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Car Accident Lawyer Fort Leonard Wood, MO

Car Accident Lawyer in Fort Leonard Wood, 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 acted thoughtlessly. Call a Burger Law Fort Leonard Wood, MO car accident lawyer right away at (314) 500-HURT or complete our online form for a free case review and to start on your road to recovery.

The damage that selfish and careless drivers can cause is often staggering, and they need to be held accountable for their behavior. Every Burger Law car accident lawyer has pledged their life to fighting back against bullies and standing up for of the injured in Fort Leonard Wood, MO to deliver them the compensation they need to mend and return to the life they know. If you were harmed by an irresponsible driver, we know you are outraged — you should to be. You are also probably concerned about the financial ramifications of medical bills and lost work, as well as the physical and emotional agony that goes along with your injuries. The law extends a bridge to reparation; our Fort Leonard Wood, MO car accident lawyer team is here to guide you across it and fight for you until there is nothing more to fight and you are completely compensated for the harm someone else's irresponsible behavior caused. You do not have to wait another second to begin on your road to recovery. We charge no fees until you are awarded the compensation you are owed.

In more than 30 years of practice, our car accident lawyer team has won more than $175 million in verdicts and settlements for our Missouri clients. If you were hurt because another driver broke the rules of the road, see the value of your injuries by filling out our complimentary personal injury calculator.

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Chesterfield, MO 63005

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How Common Are Car Accidents in Fort Leonard Wood and Missouri?

In Missouri, car accident deaths increased 12% between 2019 and 2020, despite the fact that 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 road crashes, with over half of those deaths occurring on rural roads. The Missouri State Highway Patrol says 36,033 auto wrecks that led to personal injury and 923 deadly motor vehicle wrecks.

If you were one of the many in Fort Leonard Wood or anywhere in Missouri to be hurt on the road because of another driver's horrible actions, get in touch with a car accident lawyer right away at (314) 500-HURT.

How a Car Accident Lawyer in Fort Leonard Wood, MO Can Help

With some ordinary fender-benders, you may be able to be completely reimbursed without legal representation. But when you are harmed in an accident, you generally need a car accident lawyer to fight by your side and make certain that you get the best results in your case. When you hire a Burger Law Fort Leonard Wood, MO car accident lawyer, we will:

  • Conduct and investigation your accident and gather evidence, including:
    • Photos
    • Surveillance video
    • Police reports
    • Official eyewitness statements
    • Your medical records
  • Make certain you receive the full medical care you need
  • Offer you trustworthy and individualized legal guidance
  • Utilize our network of Fort Leonard Wood, MO experts to help develop a legal strategy
  • Handle all communication, documentation, litigation and negotiations
  • Demand that you get 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 count on a Burger Law car accident lawyer in Fort Leonard Wood, MO to forcefully and passionately demand justice in your case. We have devoted our careers to helping the injured in Fort Leonard Wood, MO in their recovery and in being made whole again. Our case review and primary investigation do no cost anything, so there is no reason not to talk to us. Call a car accident lawyer today at (314) 500-HURT to talk over your case.

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Fort Leonard Wood, MO Car Accident Lawyer: Frequently Asked Questions

Most of our Fort Leonard Wood, 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 several of the most common questions we are asked about car accident claims:

Who Is Liable in My Car Accident?

That is contingent the specifics of your case. Some of the most common reasons our car accident lawyer team sees for claims in Fort Leonard Wood, MO are:

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

How Do I Prove a Car Crash Case?

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

  1. Duty of Care: Missouri Revised Statute §304.120 states that drivers are "to exercise highest degree of care." Meaning, any person who 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 known as "causation," you have to prove that the driver's breach of duty directly caused your injuries.
  4. Proximate Cause: This is what ultimately determines liability and refers to the root cause of your injuries. A drunk driver is obviously negligent, but if a vehicle's brakes do not work, the proximate cause is defective components and the driver may not automatically be at fault.
  5. Damages: That your injuries led to some sort of loss, such as damage to your car, medical bills and/or lost wages.

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

Yes. Missouri is a pure comparative fault state. Meaning, that if you are found to be partially responsibility for your crash, your compensation will be lessened by the portion of blame you are responsible for. For example, if a jury grants you $100,000 for a wreck, 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 is contingent on the seriousness of your injuries, the impact they have had your life and the abilities of your car accident lawyer. With the help of your lawyer, you will be able to recover compensation for:

  • Economic damages, for instance:
    • Lost wages
    • Lost earning capacity
    • Medical costs, such as:
      • Urgent care
      • Subsequent doctors appointments
      • Surgeries
      • Physical therapy
      • Medication expenses
      • In-home medical treatment
      • Assistive devices such as crutches or necessary upgrades to your house
      • Future estimated medical bills, such as further physical therapy or medication, or replacement expenses 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 rare cases in Fort Leonard Wood, MO, such as drunk driving accidents, your car accident lawyer may be able to help you receive punitive damages.

