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Car Accident Lawyer Lake Ozark, MO

Car Accident Lawyer in Lake Ozark, MO. They broke the rules of the road, and now your life is turned upside down. You do not have to pay because somebody else acted carelessly. Call a Burger Law Lake Ozark, MO car accident lawyer now 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 self-centered and careless drivers can cause is often devastating, and they need to be held responsible for their actions. Every Burger Law car accident lawyer has committed their life to fighting back against bullies and defending the rights of the vulnerable in Lake Ozark, MO to deliver them the financial recovery they need to heal and get their life back. If you were harmed by an irresponsible driver, we know you are infuriated — that is justified. You are also probably apprehensive about the economic repercussions of medical bills and lost work, as well as the physical and emotional anguish that accompanies your injuries. The law offers you a path to restoration; our Lake Ozark, MO car accident lawyer team is here to guide you through it and fight for you until there is nothing more to fight and you are entirely compensated for the destruction someone else's irresponsible actions caused. You do not have to wait another minute to start the process of being made whole again. We do not charge anything until we win your case.

In over three decades of defending the rights of the vulnerable, our car accident lawyer team has secured more than $175 million in verdicts and settlements for our Missouri clients. If you were injured because somebody else broke the rules of the road, see the value of your case by filling out our free personal injury calculator.

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How Common Are Car Accidents in Lake Ozark and Missouri?

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

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

How a Car Accident Lawyer in Lake Ozark, MO Can Help

With some standard fender-benders, you might be able to be fairly compensated without the help of an attorney. But when you are injured in a crash, you generally require a car accident lawyer to fight for you and make sure that you get the best possible outcome in your case. When you hire a Burger Law Lake Ozark, MO car accident lawyer, we will:

  • Conduct and investigation your accident and obtain evidence, for example:
    • Photographs
    • Surveillance video
    • Police reports
    • Official eyewitness statements
    • Your medical records
  • Make sure you receive the full medical care you need
  • Offer you wise and personalized legal guidance
  • Use our network of Lake Ozark, 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 in front of a judge and jury when the insurance company will not give you a fair offer

You can trust a Burger Law car accident lawyer in Lake Ozark, MO to persistently and fervently demand justice for your injuries. We have pledged our lives to helping the injured in Lake Ozark, MO in their recovery and in being made whole again. Our case review and initial investigation do no cost anything, so there is no risk in talking to. Contact a car accident lawyer immediately at (314) 500-HURT to go over your case.

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Lake Ozark, MO Car Accident Lawyer: Frequently Asked Questions

Most of our Lake Ozark, MO clients have never needed to hire a car accident lawyer before, and naturally have a good deal of questions about their rights and the legal process. Below are a few of the most frequent questions we are asked concerning 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 Lake Ozark, 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 kind of motor vehicle case.

How Do I Win an Auto Accident Case?

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

  1. Duty of Care: Missouri Revised Statute §304.120 dictates that drivers are "to exercise highest degree of care." So whoever gets behind the wheel necessarily 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 referred to as "causation," you need to show that the driver's breach of duty directly caused your injuries.
  4. Proximate Cause: This is what finally confirms liability and refers to the underlying source of your injuries. A drunk driver is clearly liable, but if a vehicle's brakes do not function properly, the proximate cause is defective parts and the driver may not automatically be at fault.
  5. Damages: That your injuries led to some sort of loss, like damage to your car, medical bills and/or lost wages.

Can I Still Collect 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 responsibility for your injuries, your compensation will be lessened by the percentage of fault you are responsible for. For example, if a jury grants you $100,000 for a crash, but establishes that you were 30 percent to blame, the final amount you collect would be $70,000.

How Much is My Car Accident Claim Worth?

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

  • Economic damages, for instance:
    • Lost wages
    • Lost earning potential
    • Medical costs, such as:
      • Urgent care
      • Subsequent doctors visits
      • Surgeries
      • Physical therapy
      • Medication costs
      • In-home medical treatment
      • Assistive devices such as wheelchairs or required upgrades to your home
      • Future estimated medical bills, such as further physical rehabilitation 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 rare cases in Lake Ozark, MO, such as drunk driving collisions, your car accident lawyer may be able to help you recover punitive damages.

