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Car Accident Lawyer Excelsior Springs, MO

Car Accident Lawyer in Excelsior Springs, MO. They broke the rules of the road, and now you are left to pick up the pieces. You should not have to pay because somebody else was negligent. Call a Burger Law Excelsior Springs, MO car accident lawyer immediately at (314) 500-HURT or complete our online form for a free consultation and to start on your road to being made whole again.

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 defending the rights of the vulnerable in Excelsior Springs, MO to deliver them the compensation they need to heal and return to the life they know. If you were hurt by a negligent driver, we know you are angry — that is merited. You are also likely anxious about the financial effects of medical bills and lost wages, in addition to the physical and emotional agony that comes with your injuries. The law offers you a bridge to restitution; our Excelsior Springs, 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 compensated for the harm someone else's careless actions caused. You do not have to wait another instant to start the process of being made whole again. We charge no fees until we win your case.

In over three decades of defending the rights of the vulnerable, our car accident lawyer team has delivered upwards of $175 million in verdicts and settlements for our Missouri clients. If you were injured because another person broke the rules of the road, see how much your claim may be worth by using our complimentary personal injury calculator.

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Chesterfield, MO

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Chesterfield, MO 63005

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Car Accident Statistics in Missouri

In Missouri, car accident fatalities increased 12% between 2019 and 2020, despite there being fewer people on the road because of the COVID-19 pandemic. A 2018 study stated that Missouri ranked 12th in the nation in fatal motor vehicle collisions, with 58 percent of those deaths transpiring on country roads. The Missouri State Highway Patrol says 36,033 car accidents that resulted in personal injury and 923 deadly motor vehicle collisions.

If you were one of the many in Excelsior Springs or anywhere in Missouri who was hurt on the road because of somebody else's neglect, contact a car accident lawyer right away at (314) 500-HURT.

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

With some standard fender-benders, you might be able to be completely compensated without the aid of an attorney. But when you are harmed in a collision, you often need a car accident lawyer to fight on your behalf and make sure that you get the best possible end result in your case. When you hire a Burger Law Excelsior Springs, MO car accident lawyer, we will:

  • Investigate your crash and gather evidence, for instance:
    • Photographs
    • Surveillance footage
    • Police reports
    • Official eyewitness testimony
    • Your medical records
  • Ensure you get the full medical care you need
  • Provide you with trustworthy and personalized legal guidance
  • Utilize our network of Excelsior Springs, MO experts to help develop a legal strategy
  • Manage all communication, documentation, litigation and negotiations
  • Insist that you are given a fair settlement offer
  • Take your case to court when we do not secure a fair settlement

You can trust a Burger Law car accident lawyer in Excelsior Springs, MO to aggressively and passionately demand justice for your injuries. We have pledged our lives to helping the injured in Excelsior Springs, MO in their recovery and in being made whole again. Our case evaluation and initial investigation do no cost anything, so there is no risk in speaking with us. Get in touch with a car accident lawyer now at (314) 500-HURT to discuss your case.

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Excelsior Springs, MO Car Accident Lawyer: Frequently Asked Questions

The majority of our Excelsior Springs, MO clients have never needed to hire a car accident lawyer prior to their accident, and unsurprisingly have many questions about their rights and the legal process. Below are several of the most common questions we are asked 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 Excelsior Springs, MO are:

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

How Do I Win an Auto Crash Case?

In order to prove 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 states that motorists are "to exercise highest degree of care." That means that anybody who gets behind the wheel necessarily 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 known as "causation," you need to show that the driver's breach of duty directly caused hurt you.
  4. Proximate Cause: This is what finally establishes negligence and refers to the underlying cause of your injuries. A drunk driver is plainly liable, but if a vehicle's brakes do not function correctly, the proximate cause is faulty components and the driver may not automatically be negligent.
  5. Damages: That your injuries led to some type of loss, like property damage, 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. What that means is that if you are found to be partially culpable for your accident, your compensation will be lessened by the percentage of fault you share. For example, if a jury grants you $100,000 for a collision, but determines that you were 30 percent at fault, the your final compensation would be $70,000.

How Much is My Car Accident Claim Worth?

