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Car Accident Lawyer Maryville, MO

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

The damage that self-centered 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 dedicated their life to standing up to bullies and defending the rights of the injured in Maryville, MO to deliver them the financial recovery they need to move forward and return to the life they know. If you were injured by a careless driver, we know you are furious — that is merited. You are also likely worried about the financial effects of medical bills and lost pay, not to mention the physical and emotional anguish that accompanies your injuries. The law offers you a bridge to recompense; our Maryville, MO car accident lawyer team is here to lead you through it and fight by your side until there is nothing left to fight and you are entirely repaid for the destruction another person's horrible actions caused. You do not have to wait any longer to start on your road to recovery. We accept no fees until we win your case.

In over three decades of experience, our car accident lawyer team has won upwards of $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 injuries by using our complimentary personal injury calculator.

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Car Accident Statistics in Missouri

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

If you were one of the many in Maryville or anywhere in Missouri who was harmed on the road because of somebody else's irresponsible actions, reach out to a car accident lawyer today at (314) 500-HURT.

How a Car Accident Lawyer in Maryville, MO Can Help

With some common fender-benders, you may be able to be completely compensated without the assistance of an attorney. But when you are harmed in an accident, you generally require a car accident lawyer to fight by your side and make certain that you get the best possible outcome in your claim. When you hire a Burger Law Maryville, MO car accident lawyer, we will:

  • Perform and investigation your crash and gather evidence, for instance:
    • Photographs
    • Surveillance video
    • Police reports
    • Official eyewitness statements
    • Your medical records
  • Make sure you receive the full medical treatment you need
  • Provide you with trustworthy and personalized legal counsel
  • Utilize our network of Maryville, MO experts to help build your case
  • Manage all the legal aspects of your case so you can spend your energy on healing
  • Insist that you receive 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 Maryville, MO to tenaciously and fervently demand justice in your case. We have devoted our careers to helping the injured in Maryville, MO in their recovery and in being made whole again. Our case evaluation and preliminary investigation are free, so there is no risk in speaking with us. Reach out to a car accident lawyer today at (314) 500-HURT to discuss your case.

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Maryville, MO Car Accident Lawyer: Frequently Asked Questions

Most of our Maryville, MO clients have never needed to hire a car accident lawyer before, and as expected have a lot of questions about their rights and the legal procedure. Below are a few of the most common questions we get in relation 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 Maryville, MO are:

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

How Do I Win a Motor Vehicle Crash Claim?

In order to win your case, your car accident lawyer will have to demonstrate the five elements of negligence found in tort law:

  1. Duty of Care: Missouri Revised Statute §304.120 stipulates that drivers are "to exercise highest degree of care." So anybody who in control of a vehicle automatically owes you a duty of care.
  2. Breach of Duty: The driver is in violation of a statute or otherwise did not drive safely.
  3. Cause in Fact: Also referred to as "causation," you have to demonstrate that the driver's breach of duty directly caused you harm.
  4. Proximate Cause: This is what ultimately establishes liability and refers to the root cause of your injuries. A drunk driver is plainly negligent, but if a vehicle's brakes do not function properly, the proximate cause is malfunctioning components and the driver may not necessarily be at fault.
  5. Damages: That your injuries led to some type of loss, such as 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 liable for your accident, your compensation will be diminished by the portion of fault you are responsible for. For example, if a jury grants 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 depends on the seriousness of your injuries, the consequences they have had your life and the abilities 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 potential
    • Medical costs, including:
      • Emergency room visits
      • Follow-up doctors appointments
      • Surgeries
      • Physical therapy
      • Medication bills
      • In-home medical care
      • Assistive devices such as crutches or required upgrades to your house
      • Future estimated medical bills, for example further physical rehabilitation or prescriptions, or replacement expenses for assistive devices
    • Transportation costs related to your 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 uncommon cases in Maryville, MO, such as drunk driving crashes, your car accident lawyer may be able to help you receive punitive damages.

How Are Noneconomic Damages Calculated?

