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Car Accident Lawyer Maryland Heights, MO

Car Accident Lawyer in Maryland Heights, MO. They broke the rules of the road, and now your life is upended. You do not have to pay because somebody else was irresponsible. Call a Burger Law Maryland Heights, 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 self-centered and careless drivers can cause is often shattering, and they need to be held accountable for their behavior. Every Burger Law car accident lawyer has dedicated their life to fighting back against bullies and defending the rights of the vulnerable in Maryland Heights, MO to secure them the compensation they need to mend and return to the life they know. If you were hurt by a careless driver, we know you are outraged — you should to be. You are also probably anxious about the financial implications of medical expenses and lost wages, as well as the physical and emotional agony that comes with your injuries. The law extends a bridge to restoration; our Maryland Heights, MO car accident lawyer team is here to lead you through it and fight by your side until there is nothing more to fight and you are completely compensated for the damage another driver's horrible behavior caused. You do not have to wait any longer to start the process of being made whole again. We charge no fees until you recover the compensation you are owed.

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

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How Common Are Car Accidents in Maryland Heights and Missouri?

In Missouri, car accident fatalities went up by 12% between 2019 and 2020, even though 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 wrecks, with 58 percent of those deaths occurring on rural roads. The Missouri State Highway Patrol stated 36,033 auto wrecks that caused personal injury and 923 deadly car collisions.

If you were one of the many in Maryland Heights or anywhere in Missouri to be hurt on the road because of somebody else's neglect, get in touch with a car accident lawyer today at (314) 500-HURT.

How a Car Accident Lawyer in Maryland Heights, MO Can Help

With some typical fender-benders, you might be able to be fairly reimbursed without the assistance of a lawyer. But when you are hurt in a wreck, you often need a car accident lawyer to fight by your side and ensure that you get the best possible end result in your case. When you hire a Burger Law Maryland Heights, MO car accident lawyer, we will:

  • Investigate your crash and attain evidence, such as:
    • Photos
    • Surveillance video
    • Police reports
    • Official eyewitness statements
    • Your medical records
  • Make sure you get the full medical care you need
  • Provide you with wise and personalized legal counsel
  • Utilize our network of Maryland Heights, MO experts to help develop a legal strategy
  • Manage all communication, documentation, litigation and negotiations
  • Insist that you get a fair settlement offer
  • Take your case to court when the insurance company will not give you a fair offer

You can believe in a Burger Law car accident lawyer in Maryland Heights, MO to persistently and zealously demand justice for your injuries. We have dedicated our lives to helping the injured in Maryland Heights, 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 talking to. Contact a car accident lawyer now at (314) 500-HURT to discuss your case.

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Maryland Heights, MO Car Accident Lawyer: Frequently Asked Questions

Most of our Maryland Heights, MO clients have never needed to hire a car accident lawyer before, and unsurprisingly have many questions about their rights and the legal process. Below are a few of the most common questions we are asked 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 Maryland Heights, MO are:

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

How Do I Prove a Car Crash Claim?

In order to prove your case, your car accident lawyer will have to show 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." Meaning, any person who gets behind the wheel 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 must prove that the driver's breach of duty directly caused your injuries.
  4. Proximate Cause: This is what finally establishes liability and refers to the underlying cause of your injuries. A drunk driver is clearly liable, but if a vehicle's brakes do not function correctly, the proximate cause is faulty parts and the driver may not automatically be liable.
  5. Damages: That your injuries caused some sort of loss, for instance property damage, medical expenses and/or lost wages.

Can I Still Be Awarded Compensation If I Was Partially to Blame?

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

How Much is My Car Accident Claim Worth?

That hinges on on the gravity of your injuries, how they have impacted your life and the abilities of your car accident lawyer. With the assistance of your attorney, you will be able to recover compensation for:

  • Economic damages, for instance:
    • Lost wages
    • Lost earning potential
    • Medical bills, for example:
      • Emergency room visits
      • Subsequent doctors appointments
      • Surgeries
      • Physical rehabilitation
      • Medication costs
      • In-home medical treatment
      • Assistive devices such as wheelchairs or required improvements to your home
      • Future estimated medical costs, like further physical rehabilitation or medication, or replacement expenses for assistive devices
    • Transportation costs to and from 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 uncommon cases in Maryland Heights, 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 difficult to put a dollar amount on intangible consequences of a wreck like loss of capacity to enjoy life. Noneconomic damages are generally quantified using one of two formulas:

  1. The Per Diem Method: "Per diem" means "per day" in Latin. In this method, you are given a daily amount for each day you were impacted by your injury. The daily amount is generally the same as the amount you make from a day's work, the idea being that a day of pain or emotional agony has at least the same value as a day's work. This method is not used for permanent injuries as there is no way to know how many days your injury will impact 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 complete recovery. Three is the most common multiplier, and four and five are usually only used in cases that cause disability or permanent impairment.

