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Car Accident Lawyer Greenwood, MO

Car Accident Lawyer in Greenwood, MO. They broke the rules of the road, and now you are left to pick up the pieces. You do not have to pay because someone else acted carelessly. Call a Burger Law Greenwood, MO car accident lawyer immediately at (314) 500-HURT or fill out our online form for a complimentary consultation and to start on your road to recovery.

The damage that selfish and reckless drivers can cause is often devastating, and they need to be held responsible for their behavior. Every Burger Law car accident lawyer has committed their career to fighting back against bullies and defending the rights of the injured in Greenwood, MO to get them the financial recovery they need to move forward and return to the life they know. If you were harmed by an irresponsible driver, we know you are angry — you deserve to be. You are also likely concerned about the financial consequences of medical expenses and lost wages, to say nothing of the physical and emotional pain that comes with your injuries. The law extends a bridge to restoration; our Greenwood, MO car accident lawyer team is here to lead the way you across it and fight by your side until there is nothing more to fight and you are fully compensated for the destruction another driver's negligence caused. You do not have to wait another second to start the process of being made whole again. We do not charge anything until we win your case.

In more than 30 years of practice, our car accident lawyer team has gotten more than $175 million in verdicts and settlements for our Missouri clients. If you were injured because someone else was negligent, learn the value of your case by filling out our free personal injury calculator.

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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, even though 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 auto collisions, with over half of those fatalities transpiring on country roads. The Missouri State Highway Patrol says 36,033 car crashes that led to personal injury and 923 deadly auto collisions.

If you were one of the many in Greenwood or anywhere in Missouri who was injured on the road because of somebody else's carelessness, call a car accident lawyer immediately at (314) 500-HURT.

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

With some ordinary fender-benders, you might be able to be completely compensated without legal representation. But when you are injured in an accident, you usually require a car accident lawyer to fight for you and ensure that you get the best possible outcome in your claim. When you hire a Burger Law Greenwood, MO car accident lawyer, we will:

  • Conduct and investigation your crash and gather evidence, for example:
    • Photos
    • Surveillance footage
    • Police reports
    • Official eyewitness depositions
    • Your medical records
  • Ensure you receive the full medical treatment you need
  • Offer you reliable and personalized legal guidance
  • Use our network of Greenwood, MO experts to help develop a legal strategy
  • 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 to court when the insurance company will not give you a fair offer

You can depend on a Burger Law car accident lawyer in Greenwood, MO to persistently and fervently demand justice for your damages. We have committed our lives to helping the injured in Greenwood, MO in their recovery and in being made whole again. Our case review and initial investigation are free, so there is no reason not to talk to us. Call a car accident lawyer immediately at (314) 500-HURT to discuss your case.

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Greenwood, MO Car Accident Lawyer: Frequently Asked Questions

Most of our Greenwood, MO clients have never needed to hire a car accident lawyer before, and unsurprisingly have a lot of questions about their rights and the legal procedure. Below are several of the most frequent 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 Greenwood, MO are:

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

How Do I Prove a Car Accident Case?

In order to prove your claim, your car accident lawyer will have to demonstrate 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 anybody 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 drive 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 confirms liability and refers to the root cause of your injuries. A drunk driver is plainly negligent, but if a vehicle's brakes do not function correctly, the proximate cause is defective components and the driver may not necessarily be at fault.
  5. Damages: That your injuries led to some type of loss, like damage to your car, 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. What that means is that if you are found to be partially blameworthy for your wreck, your compensation will be reduced by the percentage of blame you share. For instance, if a jury awards you $100,000 for an accident, but establishes that you were 30 percent at fault, the final total you collect would be $70,000.

How Much is My Car Accident Claim Worth?

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

  • Economic damages, such as:
    • Lost wages
    • Lost earning potential
    • Medical bills, including:
      • Emergency room visits
      • Subsequent doctors appointments
      • Surgeries
      • Physical therapy
      • Medication costs
      • In-home medical care
      • Assistive devices such as crutches or required upgrades to your vehicle
      • Future estimated medical expenses, for example further physical rehabilitation or medication, 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 rare cases in Greenwood, MO, for instance drunk driving collisions, 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 consequences of a collision like pain and suffering. Noneconomic damages are usually computed through one of two methods:

  1. The Per Diem Method: "Per diem" stands for "per day" in Latin. In this method, you are granted a daily amount for every day you were impacted by your injury. The daily amount is often equal to the amount you make from a day's work, the idea being that a day of suffering or mental distress is at least worth a day's work. This method is not used for injuries resulting to impairment as it is impossible to know how long 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 final number will be your complete compensation. Three is used most often, and four and five are usually saved for cases that lead to disability or permanent impairment.

