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Car Accident Lawyer Jackson County, MO

Car Accident Lawyer in Jackson County, MO. They broke the rules of the road, and now your life is upended. You do not have to pay because somebody else was irresponsible. Call a Burger Law Jackson County, 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 irresponsible 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 standing up to bullies and standing up for of the injured in Jackson County, MO to get them the compensation they need to mend and return to the life they know. If you were hurt by a careless driver, we know you are outraged — that is justified. You are also likely uncertain about the financial repercussions of medical costs and lost pay, to say nothing of the physical and emotional agony that comes with your injuries. The law offers you a path to restoration; our Jackson County, MO car accident lawyer team is here to guide you through it and fight on your behalf until there is nothing left to fight and you are entirely repaid for the harm another driver's neglect caused. You do not have to wait another instant to begin the process of being made whole again. We do not charge anything until you receive the compensation you need.

In more than 30 years of practice, our car accident lawyer team has won over $175 million in verdicts and settlements for our Missouri clients. If you were injured because someone else was reckless, find out the value of your claim 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 Jackson County and Missouri?

In Missouri, car accident deaths went up by 12% between 2019 and 2020, despite there being not as many people on the road due to the COVID-19 pandemic. A 2018 study stated that Missouri ranked 12th in the nation in fatal motor vehicle accidents, with 58 percent of those deaths happening on rural roads. The Missouri State Highway Patrol reported 36,033 car wrecks that caused personal injury and 923 fatal auto crashes.

If you were one of the many in Jackson County or anywhere in Missouri to be injured on the road because of someone else's neglect, get in touch with a car accident lawyer today at (314) 500-HURT.

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

With some standard fender-benders, you may be able to be fully reimbursed without the assistance of an attorney. But when you are injured in an accident, you often require a car accident lawyer to fight on your behalf and make sure that you get the best possible outcome in your claim. When you hire a Burger Law Jackson County, MO car accident lawyer, we will:

  • Carry out and investigation your case and attain evidence, such as:
    • Photographs
    • Surveillance footage
    • Police reports
    • Official eyewitness statements
    • Your medical records
  • Make sure you get the full medical treatment you need
  • Provide you with trustworthy and individualized legal advice
  • Employ our network of Jackson County, MO experts to help build your case
  • Manage all the legal aspects of your case so you can focus on healing
  • Demand that you are given a fair settlement offer
  • Take your case in front of a judge and jury when we do not secure a fair settlement

You can depend on a Burger Law car accident lawyer in Jackson County, MO to persistently and zealously demand justice in your case. We have devoted our careers to helping the vulnerable in Jackson County, MO in their recovery and in being made whole again. Our case evaluation and primary investigation do no cost anything, so there is no reason not to talk to us. Contact a car accident lawyer immediately at (314) 500-HURT to go over your case.

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Jackson County, MO Car Accident Lawyer: Frequently Asked Questions

Most of our Jackson County, MO clients have never needed to hire a car accident lawyer before their injury, and unsurprisingly have a lot of questions about their rights and the legal process. The following are some of the most common questions we are asked with regard 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 Jackson 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 kind of motor vehicle case.

How Do I Prove a Motor Vehicle Accident Claim?

In order to win your claim, your car accident lawyer will need to prove 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, 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 drive safely.
  3. Cause in Fact: Also known as "causation," you need to prove that the driver's breach of duty directly caused you harm.
  4. Proximate Cause: This is what ultimately confirms negligence and refers to the underlying cause of your injuries. A drunk driver is obviously negligent, but if a vehicle's brakes do not work, the proximate cause is defective parts and the driver may not necessarily be at fault.
  5. Damages: That your injuries caused some sort of loss, like damage to your car, medical costs 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 culpable for your wreck, your compensation will be diminished by the percentage of culpability 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 depends on the gravity of your injuries, how they have impacted your life and the abilities of your car accident lawyer. With the aid of your lawyer, you will be able to be awarded compensation for:

  • Economic damages, including:
    • Lost wages
    • Lost earning capacity
    • Medical costs, for instance:
      • Urgent care
      • Subsequent doctors visits
      • Surgeries
      • Physical therapy
      • Medication bills
      • In-home medical treatment
      • Assistive devices such as wheelchairs or necessary upgrades to your vehicle
      • Future estimated medical expenses, for example further physical therapy or medication, or replacement expenses for assistive devices
    • Transportation costs to and from medical care
    • 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 Jackson County, MO, for example drunk driving crashes, your car accident lawyer may be able to help you get punitive damages.

How Are Noneconomic Damages Calculated?

