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Car Accident Lawyer in North St. Louis County, MO. They broke the rules of the road, and now you are left to pick up the pieces. You should not have to pay because another driver acted thoughtlessly. Call a Burger Law North St. Louis County, MO car accident lawyer right away at (314) 500-HURT or fill out our online form for a free consultation and to start on your road to being made whole again.

The damage that unthinking and irresponsible drivers can cause is often cataclysmic, and they need to be held accountable for their actions. Every Burger Law car accident lawyer has devoted their life to fighting back against bullies and standing up for of the injured in North St. Louis County, MO to deliver them the financial recovery they need to mend and get their life back. If you were harmed by a careless driver, we know you are outraged — you deserve to be. You are also likely anxious about the financial burden of medical costs and lost pay, in addition to the physical and emotional pain that accompanies your injuries. The law extends a bridge to recompense; our North St. Louis County, MO car accident lawyer team is here to guide you through it and fight for you until there is nothing left to fight and you are wholly compensated for the harm someone else's neglect caused. You do not have to wait any longer to start the process of being made whole again. We do not charge any fees until we win your case.

In more than three decades of defending the rights of the vulnerable, our car accident lawyer team has secured more than $175 million in verdicts and settlements for our Missouri clients. If you were hurt because somebody else was careless, find out the value of your claim by using our complimentary personal injury calculator.

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Car Accident Statistics in Missouri

In Missouri, car accident fatalities went up by 12% between 2019 and 2020, even though there were fewer people on the road owing to the COVID-19 pandemic. A 2018 study found that Missouri ranked 12th in the nation in deadly traffic collisions, with over half of those deaths transpiring on rural roads. The Missouri State Highway Patrol says 36,033 motor vehicle wrecks that resulted in personal injury and 923 deadly auto wrecks.

If you were one of the many in North St. Louis County or anywhere in Missouri who was hurt on the road because of somebody else's careless behavior, get in touch with a car accident lawyer immediately at (314) 500-HURT.

What a Car Accident Lawyer in North St. Louis County, MO Can Do For You

With some standard fender-benders, you may be able to be fully reimbursed without legal representation. But when you are harmed in an accident, you generally need a car accident lawyer to fight by your side and ensure that you get the best possible outcome in your claim. When you hire a Burger Law North St. Louis County, MO car accident lawyer, we will:

  • Investigate your accident and acquire evidence, including:
    • Photographs
    • Surveillance video
    • Police reports
    • Official eyewitness depositions
    • Your medical records
  • Ensure you get the full medical treatment you need
  • Offer you wise and personalized legal guidance
  • Employ our network of North St. Louis County, MO experts to help establish your case
  • Manage all the legal aspects of your case so you can focus on healing
  • 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 depend on a Burger Law car accident lawyer in North St. Louis County, MO to aggressively and zealously demand justice in your case. We have devoted our careers to helping the vulnerable in North St. Louis County, MO in their recovery and in being made whole again. Our case evaluation and primary investigation do no cost anything, so there is no risk in speaking with us. Contact a car accident lawyer today at (314) 500-HURT to go over your case.

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North St. Louis County, MO Car Accident Lawyer: Frequently Asked Questions

Most of our North St. Louis County, MO clients have never needed to hire a car accident lawyer before, and unsurprisingly have many questions about their rights and the legal procedure. The following are several 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 North St. Louis County, MO are:

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

How Do I Win an Auto Crash Case?

In order to prove your claim, your car accident lawyer must prove 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." Meaning, any person who in control of a vehicle necessarily 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 known as "causation," you must show that the driver's breach of duty directly caused your injuries.
  4. Proximate Cause: This is what ultimately determines liability and refers to the root origin of your injuries. A drunk driver is plainly liable, but if a vehicle's brakes do not function properly, the proximate cause is defective components and the driver may not necessarily be liable.
  5. Damages: That your injuries resulted in some sort of loss, like damage to your car, medical bills 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 blameworthy for your accident, your compensation will be diminished by the portion of fault you share. For instance, if a jury awards you $100,000 for a crash, but determines 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, the effects they have had your life and the skill of your car accident lawyer. With the help of your lawyer, you will be able to get compensation for:

  • Economic damages, for instance:
    • Lost wages
    • Lost earning potential
    • Medical expenses, such as:
      • Urgent care
      • Follow-up doctors visits
      • Surgeries
      • Physical rehabilitation
      • Medication bills
      • In-home medical care
      • Assistive devices such as crutches or necessary upgrades to your vehicle
      • Future estimated medical bills, for example further physical rehabilitation 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 North St. Louis County, MO, for example drunk driving accidents, your car accident lawyer may be able to help you recover punitive damages.

