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Car Accident Lawyer Madison County, IL

Car Accident Lawyer in Madison County, IL. 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 behaved recklessly. Call a Burger Law Madison County, IL car accident lawyer immediately at (314) 500-HURT or fill out our online form for a complimentary case evaluation and to start on your road to recovery.

The damage that unthinking and negligent drivers can cause is often devastating, and they need to be held accountable for their behavior. Every Burger Law car accident lawyer has devoted their career to fighting back against bullies and standing up for of the vulnerable in Madison County, IL to secure them the compensation they need to heal and return to the life they know. If you were injured by a careless driver, we know you are angry — that is merited. You are also probably uncertain about the financial hardships of medical bills and lost work, in addition to the physical and emotional pain that comes with your injuries. The law provides you with a path to reparation; our Madison County, IL car accident lawyer team is here to lead you across it and fight by your side until there is nothing more to fight and you are completely compensated for the harm somebody else's neglect caused. You do not have to wait any longer to start the process of being made whole again. We charge no fees until we win your case.

In more than three decades of experience, our car accident lawyer team has gotten over $175 million in verdicts and settlements for our Missouri clients. If you were hurt because another person broke the rules of the road, find out the value of your claim by filling out our complimentary personal injury calculator.

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How Common Are Car Accidents in Madison County and 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 owing to the COVID-19 pandemic. A 2018 study reported that Missouri ranked 12th in the nation in fatal traffic accidents, with over half of those fatalities happening on country roads. The Missouri State Highway Patrol says 36,033 auto accidents that caused personal injury and 923 fatal auto collisions.

If you were one of the many in Madison County or anywhere in Missouri who was harmed on the road because of another person's horrible actions, get in touch with a car accident lawyer today at (314) 500-HURT.

What a Car Accident Lawyer in Madison County, IL Can Do For You

With some ordinary fender-benders, you may be able to be completely reimbursed without the help of an attorney. But when you are harmed in an accident, you often need a car accident lawyer to fight for you and ensure that you get the best results in your case. When you hire a Burger Law Madison County, IL car accident lawyer, we will:

  • Investigate your crash and gather evidence, including:
    • Pictures
    • Surveillance footage
    • Police reports
    • Official eyewitness testimony
    • Your medical records
  • Make certain you receive the full medical care you need
  • Offer you sound and personalized legal counsel
  • Employ our network of Madison County, IL experts to help build your case
  • Manage all communication, documentation, litigation and negotiations
  • Demand that you get a fair settlement offer
  • Take your case to court when we do not secure a fair settlement

You can trust a Burger Law car accident lawyer in Madison County, IL to aggressively and fervently demand justice in your claim. We have devoted our lives to helping the vulnerable in Madison County, IL 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. Reach out to a car accident lawyer today at (314) 500-HURT to discuss your case.

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Madison County, IL Car Accident Lawyer: Frequently Asked Questions

The majority of our Madison County, IL clients have never needed to hire a car accident lawyer before their injury, and as expected have many questions about their rights and the legal procedure. The following are several of the most frequent questions we get concerning 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 Madison County, IL are:

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

How Do I Prove a Car Accident Claim?

In order to win your case, your car accident lawyer must demonstrate 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." That means that 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 need to show that the driver's breach of duty directly caused harmed you.
  4. Proximate Cause: This is what finally confirms negligence and refers to the root cause 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 to blame.
  5. Damages: That your injuries caused some form of loss, such as damage to your car, medical expenses 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 to blame for your injuries, your compensation will be decreased by the percentage of blame you are responsible for. For example, if a jury awards you $100,000 for a wreck, but establishes that you were 30 percent to blame, the final total you recover would be $70,000.

How Much is My Car Accident Claim Worth?

That is contingent on the seriousness of your injuries, how they have affected your life and the abilities of your car accident lawyer. With the help of your lawyer, you will be able to be awarded compensation for:

  • Economic damages, such as:
    • Lost wages
    • Lost earning potential
    • Medical costs, for example:
      • Urgent care
      • Subsequent doctors visits
      • Surgeries
      • Physical rehabilitation
      • Medication expenses
      • In-home medical treatment
      • Assistive devices such as wheelchairs or necessary upgrades to your home
      • Future estimated medical expenses, for example further physical therapy or medication, or replacement expenses for assistive devices
    • Transportation costs related to your medical appointments
    • 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 Madison County, IL, such as drunk driving accidents, your car accident lawyer may be able to help you get punitive damages.

