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Car Accident Lawyer Kirkwood, MO

Car Accident Lawyer in Kirkwood, MO. They broke the rules of the road, and now your life is upended. You should not have to pay because someone else was irresponsible. Call a Burger Law Kirkwood, MO car accident lawyer immediately at (314) 500-HURT or fill out our online form for a free consultation and to start on your road to being made whole again.

The damage that unthinking and negligent drivers can cause is often staggering, and they need to be held responsible for their actions. Every Burger Law car accident lawyer has dedicated their life to standing up to bullies and standing up for of the vulnerable in Kirkwood, MO to get them the compensation they need to move forward and return to the life they know. If you were hurt by an irresponsible driver, we know you are infuriated — that is merited. You are also probably worried about the economic ramifications of medical costs and lost work, as well as the physical and emotional agony that accompanies your injuries. The law gives a path to recompense; our Kirkwood, MO car accident lawyer team is here to lead the way you through it and fight by your side until there is nothing more to fight and you are wholly compensated for the destruction another driver's negligence caused. You do not have to wait another second to begin on your road to recovery. We charge no fees until we win your case.

In over 30 years of experience, our car accident lawyer team has secured over $175 million in verdicts and settlements for our Missouri clients. If you were hurt because another driver was negligent, find out the value of your case by filling out our free 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 the fact that there were not as many people on the road due to the COVID-19 pandemic. A 2018 study stated that Missouri ranked 12th in the nation in deadly road collisions, with 58 percent of those deaths occurring on country roads. The Missouri State Highway Patrol reported 36,033 auto wrecks that led to personal injury and 923 deadly motor vehicle crashes.

If you were one of the many in Kirkwood or anywhere in Missouri who was injured on the road because of another person's neglect, get in touch with a car accident lawyer right away at (314) 500-HURT.

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

With some standard fender-benders, you may be able to be fully reimbursed without the help of a lawyer. But when you are harmed in a wreck, you often require a car accident lawyer to fight for you and make sure that you get the best possible end result in your case. When you hire a Burger Law Kirkwood, MO car accident lawyer, we will:

  • Perform and investigation your crash and obtain evidence, for example:
    • Pictures
    • Surveillance video
    • Police reports
    • Official eyewitness statements
    • Your medical records
  • Make certain you get the full medical care you need
  • Offer you reliable and personalized legal counsel
  • Employ our network of Kirkwood, MO experts to help establish your case
  • Handle 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 trial when we do not secure a fair settlement

You can believe in a Burger Law car accident lawyer in Kirkwood, MO to aggressively and fervently demand justice for your damages. We have pledged our lives to helping the injured in Kirkwood, MO in their recovery and in being made whole again. Our case evaluation and initial investigation do no cost anything, so there is no risk in speaking with us. Get in touch with a car accident lawyer today at (314) 500-HURT to go over your case.

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Kirkwood, MO Car Accident Lawyer: Frequently Asked Questions

Most of our Kirkwood, MO clients have never had to hire a car accident lawyer prior to their accident, and naturally have many questions about their rights and the legal procedure. Below are some of the most common questions we get with regard to 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 Kirkwood, MO are:

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

How Do I Prove an Auto Crash Case?

In order to win 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 stipulates that motorists are "to exercise highest degree of care." So whoever gets behind the wheel automatically 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 have to demonstrate that the driver's breach of duty directly caused injured you.
  4. Proximate Cause: This is what ultimately establishes liability and refers to the underlying origin of your injuries. A drunk driver is plainly negligent, but if a vehicle's brakes do not work, the proximate cause is defective components and the driver may not necessarily be to blame.
  5. Damages: That your injuries caused some kind of loss, such as damage to your car, medical bills and/or lost wages.

Can I Still Receive 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 culpable for your injuries, your compensation will be reduced by the percentage of fault you share. For example, if a jury awards you $100,000 for a collision, 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 severity of your injuries, how they have affected your life and the skill of your car accident lawyer. With the help of your attorney, you will be able to receive compensation for:

  • Economic damages, such as:
    • Lost wages
    • Lost earning capacity
    • Medical costs, such as:
      • Emergency room visits
      • Follow-up doctors appointments
      • Surgeries
      • Physical rehabilitation
      • Medication costs
      • In-home medical treatment
      • Assistive devices such as wheelchairs or necessary upgrades to your vehicle
      • Future estimated medical bills, for instance further physical therapy or prescriptions, or replacement expenses for assistive devices
    • Transportation costs to and from medical care
    • 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 Kirkwood, 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 tough to put a figure on intangible effects of a wreck such as mental anguish. Noneconomic damages are generally calculated using one of two methods:

  1. The Per Diem Method: "Per diem" means "per day" in Latin. In this method, you are given a daily amount for every day you were affected. The daily amount is typically equivalent to the amount you make from a day's work, the idea being that a day of pain or emotional anguish is at least worth a day's work. This method is not employed for injuries resulting to impairment as it is impossible to know how long your injury will affect you.
  2. The Multiplier Method: In this method, your economic damages are multiplied by a number, generally 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 generally only used in cases that result in disability or permanent impairment.

