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Car Accident Lawyer Oakville, MO

Car Accident Lawyer in Oakville, MO. They broke the rules of the road, and now your life is upended. You do not have to pay because another person behaved recklessly. Call a Burger Law Oakville, MO car accident lawyer now at (314) 500-HURT or complete our online form for a free consultation and to start on your road to recovery.

The damage that selfish and irresponsible drivers can cause is often devastating, and they need to be held responsible for their actions. Every Burger Law car accident lawyer has pledged their life to fighting back against bullies and defending the rights of the injured in Oakville, MO to secure them the financial recovery they need to move forward and get their life back. If you were harmed by a negligent driver, we know you are infuriated — you should to be. You are also probably worried about the economic effects of medical costs and lost pay, as well as the physical and emotional anguish that comes with your injuries. The law offers you a path to restitution; our Oakville, MO car accident lawyer team is here to lead you across it and fight on your behalf until there is nothing more to fight and you are wholly compensated for the destruction somebody else's irresponsible actions caused. You do not have to wait another instant to begin the process of being made whole again. We charge no fees until we win your case.

In more than three decades of practice, our car accident lawyer team has gotten more than $175 million in verdicts and settlements for our Missouri clients. If you were injured because someone else broke the rules of the road, see the value of your claim by using our free personal injury calculator.

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How Common Are Car Accidents in Oakville and Missouri?

In Missouri, car accident deaths increased 12% between 2019 and 2020, despite there being fewer people on the road owing to the COVID-19 pandemic. A 2018 study reported that Missouri ranked 12th in the nation in fatal auto wrecks, with over half of those fatalities occurring on country roads. The Missouri State Highway Patrol says 36,033 auto wrecks that resulted in personal injury and 923 deadly auto accidents.

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

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

With some ordinary fender-benders, you may be able to be fairly reimbursed without the aid of a lawyer. But when you are hurt in a crash, you generally need a car accident lawyer to fight by your side and ensure that you get the best results in your claim. When you hire a Burger Law Oakville, MO car accident lawyer, we will:

  • Investigate your accident and attain evidence, for example:
    • Photographs
    • Surveillance video
    • Police reports
    • Official eyewitness depositions
    • Your medical records
  • Make certain you get the full medical care you need
  • Offer you wise and individualized legal advice
  • Use our network of Oakville, MO experts to help build your case
  • Handle all the legal aspects of your case so you can focus on healing
  • Insist that you receive a fair settlement offer
  • Take your case to trial when the insurance company will not give you a fair offer

You can count on a Burger Law car accident lawyer in Oakville, MO to persistently and zealously demand justice for your damages. We have pledged our lives to helping the injured in Oakville, MO in their recovery and in being made whole again. Our case review and initial investigation are free, so there is no reason not to talk to us. Contact a car accident lawyer now at (314) 500-HURT to talk over your case.

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Oakville, MO Car Accident Lawyer: Frequently Asked Questions

The majority of our Oakville, MO clients have never needed to hire a car accident lawyer prior to their accident, and unsurprisingly have many questions about their rights and the legal procedure. The following are a few of the most frequent questions we are asked 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 Oakville, MO are:

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

How Do I Win a Car Crash Claim?

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

  1. Duty of Care: Missouri Revised Statute §304.120 specifies that drivers are "to exercise highest degree of care." Meaning, whoever 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 known as "causation," you need to prove that the driver's breach of duty directly caused your injuries.
  4. Proximate Cause: This is what finally confirms negligence and refers to the root cause of your injuries. A drunk driver is clearly liable, but if a vehicle's brakes do not work, the proximate cause is malfunctioning components and the driver may not necessarily be at fault.
  5. Damages: That your injuries resulted in some form of loss, for instance damage to your car, medical bills and/or lost wages.

Can I Still Collect Compensation If I Was Partially at Fault?

Yes. Missouri is a pure comparative fault state. What that means is that if you are found to be partially liable for your injuries, your compensation will be reduced by the percentage of blame you are responsible for. For example, if a jury grants you $100,000 for an accident, but finds that you were 30 percent at fault, the your final recovery would be $70,000.

How Much is My Car Accident Claim Worth?