How Are Noneconomic Damages Calculated?

It is hard to put a figure on intangible reverberations of an accident like pain and suffering. Noneconomic damages are generally quantified using one of two formulas:

  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 suffered. The daily amount is typically equal to the amount you make from a day's labor, the concept being that a day of suffering or emotional anguish has at least the same value as 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, often between 1.5 and 5, and the final number will be your total compensation. Three is used most often, and four and five are usually only used in cases that cause disability or permanent impairment.

Your Burger Law car accident lawyer in Lake Ozark, MO will ensure 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 Lake Ozark, MO?

Typically, under Missouri Revised Statute §516.120, you have five years from the date of your injury to make your personal injury claim in Lake Ozark or anywhere in Missouri. If you were under 21 at the time of the accident, you have five years from the day you turn 21. 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 results 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 hurt their claim. Some common mistakes your car accident lawyer in Lake Ozark, 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 trained to ascertain liability in accidents and their police report will be indispensable in your claim.
  • Not Documenting the Scene: Take photos of both vehicles and the surrounding area and obtain witness contact information. This will also be incredibly useful in your claim.
  • Not Seeking Medical Care: In order to be completely 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.
  • Believing the Insurance Company: Insurance adjusters employ a lot of deceptive tactics to pay you as little as possible; that is their job. Do not believe anything they say or make any recorded statements before talking to an attorney.
  • Taking the Initial 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 much better when all is said and done to wait for the fair financial recovery you are owed.
  • Not Hiring a Burger Law Car Accident Lawyer: Every Burger Law car accident lawyer has pledged their life to deliver justice for the injured in Lake Ozark, MO. When someone declines to admit liability or the insurance company is not being fair, we step in and insist that you are treated fairly and get the maximum compensation you deserve.

How to Avoid Auto Accidents | Lake Ozark, MO Car Accident Lawyer

Over three quarters of people who die in motor vehicle collisions are drivers. Every Burger Law car accident lawyer has seen firsthand the wreckage that a thoughtless driver can cause. While you cannot always control what other people do, there are several measures you can take to ensure your own safety as well as the safety of others on the Lake Ozark, MO roads.

  • Always use a seatbelt. In 2017, seatbelts saved an estimated 14,955 lives. Over four-fifths of drivers and passengers who are entirely thrown out of the vehicle perish, and most of the rest suffered grave, life-changing injuries. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration states that wearing a seatbelt lessens the chances of death by 45 percent and moderate to critical injury by 50 percent.
  • Be aware of the laws and best driving practices. The Missouri Department of Revenue has published a Driver Guide for Lake Ozark, MO drivers. Basic suggestions like driving slower and increasing following distance in winter conditions not only go a long way in keeping you and other drivers and passengers safe, but they also protect you from liability or being partially blamed for a crash if you do find yourself in one.
  • If you ride a motorcycle, wear a helmet. While Lake Ozark, 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 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 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 should be courteous to other drivers, passengers and pedestrians. Be aware of the fact 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 auto deaths are people under the age of 25. Maturity is likely a contributing factor.
  • Drive with both hands on the wheel. Only driving with one hand can significantly lessen your control of the vehicle. Quickly changing the A/C settings 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 diminish your ability to operate a motor vehicle 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 might deceive 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 reckless behavior of irresponsible drivers can still hurt you. When you get hurt because another person broke the rules of the road, you are entitled to maximum compensation for all of your damages. Every Lake Ozark, 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 Lake Ozark, MO

You only have one shot for a complete financial recovery. Do not let it slip. Our Lake Ozark, 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 actions. We know the financial implications of being injured are unexpected and severe. That is why we have dedicated our lives to seeing the injured and vulnerable in Lake Ozark, MO recompensed and made whole again. You do not have to go through these difficult times by yourself. To protect you and your family's future, call a Burger Law car accident lawyer in Lake Ozark, MO immediately at (314) 500-HURT or contact us online.

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