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Car Accident Lawyer Kearney, MO

Car Accident Lawyer in Kearney, MO. They broke the rules of the road, and now your life is upended. You should not have to pay because another person acted recklessly. Call a Burger Law Kearney, MO car accident lawyer right away at (314) 500-HURT or fill out our online form for a free consultation and to start on your road to recovery.

The damage that selfish and negligent drivers can cause is often catastrophic, and they need to be held responsible for their actions. Every Burger Law car accident lawyer has devoted their life to standing up to bullies and defending the rights of the injured in Kearney, MO to get them the compensation they need to mend and return to the life they know. If you were harmed by an irresponsible driver, we know you are furious — you should to be. You are also probably apprehensive about the financial burden of medical costs and lost wages, to say nothing of the physical and emotional agony that comes with your injuries. The law gives a bridge to restitution; our Kearney, MO car accident lawyer team is here to guide you through it and fight for you until there is nothing left to fight and you are fully repaid for the harm someone else's negligent behavior caused. You do not have to wait any longer to begin on your road to recovery. We accept no fees until you receive the compensation you need.

In over 30 years of defending the rights of the vulnerable, our car accident lawyer team has delivered upwards of $175 million in verdicts and settlements for our Missouri clients. If you were hurt because somebody else was negligent, find out the value of your claim by filling out our complimentary personal injury calculator.

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Car Accident Statistics in Missouri

In Missouri, car accident fatalities 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 traffic wrecks, with 58 percent of those deaths happening on country roads. The Missouri State Highway Patrol stated 36,033 motor vehicle wrecks that resulted in personal injury and 923 fatal motor vehicle collisions.

If you were one of the many in Kearney or anywhere in Missouri who was injured on the road because of somebody else's carelessness, call a car accident lawyer today at (314) 500-HURT.

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

With some standard fender-benders, you may be able to be completely compensated without the help of an attorney. But when you are hurt in an accident, you often require a car accident lawyer to fight by your side and make sure that you get the best possible end result in your case. When you hire a Burger Law Kearney, MO car accident lawyer, we will:

  • Conduct and investigation your accident and acquire evidence, for instance:
    • Photos
    • Surveillance footage
    • Police reports
    • Official eyewitness statements
    • Your medical records
  • Ensure you receive the full medical care you need
  • Provide you with trustworthy and individualized legal guidance
  • Use our network of Kearney, MO experts to help develop a legal strategy
  • 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 depend on a Burger Law car accident lawyer in Kearney, MO to aggressively and zealously demand justice for your injuries. We have committed our careers to helping the vulnerable in Kearney, MO in their recovery and in being made whole again. Our consultation and initial investigation do no cost anything, so there is no reason not to talk to us. Get in touch with a car accident lawyer immediately at (314) 500-HURT to discuss your case.

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Kearney, MO Car Accident Lawyer: Frequently Asked Questions

The majority of our Kearney, MO clients have never had to hire a car accident lawyer prior to their crash, and as expected have a good deal of questions about their rights and the legal procedure. The following are a few of the most common questions we are asked 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 Kearney, 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 Win a Motor Vehicle Crash Claim?

In order to win your case, 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 dictates that motorists are "to exercise highest degree of care." So whoever 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 operate the vehicle safely.
  3. Cause in Fact: Also called "causation," you must demonstrate that the driver's breach of duty directly caused your injuries.
  4. Proximate Cause: This is what finally determines negligence and refers to the underlying cause of your injuries. A drunk driver is clearly liable, but if a vehicle's brakes do not function properly, the proximate cause is malfunctioning parts and the driver may not necessarily be to blame.
  5. Damages: That your injuries resulted in some sort of loss, for instance damage to your car, 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. What that means is that if you are found to be partially to blame for your crash, your compensation will be reduced by the portion of culpability you are responsible for. For instance, if a jury awards you $100,000 for an accident, but finds that you were 30 percent to blame, the your final compensation would be $70,000.

How Much is My Car Accident Claim Worth?

