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Car Accident Lawyer Jefferson City, MO

Car Accident Lawyer in Jefferson City, MO. They broke the rules of the road, and now your life is turned upside down. You do not have to pay because another driver was negligent. Call a Burger Law Jefferson City, MO car accident lawyer right away 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 self-centered and irresponsible drivers can cause is often shattering, and they need to be held accountable for their behavior. Every Burger Law car accident lawyer has pledged their life to fighting back against bullies and defending the rights of the injured in Jefferson City, MO to get them the compensation they need to move forward and get their life back. If you were harmed by a careless driver, we know you are furious — that is justified. You are also likely apprehensive about the economic ramifications of medical bills and lost wages, to say nothing of the physical and emotional anguish that accompanies your injuries. The law provides you with an avenue to recompense; our Jefferson City, MO car accident lawyer team is here to lead the way you across it and fight for you until there is nothing more to fight and you are completely repaid for the destruction someone else's irresponsible behavior caused. You do not have to wait another second to start on your road to recovery. We accept no fees until we win your case.

In over 30 years of experience, our car accident lawyer team has secured more than $175 million in verdicts and settlements for our Missouri clients. If you were harmed because another driver broke the rules of the road, see how much your injuries may be worth by filling out our complimentary personal injury calculator.

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Car Accident Statistics in Missouri

In Missouri, car accident deaths went up by 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 traffic crashes, with 58 percent of those deaths happening on country roads. The Missouri State Highway Patrol reported 36,033 auto crashes that led to personal injury and 923 deadly car wrecks.

If you were one of the many in Jefferson City or anywhere in Missouri who was injured on the road because of another driver's carelessness, call a car accident lawyer straight away at (314) 500-HURT.

How a Car Accident Lawyer in Jefferson City, MO Can Help

With some common fender-benders, you might be able to be fairly compensated without the help of an attorney. But when you are injured in an accident, you generally require a car accident lawyer to fight on your behalf and ensure that you get the best possible outcome in your case. When you hire a Burger Law Jefferson City, MO car accident lawyer, we will:

  • Investigate your accident and attain evidence, including:
    • Photos
    • Surveillance video
    • Police reports
    • Official eyewitness testimony
    • Your medical records
  • Ensure you get the full medical care you need
  • Offer you wise and personalized legal guidance
  • Utilize our network of Jefferson City, MO experts to help develop a legal strategy
  • Handle all communication, documentation, litigation and negotiations
  • Demand that you receive a fair settlement offer
  • Take your case to court when the insurance company will not give you a fair offer

You can believe in a Burger Law car accident lawyer in Jefferson City, MO to forcefully and zealously demand justice in your case. We have committed our lives to helping the vulnerable in Jefferson City, MO in their recovery and in being made whole again. Our consultation and initial investigation are free, so there is no reason not to talk to us. Reach out to a car accident lawyer today at (314) 500-HURT to talk over your case.

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Jefferson City, MO Car Accident Lawyer: Frequently Asked Questions

Most of our Jefferson City, MO clients have never had to hire a car accident lawyer before, and unsurprisingly have many questions about their rights and the legal procedure. The following are several of the most common questions we get about car accident claims:

Who Is Liable in My Car Accident?

That depends the specifics of your case. Some of the most common reasons our car accident lawyer team sees for claims in Jefferson City, MO are:

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

How Do I Prove a Motor Vehicle Accident Case?

In order to win 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 stipulates 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 operate the vehicle safely.
  3. Cause in Fact: Also called "causation," you have to show that the driver's breach of duty directly caused you harm.
  4. Proximate Cause: This is what ultimately determines liability and refers to the root cause of your injuries. A drunk driver is plainly liable, but if a vehicle's brakes do not function correctly, the proximate cause is faulty components and the driver may not automatically be to blame.
  5. Damages: That your injuries caused some type of loss, for instance property damage, medical costs and/or lost wages.

Can I Still Be Awarded Compensation If I Was Partially at Fault?

Yes. Missouri is a pure comparative fault state. Meaning, that if you are found to be partially culpable for your injuries, your compensation will be reduced by the portion of culpability you share. For instance, if a jury grants you $100,000 for a wreck, but determines 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 is contingent on the significance of your injuries, how they have affected your life and the abilities of your car accident lawyer. With the assistance of your lawyer, you will be able to recover compensation for:

  • Economic damages, such as:
    • Lost wages
    • Lost earning potential
    • Medical bills, for instance:
      • Urgent care
      • Subsequent doctors appointments
      • Surgeries
      • Physical rehabilitation
      • Medication costs
      • In-home medical treatment
      • Assistive devices such as crutches or required upgrades to your house
      • Future estimated medical costs, for instance further physical therapy or medication, or replacement expenses for assistive devices
    • Transportation costs to and from medical appointments
    • 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 infrequent cases in Jefferson City, MO, for instance drunk driving crashes, your car accident lawyer may be able to help you recover punitive damages.

