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Car Accident Lawyer Hazelwood, MO

Car Accident Lawyer in Hazelwood, 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 was irresponsible. Call a Burger Law Hazelwood, MO car accident lawyer now 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 self-centered 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 committed their career to standing up to bullies and defending the rights of the injured in Hazelwood, MO to secure them the financial recovery they need to mend and get their life back. If you were hurt by a careless driver, we know you are furious — that is warranted. You are also likely apprehensive about the economic hardships of medical expenses and lost pay, not to mention the physical and emotional agony that comes with your injuries. The law extends an avenue to recompense; our Hazelwood, MO car accident lawyer team is here to lead you across it and fight by your side until there is nothing left to fight and you are wholly repaid for the destruction another person's careless behavior caused. You do not have to wait another minute to begin the process of being made whole again. We do not charge any fees until you get the compensation you deserve.

In more than 30 years of practice, our car accident lawyer team has delivered upwards of $175 million in verdicts and settlements for our Missouri clients. If you were hurt because another driver was careless, find out the value of your claim by filling out our complimentary personal injury calculator.

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Car Accident Statistics in Missouri

In Missouri, car accident deaths 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 found that Missouri ranked 12th in the nation in fatal road wrecks, with 58 percent of those fatalities transpiring on country roads. The Missouri State Highway Patrol reported 36,033 auto wrecks that resulted in personal injury and 923 deadly motor vehicle wrecks.

If you were one of the many in Hazelwood or anywhere in Missouri who was injured on the road because of another person's carelessness, reach out to a car accident lawyer now at (314) 500-HURT.

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

With some ordinary fender-benders, you may be able to be fully compensated without legal representation. But when you are injured in a crash, you generally require a car accident lawyer to fight by your side and ensure that you get the best possible end result in your case. When you hire a Burger Law Hazelwood, MO car accident lawyer, we will:

  • Conduct and investigation your case and acquire evidence, including:
    • Photos
    • Surveillance video
    • Police reports
    • Official eyewitness depositions
    • Your medical records
  • Make sure you get the full medical care you need
  • Offer you sound and individualized legal advice
  • Utilize our network of Hazelwood, MO experts to help establish your case
  • Manage all communication, documentation, litigation and negotiations
  • Insist that you get a fair settlement offer
  • Take your case to trial when the insurance company will not give you a fair offer

You can believe in a Burger Law car accident lawyer in Hazelwood, MO to aggressively and fervently demand justice for your injuries. We have committed our lives to helping the vulnerable in Hazelwood, MO in their recovery and in being made whole again. Our case evaluation and preliminary investigation are free, so there is no risk in talking to. Call a car accident lawyer right away at (314) 500-HURT to talk over your case.

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Hazelwood, MO Car Accident Lawyer: Frequently Asked Questions

Most of our Hazelwood, MO clients have never had to hire a car accident lawyer before, and as expected have a good deal of questions about their rights and the legal process. Below are some 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 Hazelwood, MO are:

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

How Do I Win 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 dictates that motorists are "to exercise highest degree of care." So 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 operate the vehicle safely.
  3. Cause in Fact: Also called "causation," you need to prove that the driver's breach of duty directly caused you harm.
  4. Proximate Cause: This is what ultimately establishes negligence and refers to the underlying source of your injuries. A drunk driver is obviously liable, but if a vehicle's brakes do not work, the proximate cause is defective parts and the driver may not necessarily be liable.
  5. Damages: That your injuries resulted in some form of loss, for example property damage, medical bills and/or lost wages.

Can I Still Receive 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 responsibility for your injuries, your compensation will be decreased by the portion of blame you share. For instance, if a jury awards you $100,000 for a crash, but establishes that you were 30 percent to blame, the final sum you receive would be $70,000.

How Much is My Car Accident Claim Worth?

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

  • Economic damages, including:
    • Lost wages
    • Lost earning capacity
    • Medical expenses, including:
      • Urgent care
      • Subsequent doctors appointments
      • Surgeries
      • Physical therapy
      • Medication bills
      • In-home medical care
      • Assistive devices such as wheelchairs or required upgrades to your house
      • Future estimated medical bills, like further physical rehabilitation 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 Hazelwood, MO, for example drunk driving crashes, your car accident lawyer may be able to help you receive punitive damages.

How Are Noneconomic Damages Calculated?

