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Car Accident Lawyer Kansas City, MO

Car Accident Lawyer in Kansas City, MO. They broke the rules of the road, and now you are left to pick up the pieces. You do not have to pay because somebody else was irresponsible. Call a Burger Law Kansas City, MO car accident lawyer right away at (314) 500-HURT or complete our online form for a free case evaluation and to start on your road to being made whole again.

The damage that selfish and reckless 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 Kansas City, MO to get them the financial recovery they need to move forward and get their life back. If you were hurt by a careless driver, we know you are furious — you deserve to be. You are also likely uncertain about the financial ramifications of medical expenses and lost work, to say nothing of the physical and emotional pain that goes along with your injuries. The law offers you a bridge to recompense; our Kansas City, MO car accident lawyer team is here to lead you through it and fight on your behalf until there is nothing left to fight and you are entirely compensated for the destruction another driver's careless actions caused. You do not have to wait another second to start on your road to recovery. We do not charge anything until you recover the compensation you deserve.

In over three decades of experience, our car accident lawyer team has won more than $175 million in verdicts and settlements for our Missouri clients. If you were injured because someone else broke the rules of the road, see the value of your claim by using our complimentary personal injury calculator.

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Chesterfield, MO 63005

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Car Accident Statistics in Missouri

In Missouri, car accident deaths went up by 12% between 2019 and 2020, despite there being not as many people on the road owing to the COVID-19 pandemic. A 2018 study found that Missouri ranked 12th in the nation in deadly motor vehicle crashes, with over half of those fatalities transpiring on rural roads. The Missouri State Highway Patrol says 36,033 motor vehicle crashes that led to personal injury and 923 deadly auto crashes.

If you were one of the many in Kansas City or anywhere in Missouri to be hurt on the road because of somebody else's irresponsible actions, contact a car accident lawyer right away at (314) 500-HURT.

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

With some ordinary fender-benders, you may be able to be completely compensated without the assistance of a lawyer. But when you are hurt in a collision, you usually need a car accident lawyer to fight for you and make certain that you get the best possible end result in your case. When you hire a Burger Law Kansas City, MO car accident lawyer, we will:

  • Conduct and investigation your accident and gather evidence, such as:
    • Pictures
    • Surveillance footage
    • Police reports
    • Official eyewitness depositions
    • Your medical records
  • Make certain you get the full medical care you need
  • Provide you with reliable and individualized legal counsel
  • Utilize our network of Kansas City, MO experts to help establish your case
  • Handle all communication, documentation, litigation and negotiations
  • Insist that you receive a fair settlement offer
  • Take your case to trial when we do not secure a fair settlement

You can depend on a Burger Law car accident lawyer in Kansas City, MO to forcefully and zealously demand justice for your damages. We have committed our lives to helping the vulnerable in Kansas City, MO in their recovery and in being made whole again. Our case review and initial investigation do no cost anything, so there is no reason not to talk to us. Reach out to a car accident lawyer now at (314) 500-HURT to discuss your case.

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Kansas City, MO Car Accident Lawyer: Frequently Asked Questions

Most of our Kansas City, MO clients have never had to hire a car accident lawyer before their crash, and as expected have many questions about their rights and the legal procedure. The following are some of the most frequent questions we get in relation 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 Kansas City, MO are:

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

How Do I Prove an Auto Crash Claim?

In order to prove your claim, your car accident lawyer will need to 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." That means that 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 drive safely.
  3. Cause in Fact: Also called "causation," you have to prove that the driver's breach of duty directly caused your injuries.
  4. Proximate Cause: This is what ultimately decides negligence and refers to the underlying origin of your injuries. A drunk driver is plainly liable, but if a vehicle's brakes do not function correctly, the proximate cause is malfunctioning components and the driver may not automatically be liable.
  5. Damages: That your injuries resulted in some sort of loss, such as property damage, medical costs and/or lost wages.

Can I Still Be Awarded 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 at fault for your wreck, your compensation will be diminished by the percentage of fault you share. For instance, if a jury awards you $100,000 for a wreck, but establishes that you were 30 percent to blame, the your final compensation would be $70,000.

How Much is My Car Accident Claim Worth?