Your Burger Law car accident lawyer in Maryland Heights, MO will make sure that an insurance adjuster or jury understands every way that your injuries have affected you and reimburse you for all of it.

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How Long Do I Have to File a Car Accident Claim in Maryland Heights, MO?

In General, following Missouri Revised Statute §516.120, you have five years from the day your injury transpired to file your personal injury claim in Maryland Heights 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 vital 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?

Maryland Heights, MO residents who have not spoken with a car accident lawyer might accidentally do or say things that make their claim harder to win. Some common mistakes your car accident lawyer in Maryland Heights, 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 lead to an injury. Police know how to determine fault in crashes and their police report will be critical in your case.
  • Not Documenting the Scene: Take pictures of both vehicles and the nearby area and collect witness contact information. This will also be very useful in your case.
  • Not Seeking Medical Care: In order to be wholly compensated for your injuries, you need to have records of them and have them treated. Always be totally honest with your physician about any pains you have.
  • Trusting the Insurance Company: Insurance companies utilize a lot of tricks to pay you as little as possible; that is how they make money. Do not believe anything they say or make any recorded statements until you have talked to a lawyer.
  • Accepting the Initial Settlement Offer: If you need the money as soon as possible, it may be enticing to take what you can get now. It is a far better idea 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 dedicated their life to seeking justice for the injured in Maryland Heights, MO. When someone does not want to admit liability or the insurance company refused to be fair, we step up and demand that you are treated fairly and get the full financial recovery you are owed.

How to Avoid Auto Accidents | Maryland Heights, MO Car Accident Lawyer

More than three quarters of people who die in car collisions are drivers. Every Burger Law car accident lawyer has seen with their own eyes the devastation that a reckless driver can cause. While you cannot always control other people's actions, there are many measures you can take to ensure your own safety as well as the safety of others on the Maryland Heights, MO streets.

  • Always use a seatbelt. In 2017, seatbelts saved an estimated 14,955 lives. Over 83 percent of drivers and passengers who are entirely thrown out of the vehicle die, and most of the rest experienced grave, life-changing injuries. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration states that wearing a seatbelt decreases the risk of death by almost half and moderate to critical injury by 50 percent.
  • Be aware of the laws and best driving practices. The Missouri Department of Revenue provides a Driver Guide for anyone on the Maryland Heights, MO roads. Fundamental suggestions like driving at lower speeds and increasing following distance in poor weather not only go a long way in keeping you and everyone else on the road safe, but they also protect you from liability or being partially blamed for an accident if you do find yourself in one.
  • If you ride a motorcycle, wear a helmet. While Maryland Heights, MO does not have laws forcing motorcycle drivers to wear helmets, they can save your life. In 2017, helmets saved 1,872 lives.
  • Do not use your cell phone. While you can always call someone back, you can never take back the effects of a motor vehicle crash. Pull over safely if you need need your phone for an emergency. 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 down at your phone.
  • Have the right attitude. No one owns the road, and we all should be respectful to other drivers, passengers and pedestrians. Recognize that you are controlling thousands of pounds of metal moving at high speeds. Safety needs to be your priority. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, almost one-fourth of motor vehicle deaths are people under the age of 25. Maturity is likely a contributing factor.
  • Drive with both hands on the wheel. Only having one hand on the wheel can significantly lessen your control of the vehicle. Quickly changing the A/C settings 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 considerably impair your ability to operate a car safely, but it also raises 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 unfortunately the negligent actions of irresponsible drivers can still cause you injury. When you get hurt because somebody else broke the rules of the road, you are owed full compensation for all of your damages. Every Maryland Heights, 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 Maryland Heights, MO

You only have one chance for a complete financial recovery. Do not let it go. Our Maryland Heights, MO car accident lawyer team pushes back against bullies like resistant insurance companies and negligent drivers who do not want to be held accountable for their actions. We know the financial consequences of being injured are unexpected and severe. That is why we have devoted our lives to seeing the injured and vulnerable in Maryland Heights, MO restituted and made whole again. You do not have to go through these trying times alone. To protect you and your family's future, call a Burger Law car accident lawyer in Maryland Heights, MO today at (314) 500-HURT or contact us online.

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