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Car Accident Lawyer Jefferson County, MO

Car Accident Lawyer in Jefferson County, MO. They broke the rules of the road, and now your life is upended. You do not have to pay because someone else acted negligently. Call a Burger Law Jefferson County, MO car accident lawyer right away at (314) 500-HURT or fill out our online form for a complimentary case review and to start on your road to recovery.

The damage that self-centered and negligent drivers can cause is often catastrophic, 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 vulnerable in Jefferson County, MO to secure them the financial recovery they need to heal and return to the life they know. If you were harmed by a negligent driver, we know you are outraged — you deserve to be. You are also probably concerned about the financial effects of medical bills and lost work, in addition to the physical and emotional anguish that goes along with your injuries. The law offers you a bridge to restoration; our Jefferson County, MO car accident lawyer team is here to lead the way you across it and fight by your side until there is nothing left to fight and you are completely repaid for the destruction another person's neglect caused. You do not have to wait another minute to begin the process of being made whole again. We do not charge anything until you collect the compensation you need.

In over 30 years of practicing law, our car accident lawyer team has won over $175 million in verdicts and settlements for our Missouri clients. If you were hurt because someone else was negligent, see the value of your claim by using 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 reported that Missouri ranked 12th in the nation in fatal auto accidents, with 58 percent of those fatalities transpiring on rural roads. The Missouri State Highway Patrol reported 36,033 auto wrecks that caused personal injury and 923 deadly car crashes.

If you were one of the many in Jefferson County or anywhere in Missouri who was harmed on the road because of somebody else's irresponsible behavior, contact a car accident lawyer today at (314) 500-HURT.

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

With some common fender-benders, you may be able to be completely reimbursed without legal representation. But when you are hurt in a collision, you generally require a car accident lawyer to fight by your side and make certain that you get the best possible end result in your case. When you hire a Burger Law Jefferson County, MO car accident lawyer, we will:

  • Investigate your case and attain evidence, for instance:
    • Photos
    • Surveillance footage
    • Police reports
    • Official eyewitness depositions
    • Your medical records
  • Ensure you get the full medical care you need
  • Provide you with wise and personalized legal counsel
  • Employ our network of Jefferson County, MO experts to help build 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 to court when the insurance company will not give you a fair offer

You can count on a Burger Law car accident lawyer in Jefferson County, MO to forcefully and zealously demand justice in your claim. We have dedicated our lives to helping the injured in Jefferson County, MO in their recovery and in being made whole again. Our consultation and preliminary investigation do no cost anything, so there is no risk in speaking with us. Get in touch with a car accident lawyer now at (314) 500-HURT to talk over your case.

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Jefferson County, MO Car Accident Lawyer: Frequently Asked Questions

The bulk of our Jefferson County, MO clients have never needed to hire a car accident lawyer before their accident, and naturally have a good deal of questions about their rights and the legal procedure. Below are some of the most frequent questions we get with regard to 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 County, MO are:

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

How Do I Win a Car Accident Case?

In order to prove 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 dictates that motorists are "to exercise highest degree of care." Meaning, any person who in control of a vehicle necessarily 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 referred to as "causation," you must demonstrate that the driver's breach of duty directly caused you harm.
  4. Proximate Cause: This is what finally determines liability and refers to the underlying origin of your injuries. A drunk driver is clearly negligent, but if a vehicle's brakes do not function correctly, the proximate cause is malfunctioning components and the driver may not necessarily be at fault.
  5. Damages: That your injuries resulted in 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. Meaning, that if you are found to be partially liable for your crash, your compensation will be lessened by the portion of fault you are responsible for. For example, if a jury grants you $100,000 for a crash, but determines that you were 30 percent at fault, the final sum you recover would be $70,000.

How Much is My Car Accident Claim Worth?

That is contingent on the severity of your injuries, how they have impacted your life and the skill of your car accident lawyer. With the help of your lawyer, you will be able to recover compensation for:

  • Economic damages, for example:
    • Lost wages
    • Lost earning potential
    • Medical costs, for example:
      • Emergency room visits
      • Follow-up doctors appointments
      • Surgeries
      • Physical rehabilitation
      • Medication expenses
      • In-home medical care
      • Assistive devices such as wheelchairs or required upgrades to your house
      • Future estimated medical costs, such as further physical therapy or medication, or replacement costs for assistive devices
    • Transportation costs related to your 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 rare cases in Jefferson County, MO, for instance drunk driving accidents, your car accident lawyer may be able to help you secure punitive damages.