It is tough to put a figure on intangible consequences of a wreck such as 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 each day you were affected. The daily amount is usually equal to your daily wage, the concept being that a day of pain or mental agony is at least worth a day's work. This method is not employed for permanent injuries as there is no way 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, often between 1.5 and 5, and the product will be your complete financial recovery. Three is the most common multiplier, and four and five are generally only used in cases that result in disability or permanent impairment.

Your Burger Law car accident lawyer in Jackson County, MO will ensure that an insurance adjuster or jury recognizes every way that your injuries have impacted you and reimburse you for all of your damages.

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

Typically, pursuant to Missouri Revised Statute §516.120, you have five years from the day your injury happened to bring your personal injury claim in Jackson 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 appear a long time, but it is imperative to reach out to a car accident lawyer immediately for the best results in your case.

What Mistakes Can Hurt My Claim?

People who have not spoken with a car accident lawyer may mistakenly do or say things that make their claim harder to win. Some common mistakes your car accident lawyer in Jackson County, MO sees are:

  • Not Calling the Police: According to Missouri Revised Statute §300.110, you are obligated to report an accident to the police "as soon as reasonably possible" if it causes injury. Police know how to determine liability in collisions and their police report will be indispensable in your case.
  • Not Documenting the Scene: Take photographs of both vehicles and the surrounding area and obtain witness contact information. This will also be very helpful in your claim.
  • Not Seeking Medical Treatment: In order to be totally compensated for your injuries, you need to have them recorded and treated. Always be totally honest with your doctor about any pains you have.
  • Believing the Insurance Company: Insurance adjusters use a lot of deceptive tactics to compensate you with as little as they can; that is how they make money. Do not believe anything they say or make any recorded statements before speaking with a lawyer.
  • Taking the First Settlement Offer: If you need the money quickly, it may be appealing to take what they are offering you now. It is a much better idea in the long run to wait for the complete financial recovery you truly deserve.
  • Not Hiring a Burger Law Car Accident Lawyer: Every Burger Law car accident lawyer has committed their life to deliver justice for the injured in Jackson County, MO. When someone refuses to admit fault or the insurance company is not being fair, we step up and demand that you are treated fairly and get the complete compensation you are owed.

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

More than three quarters of people who perish in traffic collisions are drivers. Every Burger Law car accident lawyer has seen with their own eyes the devastation that a negligent driver can cause. While you cannot always control what other people do, there are various steps you can take to protect yourself in addition to others on the Jackson County, MO roadways.

  • Always use a seatbelt. In 2017, seatbelts saved approximately 14,955 people from death. More than four-fifths of drivers and passengers who are completely expelled from the vehicle perish, and the majority of the rest sustained significant, life-changing injuries. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that wearing a seatbelt lessens the chances of death by almost half and moderate to critical injury by 50 percent.
  • Be aware of the rules of the road. The Missouri Department of Revenue provides a Driver Guide for anyone on the Jackson County, MO roads. Simple suggestions like driving at lower speeds and increasing following distance in poor weather not only do a lot to keep you and other drivers and passengers safe, but they also shield you from liability or being partially blamed for a crash if you do find yourself in one.
  • If you are a motorcyclist, use a helmet. While Jackson County, 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 car accident. Pull over to the side of the road 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.
  • Have the right attitude. The road is for everyone, and we all need to be polite to other drivers, passengers and pedestrians. Recognize that you are in control of several tons of metal moving at high speeds. Safety needs to be your priority. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, almost 25 percent of auto deaths are people under the age of 25. Maturity is probably a contributing factor.
  • Keep both hands on the wheel. Only having one hand on the wheel can considerably diminish your control of the car. Quickly changing the A/C settings is probably 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 substantially impede your ability to drive safely, but it also raises your confidence and makes you feel more powerful, so you may think driving while drunk will be fine. Your brain may deceive you into believing you can drive home safely, but it is never the case.

You can take every possible precaution when driving, but regrettably the thoughtless actions of irresponsible drivers can still hurt you. When you get hurt because someone else broke the rules of the road, you are owed complete compensation for all of your damages. Every Jackson 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 Jackson County, MO

You just have one opportunity for the best possible financial recovery. Do not let it go. Our Jackson County, MO car accident lawyer team pushes back against bullies like resistant insurance companies and thoughtless drivers who do not want to take responsibility for their actions. We know the economic consequences of being injured are unexpected and severe. That is why we have devoted our lives to seeing the injured and vulnerable in Jackson County, MO reimbursed and made whole again. You do not have to go through these troublesome times by yourself. To protect you and your family's future, call a Burger Law car accident lawyer in Jackson County, MO right away at (314) 500-HURT or contact us online.

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