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Car Accident Lawyer Gladstone, MO

Car Accident Lawyer in Gladstone, 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 someone else behaved thoughtlessly. Call a Burger Law Gladstone, MO car accident lawyer right away at (314) 500-HURT or complete our online form for a complimentary case evaluation and to start on your road to recovery.

The damage that unthinking and careless drivers can cause is often staggering, and they need to be held responsible for their behavior. Every Burger Law car accident lawyer has dedicated their career to standing up to bullies and standing up for of the vulnerable in Gladstone, MO to get them the compensation they need to mend and get their life back. If you were injured by a careless driver, we know you are infuriated — you should to be. You are also likely anxious about the economic repercussions of medical bills and lost pay, in addition to the physical and emotional agony that goes along with your injuries. The law gives a path to restoration; our Gladstone, MO car accident lawyer team is here to lead the way you through it and fight for you until there is nothing more to fight and you are entirely repaid for the damage someone else's negligence caused. You do not have to wait any longer to start the process of being made whole again. We charge no fees until we win your case.

In more than three decades of practicing law, our car accident lawyer team has gotten over $175 million in verdicts and settlements for our Missouri clients. If you were hurt because someone else was reckless, see how much your case may be worth by using our free 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 fatalities rose by 12% between 2019 and 2020, despite there being not as many people on the road because of the COVID-19 pandemic. A 2018 study stated that Missouri ranked 12th in the nation in deadly traffic crashes, with 58 percent of those fatalities happening on country roads. The Missouri State Highway Patrol stated 36,033 motor vehicle crashes that led to personal injury and 923 deadly car wrecks.

If you were one of the many in Gladstone or anywhere in Missouri who was hurt on the road because of another driver's negligence, reach out to a car accident lawyer today at (314) 500-HURT.

How a Car Accident Lawyer in Gladstone, MO Can Help

With some common fender-benders, you might be able to be completely reimbursed without the aid of an attorney. But when you are injured in an accident, you generally require a car accident lawyer to fight by your side and ensure that you get the best results in your case. When you hire a Burger Law Gladstone, MO car accident lawyer, we will:

  • Investigate your accident and obtain evidence, including:
    • Photographs
    • Surveillance footage
    • Police reports
    • Official eyewitness depositions
    • Your medical records
  • Make sure you receive the full medical care you need
  • Offer you trustworthy and individualized legal counsel
  • Employ our network of Gladstone, MO experts to help establish your case
  • Manage all the legal aspects of your case so you can spend your energy on healing
  • Insist that you are given 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 trust a Burger Law car accident lawyer in Gladstone, MO to persistently and fervently demand justice in your claim. We have committed our lives to helping the injured in Gladstone, MO in their recovery and in being made whole again. Our case review and initial investigation do no cost anything, so there is no reason not to talk to us. Call a car accident lawyer right away at (314) 500-HURT to go over your case.

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Gladstone, MO Car Accident Lawyer: Frequently Asked Questions

Most of our Gladstone, MO clients have never needed to hire a car accident lawyer before their crash, and unsurprisingly have many questions about their rights and the legal procedure. The following are several of the most frequent questions we get 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 Gladstone, 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 kind of motor vehicle case.

How Do I Prove a Motor Vehicle Crash Case?

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

  1. Duty of Care: Missouri Revised Statute §304.120 specifies that drivers 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 known as "causation," you have to prove that the driver's breach of duty directly caused injured you.
  4. Proximate Cause: This is what ultimately confirms liability and refers to the underlying cause of your injuries. A drunk driver is plainly liable, but if a vehicle's brakes do not work, the proximate cause is defective components and the driver may not necessarily be negligent.
  5. Damages: That your injuries caused some type of loss, such as 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 responsibility for your injuries, your compensation will be lessened by the percentage of culpability you are responsible for. For instance, if a jury awards you $100,000 for an accident, but finds 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 severity of your injuries, how they have affected your life and the abilities of your car accident lawyer. With the help of your lawyer, you will be able to get compensation for:

  • Economic damages, for example:
    • Lost wages
    • Lost earning capacity
    • Medical bills, such as:
      • Emergency room visits
      • Follow-up doctors visits
      • Surgeries
      • Physical rehabilitation
      • Medication bills
      • In-home medical treatment
      • Assistive devices such as crutches or necessary upgrades to your house
      • Future estimated medical costs, such as further physical therapy or prescriptions, or replacement expenses 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 uncommon cases in Gladstone, MO, such as drunk driving collisions, your car accident lawyer may be able to help you receive punitive damages.

