They broke the rules of the road, and now your life is upended. You do not have to pay because someone else acted carelessly. Call a Burger Law Eldon, MO car accident lawyer immediately at (314) 500-HURT or complete our online form for a complimentary consultation and to start on your road to recovery.

The damage that self-centered and negligent drivers can cause is often staggering, and they need to be held accountable for their actions. Every Burger Law car accident lawyer has devoted their career to standing up to bullies and standing up for of the vulnerable in Eldon, MO to get them the compensation they need to mend and get their life back. If you were hurt by an irresponsible driver, we know you are furious — that is merited. You are also probably worried about the financial burden of medical costs and lost wages, in addition to the physical and emotional pain that comes with your injuries. The law extends a path to reparation; our Eldon, MO car accident lawyer team is here to lead the way you through it and fight by your side until there is nothing left to fight and you are completely compensated for the destruction somebody else's negligent behavior caused. You do not have to wait another second to begin the process of being made whole again. We charge no fees until you recover the compensation you are owed.

In over 30 years of practicing law, our car accident lawyer team has delivered over $175 million in verdicts and settlements for our Missouri clients. If you were injured because another person broke the rules of the road, learn how much your claim may be worth by filling out our complimentary personal injury calculator.

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How Common Are Car Accidents in Eldon 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 reported that Missouri ranked 12th in the nation in deadly motor vehicle crashes, with 58 percent of those fatalities occurring on country roads. The Missouri State Highway Patrol says 36,033 motor vehicle crashes that resulted in personal injury and 923 deadly auto collisions.

If you were one of the many in Eldon or anywhere in Missouri who was harmed on the road because of another person's careless actions, reach out to a car accident lawyer immediately at (314) 500-HURT.

What a Car Accident Lawyer in Eldon, 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 an accident, you generally need a car accident lawyer to fight for you and make sure that you get the best possible outcome in your case. When you hire a Burger Law Eldon, MO car accident lawyer, we will:

  • Investigate your case and acquire evidence, for example:
    • Photos
    • Surveillance video
    • Police reports
    • Official eyewitness statements
    • Your medical records
  • Make certain you get the full medical care you need
  • Provide you with reliable and individualized legal advice
  • Utilize our network of Eldon, 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 receive a fair settlement offer
  • Take your case to trial when we do not secure a fair settlement

You can believe in a Burger Law car accident lawyer in Eldon, MO to tenaciously and fervently demand justice in your claim. We have devoted our careers to helping the injured in Eldon, MO in their recovery and in being made whole again. Our case review and primary investigation are free, so there is no reason not to talk to us. Get in touch with a car accident lawyer immediately at (314) 500-HURT to talk over your case.

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Eldon, MO Car Accident Lawyer: Frequently Asked Questions

Most of our Eldon, MO clients have never needed to hire a car accident lawyer before, and as expected have a good deal of questions about their rights and the legal procedure. Below are several of the most common questions we are asked 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 Eldon, MO are:

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

How Do I Prove a Car Crash Case?

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

  1. Duty of Care: Missouri Revised Statute §304.120 dictates that motorists are "to exercise highest degree of care." Meaning, 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 drive safely.
  3. Cause in Fact: Also called "causation," you must show that the driver's breach of duty directly caused you harm.
  4. Proximate Cause: This is what ultimately decides negligence and refers to the root cause of your injuries. A drunk driver is obviously liable, but if a vehicle's brakes do not function correctly, the proximate cause is faulty parts and the driver may not necessarily be to blame.
  5. Damages: That your injuries caused some form 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. That means that if you are found to be partially to blame for your wreck, your compensation will be diminished by the portion of fault you share. For example, if a jury awards you $100,000 for a crash, but determines that you were 30 percent to blame, the final total you collect would be $70,000.

How Much is My Car Accident Claim Worth?

That depends on the severity of your injuries, the consequences they have had your life and the talent of your car accident lawyer. With the help of your lawyer, you will be able to collect compensation for:

  • Economic damages, such as:
    • Lost wages
    • Lost earning capacity
    • Medical costs, for example:
      • Urgent care
      • Follow-up doctors visits
      • Surgeries
      • Physical rehabilitation
      • Medication costs
      • In-home medical treatment
      • Assistive devices such as crutches or necessary improvements to your vehicle
      • Future estimated medical costs, like further physical therapy or prescriptions, or replacement expenses 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 rare cases in Eldon, MO, for example drunk driving accidents, your car accident lawyer may be able to help you get punitive damages.