How Are Noneconomic Damages Calculated?

It is tough to put a figure on intangible repercussions of an accident such as loss of capacity to enjoy life. Noneconomic damages are usually quantified through 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 were affected. The daily amount is often the same as your daily wage, the belief being that a day of suffering or mental anguish has at least the same value as a day's work. This method is not used for permanent injuries 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 saved for cases that cause disability or permanent impairment.

Your Burger Law car accident lawyer in Fort Leonard Wood, MO will ensure that an insurance adjuster or jury realizes every way 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 Fort Leonard Wood, MO?

In most cases, under Missouri Revised Statute §516.120, you have five years from the day your injury transpired to make your personal injury claim in Fort Leonard Wood or elsewhere in Missouri. If you were under 21 at the time of the collision, you have five years from your 21st birthday. That may seem like a long time, but it is critical to reach out to a car accident lawyer as soon as possible for the best outcome in your case.

What Mistakes Can Hurt My Claim?

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

  • Not Calling the Police: According to Missouri Revised Statute §300.110, you need to report an accident to the police "as soon as reasonably possible" if it lead to an injury. Police know how to determine fault in crashes and their police report will be key in your claim.
  • Not Documenting the Scene: Take pictures of both vehicles and the nearby area and gather witness contact information. This will also be extremely valuable in your claim.
  • Not Seeking Medical Treatment: In order to be totally compensated for your injuries, you need to have records of them and have them treated. Always be entirely honest with your doctor about any pains you have.
  • Believing the Insurance Company: Insurance companies employ a lot of tricks to compensate you with as little as possible; that is their job. Do not trust anything they say or make any recorded statements before talking to a lawyer.
  • Accepting the First Settlement Offer: If you need the money quickly, it might be appealing to take what you can get immediately. It is far better in the long term to wait for the fair compensation you are owed.
  • Not Hiring a Burger Law Car Accident Lawyer: Every Burger Law car accident lawyer has committed their career to pursuing justice for the injured in Fort Leonard Wood, MO. When someone does not want to admit liability or the insurance company refused to be fair, we step in and demand that you are treated fairly and get the full compensation you are owed.

How to Avoid Auto Accidents | Fort Leonard Wood, MO Car Accident Lawyer

More than three quarters of people killed in motor vehicle crashes are drivers. Every Burger Law car accident lawyer has seen personally the devastation that a reckless driver can cause. While you cannot always control what other people do, there are numerous measures you can take to protect yourself in addition to others on the Fort Leonard Wood, MO roads.

  • Always wear a seatbelt. In 2017, seatbelts saved approximately 14,955 lives. More than 83 percent of drivers and passengers who are completely thrown out of the vehicle perish, and the majority of the rest suffered grave, life-changing injuries. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration states that wearing a seatbelt lowers 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 offers a Driver Guide for Fort Leonard Wood, MO drivers. Simple tips like driving slower and increasing following distance in poor weather 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 wreck if you do find yourself in one.
  • If you drive a motorcycle, wear a helmet. While Fort Leonard Wood, MO does not have laws requiring motorcycle drivers to wear helmets, they can save your life. In 2017, helmets saved 1,872 lives.
  • Put down your cell phone. While you can always call someone back, you can never take back the effects of a traffic collision. 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 respectful to other drivers, passengers and pedestrians. Be aware of the fact 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 a quarter 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. Just having one hand on the wheel can considerably diminish your control of the car. Quickly changing the A/C settings is likely 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 significantly diminish your ability to drive safely, but it also raises your confidence and makes you feel more powerful, so you could 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 precaution imaginable when driving, but regrettably the negligent actions of irresponsible drivers can still cause you injury. When you get hurt because another person broke the rules of the road, you are entitled to the best possible compensation for all of your damages. Every Fort Leonard Wood, 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 Fort Leonard Wood, MO

You only have one chance for a full financial recovery. Do not let it go. Our Fort Leonard Wood, 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 behavior. We know the financial consequences of being injured are unexpected and harsh. That is why we have pledged our lives to seeing the injured and vulnerable in Fort Leonard Wood, MO reimbursed 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 Fort Leonard Wood, MO today at (314) 500-HURT or contact us online.

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