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Car Accident Lawyer Mehlville, MO

Car Accident Lawyer in Mehlville, MO. They broke the rules of the road, and now your life is upended. You should not have to pay because another person was negligent. Call a Burger Law Mehlville, MO car accident lawyer right away at (314) 500-HURT or complete our online form for a complimentary consultation and to start on your road to being made whole again.

The damage that unthinking and negligent drivers can cause is often shattering, and they need to be held responsible for their behavior. Every Burger Law car accident lawyer has committed their career to fighting back against bullies and standing up for of the vulnerable in Mehlville, MO to deliver them the compensation they need to mend and get their life back. If you were injured by an irresponsible driver, we know you are angry — you deserve to be. You are also likely uncertain about the economic ramifications of medical expenses and lost pay, as well as the physical and emotional agony that goes along with your injuries. The law offers you an avenue to restoration; our Mehlville, MO car accident lawyer team is here to lead you through it and fight for you until there is nothing left to fight and you are wholly compensated for the harm another driver's carelessness caused. You do not have to wait any longer to start on your road to recovery. We do not charge any fees until we win your case.

In more than three decades of experience, our car accident lawyer team has delivered more than $175 million in verdicts and settlements for our Missouri clients. If you were harmed because somebody else was careless, find out how much your claim may be worth by using our free personal injury calculator.

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How Common Are Car Accidents in Mehlville and Missouri?

In Missouri, car accident fatalities increased 12% between 2019 and 2020, despite the fact that there were not as many people on the road because of the COVID-19 pandemic. A 2018 study found that Missouri ranked 12th in the nation in deadly road collisions, with over half of those fatalities occurring on rural roads. The Missouri State Highway Patrol reported 36,033 motor vehicle accidents that caused personal injury and 923 fatal auto accidents.

If you were one of the many in Mehlville or anywhere in Missouri to be injured on the road because of another person's carelessness, reach out to a car accident lawyer now at (314) 500-HURT.

What a Car Accident Lawyer in Mehlville, MO Can Do For You

With some standard fender-benders, you might be able to be fully compensated without the assistance of an attorney. But when you are harmed in a collision, you generally need a car accident lawyer to fight on your behalf and ensure that you get the best possible outcome in your claim. When you hire a Burger Law Mehlville, MO car accident lawyer, we will:

  • Conduct and investigation your crash and acquire evidence, such as:
    • Photographs
    • Surveillance video
    • Police reports
    • Official eyewitness statements
    • Your medical records
  • Make certain you receive the full medical treatment you need
  • Provide you with sound and individualized legal advice
  • Utilize our network of Mehlville, MO experts to help establish your case
  • Manage all communication, documentation, litigation and negotiations
  • Insist that you get a fair settlement offer
  • Take your case to trial when the insurance company will not give you a fair offer

You can believe in a Burger Law car accident lawyer in Mehlville, MO to tenaciously and fervently demand justice for your injuries. We have devoted our careers to helping the injured in Mehlville, MO in their recovery and in being made whole again. Our case review and primary investigation do no cost anything, so there is no risk in talking to. Get in touch with a car accident lawyer right away at (314) 500-HURT to go over your case.

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Mehlville, MO Car Accident Lawyer: Frequently Asked Questions

Most of our Mehlville, MO clients have never needed to hire a car accident lawyer before their accident, and unsurprisingly have a good deal of questions about their rights and the legal process. The following are some of the most common questions we are asked about 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 Mehlville, MO are:

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

How Do I Win a Motor Vehicle Crash Claim?

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

  1. Duty of Care: Missouri Revised Statute §304.120 states that motorists are "to exercise highest degree of care." Meaning, whoever in control of a vehicle automatically 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 known as "causation," you must demonstrate that the driver's breach of duty directly caused your injuries.
  4. Proximate Cause: This is what finally determines liability and refers to the underlying cause of your injuries. A drunk driver is clearly liable, but if a vehicle's brakes do not work, the proximate cause is defective parts and the driver may not automatically be liable.
  5. Damages: That your injuries led to some sort of loss, like 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 crash, your compensation will be decreased by the percentage of culpability you are responsible for. For example, if a jury awards you $100,000 for an accident, 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 impact they have had your life and the willpower of your car accident lawyer. With the help of your attorney, you will be able to collect compensation for:

  • Economic damages, for instance:
    • Lost wages
    • Lost earning capacity
    • Medical costs, for instance:
      • Emergency room visits
      • Follow-up doctors appointments
      • Surgeries
      • Physical rehabilitation
      • Medication expenses
      • In-home medical care
      • Assistive devices such as crutches or necessary improvements to your home
      • Future estimated medical costs, such as further physical therapy or prescriptions, or replacement costs 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 Mehlville, MO, such as drunk driving accidents, your car accident lawyer may be able to help you secure punitive damages.

