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Car Accident Lawyer Festus, MO

Car Accident Lawyer in Festus, MO. They broke the rules of the road, and now your life is upended. You should not have to pay because someone else was negligent. Call a Burger Law Festus, MO car accident lawyer immediately at (314) 500-HURT or complete our online form for a free case evaluation and to start on your road to recovery.

The damage that unthinking and negligent drivers can cause is often devastating, and they need to be held accountable for their actions. Every Burger Law car accident lawyer has pledged their career to fighting back against bullies and standing up for of the injured in Festus, MO to secure them the financial recovery they need to move forward and get their life back. If you were injured by a negligent driver, we know you are angry — you should to be. You are also likely apprehensive about the financial hardships of medical expenses and lost wages, as well as the physical and emotional pain that comes with your injuries. The law gives an avenue to restitution; our Festus, MO car accident lawyer team is here to lead the way you through it and fight for you until there is nothing left to fight and you are completely compensated for the damage another driver's negligent behavior caused. You do not have to wait any longer to start the process of being made whole again. We do not charge anything until you get the compensation you deserve.

In more than three decades of practicing law, our car accident lawyer team has delivered more than $175 million in verdicts and settlements for our Missouri clients. If you were harmed because another driver was negligent, see the value of your claim by filling out our complimentary personal injury calculator.

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Chesterfield, MO

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Suites 200-222
Chesterfield, MO 63005

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Car Accident Statistics in Missouri

In Missouri, car accident deaths increased 12% between 2019 and 2020, even though there were fewer people on the road because of the COVID-19 pandemic. A 2018 study stated that Missouri ranked 12th in the nation in fatal traffic collisions, with over half of those fatalities transpiring on country roads. The Missouri State Highway Patrol says 36,033 auto wrecks that led to personal injury and 923 fatal auto accidents.

If you were one of the many in Festus or anywhere in Missouri who was harmed on the road because of someone else's neglect, reach out to a car accident lawyer today at (314) 500-HURT.

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

With some typical fender-benders, you might be able to be fairly reimbursed without the aid of a lawyer. But when you are hurt in a collision, you usually require a car accident lawyer to fight by your side and ensure that you get the best possible outcome in your case. When you hire a Burger Law Festus, MO car accident lawyer, we will:

  • Perform and investigation your crash and obtain evidence, for instance:
    • Photos
    • Surveillance footage
    • Police reports
    • Official eyewitness depositions
    • Your medical records
  • Ensure you receive the full medical care you need
  • Provide you with sound and personalized legal counsel
  • Employ our network of Festus, MO experts to help build your case
  • Manage all the legal aspects of your case so you can spend your energy on healing
  • Demand that you are given a fair settlement offer
  • Take your case to court when we do not secure a fair settlement

You can depend on a Burger Law car accident lawyer in Festus, MO to forcefully and zealously demand justice in your claim. We have dedicated our lives to helping the vulnerable in Festus, MO in their recovery and in being made whole again. Our case evaluation and initial investigation are free, so there is no reason not to talk to us. Call a car accident lawyer now at (314) 500-HURT to go over your case.

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Festus, MO Car Accident Lawyer: Frequently Asked Questions

The majority of our Festus, MO clients have never had to hire a car accident lawyer before, and as expected have many questions about their rights and the legal process. The following are some of the most frequent questions we get 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 Festus, 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 type of motor vehicle case.

How Do I Win a Car Accident Claim?

In order to prove your claim, your car accident lawyer must prove the five elements of negligence found in tort law:

  1. Duty of Care: Missouri Revised Statute §304.120 stipulates that drivers are "to exercise highest degree of care." That means that whoever in control of a vehicle automatically owes you a duty of care.
  2. Breach of Duty: The driver is in violation of a statute or otherwise did not operate the vehicle safely.
  3. Cause in Fact: Also known as "causation," you have to demonstrate that the driver's breach of duty directly caused injured you.
  4. Proximate Cause: This is what ultimately establishes negligence and refers to the root source of your injuries. A drunk driver is clearly liable, but if a vehicle's brakes do not function correctly, the proximate cause is defective parts and the driver may not necessarily be at fault.
  5. Damages: That your injuries resulted in some form of loss, for example property damage, medical bills and/or lost wages.

Can I Still Collect 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 culpable for your wreck, your compensation will be diminished by the percentage of fault you share. For instance, if a jury awards you $100,000 for a wreck, but finds that you were 30 percent at fault, the final amount you recover would be $70,000.

How Much is My Car Accident Claim Worth?

