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Car Accident Lawyer Franklin County, MO

Car Accident Lawyer in Franklin County, MO. They broke the rules of the road, and now your life is upended. You do not have to pay because another person was irresponsible. Call a Burger Law Franklin County, 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 unthinking and reckless drivers can cause is often staggering, 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 standing up for of the injured in Franklin County, MO to secure them the compensation they need to move forward and get their life back. If you were hurt by an irresponsible driver, we know you are furious — you should to be. You are also likely worried about the economic consequences of medical expenses and lost work, not to mention the physical and emotional anguish that comes with your injuries. The law provides you with a path to restitution; our Franklin County, MO car accident lawyer team is here to lead you through it and fight for you until there is nothing left to fight and you are entirely compensated for the damage somebody else's negligent actions caused. You do not have to wait another instant to begin on your road to recovery. We charge no fees until you receive the compensation you deserve.

In more than 30 years of experience, our car accident lawyer team has delivered more than $175 million in verdicts and settlements for our Missouri clients. If you were injured because someone else broke the rules of the road, see how much your claim may be worth by filling out our free personal injury calculator.

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Suites 200-222
Chesterfield, MO 63005

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How Common Are Car Accidents in Franklin County and Missouri?

In Missouri, car accident fatalities increased 12% between 2019 and 2020, even though there were fewer people on the road due to the COVID-19 pandemic. A 2018 study reported that Missouri ranked 12th in the nation in deadly auto collisions, with 58 percent of those deaths occurring on rural roads. The Missouri State Highway Patrol says 36,033 motor vehicle collisions that led to personal injury and 923 fatal car wrecks.

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

How a Car Accident Lawyer in Franklin County, MO Can Help

With some ordinary fender-benders, you may be able to be fairly compensated without legal representation. But when you are harmed in an accident, you generally need 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 Franklin County, MO car accident lawyer, we will:

  • Investigate your crash and gather evidence, for instance:
    • Photos
    • Surveillance footage
    • Police reports
    • Official eyewitness testimony
    • Your medical records
  • Make sure you receive the full medical care you need
  • Offer you sound and personalized legal advice
  • Use our network of Franklin County, MO experts to help establish your case
  • Handle all communication, documentation, litigation and negotiations
  • Insist that you are given a fair settlement offer
  • Take your case to court when the insurance company will not give you a fair offer

You can trust a Burger Law car accident lawyer in Franklin County, MO to forcefully and fervently demand justice for your injuries. We have devoted our careers to helping the injured in Franklin County, MO in their recovery and in being made whole again. Our consultation and initial investigation are free, so there is no risk in speaking with us. Call a car accident lawyer immediately at (314) 500-HURT to talk over your case.

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Franklin County, MO Car Accident Lawyer: Frequently Asked Questions

The bulk of our Franklin County, MO clients have never needed to hire a car accident lawyer prior to their injury, and unsurprisingly have a lot of questions about their rights and the legal process. The following are several of the most frequent questions we get concerning 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 Franklin County, MO are:

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

How Do I Prove a Car Crash Claim?

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

  1. Duty of Care: Missouri Revised Statute §304.120 specifies that motorists are "to exercise highest degree of care." So any person who 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 drive safely.
  3. Cause in Fact: Also called "causation," you have to prove that the driver's breach of duty directly caused you harm.
  4. Proximate Cause: This is what finally confirms liability and refers to the underlying origin of your injuries. A drunk driver is clearly liable, but if a vehicle's brakes do not work, the proximate cause is malfunctioning parts and the driver may not necessarily be to blame.
  5. Damages: That your injuries led to some sort of loss, for example damage to your car, medical expenses and/or lost wages.

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

Yes. Missouri is a pure comparative fault state. That means that if you are found to be partially to blame for your injuries, your compensation will be lessened by the percentage of blame you share. For instance, if a jury awards you $100,000 for a crash, but establishes 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 gravity of your injuries, how they have affected your life and the abilities of your car accident lawyer. With the help of your attorney, you will be able to recover compensation for:

  • Economic damages, such as:
    • Lost wages
    • Lost earning capacity
    • Medical costs, for instance:
      • Emergency room visits
      • Follow-up doctors appointments
      • Surgeries
      • Physical rehabilitation
      • Medication bills
      • In-home medical care
      • Assistive devices such as crutches or required improvements to your house
      • Future estimated medical expenses, for example further physical therapy or medication, or replacement costs for assistive devices
    • Transportation costs related to your 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 uncommon cases in Franklin County, MO, such as drunk driving collisions, your car accident lawyer may be able to help you get punitive damages.

