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Car Accident Lawyer Joplin, MO

Car Accident Lawyer in Joplin, 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 Joplin, MO car accident lawyer immediately 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 negligent drivers can cause is often devastating, and they need to be held accountable for their actions. Every Burger Law car accident lawyer has devoted their career to fighting back against bullies and standing up for of the injured in Joplin, MO to secure them the financial recovery they need to heal and return to the life they know. If you were harmed by a careless driver, we know you are furious — that is merited. You are also probably anxious about the financial repercussions of medical costs and lost work, to say nothing of the physical and emotional agony that goes along with your injuries. The law extends a path to reparation; our Joplin, MO car accident lawyer team is here to guide you across it and fight for you until there is nothing left to fight and you are completely compensated for the harm somebody else's neglect caused. You do not have to wait another instant to start on your road to recovery. We charge no fees until you get the compensation you are owed.

In over 30 years of practicing law, our car accident lawyer team has gotten over $175 million in verdicts and settlements for our Missouri clients. If you were harmed because someone else broke the rules of the road, find out the value of your injuries by filling out our free personal injury calculator.

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Car Accident Statistics in Missouri

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

If you were one of the many in Joplin or anywhere in Missouri to be harmed on the road because of somebody else's carelessness, contact a car accident lawyer today at (314) 500-HURT.

How a Car Accident Lawyer in Joplin, MO Can Help

With some standard fender-benders, you may be able to be fully compensated without the help of an attorney. But when you are injured in an accident, you generally need a car accident lawyer to fight on your behalf and make certain that you get the best results in your claim. When you hire a Burger Law Joplin, MO car accident lawyer, we will:

  • Investigate your accident and attain evidence, for example:
    • Photos
    • Surveillance footage
    • Police reports
    • Official eyewitness testimony
    • Your medical records
  • Make certain you receive the full medical treatment you need
  • Provide you with sound and individualized legal counsel
  • Utilize our network of Joplin, MO experts to help establish your case
  • Handle all the legal aspects of your case so you can spend your energy on healing
  • Demand that you receive a fair settlement offer
  • Take your case to court when we do not secure a fair settlement

You can trust a Burger Law car accident lawyer in Joplin, MO to forcefully and passionately demand justice for your damages. We have dedicated our careers to helping the injured in Joplin, MO in their recovery and in being made whole again. Our case evaluation and primary investigation are free, so there is no risk in talking to. Reach out to a car accident lawyer now at (314) 500-HURT to go over your case.

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Joplin, MO Car Accident Lawyer: Frequently Asked Questions

The majority of our Joplin, MO clients have never needed to hire a car accident lawyer prior to their crash, and as expected have many questions about their rights and the legal procedure. Below are several of the most common questions we get about car accident claims:

Who Is Liable in My Car Accident?

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

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

How Do I Win an Auto Crash Claim?

In order to prove your claim, your car accident lawyer must show the five elements of negligence found in tort law:

  1. Duty of Care: Missouri Revised Statute §304.120 specifies that motorists are "to exercise highest degree of care." Meaning, whoever gets behind the wheel necessarily owes you a duty of care.
  2. Breach of Duty: The driver is in violation of a statute or otherwise did not operate the vehicle safely.
  3. Cause in Fact: Also known as "causation," you need to show that the driver's breach of duty directly caused your injuries.
  4. Proximate Cause: This is what finally decides negligence and refers to the underlying origin of your injuries. A drunk driver is clearly negligent, but if a vehicle's brakes do not work, the proximate cause is malfunctioning parts and the driver may not necessarily be negligent.
  5. Damages: That your injuries resulted in some sort of loss, like damage to your car, medical costs and/or lost wages.

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

Yes. Missouri is a pure comparative fault state. Meaning, that if you are found to be partially responsibility for your accident, your compensation will be lessened by the percentage of fault you are responsible for. For instance, if a jury grants you $100,000 for an accident, but finds that you were 30 percent to blame, the final amount you recover would be $70,000.

How Much is My Car Accident Claim Worth?