That is contingent on the seriousness 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 receive compensation for:

  • Economic damages, such as:
    • Lost wages
    • Lost earning capacity
    • Medical bills, for example:
      • Urgent care
      • Follow-up doctors appointments
      • Surgeries
      • Physical therapy
      • Medication expenses
      • In-home medical care
      • Assistive devices such as crutches or required upgrades to your home
      • Future estimated medical bills, 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 rare cases in Oakville, 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 tough to put a dollar amount on intangible reverberations of an accident such as mental anguish. Noneconomic damages are usually determined using 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 affected. The daily amount is typically equivalent to the amount you make from a day's work, the concept being that a day of pain or emotional agony is at least worth a day's work. This method is not implemented for injuries leading to disability 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, generally between 1.5 and 5, and the final number will be your final recovery. Three is used most often, and four and five are usually saved for cases that lead to disability or permanent impairment.

Your Burger Law car accident lawyer in Oakville, MO will ensure that an insurance adjuster or jury realizes the full extent that your injuries have impacted you and reimburse you for all of it.

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

Generally, pursuant to Missouri Revised Statute §516.120, you have five years from the day your injury transpired to file your personal injury claim in Oakville or elsewhere in Missouri. If you were under 21 at the time of the accident, you have five years from your 21st birthday. That might appear a long time, but it is imperative to get in touch with a car accident lawyer as soon as possible for the best outcome in your case.

What Mistakes Can Hurt My Claim?

People who have not talked to a car accident lawyer may inadvertently do or say things that make their claim harder to win. Some common mistakes your car accident lawyer in Oakville, MO sees are:

  • Not Calling the Police: Pursuant to Missouri Revised Statute §300.110, you must report an accident to the police "as soon as reasonably possible" if it lead to an injury. Police know how to ascertain negligence in crashes and their police report will be indispensable in your case.
  • Not Documenting the Scene: Take photographs of both vehicles and the surrounding area and gather witness contact information. This will also be very beneficial in your case.
  • Not Seeking Medical Attention: In order to be fully compensated for your injuries, you need to have records of them and have them treated. Always be 100 percent honest with your physician about any pains you have.
  • Trusting the Insurance Company: Insurance companies employ a lot of deceptive tactics to compensate you with as little as they can; that is their job. Do not believe 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 quickly, it might be tempting to take what they are offering you now. It is a far better idea when all is said and done to wait for the maximum financial recovery you are owed.
  • Not Hiring a Burger Law Car Accident Lawyer: Every Burger Law car accident lawyer has dedicated their life to pursuing justice for the injured in Oakville, MO. When someone declines to admit blame or the insurance company is not being fair, we step up and demand that you are treated fairly and get the fair compensation you deserve.

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

Over three quarters of people who die in motor vehicle wrecks are drivers. Every Burger Law car accident lawyer has seen personally the havoc that a reckless driver can cause. While you cannot always control other people's actions, there are many steps you can take to ensure your own safety as well as the safety of others on the Oakville, MO streets.

  • Always use a seatbelt. In 2017, seatbelts saved an estimated 14,955 people from death. More than 83 percent of drivers and passengers who are entirely thrown out of the vehicle die, and the majority of the rest experienced severe, life-changing injuries. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration states that wearing a seatbelt lessens the chances of death by 45 percent and moderate to critical injury by 50 percent.
  • Be familiar with the rules of the road. The Missouri Department of Revenue has published a Driver Guide for Oakville, MO drivers. Simple tips 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 protect you from liability or being partially blamed for an accident if you do find yourself in one.
  • If you are a motorcyclist, wear a helmet. While Oakville, MO does not have laws requiring motorcycle drivers to use helmets, they are literal life-savers. 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 a motor vehicle collision. 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. No one owns the road, and we all need to be respectful 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 a quarter of auto 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 substantially lessen your control of the vehicle. 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 considerably impede your ability to operate a motor vehicle safely, but it also raises your confidence and makes you feel more powerful, so you may 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 possible precaution when driving, but unfortunately the negligent behavior of irresponsible drivers can still cause you injury. When you get hurt because another driver broke the rules of the road, you are entitled to complete compensation for all of your damages. Every Oakville, 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 Oakville, MO

You just have one chance for a complete financial recovery. Do not let it go. Our Oakville, MO car accident lawyer team fights back against bullies like resistant insurance companies and reckless drivers who do not want to be held accountable for their behavior. We know the financial hardships of being injured are sudden and harsh. That is why we have pledged our lives to seeing the injured and vulnerable in Oakville, MO compensated and made whole again. You do not have to go through these difficult times by yourself. To protect you and your family's future, call a Burger Law car accident lawyer in Oakville, MO today at (314) 500-HURT or contact us online.

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