Your Burger Law car accident lawyer in Greenwood, MO will make sure that an insurance adjuster 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 Greenwood, MO?

Generally speaking, following Missouri Revised Statute §516.120, you have five years from the day your injury occurred to bring your personal injury claim in Greenwood or elsewhere in Missouri. If you were under 21 at the time of the injury, you have five years from the day you turn 21. That may appear a long time, but it is vital to call a car accident lawyer right away for the best results in your case.

What Mistakes Can Hurt My Claim?

Greenwood, MO residents who have not talked to a car accident lawyer may unintentionally do or say things that make their claim harder to win. Some common mistakes your car accident lawyer in Greenwood, MO sees are:

  • Not Calling the Police: According to Missouri Revised Statute §300.110, you have to report an accident to the police "as soon as reasonably possible" if it results in injury. Police know how to determine negligence in crashes and their police report will be invaluable in your claim.
  • Not Documenting the Scene: Take photos of both vehicles and the nearby area and gather witness contact information. This will also be incredibly useful in your claim.
  • Not Seeking Medical Treatment: In order to be completely compensated for your injuries, you need to have them recorded and treated. Always be 100 percent honest with your doctor about any aches you have.
  • Believing the Insurance Company: Insurance companies employ a lot of deceptive tactics 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 until you have spoken with a lawyer.
  • 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 far better idea when all is said and done 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 career to deliver justice for the injured in Greenwood, MO. When someone declines to admit fault or the insurance company will not be fair, we step in and demand that you are treated fairly and get the fair compensation you are owed.

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

Over three quarters of people killed in auto wrecks are drivers. Every Burger Law car accident lawyer has seen personally the devastation that a careless driver can cause. While you cannot always control how other people drive, there are several measures you can take to ensure your own safety as well as the safety of others on the Greenwood, MO roads.

  • Always wear a seatbelt. In 2017, seatbelts saved approximately 14,955 lives. More than four-fifths of drivers and passengers who are completely thrown out of the vehicle perish, and most of the rest experienced serious, life-altering injuries. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that wearing a seatbelt lessens the risk of death by 45 percent and moderate to critical injury by 50 percent.
  • Be aware of the rules of the road. The Missouri Department of Revenue has published a Driver Guide for anyone on the Greenwood, MO roads. Basic suggestions like driving at lower speeds and increasing following distance in poor weather not only go a long way in keeping you and everyone else on the road safe, but they also protect you from fault or being partially blamed for a collision if you do find yourself in one.
  • If you are a motorcyclist, wear a helmet. While Greenwood, MO does not have laws forcing motorcycle drivers to use helmets, they can save your life. In 2017, helmets saved 1,872 lives.
  • Do not use your cell phone. While you can always call someone back, you can never take back the effects of a motor vehicle accident. Pull over safely if you need need your phone for an emergency. 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 down at your phone.
  • Have the right attitude. The road is for everyone, and we all should be courteous to other drivers, passengers and pedestrians. Recognize that you are in control of 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 likely a contributing factor.
  • Drive with both hands on the wheel. Just having one hand on the wheel can substantially lessen your control of the car. Quickly changing the radio is probably 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 considerably impede your ability to drive safely, but it also boosts your confidence and makes you feel more powerful, so you may 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 possible precaution when you get behind the wheel, but unfortunately the thoughtless behavior of irresponsible drivers can still cause you injury. When you get hurt because another driver broke the rules of the road, you are entitled to full compensation for all of your damages. Every Greenwood, 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 Greenwood, MO

You only have one opportunity for the best possible financial recovery. Do not let it slip. Our Greenwood, 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 actions. We know the economic implications of being injured are unexpected and harsh. That is why we have devoted our lives to seeing the injured and vulnerable in Greenwood, MO compensated 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 Greenwood, MO now at (314) 500-HURT or contact us online.

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