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Car Accident Lawyer Marceline, MO

Car Accident Lawyer in Marceline, MO. They broke the rules of the road, and now your life is upended. You do not have to pay because another driver was negligent. Call a Burger Law Marceline, MO car accident lawyer immediately at (314) 500-HURT or complete our online form for a free case evaluation and to start on your road to being made whole again.

The damage that unthinking and irresponsible drivers can cause is often catastrophic, and they need to be held responsible for their behavior. Every Burger Law car accident lawyer has pledged their career to standing up to bullies and standing up for of the injured in Marceline, MO to get them the financial recovery they need to heal and get their life back. If you were harmed by a negligent driver, we know you are angry — you should to be. You are also probably uncertain about the economic effects of medical bills and lost wages, as well as the physical and emotional pain that comes with your injuries. The law extends a bridge to recompense; our Marceline, MO car accident lawyer team is here to lead the way you across it and fight by your side until there is nothing more to fight and you are entirely compensated for the damage another person's horrible behavior caused. You do not have to wait any longer to begin on your road to recovery. We accept no fees until you collect the compensation you are owed.

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

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Chesterfield, MO 63005

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Car Accident Statistics in Missouri

In Missouri, car accident deaths rose by 12% between 2019 and 2020, despite the fact that there were fewer people on the road due to the COVID-19 pandemic. A 2018 study stated that Missouri ranked 12th in the nation in fatal traffic accidents, with over half of those fatalities transpiring on country roads. The Missouri State Highway Patrol reported 36,033 motor vehicle wrecks that resulted in personal injury and 923 deadly car crashes.

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

How a Car Accident Lawyer in Marceline, MO Can Help

With some standard fender-benders, you may be able to be completely reimbursed without legal representation. But when you are injured in a crash, you usually need 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 Marceline, MO car accident lawyer, we will:

  • Investigate your crash and attain evidence, for example:
    • Pictures
    • Surveillance footage
    • Police reports
    • Official eyewitness testimony
    • Your medical records
  • Make certain you receive the full medical treatment you need
  • Offer you sound and personalized legal guidance
  • Use our network of Marceline, MO experts to help develop a legal strategy
  • Handle all communication, documentation, litigation and negotiations
  • Insist that you are given 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 depend on a Burger Law car accident lawyer in Marceline, MO to persistently and passionately demand justice in your claim. We have committed our careers to helping the injured in Marceline, MO in their recovery and in being made whole again. Our consultation and initial investigation do no cost anything, so there is no risk in speaking with us. Call a car accident lawyer immediately at (314) 500-HURT to talk over your case.

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Marceline, MO Car Accident Lawyer: Frequently Asked Questions

Most of our Marceline, MO clients have never needed to hire a car accident lawyer before their injury, and unsurprisingly have a good deal of questions about their rights and the legal procedure. The following are some of the most frequent questions we are asked with regard 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 Marceline, MO are:

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

How Do I Prove a Car Crash Case?

In order to win your claim, 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 drivers are "to exercise highest degree of care." That means that any person who 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 have to show that the driver's breach of duty directly caused you harm.
  4. Proximate Cause: This is what ultimately confirms negligence and refers to the root source of your injuries. A drunk driver is obviously negligent, but if a vehicle's brakes do not function properly, the proximate cause is malfunctioning parts and the driver may not necessarily be at fault.
  5. Damages: That your injuries led to some kind of loss, for instance property damage, medical costs and/or lost wages.

Can I Still Receive Compensation If I Was Partially to Blame?

Yes. Missouri is a pure comparative fault state. What that means is that if you are found to be partially responsibility for your accident, your compensation will be decreased by the portion of fault you are responsible for. For example, if a jury awards you $100,000 for a crash, but establishes that you were 30 percent at fault, the final total you receive would be $70,000.

How Much is My Car Accident Claim Worth?

That hinges on on the severity of your injuries, the consequences they have had your life and the skill of your car accident lawyer. With the assistance of your attorney, you will be able to collect compensation for:

  • Economic damages, including:
    • Lost wages
    • Lost earning potential
    • Medical costs, such as:
      • Emergency room visits
      • Follow-up doctors visits
      • Surgeries
      • Physical rehabilitation
      • Medication costs
      • In-home medical care
      • Assistive devices such as wheelchairs or necessary improvements to your house
      • Future estimated medical expenses, for example further physical therapy 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 infrequent cases in Marceline, MO, for instance drunk driving crashes, your car accident lawyer may be able to help you collect punitive damages.