How Are Noneconomic Damages Calculated?

It is tough to put a number on intangible consequences of a crash 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 given a daily amount for each day you were affected. The daily amount is often the same as your daily wage, the notion being that a day of suffering or emotional distress is at least worth a day's work. This method is not employed for injuries causing impairment as it is impossible to know how many days 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 recovery. Three is the most common multiplier, and four and five are often only used in cases that lead to disability or permanent impairment.

Your Burger Law car accident lawyer in Mehlville, MO will make certain that an insurance company or jury knows every way that your injuries have impacted you and compensate you for all of it.

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

Generally, according to Missouri Revised Statute §516.120, you have five years from the date of your crash to file your personal injury claim in Mehlville or anywhere in Missouri. If you were under 21 at the time of the crash, you have five years from the day you turn 21. That might appear a long time, but it is vital to contact 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 been in touch with a car accident lawyer could inadvertently do or say things that make their claim harder to win. Some common mistakes your car accident lawyer in Mehlville, MO sees are:

  • Not Calling the Police: Under Missouri Revised Statute §300.110, you must report an accident to the police "as soon as reasonably possible" if it results in injury. Police are taught to ascertain negligence in accidents and their police report will be indispensable 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 very helpful in your case.
  • Not Seeking Medical Care: In order to be totally compensated for your injuries, you need to have records of them and have them treated. Always be 100 percent frank with your doctor about any pains you have.
  • Believing the Insurance Company: Insurance companies employ a lot of tricks to pay you as little as they can; that is how they make money. Do not believe anything they say or make any recorded statements until you have talked to an attorney.
  • Taking the Initial Settlement Offer: If you need the money as soon as possible, it may be tempting to take what they are offering you now. It is much better in the long run 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 deliver justice for the injured in Mehlville, 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 maximum financial recovery you are owed.

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

Over 75 percent of people who perish in car accidents are drivers. Every Burger Law car accident lawyer has seen firsthand the destruction that a reckless driver can cause. While you cannot always control other people's behavior, there are several measures you can take to ensure your own safety in addition to the safety of others on the Mehlville, MO roads.

  • Always wear a seatbelt. In 2017, seatbelts saved an estimated 14,955 lives. More than four-fifths of drivers and passengers who are completely thrown out of the vehicle perish, and the majority of the rest experienced significant, life-altering injuries. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration states that wearing a seatbelt lowers 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 Mehlville, MO drivers. Fundamental suggestions like driving at lower speeds 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 shield you from liability or being partially blamed for a wreck if you do find yourself in one.
  • If you ride a motorcycle, wear a helmet. While Mehlville, 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 call someone back, you can never take back the consequences of a motor vehicle wreck. 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 do not listen to music or podcasts so you can clearly hear the directions and do not have to look.
  • Have the right attitude. The road is for everyone, and we all need to be polite to other drivers, passengers and pedestrians. Be aware of the fact that you are controlling thousands of pounds of metal moving at high speeds. Safety should be the first thing on your mind. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, almost one-fourth of motor vehicle deaths are people under the age of 25. A less cautious attitude is likely a contributing factor.
  • Drive with both hands on the wheel. Just driving with one hand can considerably diminish your control of the car. Quickly changing the A/C settings is probably 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 considerably diminish your ability to drive safely, but it also boosts your confidence and makes you feel more powerful, so you might think driving while drunk will be fine. Your brain may trick you into thinking you can drive home safely, but it is never true.

You can take every precaution imaginable when driving, but unfortunately the thoughtless actions of irresponsible drivers can still hurt you. When you get hurt because another person broke the rules of the road, you deserve complete compensation for all of your damages. Every Mehlville, MO 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 Mehlville, MO

You only have one shot for a complete financial recovery. Do not let it slip. Our Mehlville, MO car accident lawyer team fights back against bullies like resistant insurance companies and careless drivers who do not want to be held accountable for their behavior. We know the financial implications of being injured are unanticipated and harsh. That is why we have devoted our lives to seeing the injured and vulnerable in Mehlville, MO restituted and made whole again. You do not have to go through these difficult times alone. To protect you and your family's future, call a Burger Law car accident lawyer in Mehlville, MO straight away at (314) 500-HURT or contact us online.

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