It is hard to put a number on intangible reverberations of a wreck such as pain and suffering. Noneconomic damages are generally quantified using one of two methods:

  1. The Per Diem Method: "Per diem" stands for "per day" in Latin. In this method, you are given a daily amount for each day you suffered. The daily amount is often equivalent to the amount you make from a day's labor, the idea being that a day of pain or mental anguish is at least worth a day's work. This method is not employed 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 the most common multiplier, and four and five are often saved for cases that lead to disability or permanent impairment.

Your Burger Law car accident lawyer in Hazelwood, MO will ensure that an insurance company or jury knows the full extent that your injuries have affected you and reimburse you for all of it.

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How Long Do I Have to File a Car Accident Claim in Hazelwood, MO?

In General, following Missouri Revised Statute §516.120, you have five years from the date of your wreck to bring your personal injury claim in Hazelwood or elsewhere in Missouri. If you were under 21 at the time of the crash, you have five years from the day you turn 21. That may appear a long time, but it is vital to reach out to a car accident lawyer right away for the best outcome in your case.

What Mistakes Can Hurt My Claim?

People who have not spoken with 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 Hazelwood, MO sees are:

  • Not Calling the Police: Under Missouri Revised Statute §300.110, you need to report an accident to the police "as soon as reasonably possible" if it causes injury. Police know how to determine fault in accidents and their police report will be invaluable in your claim.
  • Not Documenting the Scene: Take pictures of both vehicles and the surrounding area and collect witness contact information. This will also be very valuable in your case.
  • Not Seeking Medical Care: 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 utilize a lot of tricks 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 spoken with an attorney.
  • Accepting the Initial Settlement Offer: If you need the money quickly, it may be tempting to take what they are offering you now. It is far better in the long run to wait for the maximum 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 Hazelwood, MO. When someone does not want to admit blame or the insurance company will not be fair, we step up and demand that you are treated fairly and get the maximum financial recovery you are owed.

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

More than 75 percent of people who perish in auto wrecks are drivers. Every Burger Law car accident lawyer has seen firsthand the devastation that a thoughtless driver can cause. While you cannot always control what other people do, there are various measures you can take to ensure your own safety as well as the safety of others on the Hazelwood, MO roads.

  • Always wear a seatbelt. In 2017, seatbelts saved an estimated 14,955 lives. Over 83 percent of drivers and passengers who are completely ejected from the vehicle perish, and most of the rest experienced significant, life-altering injuries. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration states that wearing a seatbelt decreases the risk of death by 45 percent and moderate to critical injury by 50 percent.
  • Be familiar with the rules of the road. The Missouri Department of Revenue provides a Driver Guide for Hazelwood, MO drivers. Simple tips like driving at lower speeds and increasing following distance in poor weather not only do a lot to keep you and everyone else on the road safe, but they also shield you from liability or being partially blamed for an accident if you do find yourself in one.
  • If you ride a motorcycle, wear a helmet. While Hazelwood, MO does not have laws obligating 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 a traffic crash. Pull over safely if you need to make an urgent call. 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 need to be courteous to other drivers, passengers and pedestrians. Be aware of the fact that you are controlling several tons of metal moving at high speeds. Safety needs to be your prime concern. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, almost one-fourth of traffic deaths are people under the age of 25. A less cautious attitude is probably a contributing factor.
  • Drive with both hands on the wheel. Just having one hand on the wheel can substantially diminish 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 significantly impair 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 deceive you into thinking you can drive home safely, but it is never the case.

You can take every precaution imaginable when you get behind the wheel, but unfortunately the reckless behavior of irresponsible drivers can still cause you injury. When you get hurt because someone else broke the rules of the road, you are owed the best possible compensation for all of your damages. Every Hazelwood, 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 Hazelwood, MO

You only have one opportunity for a full financial recovery. Do not let it slip. Our Hazelwood, MO car accident lawyer team pushes back against bullies like resistant insurance companies and careless drivers who do not want to take responsibility for their behavior. We know the economic hardships of being injured are sudden and harsh. That is why we have dedicated our lives to seeing the injured and vulnerable in Hazelwood, MO recompensed and made whole again. You do not have to go through these taxing times alone. To protect you and your family's future, call a Burger Law car accident lawyer in Hazelwood, MO immediately at (314) 500-HURT or contact us online.

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