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Car Accident Lawyer Johnson County, MO

Car Accident Lawyer in Johnson County, MO. They broke the rules of the road, and now your life is turned upside down. You should not have to pay because another driver was negligent. Call a Burger Law Johnson County, MO car accident lawyer immediately at (314) 500-HURT or complete our online form for a free case review and to start on your road to being made whole again.

The damage that self-centered and careless drivers can cause is often shattering, and they need to be held accountable for their actions. Every Burger Law car accident lawyer has devoted their life to fighting back against bullies and defending the rights of the vulnerable in Johnson County, MO to get them the compensation they need to heal and return to the life they know. If you were harmed by an irresponsible driver, we know you are angry — that is merited. You are also likely uncertain about the economic ramifications of medical expenses and lost wages, in addition to the physical and emotional pain that accompanies your injuries. The law provides you with a path to reparation; our Johnson County, MO car accident lawyer team is here to lead you through it and fight for you until there is nothing more to fight and you are fully repaid for the destruction another person's negligence caused. You do not have to wait another instant to start on your road to recovery. We charge no fees until you receive the compensation you are owed.

In more than 30 years of practice, our car accident lawyer team has secured upwards of $175 million in verdicts and settlements for our Missouri clients. If you were harmed because somebody else was negligent, see how much your claim may be worth by filling out our free personal injury calculator.

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Chesterfield, MO 63005

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How Common Are Car Accidents in Johnson County and Missouri?

In Missouri, car accident deaths rose by 12% between 2019 and 2020, even though there were fewer people on the road due to the COVID-19 pandemic. A 2018 study stated that Missouri ranked 12th in the nation in deadly road accidents, with 58 percent of those deaths occurring on rural roads. The Missouri State Highway Patrol says 36,033 auto crashes that led to personal injury and 923 deadly car wrecks.

If you were one of the many in Johnson County or anywhere in Missouri to be harmed on the road because of another driver's horrible behavior, call a car accident lawyer now at (314) 500-HURT.

What a Car Accident Lawyer in Johnson 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 crash, you often require a car accident lawyer to fight for you and make certain that you get the best possible outcome in your claim. When you hire a Burger Law Johnson County, MO car accident lawyer, we will:

  • Conduct and investigation your crash and obtain evidence, for example:
    • Pictures
    • Surveillance footage
    • Police reports
    • Official eyewitness testimony
    • Your medical records
  • Ensure you receive the full medical care you need
  • Offer you trustworthy and personalized legal guidance
  • Employ our network of Johnson County, MO experts to help establish your case
  • Handle all communication, documentation, litigation and negotiations
  • Insist 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 believe in a Burger Law car accident lawyer in Johnson County, MO to tenaciously and zealously demand justice for your injuries. We have committed our careers to helping the injured in Johnson County, MO in their recovery and in being made whole again. Our consultation and preliminary investigation are free, so there is no reason not to talk to us. Get in touch with a car accident lawyer immediately at (314) 500-HURT to go over your case.

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Johnson County, MO Car Accident Lawyer: Frequently Asked Questions

Most of our Johnson County, MO clients have never had to hire a car accident lawyer before their crash, and naturally have a lot of questions about their rights and the legal procedure. Below are several of the most frequent questions we get concerning 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 Johnson County, MO are:

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

How Do I Win a Car Crash Case?

In order to prove your case, your car accident lawyer must 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, anybody who gets behind the wheel necessarily 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 referred to as "causation," you need to prove that the driver's breach of duty directly caused your injuries.
  4. Proximate Cause: This is what ultimately determines negligence and refers to the root cause of your injuries. A drunk driver is obviously negligent, but if a vehicle's brakes do not work, the proximate cause is malfunctioning components and the driver may not necessarily be negligent.
  5. Damages: That your injuries caused some kind of loss, like property damage, medical expenses and/or lost wages.

Can I Still Recover Compensation If I Was Partially to Blame?

Yes. Missouri is a pure comparative fault state. That means that if you are found to be partially liable for your crash, your compensation will be lessened by the portion of blame you share. For instance, if a jury grants you $100,000 for a collision, but establishes that you were 30 percent at fault, the your final recovery would be $70,000.

How Much is My Car Accident Claim Worth?

That hinges on on the seriousness of your injuries, the impact they have had your life and the willpower of your car accident lawyer. With the aid of your attorney, you will be able to be awarded compensation for:

  • Economic damages, for instance:
    • Lost wages
    • Lost earning potential
    • Medical costs, for instance:
      • Emergency room visits
      • Subsequent doctors visits
      • Surgeries
      • Physical therapy
      • Medication expenses
      • In-home medical treatment
      • Assistive devices such as wheelchairs or necessary upgrades to your home
      • Future estimated medical costs, for example further physical rehabilitation or medication, or replacement costs 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 rare cases in Johnson County, MO, for example drunk driving accidents, your car accident lawyer may be able to help you receive punitive damages.