How Are Noneconomic Damages Calculated?

It is tough to put a dollar amount on intangible reverberations of a wreck such as pain and suffering. Noneconomic damages are usually calculated using one of two formulas:

  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 were affected. The daily amount is usually equal to the amount you make from a day's labor, the belief being that a day of pain or emotional agony has at least the same value as 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 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 total recovery. Three is the most common multiplier, and four and five are usually reserved for cases that cause disability or permanent impairment.

Your Burger Law car accident lawyer in Eldon, MO will make sure that an insurance company or jury realizes every way that your injuries have affected you and compensate you for all of your damages.

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

Typically, following Missouri Revised Statute §516.120, you have five years from the date of your accident to bring your personal injury claim in Eldon 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 immediately for the best results in your case.

What Mistakes Can Hurt My Claim?

People who have not talked to a car accident lawyer may mistakenly do or say things that hurt their claim. Some common mistakes your car accident lawyer in Eldon, MO sees are:

  • Not Calling the Police: Pursuant to Missouri Revised Statute §300.110, you have to report an accident to the police "as soon as reasonably possible" if it causes injury. Police know how to ascertain fault in collisions and their police report will be indispensable in your claim.
  • Not Documenting the Scene: Take photographs of both vehicles and the nearby area and collect witness contact information. This will also be very helpful in your claim.
  • Not Seeking Medical Treatment: In order to be wholly compensated for your injuries, you need to have them recorded and treated. Always be totally candid with your physician about any pains you have.
  • Believing the Insurance Company: Insurance companies employ a lot of deceptive tactics to compensate you with as little as possible; that is their job. Do not trust anything they say or make any recorded statements until you have talked to an attorney.
  • Accepting the Initial Settlement Offer: If you need the money as soon as possible, it may be appealing to take what you can get now. It is a far 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 Eldon, MO. When someone refuses to admit culpability or the insurance company is not being fair, we step up and demand that you are treated fairly and get the complete financial recovery you deserve.

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

More than 75 percent of people killed in auto wrecks are drivers. Every Burger Law car accident lawyer has seen with their own eyes the destruction that a reckless driver can cause. While you cannot always control other people's actions, there are several steps you can take to protect yourself as well as others on the Eldon, MO roads.

  • Always wear a seatbelt. In 2017, seatbelts saved approximately 14,955 people from death. More than four-fifths of drivers and passengers who are entirely ejected from the vehicle perish, and most of the rest suffered severe, life-altering injuries. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration states that wearing a seatbelt reduces the chances of death by almost half and moderate to critical injury by 50 percent.
  • Know the laws and best driving practices. The Missouri Department of Revenue offers a Driver Guide for Eldon, MO drivers. Basic tips like driving at lower speeds and increasing following distance in winter conditions 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 crash if you do find yourself in one.
  • If you ride a motorcycle, use a helmet. While Eldon, MO does not have laws forcing 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 motor vehicle wreck. Pull over safely if you need need your phone for an emergency. If you use your phone for directions, put the volume on high and turn the radio 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 should be courteous to other drivers, passengers and pedestrians. Be aware of the fact that you are controlling thousands of pounds of metal moving at high speeds. Safety should be your prime concern. 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 likely a contributing factor.
  • Drive with both hands on the wheel. Only having one hand on the wheel can substantially diminish your control of the vehicle. 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 considerably impair your ability to operate a motor vehicle safely, but it also boosts your confidence and makes you feel more powerful, so you may think driving while drunk will be fine. Your brain might deceive you into thinking you can drive home safely, but it is never true.

You can take every possible precaution when driving, but unfortunately the negligent behavior of irresponsible drivers can still cause you injury. When you get hurt because someone else broke the rules of the road, you are owed full compensation for all of your damages. Every Eldon, 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 Eldon, MO

You just have one opportunity for the best possible financial recovery. Do not let it go. Our Eldon, MO car accident lawyer team pushes back against bullies like resistant insurance companies and reckless drivers who do not want to take responsibility for their actions. We know the economic implications of being injured are immediate and harsh. That is why we have devoted our lives to seeing the injured and vulnerable in Eldon, MO compensated 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 Eldon, MO right away at (314) 500-HURT or contact us online.

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