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Car Accident Lawyer Kirksville, MO

Car Accident Lawyer in Kirksville, MO. They broke the rules of the road, and now your life is turned upside down. You should not have to pay because another person was negligent. Call a Burger Law Kirksville, MO car accident lawyer right away at (314) 500-HURT or fill out our online form for a complimentary case evaluation and to start on your road to being made whole again.

The damage that selfish 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 dedicated their life to standing up to bullies and standing up for of the injured in Kirksville, MO to deliver them the compensation they need to heal and return to the life they know. If you were hurt by a negligent driver, we know you are outraged — that is warranted. You are also probably uncertain about the financial consequences of medical expenses and lost pay, in addition to the physical and emotional agony that goes along with your injuries. The law provides you with a path to reparation; our Kirksville, MO car accident lawyer team is here to lead you across it and fight by your side until there is nothing left to fight and you are completely repaid for the damage another person's negligent actions caused. You do not have to wait any longer to begin on your road to recovery. We charge no fees until you are awarded the compensation you need.

In more than three decades of experience, our car accident lawyer team has delivered upwards of $175 million in verdicts and settlements for our Missouri clients. If you were harmed because somebody else broke the rules of the road, learn the value of your case by filling out our complimentary personal injury calculator.

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Car Accident Statistics in Missouri

In Missouri, car accident fatalities went up 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 deadly road wrecks, with 58 percent of those fatalities happening on rural roads. The Missouri State Highway Patrol reported 36,033 car accidents that resulted in personal injury and 923 deadly car collisions.

If you were one of the many in Kirksville or anywhere in Missouri to be injured on the road because of somebody else's negligent behavior, reach out to a car accident lawyer today at (314) 500-HURT.

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

With some typical fender-benders, you might be able to be fairly compensated without legal representation. But when you are hurt in a collision, you often require a car accident lawyer to fight on your behalf and make sure that you get the best possible outcome in your claim. When you hire a Burger Law Kirksville, MO car accident lawyer, we will:

  • Investigate your case and attain evidence, including:
    • Photos
    • Surveillance footage
    • Police reports
    • Official eyewitness testimony
    • Your medical records
  • Make certain you receive the full medical care you need
  • Provide you with wise and personalized legal guidance
  • Employ our network of Kirksville, MO experts to help build your case
  • Handle all the legal aspects of your case so you can focus on healing
  • Demand that you receive a fair settlement offer
  • Take your case to court when the insurance company will not give you a fair offer

You can trust a Burger Law car accident lawyer in Kirksville, MO to aggressively and passionately demand justice in your claim. We have dedicated our lives to helping the vulnerable in Kirksville, MO in their recovery and in being made whole again. Our case evaluation and primary investigation are free, so there is no reason not to talk to us. Contact a car accident lawyer now at (314) 500-HURT to discuss your case.

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Kirksville, MO Car Accident Lawyer: Frequently Asked Questions

The bulk of our Kirksville, MO clients have never needed to hire a car accident lawyer before, and as expected have a good deal of 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 hinges on the specifics of your case. Some of the most common reasons our car accident lawyer team sees for claims in Kirksville, MO are:

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

How Do I Win an Auto Crash Case?

In order to prove your case, your car accident lawyer will need to prove 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, anybody who in control of a vehicle 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 called "causation," you need to prove that the driver's breach of duty directly caused hurt you.
  4. Proximate Cause: This is what finally confirms negligence and refers to the root origin of your injuries. A drunk driver is obviously liable, but if a vehicle's brakes do not work, the proximate cause is malfunctioning parts and the driver may not automatically be at fault.
  5. Damages: That your injuries led to some form of loss, like damage to your car, medical bills and/or lost wages.

Can I Still Recover Compensation If I Was Partially at Fault?

Yes. Missouri is a pure comparative fault state. That means that if you are found to be partially to blame for your wreck, your compensation will be decreased by the percentage of blame you share. For example, if a jury grants you $100,000 for an accident, but finds that you were 30 percent at fault, the your final recovery would be $70,000.

How Much is My Car Accident Claim Worth?