How Are Noneconomic Damages Calculated?

It is tough to put a dollar amount on intangible reverberations of a collision like pain and suffering. 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 given a daily amount for each day you suffered. The daily amount is typically the same as the amount you make from a day's work, the concept being that a day of pain or mental anguish has at least the same value as a day's work. This method is not employed for injuries causing impairment as it is impossible to know how long 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 complete compensation. Three is used most often, and four and five are often saved for cases that lead to disability or permanent impairment.

Your Burger Law car accident lawyer in Johnson County, MO will ensure that an insurance adjuster or jury recognizes every way that your injuries have impacted 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 Johnson County, MO?

Generally, according to Missouri Revised Statute §516.120, you have five years from the date of your accident to file your personal injury claim in Johnson County or anywhere in Missouri. If you were under 21 at the time of the injury, you have five years from the day you turn 21. That might seem like a long time, but it is important to call 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 could mistakenly do or say things that make their claim harder to win. Some common mistakes your car accident lawyer in Johnson County, MO sees are:

  • Not Calling the Police: Pursuant to Missouri Revised Statute §300.110, you have to report an accident to the police "as soon as reasonably possible" if it causes injury. Police are coached to ascertain negligence in wrecks and their police report will be critical in your case.
  • Not Documenting the Scene: Take photographs of both vehicles and the nearby area and acquire witness contact information. This will also be extremely helpful in your claim.
  • Not Seeking Medical Attention: In order to be wholly compensated for your injuries, you need to have records of them and have them treated. Always be entirely honest with your doctor about any pains you have.
  • Believing the Insurance Company: Insurance adjusters employ a lot of deceptive tactics to pay you as little as they can; that is their job. Do not believe anything they say or make any recorded statements before speaking with an attorney.
  • Accepting the First Settlement Offer: If you need the money as soon as possible, it might be tempting to take what you can get immediately. It is a far better idea in the long term to wait for the full compensation you truly deserve.
  • Not Hiring a Burger Law Car Accident Lawyer: Every Burger Law car accident lawyer has committed their career to deliver justice for the injured in Johnson County, MO. When someone declines to admit liability 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 | Johnson County, MO Car Accident Lawyer

More than 75 percent of people who die in motor vehicle crashes are drivers. Every Burger Law car accident lawyer has seen with their own eyes the devastation that a reckless driver can cause. While you cannot always control what other people do, there are numerous measures you can take to ensure your own safety as well as the safety of others on the Johnson County, MO roads.

  • Always wear a seatbelt. In 2017, seatbelts saved an estimated 14,955 people from death. More than 83 percent of drivers and passengers who are entirely expelled from the vehicle die, and the majority of the rest sustained serious, 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.
  • Know the rules of the road. The Missouri Department of Revenue has published a Driver Guide for Johnson County, MO drivers. Simple suggestions 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 protect you from liability or being partially blamed for an accident if you do find yourself in one.
  • If you are a motorcyclist, wear a helmet. While Johnson County, MO does not have laws requiring motorcycle drivers to wear helmets, they are literal life-savers. In 2017, helmets saved 1,872 lives.
  • Put down your cell phone. While you can always text somebody later, you can never take back the effects of a traffic wreck. 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 turn the music off so you can clearly hear the directions and do not have to look down at your phone.
  • Have the right attitude. No one owns the road, and we all should be respectful to other drivers, passengers and pedestrians. Be aware of the fact that you are in control of thousands of pounds of metal moving at high speeds. Safety needs to be your prime concern. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, almost 25 percent of traffic 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 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 considerably diminish your ability to drive safely, but it also raises your confidence and makes you feel more powerful, so you might think driving while drunk will be fine. Your brain might deceive you into believing you can drive home safely, but it is never true.

You can take every possible precaution when driving, but regrettably the thoughtless behavior of irresponsible drivers can still cause you injury. When you get hurt because someone else broke the rules of the road, you are entitled to the best possible compensation for all of your damages. Every Johnson 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 Johnson County, MO

You only have one chance for a full financial recovery. Do not let it go. Our Johnson County, MO car accident lawyer team fights back against bullies like resistant insurance companies and thoughtless drivers who do not want to be held accountable for their behavior. We know the economic implications of being injured are unanticipated and severe. That is why we have devoted our lives to seeing the injured and vulnerable in Johnson County, MO restituted and made whole again. You do not have to go through these taxing times by yourself. To protect you and your family's future, call a Burger Law car accident lawyer in Johnson County, MO straight away at (314) 500-HURT or contact us online.

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