Your Burger Law car accident lawyer in Kirkwood, MO will make certain that an insurance company 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 Kirkwood, MO?

Generally, under Missouri Revised Statute §516.120, you have five years from the day your injury transpired to bring your personal injury claim in Kirkwood or elsewhere in Missouri. If you were under 21 at the time of the crash, you have five years from your 21st birthday. That may seem like a long time, but it is vital to call a car accident lawyer right away for the best outcome in your case.

What Mistakes Can Hurt My Claim?

Kirkwood, MO residents who have not spoken with a car accident lawyer might accidentally do or say things that hurt their claim. Some common mistakes your car accident lawyer in Kirkwood, MO sees are:

  • Not Calling the Police: According to Missouri Revised Statute §300.110, you have to report an accident to the police "as soon as reasonably possible" if it lead to an injury. Police are coached to ascertain liability in accidents and their police report will be crucial in your claim.
  • Not Documenting the Scene: Take pictures of both vehicles and the nearby area and obtain witness contact information. This will also be incredibly helpful in your case.
  • Not Seeking Medical Attention: In order to be completely compensated for your injuries, you need to have records of them and have them treated. Always be entirely frank with your doctor about any pains you have.
  • Believing the Insurance Company: Insurance companies employ a lot of deceptive tactics to reimburse you for as little as possible; that is their job. Do not trust anything they say or make any recorded statements until you have talked to a lawyer.
  • Accepting the First Settlement Offer: If you need the money as soon as possible, it may be appealing to take what they are offering you now. It is a much better idea when all is said and done to wait for the complete compensation you truly deserve.
  • Not Hiring a Burger Law Car Accident Lawyer: Every Burger Law car accident lawyer has pledged their career to pursuing justice for the injured in Kirkwood, MO. When someone declines to admit blame or the insurance company is not being fair, we step in and insist that you are treated fairly and get the fair financial recovery you deserve.

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

Over 75 percent of people killed in traffic collisions are drivers. Every Burger Law car accident lawyer has seen firsthand the anguish that a thoughtless driver can cause. While you cannot always control how other people drive, there are several actions you can take to ensure your own safety in addition to the safety of others on the Kirkwood, MO streets.

  • Always wear a seatbelt. In 2017, seatbelts saved an estimated 14,955 lives. Over 83 percent of drivers and passengers who are entirely expelled from the vehicle die, and the majority of the rest sustained significant, life-changing injuries. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration states that wearing a seatbelt decreases 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 provides a Driver Guide for anyone on the Kirkwood, MO roads. Basic suggestions like driving at lower speeds and increasing following distance in winter conditions not only do a lot to keep you and other drivers and passengers safe, but they also shield you from liability or being partially blamed for a collision if you do find yourself in one.
  • If you are a motorcyclist, wear a helmet. While Kirkwood, MO does not have laws forcing motorcycle drivers to wear helmets, they can save your life. In 2017, helmets saved 1,872 lives.
  • Put down your cell phone. While you can always call someone back, you can never take back the consequences of an auto accident. Pull over to the side of the road if you need to make an urgent call. If you use your phone for directions, turn the volume up and do not listen to music or podcasts 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 need to be polite to other drivers, passengers and pedestrians. Recognize that you are in control of several tons of metal moving at high speeds. Safety should be the first thing on your mind. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, almost one-fourth of auto deaths are people under the age of 25. Maturity is likely a contributing factor.
  • Keep both hands on the wheel. Only driving with one hand can substantially lessen 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 considerably impede 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 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 regrettably the negligent behavior of irresponsible drivers can still cause you injury. When you get hurt because someone else broke the rules of the road, you deserve complete compensation for all of your damages. Every Kirkwood, 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 Kirkwood, MO

You only have one opportunity for a full financial recovery. Do not let it slip. Our Kirkwood, 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 actions. We know the financial hardships of being injured are unexpected and harsh. That is why we have committed our lives to seeing the injured and vulnerable in Kirkwood, MO compensated 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 Kirkwood, MO right away at (314) 500-HURT or contact us online.

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