That hinges on on the seriousness of your injuries, how they have impacted your life and the skill of your car accident lawyer. With the aid of your attorney, you will be able to recover compensation for:

  • Economic damages, for instance:
    • Lost wages
    • Lost earning capacity
    • Medical bills, for example:
      • Emergency room visits
      • Subsequent doctors visits
      • Surgeries
      • Physical rehabilitation
      • Medication bills
      • In-home medical care
      • Assistive devices such as crutches or necessary upgrades to your house
      • Future estimated medical costs, for instance further physical rehabilitation or medication, or replacement expenses 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 rare cases in Kansas City, 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 reverberations of a wreck like pain and suffering. Noneconomic damages are usually calculated 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 suffered. The daily amount is generally equivalent to the amount you make from a day's labor, the notion being that a day of suffering or mental distress has at least the same value as 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 impact you.
  2. The Multiplier Method: In this method, your economic damages are multiplied by a number, typically between 1.5 and 5, and the product will be your total financial recovery. Three is the most common multiplier, and four and five are typically saved for cases that lead to disability or permanent impairment.

Your Burger Law car accident lawyer in Kansas City, MO will make certain that an insurance adjuster or jury knows the full extent 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 Kansas City, MO?

Generally speaking, following Missouri Revised Statute §516.120, you have five years from the date of your crash to bring your personal injury claim in Kansas City or elsewhere 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 vital to call a car accident lawyer as soon as possible 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 could accidentally do or say things that make their claim harder to win. Some common mistakes your car accident lawyer in Kansas City, 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 lead to an injury. Police are taught to determine fault in accidents and their police report will be invaluable in your claim.
  • Not Documenting the Scene: Take photos of both vehicles and the nearby area and acquire witness contact information. This will also be incredibly valuable in your case.
  • Not Seeking Medical Care: In order to be totally compensated for your injuries, you need to have records of them and have them treated. Always be totally candid with your doctor about any aches you have.
  • Believing the Insurance Company: Insurance companies use a lot of deceptive tactics to reimburse you for as little as possible; that is their job. Do not believe anything they say or make any recorded statements until you have spoken with a lawyer.
  • Taking the First Settlement Offer: If you need the money fast, it may be appealing to take what they are offering you now. It is a far better idea in the long term 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 devoted their life to seeking justice for the injured in Kansas City, MO. When someone refuses to admit fault or the insurance company refused to be fair, we step in and demand that you are treated fairly and get the complete financial recovery you deserve.

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

Over 75 percent of people who die in motor vehicle crashes are drivers. Every Burger Law car accident lawyer has seen firsthand the havoc that a careless driver can cause. While you cannot always control what other people do, there are several steps you can take to protect yourself in addition to others on the Kansas City, MO streets.

  • Always wear a seatbelt. In 2017, seatbelts saved approximately 14,955 lives. More than 83 percent of drivers and passengers who are completely thrown out of the vehicle die, and most of the rest sustained serious, life-altering injuries. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration states that wearing a seatbelt reduces the risk of death by 45 percent 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 Kansas City, MO roads. Simple suggestions like driving at lower speeds and increasing following distance in winter conditions not only do a lot to keep you and everyone else on the road safe, but they also shield you from fault or being partially blamed for a crash if you do find yourself in one.
  • If you drive a motorcycle, wear a helmet. While Kansas City, 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 consequences of a motor vehicle wreck. Pull over safely if you need need your phone for an emergency. 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. The road is for everyone, and we all need to be respectful to other drivers, passengers and pedestrians. Recognize that you are controlling several tons 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. Maturity is probably a contributing factor.
  • Drive with both hands on the wheel. Just having one hand on the wheel can substantially diminish your control of the vehicle. Quickly changing the A/C settings 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 significantly impair your ability to drive safely, but it also boosts your confidence and makes you feel more powerful, so you might think driving while drunk will be fine. Your brain may trick you into thinking you can drive home safely, but it is never true.

You can take every precaution imaginable when you get behind the wheel, but unfortunately the negligent behavior of irresponsible drivers can still hurt you. When you get hurt because somebody else broke the rules of the road, you are owed complete compensation for all of your damages. Every Kansas City, 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 Kansas City, MO

You just have one chance for the best possible financial recovery. Do not let it slip. Our Kansas City, MO car accident lawyer team stands up to bullies like resistant insurance companies and careless drivers who do not want to take responsibility for their behavior. We know the financial implications of being injured are immediate and harsh. That is why we have devoted our lives to seeing the injured and vulnerable in Kansas City, 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 Kansas City, MO now at (314) 500-HURT or contact us online.

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