How Are Noneconomic Damages Calculated?

It is hard to put a figure on intangible consequences of a wreck like pain and suffering. Noneconomic damages are generally determined through 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 each day you were impacted by your injury. The daily amount is typically equal to the amount you make from a day's work, the thought being that a day of pain or emotional distress is at least worth a day's work. This method is not used for permanent injuries as there is no way to know how long your injury will impact you.
  2. The Multiplier Method: In this method, your economic damages are multiplied by a number, often between 1.5 and 5, and the product will be your final compensation. Three is the most common multiplier, and four and five are typically reserved for cases that result in disability or permanent impairment.

Your Burger Law car accident lawyer in Gladstone, MO will make certain that an insurance company or jury knows the full extent 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 Gladstone, MO?

Generally speaking, following Missouri Revised Statute §516.120, you have five years from the date of your injury to bring your personal injury claim in Gladstone or elsewhere in Missouri. If you were under 21 at the time of the wreck, you have five years from your 21st birthday. That might appear a long time, but it is imperative to call a car accident lawyer right away for the best results in your case.

What Mistakes Can Hurt My Claim?

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

  • Not Calling the Police: Pursuant to Missouri Revised Statute §300.110, you are obligated to report an accident to the police "as soon as reasonably possible" if it lead to an injury. Police are trained to determine liability in wrecks and their police report will be critical in your case.
  • Not Documenting the Scene: Take photos of both vehicles and the nearby area and collect 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 entirely candid with your physician about any pains you have.
  • Trusting the Insurance Company: Insurance adjusters use a lot of tricks to pay you as little as they can; that is how they make money. Do not believe anything they say or make any recorded statements until you have talked to an attorney.
  • Taking the First Settlement Offer: If you need the money quickly, it may be enticing to take what you can get immediately. 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 devoted their life to seeking justice for the injured in Gladstone, MO. When someone refuses to admit culpability or the insurance company will not be fair, we step up and demand that you are treated fairly and get the complete financial recovery you deserve.

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

Over three quarters of people killed in auto crashes are drivers. Every Burger Law car accident lawyer has seen personally the wreckage that a reckless driver can cause. While you cannot always control what other people do, there are various actions you can take to ensure your own safety as well as the safety of others on the Gladstone, MO roadways.

  • 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 sustained serious, life-changing injuries. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that wearing a seatbelt lowers the chances 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 provides a Driver Guide for anyone on the Gladstone, MO roads. Basic suggestions 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 an accident if you do find yourself in one.
  • If you ride a motorcycle, wear a helmet. While Gladstone, 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 consequences of an auto collision. Pull over safely if you need to make an urgent call. 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.
  • Have the right attitude. No one owns the road, and we all need to be polite to other drivers, passengers and pedestrians. Recognize that you are controlling thousands of pounds of metal moving at high speeds. Safety should be the first thing on your mind. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, almost a quarter 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 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 substantially impede your ability to operate a motor vehicle 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 trick you into believing you can drive home safely, but it is never true.

You can take every possible precaution when driving, but unfortunately the reckless actions of irresponsible drivers can still injure you. When you get hurt because someone else broke the rules of the road, you are entitled to full compensation for all of your damages. Every Gladstone, 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 Gladstone, MO

You just have one opportunity for a full financial recovery. Do not let it slip. Our Gladstone, MO car accident lawyer team stands up to bullies like resistant insurance companies and reckless drivers who do not want to take responsibility for their behavior. We know the economic hardships of being injured are unexpected and severe. That is why we have devoted our lives to seeing the injured and vulnerable in Gladstone, MO restituted 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 Gladstone, MO straight away at (314) 500-HURT or contact us online.

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