How Are Noneconomic Damages Calculated?

It is tough to put a figure on intangible effects of a wreck such as emotional anguish. Noneconomic damages are typically determined using one of two formulas:

  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 often equal to your daily wage, the belief being that a day of pain or emotional agony has at least the same value as a day's work. This method is not used for permanent injuries as it is impossible to know how many days your injury will impact you.
  2. The Multiplier Method: In this method, your economic damages are multiplied by a number, usually between 1.5 and 5, and the final number will be your final financial recovery. Three is the most common multiplier, and four and five are generally only used in cases that lead to disability or permanent impairment.

Your Burger Law car accident lawyer in Jefferson City, MO will make sure 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 Jefferson City, MO?

In most cases, pursuant to Missouri Revised Statute §516.120, you have five years from the day your injury transpired to make your personal injury claim in Jefferson City or anywhere in Missouri. If you were under 21 at the time of the injury, you have five years from your 21st birthday. That may appear a long time, but it is important to reach out to a car accident lawyer as soon as possible 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 make their claim harder to win. Some common mistakes your car accident lawyer in Jefferson City, MO sees are:

  • Not Calling the Police: Following Missouri Revised Statute §300.110, you need to report an accident to the police "as soon as reasonably possible" if it causes injury. Police are trained to determine liability in crashes and their police report will be key in your claim.
  • Not Documenting the Scene: Take photographs of both vehicles and the surrounding area and collect witness contact information. This will also be incredibly useful in your claim.
  • Not Seeking Medical Treatment: In order to be wholly compensated for your injuries, you need to have records of them and have them treated. Always be 100 percent frank with your doctor about any aches you have.
  • Trusting the Insurance Company: Insurance adjusters use a lot of deceptive tactics to reimburse you for as little as possible; that is how they make money. 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 may be enticing to take what they are offering you now. It is a much better idea when all is said and done to wait for the full compensation you truly deserve.
  • Not Hiring a Burger Law Car Accident Lawyer: Every Burger Law car accident lawyer has devoted their career to pursuing justice for the injured in Jefferson City, MO. When someone refuses to admit fault or the insurance company is not being fair, we step in and insist that you are treated fairly and get the fair financial recovery you are owed.

How to Avoid Auto Accidents | Jefferson City, MO Car Accident Lawyer

Over 75 percent of people who die in car wrecks are drivers. Every Burger Law car accident lawyer has seen firsthand the destruction that a careless driver can cause. While you cannot always control other people's actions, there are many steps you can take to protect yourself as well as others on the Jefferson City, MO roadways.

  • Always use a seatbelt. In 2017, seatbelts saved approximately 14,955 lives. More than 83 percent of drivers and passengers who are entirely thrown out of the vehicle die, and most of the rest suffered grave, life-changing injuries. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration states that wearing a seatbelt decreases the risk of death by almost half and moderate to critical injury by 50 percent.
  • Know the laws and best driving practices. The Missouri Department of Revenue provides a Driver Guide for anyone on the Jefferson City, MO roads. Simple suggestions like driving slower 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 liability or being partially blamed for a crash if you do find yourself in one.
  • If you are a motorcyclist, use a helmet. While Jefferson City, MO does not have laws forcing motorcycle drivers to wear helmets, they can save your life. 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 consequences of an auto wreck. Pull over safely if you need to make an urgent call. If you use your phone for directions, put the volume on high 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. We all share the road, and we all need to be polite to other drivers, passengers and pedestrians. Be aware of the fact 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 traffic deaths are people under the age of 25. A less cautious attitude is likely a contributing factor.
  • Keep both hands on the wheel. Just having one hand on the wheel can substantially diminish your control of the car. Quickly changing the radio 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 considerably impair your ability to drive 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 might deceive you into thinking you can drive home safely, but it is never true.

You can take every precaution imaginable when driving, but unfortunately the reckless actions of irresponsible drivers can still harm you. When you get hurt because somebody else broke the rules of the road, you are owed the best possible compensation for all of your damages. Every Jefferson City, MO car accident lawyer at Burger Law takes on and wins the tough cases, and knows how to achieve great results.


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Car Accident Lawyer Jefferson City, MO

You only have one shot for a complete financial recovery. Do not let it go. Our Jefferson City, MO car accident lawyer team stands up to bullies like resistant insurance companies and thoughtless drivers who do not want to be held accountable for their actions. We know the economic hardships of being injured are unanticipated and harsh. That is why we have devoted our lives to seeing the injured and vulnerable in Jefferson City, MO reimbursed 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 Jefferson City, MO right away at (314) 500-HURT or contact us online.

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