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

  • Economic damages, for example:
    • Lost wages
    • Lost earning capacity
    • Medical costs, for example:
      • Emergency room visits
      • Subsequent doctors appointments
      • Surgeries
      • Physical rehabilitation
      • Medication expenses
      • In-home medical treatment
      • Assistive devices such as wheelchairs or required improvements to your home
      • Future estimated medical costs, like further physical therapy or medication, or replacement costs 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 infrequent cases in Joplin, MO, for instance drunk driving accidents, your car accident lawyer may be able to help you recover punitive damages.

How Are Noneconomic Damages Calculated?

It is difficult to put a dollar amount on intangible consequences of a crash such as mental anguish. Noneconomic damages are typically computed using one of two formulas:

  1. The Per Diem Method: "Per diem" means "per day" in Latin. In this method, you are granted a daily amount for each day you were affected. The daily amount is typically the same as the amount you make from a day's work, the notion being that a day of pain or emotional anguish has at least the same value as a day's work. This method is not implemented for injuries resulting to disability 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, typically between 1.5 and 5, and the final number will be your complete recovery. Three is the most common multiplier, and four and five are generally reserved for cases that result in disability or permanent impairment.

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

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

Generally, pursuant to Missouri Revised Statute §516.120, you have five years from the day your injury happened to bring your personal injury claim in Joplin or anywhere in Missouri. If you were under 21 at the time of the wreck, you have five years from the day you turn 21. That may seem like a long time, but it is important to get in touch with a car accident lawyer immediately for the best outcome in your case.

What Mistakes Can Hurt My Claim?

People who have not spoken with 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 Joplin, 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 results in injury. Police are coached to determine liability in accidents and their police report will be key in your case.
  • Not Documenting the Scene: Take pictures of both vehicles and the nearby area and gather witness contact information. This will also be incredibly helpful in your case.
  • Not Seeking Medical Attention: In order to be totally 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.
  • Trusting the Insurance Company: Insurance companies utilize a lot of tricks to reimburse you for as little as they can; that is how they make money. Do not trust anything they say or make any recorded statements before talking to an attorney.
  • Accepting the First Settlement Offer: If you need the money as soon as possible, it might be enticing to take what you can get immediately. It is far better in the long run to wait for the fair financial recovery you truly deserve.
  • Not Hiring a Burger Law Car Accident Lawyer: Every Burger Law car accident lawyer has devoted their career to seeking justice for the injured in Joplin, MO. When someone declines to admit culpability or the insurance company will not be fair, we step in and demand that you are treated fairly and get the fair financial recovery you are owed.

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

More than three quarters of people who perish in auto crashes are drivers. Every Burger Law car accident lawyer has seen with their own eyes 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 in addition to the safety of others on the Joplin, MO roadways.

  • Always wear a seatbelt. In 2017, seatbelts saved an estimated 14,955 lives. More than four-fifths of drivers and passengers who are entirely ejected from the vehicle die, and most of the rest sustained serious, life-changing injuries. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that wearing a seatbelt lowers 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 provides a Driver Guide for anyone on the Joplin, MO roads. Basic suggestions like driving slower 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 a wreck if you do find yourself in one.
  • If you drive a motorcycle, wear a helmet. While Joplin, MO does not have laws obligating 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 text somebody later, you can never take back the effects of a motor vehicle wreck. Pull over safely if you need to make an urgent call. If you use your phone for directions, turn the volume up and turn the radio 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 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 needs to 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 likely a contributing factor.
  • Keep both hands on the wheel. Only having one hand on the wheel can significantly diminish your control of the vehicle. 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 significantly impede 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 may trick 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 regrettably the careless behavior of irresponsible drivers can still hurt you. When you get hurt because another driver broke the rules of the road, you are entitled to full compensation for all of your damages. Every Joplin, 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 Joplin, MO

You just have one chance for a complete financial recovery. Do not let it go. Our Joplin, MO car accident lawyer team stands up to bullies like resistant insurance companies and negligent drivers who do not want to be held accountable for their behavior. We know the economic implications of being injured are unanticipated and harsh. That is why we have pledged our lives to seeing the injured and vulnerable in Joplin, MO compensated 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 Joplin, MO now at (314) 500-HURT or contact us online.

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