That is contingent on the severity of your injuries, the impact they have had your life and the abilities of your car accident lawyer. With the help of your attorney, you will be able to collect compensation for:

  • Economic damages, for example:
    • Lost wages
    • Lost earning potential
    • Medical bills, for example:
      • Urgent care
      • Subsequent doctors appointments
      • Surgeries
      • Physical rehabilitation
      • Medication expenses
      • In-home medical treatment
      • Assistive devices such as wheelchairs or required upgrades to your home
      • Future estimated medical expenses, such as further physical rehabilitation or prescriptions, or replacement expenses for assistive devices
    • Transportation costs related to your 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 uncommon cases in Kearney, MO, for instance 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 dollar amount on intangible effects of a crash like emotional anguish. Noneconomic damages are typically determined using one of two methods:

  1. The Per Diem Method: "Per diem" means "per day" in Latin. In this method, you are granted a daily amount for every day you were affected. The daily amount is usually equal to your daily wage, the notion being that a day of pain or emotional distress is at least worth a day's work. This method is not implemented for injuries leading to impairment 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, often between 1.5 and 5, and the final number will be your total financial recovery. Three is used most often, and four and five are typically saved for cases that lead to disability or permanent impairment.

Your Burger Law car accident lawyer in Kearney, MO will make certain that an insurance company or jury recognizes every way 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 Kearney, MO?

Generally, under Missouri Revised Statute §516.120, you have five years from the date of your collision to bring your personal injury claim in Kearney or elsewhere in Missouri. If you were under 21 at the time of the crash, you have five years from your 21st birthday. That might appear a long time, but it is imperative to get in touch with 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 might accidentally do or say things that hurt their claim. Some common mistakes your car accident lawyer in Kearney, MO sees are:

  • Not Calling the Police: Under Missouri Revised Statute §300.110, you have to report an accident to the police "as soon as reasonably possible" if it causes injury. Police know how to ascertain liability in accidents and their police report will be critical in your claim.
  • Not Documenting the Scene: Take pictures of both vehicles and the nearby area and acquire witness contact information. This will also be extremely helpful in your claim.
  • Not Seeking Medical Treatment: In order to be fully compensated for your injuries, you need to have records of them and have them treated. Always be totally candid with your physician about any pains you have.
  • Believing the Insurance Company: Insurance companies utilize a lot of deceptive tactics to pay you as little as they can; that is their job. Do not trust anything they say or make any recorded statements before talking to a lawyer.
  • Taking the Initial Settlement Offer: If you need the money as soon as possible, it may be tempting to take what they are offering you now. It is a much better idea in the long term 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 pledged their career to seeking justice for the injured in Kearney, MO. When someone declines to admit fault 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 deserve.

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

Over three quarters of people killed in traffic accidents are drivers. Every Burger Law car accident lawyer has seen firsthand the damage that a careless driver can cause. While you cannot always control other people's actions, there are numerous actions you can take to ensure your own safety as well as the safety of others on the Kearney, MO roadways.

  • Always wear a seatbelt. In 2017, seatbelts saved approximately 14,955 lives. Over 83 percent of drivers and passengers who are entirely expelled from the vehicle perish, and the majority of the rest sustained severe, life-changing injuries. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that wearing a seatbelt reduces the chances 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 Kearney, MO drivers. Fundamental tips 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 shield you from liability or being partially blamed for a wreck if you do find yourself in one.
  • If you ride a motorcycle, wear a helmet. While Kearney, MO does not have laws requiring motorcycle drivers to use helmets, they can save your life. In 2017, helmets saved 1,872 lives.
  • Do not use your cell phone. While you can always text somebody later, you can never take back the effects of an auto 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 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 need to be respectful to other drivers, passengers and pedestrians. Understand that you are in control of several tons of metal moving at high speeds. Safety should be your prime concern. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, almost a quarter 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. Only driving with one hand can significantly diminish your control of the car. Quickly changing the radio is likely 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 drive safely, but it also raises your confidence and makes you feel more powerful, so you may 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 precaution imaginable when you get behind the wheel, 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 full compensation for all of your damages. Every Kearney, 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 Kearney, MO

You only have one opportunity for a complete financial recovery. Do not let it slip. Our Kearney, MO car accident lawyer team pushes back against bullies like resistant insurance companies and careless drivers who do not want to take responsibility for their behavior. We know the economic hardships of being injured are unanticipated and severe. That is why we have committed our lives to seeing the injured and vulnerable in Kearney, MO restituted and made whole again. You do not have to go through these difficult times alone. To protect you and your family's future, call a Burger Law car accident lawyer in Kearney, MO now at (314) 500-HURT or contact us online.

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