How Are Noneconomic Damages Calculated?

It is hard to put a dollar amount on intangible repercussions of an accident like pain and suffering. Noneconomic damages are usually determined through one of two formulas:

  1. The Per Diem Method: "Per diem" means "per day" in Latin. In this method, you are awarded a daily amount for each day you suffered. The daily amount is usually equivalent to your daily wage, the notion being that a day of pain or mental distress is at least worth a day's work. This method is not implemented for permanent injuries 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, typically between 1.5 and 5, and the product will be your total compensation. Three is used most often, and four and five are often only used in cases that cause disability or permanent impairment.

Your Burger Law car accident lawyer in Madison County, IL will ensure that an insurance adjuster or jury knows the full extent that your injuries have affected you and compensate you for all of your damages.

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How Long Do I Have to File a Car Accident Claim in Madison County, IL?

In most cases, under Missouri Revised Statute §516.120, you have five years from the date of your accident to make your personal injury claim in Madison County or anywhere 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 critical to reach out to 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 could mistakenly do or say things that hurt their claim. Some common mistakes your car accident lawyer in Madison County, IL sees are:

  • Not Calling the Police: According to Missouri Revised Statute §300.110, you must report an accident to the police "as soon as reasonably possible" if it causes injury. Police are trained to determine liability in collisions and their police report will be critical in your claim.
  • Not Documenting the Scene: Take pictures of both vehicles and the nearby area and gather witness contact information. This will also be extremely valuable in your case.
  • Not Seeking Medical Attention: In order to be fully compensated for your injuries, you need to have them recorded and treated. Always be totally honest with your physician about any aches you have.
  • Trusting the Insurance Company: Insurance adjusters utilize a lot of tricks 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 talked to a lawyer.
  • Taking the First Settlement Offer: If you need the money fast, it might be enticing to take what you can get now. It is a much better idea in the long term to wait for the complete compensation you truly deserve.
  • Not Hiring a Burger Law Car Accident Lawyer: Every Burger Law car accident lawyer has dedicated their life to pursuing justice for the injured in Madison County, IL. When someone does not want 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 compensation you deserve.

How to Avoid Auto Accidents | Madison County, IL Car Accident Lawyer

More than three quarters of people who perish in car collisions are drivers. Every Burger Law car accident lawyer has seen firsthand the havoc that a thoughtless driver can cause. While you cannot always control how other people drive, there are numerous actions you can take to ensure your own safety in addition to the safety of others on the Madison County, IL roads.

  • Always wear a seatbelt. In 2017, seatbelts saved an estimated 14,955 people from death. More than 83 percent of drivers and passengers who are entirely thrown out of the vehicle perish, and most of the rest experienced serious, life-altering injuries. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that wearing a seatbelt lessens the chances of death by 45 percent and moderate to critical injury by 50 percent.
  • Be aware of the rules of the road. The Missouri Department of Revenue offers a Driver Guide for anyone on the Madison County, IL 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 protect you from liability or being partially blamed for a collision if you do find yourself in one.
  • If you drive a motorcycle, use a helmet. While Madison County, IL does not have laws obligating motorcycle drivers to use helmets, they are literal life-savers. 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 effects of an auto collision. 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 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 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 traffic deaths are people under the age of 25. A less cautious attitude is likely a contributing factor.
  • Keep both hands on the wheel. Just having one hand on the wheel can significantly diminish your control of the vehicle. Quickly changing the radio is likely OK, but both hands should be on the wheel the majority of the time.
  • Call a taxi or ridesharing service if you have been drinking. Not only does alcohol significantly impede your ability to operate a car 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 might deceive you into thinking you can drive home safely, but it is never true.

You can take every precaution imaginable when driving, but unfortunately the reckless actions of irresponsible drivers can still harm you. When you get hurt because another person broke the rules of the road, you deserve the best possible compensation for all of your damages. Every Madison County, IL 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 Madison County, IL

You only have one chance for the best possible financial recovery. Do not let it slip. Our Madison County, IL car accident lawyer team pushes back against bullies like resistant insurance companies and careless drivers who do not want to take responsibility for their actions. We know the economic implications of being injured are unanticipated and harsh. That is why we have dedicated our lives to seeing the injured and vulnerable in Madison County, IL compensated and made whole again. You do not have to go through these taxing times alone. To protect you and your family's future, call a Burger Law car accident lawyer in Madison County, IL right away at (314) 500-HURT or contact us online.

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