It is difficult to put a dollar amount on intangible repercussions of an accident like loss of capacity to enjoy life. Noneconomic damages are typically computed using one of two methods:

  1. The Per Diem Method: "Per diem" means "per day" in Latin. In this method, you are awarded a daily amount for every day you were impacted by your injury. The daily amount is generally equivalent to your daily wage, the concept being that a day of pain or emotional 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 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 financial recovery. Three is used most often, and four and five are often saved for cases that cause disability or permanent impairment.

Your Burger Law car accident lawyer in Maryville, MO will ensure that an insurance adjuster or jury recognizes the full extent that your injuries have affected 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 Maryville, MO?

Typically, according to Missouri Revised Statute §516.120, you have five years from the date of your injury to bring your personal injury claim in Maryville or elsewhere in Missouri. If you were under 21 at the time of the injury, you have five years from the day you turn 21. That may appear a long time, but it is vital 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 inadvertently do or say things that make their claim harder to win. Some common mistakes your car accident lawyer in Maryville, 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 causes injury. Police are trained to determine negligence in collisions and their police report will be invaluable in your claim.
  • Not Documenting the Scene: Take photographs of both vehicles and the surrounding area and collect witness contact information. This will also be incredibly helpful in your claim.
  • Not Seeking Medical Attention: In order to be fully compensated for your injuries, you need to have them recorded and treated. Always be totally frank with your physician about any pains you have.
  • Trusting the Insurance Company: Insurance adjusters utilize a lot of deceptive tactics to pay you as little as possible; that is how they make money. Do not trust anything they say or make any recorded statements until you have talked to a lawyer.
  • Taking the Initial Settlement Offer: If you need the money as soon as possible, it might be tempting to take what you can get now. It is a far 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 deliver justice for the injured in Maryville, MO. When someone declines to admit blame 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 | Maryville, MO Car Accident Lawyer

More than 75 percent of people who perish in motor vehicle crashes are drivers. Every Burger Law car accident lawyer has seen personally the devastation that a thoughtless driver can cause. While you cannot always control how other people drive, there are various actions you can take to protect yourself as well as others on the Maryville, MO roadways.

  • 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 completely expelled from the vehicle perish, and the majority of the rest suffered grave, life-changing injuries. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration states that wearing a seatbelt reduces the risk 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 provides a Driver Guide for anyone on the Maryville, 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 other drivers and passengers 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 Maryville, MO does not have laws requiring motorcycle drivers to use helmets, they can save your life. In 2017, helmets saved 1,872 lives.
  • Put away your cell phone. While you can always call someone back, you can never take back the effects of an auto accident. Pull over safely if you need to make an urgent call. If you use your phone for directions, put the volume on high 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. The road is for everyone, and we all should be respectful to other drivers, passengers and pedestrians. Understand 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 one-fourth of auto deaths are people under the age of 25. Maturity is likely a contributing factor.
  • Keep both hands on the wheel. Just driving with one hand can significantly lessen your control of the vehicle. Quickly changing the A/C settings 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 diminish your ability to operate a motor vehicle 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 might deceive you into believing you can drive home safely, but it is never true.

You can take every possible precaution when you get behind the wheel, but regrettably the reckless actions of irresponsible drivers can still harm you. When you get hurt because someone else broke the rules of the road, you are owed maximum compensation for all of your damages. Every Maryville, MO car accident lawyer at Burger Law takes on and wins the tough cases, and knows how to achieve great results.


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Car Accident Lawyer Maryville, MO

You just have one opportunity for a full financial recovery. Do not let it go. Our Maryville, MO car accident lawyer team stands up to bullies like resistant insurance companies and careless drivers who do not want to take responsibility for their actions. We know the financial implications of being injured are unanticipated and severe. That is why we have dedicated our lives to seeing the injured and vulnerable in Maryville, MO recompensed and made whole again. You do not have to go through these troublesome times by yourself. To protect you and your family's future, call a Burger Law car accident lawyer in Maryville, MO now at (314) 500-HURT or contact us online.

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