That depends on the seriousness of your injuries, the effects they have had your life and the abilities of your car accident lawyer. With the help of your attorney, you will be able to get compensation for:

  • Economic damages, such as:
    • Lost wages
    • Lost earning capacity
    • Medical bills, for example:
      • Urgent care
      • Follow-up doctors visits
      • Surgeries
      • Physical therapy
      • Medication costs
      • In-home medical care
      • Assistive devices such as wheelchairs or necessary upgrades to your house
      • Future estimated medical expenses, such as further physical rehabilitation or prescriptions, or replacement expenses for assistive devices
    • Transportation costs related to your medical care
    • 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 Festus, MO, such as drunk driving collisions, your car accident lawyer may be able to help you collect punitive damages.

How Are Noneconomic Damages Calculated?

It is difficult to put a dollar amount on intangible effects of a wreck like emotional anguish. Noneconomic damages are generally calculated through 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 suffered. The daily amount is usually equal to your daily wage, the idea 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 leading to disability as there is no way to know how long your injury will affect you.
  2. The Multiplier Method: In this method, your economic damages are multiplied by a number, usually between 1.5 and 5, and the product will be your final recovery. Three is used most often, and four and five are typically reserved for cases that lead to disability or permanent impairment.

Your Burger Law car accident lawyer in Festus, MO will ensure that an insurance company or jury understands the full extent that your injuries have impacted 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 Festus, MO?

In General, following Missouri Revised Statute §516.120, you have five years from the day your injury transpired to bring your personal injury claim in Festus or elsewhere in Missouri. If you were under 21 at the time of the accident, you have five years from the day you turn 21. That may seem like a long time, but it is vital to contact a car accident lawyer right away for the best results in your case.

What Mistakes Can Hurt My Claim?

Festus, MO residents who have not spoken with a car accident lawyer could accidentally do or say things that hurt their claim. Some common mistakes your car accident lawyer in Festus, MO sees are:

  • Not Calling the Police: Following Missouri Revised Statute §300.110, you need to report an accident to the police "as soon as reasonably possible" if it causes injury. Police are coached to determine negligence in collisions and their police report will be crucial in your case.
  • Not Documenting the Scene: Take photos of both vehicles and the surrounding area and acquire witness contact information. This will also be very useful in your case.
  • Not Seeking Medical Attention: In order to be totally compensated for your injuries, you need to have them recorded and treated. Always be 100 percent truthful with your physician about any pains you have.
  • Trusting the Insurance Company: Insurance adjusters utilize a lot of tricks to compensate you with as little as they can; that is how they make money. Do not believe anything they say or make any recorded statements before speaking with a lawyer.
  • Taking the Initial Settlement Offer: If you need the money as soon as possible, it may be tempting to take what they are offering you now. It is a much better idea in the long run to wait for the complete compensation you are owed.
  • 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 Festus, MO. When someone refuses to admit liability or the insurance company will not be fair, we step in and insist that you are treated fairly and get the full compensation you are owed.

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

More than 75 percent of people who perish in motor vehicle collisions are drivers. Every Burger Law car accident lawyer has seen personally the destruction that a thoughtless driver can cause. While you cannot always control what other people do, there are several measures you can take to protect yourself as well as others on the Festus, MO streets.

  • Always use a seatbelt. In 2017, seatbelts saved an estimated 14,955 people from death. More than four-fifths of drivers and passengers who are completely thrown out of the vehicle perish, and most of the rest sustained severe, life-changing injuries. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that wearing a seatbelt lessens the risk of death by 45 percent and moderate to critical injury by 50 percent.
  • Be aware of the laws and best driving practices. The Missouri Department of Revenue has published a Driver Guide for anyone on the Festus, MO roads. Simple suggestions like driving at lower speeds and increasing following distance in winter conditions not only do a lot to keep 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 Festus, MO does not have laws obligating motorcycle drivers to wear 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 effects of a car collision. Pull over to the side of the road if you need to make an urgent call. If you use your phone for directions, put the volume on high and do not listen to music or podcasts so you can clearly hear the directions and do not have to look down at your phone.
  • Have the right attitude. We all share the road, 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 auto deaths are people under the age of 25. A less cautious attitude is probably a contributing factor.
  • Keep both hands on the wheel. Only driving with one hand can significantly diminish 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 significantly impede your ability to drive safely, but it also raises your confidence and makes you feel more powerful, so you may think driving while drunk will be fine. Your brain might deceive 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 thoughtless behavior of irresponsible drivers can still harm you. When you get hurt because another person broke the rules of the road, you are owed full compensation for all of your damages. Every Festus, 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 Festus, MO

You just have one opportunity for the best possible financial recovery. Do not let it slip. Our Festus, 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 actions. We know the economic hardships of being injured are sudden and severe. That is why we have dedicated our lives to seeing the injured and vulnerable in Festus, MO recompensed and made whole again. You do not have to go through these traumatic times alone. To protect you and your family's future, call a Burger Law car accident lawyer in Festus, MO straight away at (314) 500-HURT or contact us online.

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