How Are Noneconomic Damages Calculated?

It is hard to put a number on intangible consequences of a collision like pain and suffering. Noneconomic damages are generally quantified through 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 impacted by your injury. The daily amount is usually equivalent to your daily wage, the notion being that a day of pain or mental agony is at least worth a day's work. This method is not used for permanent injuries as it is impossible 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, generally between 1.5 and 5, and the product will be your total recovery. Three is the most common multiplier, and four and five are usually saved for cases that result in disability or permanent impairment.

Your Burger Law car accident lawyer in Jefferson County, MO will make certain that an insurance adjuster or jury understands the full extent that your injuries have impacted 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 County, MO?

In most cases, following Missouri Revised Statute §516.120, you have five years from the date of your accident to file your personal injury claim in Jefferson County or anywhere in Missouri. If you were under 21 at the time of the accident, you have five years from your 21st birthday. That might seem like 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 been in touch with a car accident lawyer may accidentally do or say things that make their claim harder to win. Some common mistakes your car accident lawyer in Jefferson 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 lead to an injury. Police are taught to ascertain liability in accidents and their police report will be crucial in your claim.
  • Not Documenting the Scene: Take pictures of both vehicles and the nearby area and gather witness contact information. This will also be extremely beneficial in your case.
  • Not Seeking Medical Treatment: In order to be completely compensated for your injuries, you need to have them recorded and treated. Always be entirely frank with your doctor about any pains you have.
  • Trusting the Insurance Company: Insurance adjusters utilize a lot of deceptive tactics to pay you as little as possible; that is how they make money. Do not believe 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 fast, it may be appealing to take what you can get immediately. It is a far better idea when all is said and done to wait for the complete financial recovery you are owed.
  • Not Hiring a Burger Law Car Accident Lawyer: Every Burger Law car accident lawyer has pledged their career to pursuing justice for the injured in Jefferson County, MO. When someone refuses to admit liability or the insurance company will not be fair, we step in and demand that you are treated fairly and get the full compensation you deserve.

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

More than three quarters of people who die in auto wrecks are drivers. Every Burger Law car accident lawyer has seen personally the wreckage that a reckless driver can cause. While you cannot always control other people's behavior, there are various steps you can take to ensure your own safety in addition to the safety of others on the Jefferson County, MO roadways.

  • Always wear a seatbelt. In 2017, seatbelts saved an estimated 14,955 lives. More than 83 percent of drivers and passengers who are entirely ejected from the vehicle perish, and most of the rest experienced severe, life-altering injuries. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration states that wearing a seatbelt lessens the risk 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 offers a Driver Guide for Jefferson County, MO drivers. Fundamental 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 shield you from liability or being partially blamed for an accident if you do find yourself in one.
  • If you ride a motorcycle, use a helmet. While Jefferson County, MO does not have laws obligating motorcycle drivers to use 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 a motor vehicle crash. Pull over to the side of the road if you need need your phone for an emergency. 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. No one owns the road, and we all need to be courteous to other drivers, passengers and pedestrians. Recognize that you are in control of thousands of pounds of metal moving at high speeds. Safety should be your prime concern. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, almost 25 percent of auto 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 driving with one hand can significantly lessen your control of the vehicle. 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 substantially impair your ability to operate a car safely, but it also boosts 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 the case.

You can take every possible precaution when you get behind the wheel, but unfortunately the thoughtless behavior of irresponsible drivers can still harm you. When you get hurt because another driver broke the rules of the road, you are owed complete compensation for all of your damages. Every Jefferson County, 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 County, MO

You only have one opportunity for the best possible financial recovery. Do not let it slip. Our Jefferson County, MO car accident lawyer team pushes back against bullies like resistant insurance companies and careless drivers who do not want to be held accountable for their actions. 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 Jefferson County, MO recompensed and made whole again. You do not have to go through these trying times by yourself. To protect you and your family's future, call a Burger Law car accident lawyer in Jefferson County, MO straight away at (314) 500-HURT or contact us online.

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