That hinges on on the significance of your injuries, the effects 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, for instance:
    • Lost wages
    • Lost earning potential
    • Medical bills, for example:
      • Emergency room visits
      • Follow-up doctors visits
      • Surgeries
      • Physical rehabilitation
      • Medication expenses
      • In-home medical treatment
      • Assistive devices such as wheelchairs or necessary upgrades to your vehicle
      • Future estimated medical costs, for example further physical rehabilitation or prescriptions, or replacement costs for assistive devices
    • Transportation costs to and from medical treatment
    • 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 Excelsior Springs, MO, for example drunk driving collisions, your car accident lawyer may be able to help you recover punitive damages.

How Are Noneconomic Damages Calculated?

It is tough to put a number on intangible reverberations of a wreck like pain and suffering. Noneconomic damages are generally quantified through one of two formulas:

  1. The Per Diem Method: "Per diem" means "per day" in Latin. In this method, you are granted a daily amount for each day you were affected. The daily amount is usually equivalent to your daily wage, the notion being that a day of pain or mental distress is at least worth a day's work. This method is not employed for permanent injuries as it is impossible 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, typically between 1.5 and 5, and the final number will be your final compensation. Three is used most often, and four and five are generally reserved for cases that lead to disability or permanent impairment.

Your Burger Law car accident lawyer in Excelsior Springs, 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 Excelsior Springs, MO?

Generally speaking, pursuant to Missouri Revised Statute §516.120, you have five years from the day your injury occurred to bring your personal injury claim in Excelsior Springs 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 appear a long time, but it is critical 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?

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

  • Not Calling the Police: Under Missouri Revised Statute §300.110, you need to report an accident to the police "as soon as reasonably possible" if it results in injury. Police are taught to determine negligence in collisions and their police report will be crucial in your claim.
  • Not Documenting the Scene: Take photographs of both vehicles and the nearby area and acquire witness contact information. This will also be incredibly useful in your claim.
  • Not Seeking Medical Treatment: In order to be fully compensated for your injuries, you need to have records of them and have them treated. Always be entirely honest with your physician about any aches you have.
  • Believing the Insurance Company: Insurance adjusters utilize a lot of tricks to compensate you with as little as possible; that is how they make money. 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 quickly, it may be appealing to take what you can get now. It is much better in the long term 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 life to pursuing justice for the injured in Excelsior Springs, MO. When someone refuses to admit culpability or the insurance company is not being fair, we step in and demand that you are treated fairly and get the full compensation you are owed.

How to Avoid Auto Accidents | Excelsior Springs, MO Car Accident Lawyer

Over three quarters of people who perish in traffic accidents are drivers. Every Burger Law car accident lawyer has seen personally the damage that a negligent driver can cause. While you cannot always control how other people drive, there are various steps you can take to protect yourself as well as others on the Excelsior Springs, MO roadways.

  • Always use a seatbelt. In 2017, seatbelts saved approximately 14,955 people from death. More than four-fifths of drivers and passengers who are entirely thrown out of the vehicle die, and the majority of the rest suffered grave, life-changing injuries. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration states that wearing a seatbelt reduces the chances of death by 45 percent and moderate to critical injury by 50 percent.
  • Be familiar with the laws and best driving practices. The Missouri Department of Revenue provides a Driver Guide for anyone on the Excelsior Springs, MO roads. Basic tips like driving slower and increasing following distance in winter conditions not only go a long way in keeping you and other drivers and passengers safe, but they also protect you from fault or being partially blamed for a crash if you do find yourself in one.
  • If you are a motorcyclist, wear a helmet. While Excelsior Springs, MO does not have laws forcing motorcycle drivers to wear helmets, they can save your life. In 2017, helmets saved 1,872 lives.
  • Put away your cell phone. While you can always text somebody later, you can never take back the effects of a car crash. Pull over safely if you need to make an urgent call. If you use your phone for directions, turn the volume up and do not listen to music or podcasts 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 polite to other drivers, passengers and pedestrians. Understand that you are in control of several tons of metal moving at high speeds. Safety needs to be your priority. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, almost a quarter of auto 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 vehicle. Quickly changing the radio 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 significantly 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 trick you into thinking you can drive home safely, but it is never the case.

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


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Car Accident Lawyer Excelsior Springs, MO

You just have one chance for a complete financial recovery. Do not let it slip. Our Excelsior Springs, MO car accident lawyer team pushes 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 implications of being injured are unexpected and severe. That is why we have committed our lives to seeing the injured and vulnerable in Excelsior Springs, MO restituted and made whole again. You do not have to go through these difficult times by yourself. To protect you and your family's future, call a Burger Law car accident lawyer in Excelsior Springs, MO right away at (314) 500-HURT or contact us online.

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