That is contingent on the seriousness 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 collect compensation for:

  • Economic damages, including:
    • Lost wages
    • Lost earning potential
    • Medical bills, for example:
      • Urgent care
      • Subsequent doctors visits
      • Surgeries
      • Physical rehabilitation
      • Medication bills
      • In-home medical care
      • Assistive devices such as wheelchairs or required improvements to your home
      • Future estimated medical costs, such as further physical rehabilitation or prescriptions, or replacement costs 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 Kirksville, MO, for example drunk driving accidents, 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 consequences of a crash such as emotional anguish. Noneconomic damages are usually calculated through one of two methods:

  1. The Per Diem Method: "Per diem" stands for "per day" in Latin. In this method, you are awarded a daily amount for every day you were impacted by your injury. The daily amount is typically equivalent to the amount you make from a day's work, the concept being that a day of pain or mental agony is at least worth a day's work. This method is not implemented for injuries resulting to disability as there is no way 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, often between 1.5 and 5, and the product will be your complete financial recovery. Three is used most often, and four and five are generally only used in cases that cause disability or permanent impairment.

Your Burger Law car accident lawyer in Kirksville, MO will make sure that an insurance adjuster or jury knows the full extent that your injuries have affected 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 Kirksville, MO?

Typically, pursuant to Missouri Revised Statute §516.120, you have five years from the day your injury occurred to bring your personal injury claim in Kirksville or anywhere in Missouri. If you were under 21 at the time of the wreck, you have five years from your 21st birthday. That may appear a long time, but it is imperative to get in touch with a car accident lawyer right away for the best results in your case.

What Mistakes Can Hurt My Claim?

People who have not been in touch with a car accident lawyer may inadvertently do or say things that hurt their claim. Some common mistakes your car accident lawyer in Kirksville, 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 causes injury. Police are taught to determine fault in collisions and their police report will be critical in your case.
  • Not Documenting the Scene: Take photographs of both vehicles and the surrounding area and obtain witness contact information. This will also be extremely beneficial in your claim.
  • Not Seeking Medical Care: In order to be totally compensated for your injuries, you need to have them recorded and treated. Always be 100 percent honest with your doctor about any aches you have.
  • Believing the Insurance Company: Insurance adjusters utilize a lot of deceptive tactics to compensate you with as little as possible; that is their job. Do not trust anything they say or make any recorded statements before speaking with a lawyer.
  • Taking the Initial Settlement Offer: If you need the money as soon as possible, it may be appealing to take what you can get now. It is much better when all is said and done 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 life to pursuing justice for the injured in Kirksville, MO. When someone does not want to admit culpability or the insurance company will not be fair, we step up and demand that you are treated fairly and get the full compensation you are owed.

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

More than 75 percent of people killed in traffic crashes are drivers. Every Burger Law car accident lawyer has seen personally the havoc that a reckless driver can cause. While you cannot always control how other people drive, there are many actions you can take to protect yourself in addition to others on the Kirksville, MO roads.

  • Always use a seatbelt. In 2017, seatbelts saved approximately 14,955 lives. More than four-fifths of drivers and passengers who are entirely thrown out of the vehicle die, and the majority of the rest sustained serious, life-altering injuries. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that wearing a seatbelt lessens the chances of death by almost half and moderate to critical injury by 50 percent.
  • Be familiar with the laws and best driving practices. The Missouri Department of Revenue offers a Driver Guide for anyone on the Kirksville, MO roads. Simple tips like driving at lower speeds and increasing following distance in poor weather not only go a long way in keeping you and other drivers and passengers safe, but they also shield you from liability or being partially blamed for a crash if you do find yourself in one.
  • If you are a motorcyclist, use a helmet. While Kirksville, MO does not have laws obligating motorcycle drivers to use helmets, they are literal life-savers. 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 a motor vehicle accident. Pull over safely if you need need your phone for an emergency. If you use your phone for directions, put the volume on high 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. We all share the road, and we all should be respectful to other drivers, passengers and pedestrians. Be aware of the fact that you are controlling several tons of metal moving at high speeds. Safety should be your prime concern. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, almost one-fourth of traffic deaths are people under the age of 25. A less cautious attitude is probably a contributing factor.
  • Keep both hands on the wheel. Only driving with one hand can considerably diminish your control of the car. 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 substantially diminish your ability to operate a motor vehicle 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 the case.

You can take every possible precaution when driving, but unfortunately the thoughtless actions of irresponsible drivers can still cause you injury. When you get hurt because another driver broke the rules of the road, you are owed maximum compensation for all of your damages. Every Kirksville, 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 Kirksville, MO

You just have one chance for a full financial recovery. Do not let it go. Our Kirksville, MO car accident lawyer team pushes back against bullies like resistant insurance companies and thoughtless drivers who do not want to take responsibility for their behavior. We know the financial consequences of being injured are sudden and harsh. That is why we have committed our lives to seeing the injured and vulnerable in Kirksville, MO recompensed and made whole again. You do not have to go through these troublesome times by yourself. To protect you and your family's future, call a Burger Law car accident lawyer in Kirksville, MO immediately at (314) 500-HURT or contact us online.

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