How Are Noneconomic Damages Calculated?

It is tough to put a number on intangible effects of an accident such as loss of capacity to enjoy life. Noneconomic damages are typically determined through one of two formulas:

  1. The Per Diem Method: "Per diem" stands for "per day" in Latin. In this method, you are granted 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 idea being that a day of suffering or mental agony is at least worth a day's work. This method is not used for permanent injuries as it is impossible to know how long 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 final recovery. Three is the most common multiplier, and four and five are generally reserved for cases that lead to disability or permanent impairment.

Your Burger Law car accident lawyer in Marceline, MO 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 Marceline, MO?

In most cases, under Missouri Revised Statute §516.120, you have five years from the date of your injury to bring your personal injury claim in Marceline or anywhere in Missouri. If you were under 21 at the time of the collision, you have five years from your 21st birthday. That may seem like a long time, but it is important to contact a car accident lawyer right away for the best outcome in your case.

What Mistakes Can Hurt My Claim?

Marceline, MO residents who have not been in touch with a car accident lawyer might mistakenly do or say things that hurt their claim. Some common mistakes your car accident lawyer in Marceline, 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 determine negligence in crashes and their police report will be crucial in your claim.
  • Not Documenting the Scene: Take photographs of both vehicles and the surrounding area and acquire witness contact information. This will also be incredibly useful in your claim.
  • 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 100 percent truthful with your doctor about any pains you have.
  • Believing the Insurance Company: Insurance adjusters use a lot of deceptive tactics to reimburse you for as little as they can; that is their job. Do not believe anything they say or make any recorded statements until you have spoken with a lawyer.
  • Taking the First Settlement Offer: If you need the money quickly, 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 are owed.
  • Not Hiring a Burger Law Car Accident Lawyer: Every Burger Law car accident lawyer has committed their life to pursuing justice for the injured in Marceline, MO. When someone refuses to admit liability or the insurance company will not be fair, we step in and insist that you are treated fairly and get the complete financial recovery you are owed.

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

More than 75 percent of people who die in auto collisions are drivers. Every Burger Law car accident lawyer has seen with their own eyes the destruction that a careless driver can cause. While you cannot always control how other people drive, there are numerous measures you can take to ensure your own safety as well as the safety of others on the Marceline, MO roads.

  • Always use a seatbelt. In 2017, seatbelts saved approximately 14,955 lives. More than 83 percent of drivers and passengers who are entirely ejected from the vehicle perish, and most of the rest suffered severe, life-changing injuries. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that wearing a seatbelt lowers the chances of death by 45 percent 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 Marceline, MO drivers. Simple 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 wreck if you do find yourself in one.
  • If you drive a motorcycle, wear a helmet. While Marceline, MO does not have laws requiring 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 consequences of a traffic 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 music off so you can clearly hear the directions and do not have to look.
  • Have the right attitude. We all share the road, and we all should be courteous to other drivers, passengers and pedestrians. Understand that you are controlling thousands of pounds of metal moving at high speeds. Safety needs to be your prime concern. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, almost 25 percent of motor vehicle deaths are people under the age of 25. Maturity is likely a contributing factor.
  • Keep both hands on the wheel. Only having one hand on the wheel can considerably lessen your control of the car. Quickly changing the radio is probably 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 substantially impede your ability to operate a car safely, but it also boosts your confidence and makes you feel more powerful, so you may think driving while drunk will be fine. Your brain may deceive you into believing you can drive home safely, but it is never the case.

You can take every possible precaution when you get behind the wheel, but unfortunately the reckless behavior of irresponsible drivers can still harm you. When you get hurt because another driver broke the rules of the road, you deserve maximum compensation for all of your damages. Every Marceline, 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 Marceline, MO

You only have one opportunity for the best possible financial recovery. Do not let it slip. Our Marceline, MO car accident lawyer team pushes back against bullies like resistant insurance companies and careless drivers who do not want to be held accountable for their actions. We know the economic hardships of being injured are immediate and severe. That is why we have pledged our lives to seeing the injured and vulnerable in Marceline, MO reimbursed and made whole again. You do not have to go through these traumatic times by yourself. To protect you and your family's future, call a Burger Law car accident lawyer in Marceline, MO now at (314) 500-HURT or contact us online.

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