How Are Noneconomic Damages Calculated?

It is hard to put a figure on intangible repercussions of a crash like pain and suffering. Noneconomic damages are typically quantified through one of two methods:

  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 usually equivalent to the amount you make from a day's labor, the thought being that a day of suffering or emotional anguish has at least the same value as a day's work. This method is not employed for injuries resulting to impairment as it is impossible 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 total recovery. Three is used most often, and four and five are generally only used in cases that lead to disability or permanent impairment.

Your Burger Law car accident lawyer in North St. Louis County, MO will make sure that an insurance company or jury realizes 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 North St. Louis County, MO?

Generally speaking, following Missouri Revised Statute §516.120, you have five years from the day your injury happened to file your personal injury claim in North St. Louis County or elsewhere 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 seem like a long time, but it is important to get in touch with a car accident lawyer immediately for the best outcome in your case.

What Mistakes Can Hurt My Claim?

North St. Louis County, MO residents who have not talked to a car accident lawyer might unintentionally do or say things that make their claim harder to win. Some common mistakes your car accident lawyer in North St. Louis County, MO sees are:

  • Not Calling the Police: Under Missouri Revised Statute §300.110, you are obligated to report an accident to the police "as soon as reasonably possible" if it causes injury. Police know how to ascertain liability in crashes and their police report will be crucial in your claim.
  • Not Documenting the Scene: Take photos of both vehicles and the surrounding area and collect witness contact information. This will also be extremely helpful in your case.
  • Not Seeking Medical Treatment: In order to be wholly compensated for your injuries, you need to have them recorded and treated. Always be 100 percent truthful with your doctor about any pains you have.
  • Believing the Insurance Company: Insurance adjusters employ a lot of tricks to pay you as little as they can; that is their job. Do not trust anything they say or make any recorded statements before talking to an attorney.
  • Accepting the Initial Settlement Offer: If you need the money as soon as possible, it might be tempting 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 pledged their career to seeking justice for the injured in North St. Louis County, 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 fair compensation you deserve.

How to Avoid Auto Accidents | North St. Louis County, MO Car Accident Lawyer

More than three quarters of people who die in motor vehicle crashes are drivers. Every Burger Law car accident lawyer has seen firsthand the damage that a careless driver can cause. While you cannot always control what other people do, there are several actions you can take to protect yourself in addition to others on the North St. Louis County, MO streets.

  • Always use a seatbelt. In 2017, seatbelts saved approximately 14,955 lives. Over 83 percent of drivers and passengers who are completely thrown out of the vehicle perish, and most of the rest sustained grave, life-altering 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 has published a Driver Guide for anyone on the North St. Louis County, MO roads. Fundamental 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 fault or being partially blamed for a wreck if you do find yourself in one.
  • If you are a motorcyclist, use a helmet. While North St. Louis County, MO does not have laws obligating 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 car collision. 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. 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 25 percent 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. Only driving with one hand can considerably lessen your control of the car. Quickly changing the A/C settings is likely 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 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 thinking you can drive home safely, but it is never true.

You can take every precaution imaginable when you get behind the wheel, but regrettably the careless behavior of irresponsible drivers can still cause you harm. When you get hurt because somebody else broke the rules of the road, you are entitled to complete compensation for all of your damages. Every North St. Louis County, 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 North St. Louis County, MO

You just have one shot for a full financial recovery. Do not let it go. Our North St. Louis County, MO car accident lawyer team fights back against bullies like resistant insurance companies and careless drivers who do not want to take responsibility for their actions. We know the economic consequences of being injured are sudden and severe. That is why we have committed our lives to seeing the injured and vulnerable in North St. Louis County, MO recompensed and made whole again. You do not have to go through these trying times by yourself. To protect you and your family's future, call a Burger Law car accident lawyer in North St. Louis County, MO right away at (314) 500-HURT or contact us online.

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