How Are Noneconomic Damages Calculated?

It is hard to put a number on intangible consequences of a collision like emotional anguish. Noneconomic damages are usually quantified using one of two methods:

  1. The Per Diem Method: "Per diem" means "per day" in Latin. In this method, you are given a daily amount for every day you were impacted by your injury. The daily amount is typically equivalent to the amount you make from a day's work, the thought being that a day of pain or mental agony is at least worth a day's work. This method is not used for permanent injuries as it is impossible to know how many days your injury will affect you.
  2. The Multiplier Method: In this method, your economic damages are multiplied by a number, generally between 1.5 and 5, and the product will be your final financial recovery. Three is used most often, and four and five are often saved for cases that lead to disability or permanent impairment.

Your Burger Law car accident lawyer in Franklin County, MO will ensure that an insurance company or jury knows 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 Franklin County, MO?

Typically, following Missouri Revised Statute §516.120, you have five years from the day your injury transpired to file your personal injury claim in Franklin County or elsewhere in Missouri. If you were under 21 at the time of the accident, you have five years from your 21st birthday. That may seem like a long time, but it is important to call a car accident lawyer right away for the best outcome in your case.

What Mistakes Can Hurt My Claim?

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

  • Not Calling the Police: According to Missouri Revised Statute §300.110, you must report an accident to the police "as soon as reasonably possible" if it results in injury. Police are taught to determine liability in crashes and their police report will be critical in your case.
  • Not Documenting the Scene: Take photographs of both vehicles and the nearby area and ask for witness contact information. This will also be incredibly useful in your case.
  • Not Seeking Medical Attention: In order to be fully compensated for your injuries, you need to have records of them and have them treated. Always be totally candid with your physician about any aches you have.
  • Trusting the Insurance Company: Insurance companies use a lot of deceptive tactics to compensate you with as little as they can; that is their job. Do not trust anything they say or make any recorded statements until you have talked to an attorney.
  • Accepting the First Settlement Offer: If you need the money fast, it might be appealing to take what they are offering you now. It is a much better idea when all is said and done to wait for the maximum financial recovery you are owed.
  • Not Hiring a Burger Law Car Accident Lawyer: Every Burger Law car accident lawyer has pledged their life to deliver justice for the injured in Franklin County, MO. When someone refuses to admit culpability or the insurance company will not be fair, we step up and insist that you are treated fairly and get the maximum compensation you are owed.

How to Avoid Auto Accidents | Franklin County, MO Car Accident Lawyer

Over three quarters of people killed in traffic crashes are drivers. Every Burger Law car accident lawyer has seen with their own eyes the havoc that a thoughtless driver can cause. While you cannot always control how other people drive, there are numerous measures you can take to ensure your own safety in addition to the safety of others on the Franklin County, MO streets.

  • Always wear a seatbelt. In 2017, seatbelts saved approximately 14,955 lives. More than four-fifths of drivers and passengers who are completely ejected from the vehicle perish, and the majority of the rest suffered significant, life-altering injuries. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that wearing a seatbelt decreases the chances of death by almost half and moderate to critical injury by 50 percent.
  • Be aware of the laws and best driving practices. The Missouri Department of Revenue provides a Driver Guide for anyone on the Franklin County, MO roads. Fundamental tips like driving slower and increasing following distance in winter conditions 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 a collision if you do find yourself in one.
  • If you ride a motorcycle, wear a helmet. While Franklin County, MO does not have laws requiring 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 safely if you need need your phone for an emergency. 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 should be polite 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 25 percent of motor vehicle 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 driving with one hand can significantly lessen 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 impede your ability to drive safely, but it also boosts your confidence and makes you feel more powerful, so you might think driving while drunk will be fine. Your brain may trick you into believing 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 thoughtless behavior of irresponsible drivers can still injure you. When you get hurt because another person broke the rules of the road, you deserve full compensation for all of your damages. Every Franklin County, 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 Franklin County, MO

You only have one chance for a full financial recovery. Do not let it slip. Our Franklin County, MO car accident lawyer team pushes back against bullies like resistant insurance companies and thoughtless drivers who do not want to be held accountable for their behavior. We know the financial hardships of being injured are unanticipated and harsh. That is why we have pledged our lives to seeing the injured and vulnerable in Franklin County, MO compensated 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 Franklin County, MO immediately at (314) 500-HURT or contact us online.

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