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Car Accident Lawyer Odessa, MO

Car Accident Lawyer in Odessa, 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 somebody else was negligent. Call a Burger Law Odessa, 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 selfish and careless drivers can cause is often catastrophic, and they need to be held accountable for their actions. Every Burger Law car accident lawyer has committed their career to standing up to bullies and defending the rights of the vulnerable in Odessa, MO to get them the compensation they need to heal and return to the life they know. If you were injured by a careless driver, we know you are angry — you deserve to be. You are also probably concerned about the financial effects of medical expenses and lost wages, to say nothing of the physical and emotional pain that accompanies your injuries. The law extends a path to reparation; our Odessa, MO car accident lawyer team is here to guide you across it and fight by your side until there is nothing more to fight and you are wholly compensated for the damage 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 anything until we win your case.

In more than three decades of practicing law, our car accident lawyer team has gotten upwards of $175 million in verdicts and settlements for our Missouri clients. If you were hurt because somebody else broke the rules of the road, see how much your injuries may be worth by using our free personal injury calculator.

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Chesterfield, MO 63005

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Car Accident Statistics in Missouri

In Missouri, car accident fatalities went up by 12% between 2019 and 2020, despite the fact that there were not as many people on the road due to the COVID-19 pandemic. A 2018 study found that Missouri ranked 12th in the nation in deadly motor vehicle collisions, with over half of those fatalities transpiring on country roads. The Missouri State Highway Patrol reported 36,033 motor vehicle accidents that led to personal injury and 923 deadly auto crashes.

If you were one of the many in Odessa or anywhere in Missouri to be injured on the road because of another person's negligent actions, call a car accident lawyer straight away at (314) 500-HURT.

How a Car Accident Lawyer in Odessa, MO Can Help

With some standard fender-benders, you might be able to be fairly compensated without legal representation. But when you are hurt in a crash, you generally require a car accident lawyer to fight on your behalf and make sure that you get the best possible outcome in your case. When you hire a Burger Law Odessa, MO car accident lawyer, we will:

  • Conduct and investigation your case and gather evidence, including:
    • Photographs
    • Surveillance video
    • Police reports
    • Official eyewitness depositions
    • Your medical records
  • Make certain you receive the full medical treatment you need
  • Provide you with wise and individualized legal advice
  • Utilize our network of Odessa, MO experts to help build your case
  • Handle 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 trial when the insurance company will not give you a fair offer

You can trust a Burger Law car accident lawyer in Odessa, MO to aggressively and zealously demand justice for your injuries. We have pledged our careers to helping the injured in Odessa, MO in their recovery and in being made whole again. Our case review and preliminary investigation do no cost anything, so there is no risk in talking to. Get in touch with a car accident lawyer now at (314) 500-HURT to go over your case.

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Odessa, MO Car Accident Lawyer: Frequently Asked Questions

The majority of our Odessa, MO clients have never needed to hire a car accident lawyer before their crash, and naturally have a good deal of questions about their rights and the legal procedure. Below are a few of the most frequent questions we get 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 Odessa, MO are:

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

How Do I Win a Car Crash Case?

In order to prove your claim, 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 states that motorists are "to exercise highest degree of care." That means that anybody 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 referred to as "causation," you need to demonstrate that the driver's breach of duty directly caused your injuries.
  4. Proximate Cause: This is what finally confirms liability and refers to the root origin of your injuries. A drunk driver is plainly liable, but if a vehicle's brakes do not work, the proximate cause is malfunctioning components and the driver may not automatically be negligent.
  5. Damages: That your injuries caused some kind of loss, such as damage to your car, medical bills 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 culpable for your wreck, your compensation will be reduced by the percentage of culpability you share. For instance, if a jury grants you $100,000 for a crash, but establishes that you were 30 percent at fault, the your final recovery would be $70,000.

How Much is My Car Accident Claim Worth?

That hinges on on the severity of your injuries, the impact they have had your life and the skill of your car accident lawyer. With the help of your attorney, you will be able to get compensation for:

  • Economic damages, for instance:
    • Lost wages
    • Lost earning potential
    • Medical costs, for example:
      • Urgent care
      • Follow-up doctors visits
      • 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 therapy or medication, or replacement costs 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 rare cases in Odessa, MO, such as drunk driving crashes, your car accident lawyer may be able to help you secure punitive damages.

How Are Noneconomic Damages Calculated?

It is hard to put a number on intangible consequences of a crash like pain and suffering. 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 granted a daily amount for each day you were affected. The daily amount is generally equal to the amount you make from a day's labor, the thought being that a day of suffering or emotional agony 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, typically between 1.5 and 5, and the product will be your total compensation. 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 Odessa, MO will make sure that an insurance adjuster or jury realizes every way 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 Odessa, MO?

Generally speaking, pursuant to Missouri Revised Statute §516.120, you have five years from the day your injury transpired to file your personal injury claim in Odessa or anywhere in Missouri. If you were under 21 at the time of the collision, you have five years from the day you turn 21. That may appear a long time, but it is critical to reach out to a car accident lawyer immediately for the best outcome in your case.

What Mistakes Can Hurt My Claim?

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

  • Not Calling the Police: Following Missouri Revised Statute §300.110, you need to report an accident to the police "as soon as reasonably possible" if it lead to an injury. Police are taught to determine negligence in crashes and their police report will be invaluable in your claim.
  • Not Documenting the Scene: Take photographs of both vehicles and the nearby area and collect witness contact information. This will also be very beneficial in your claim.
  • Not Seeking Medical Care: In order to be fully compensated for your injuries, you need to have records of them and have them treated. Always be totally honest with your doctor about any aches you have.
  • Trusting the Insurance Company: Insurance adjusters use a lot of tricks to reimburse you for as little as possible; that is their job. Do not trust anything they say or make any recorded statements before talking to a lawyer.
  • Accepting the Initial Settlement Offer: If you need the money fast, it may be appealing to take what you can get immediately. It is much better in the long run to wait for the fair compensation you are owed.
  • Not Hiring a Burger Law Car Accident Lawyer: Every Burger Law car accident lawyer has devoted their life to seeking justice for the injured in Odessa, MO. When someone declines to admit fault or the insurance company is not being fair, we step up and insist that you are treated fairly and get the maximum compensation you deserve.

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

More than 75 percent of people who die in auto wrecks are drivers. Every Burger Law car accident lawyer has seen with their own eyes the destruction that a thoughtless driver can cause. While you cannot always control other people's actions, there are numerous steps you can take to protect yourself in addition to others on the Odessa, MO roads.

  • Always use a seatbelt. In 2017, seatbelts saved approximately 14,955 lives. Over four-fifths of drivers and passengers who are completely thrown out of the vehicle perish, and the majority of the rest experienced severe, life-altering injuries. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that wearing a seatbelt decreases the risk of death by 45 percent and moderate to critical injury by 50 percent.
  • Be aware of the rules of the road. The Missouri Department of Revenue provides a Driver Guide for anyone on the Odessa, MO roads. Basic suggestions like driving slower and increasing following distance in poor weather not only do a lot to keep you and everyone else on the road safe, but they also protect you from fault or being partially blamed for a crash if you do find yourself in one.
  • If you ride a motorcycle, use a helmet. While Odessa, 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 text somebody later, you can never take back the effects of an auto accident. Pull over to the side of the road 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. Be aware of the fact that you are in control of 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 auto deaths are people under the age of 25. Maturity is likely a contributing factor.
  • Keep both hands on the wheel. Just having one hand on the wheel can considerably lessen your control of the vehicle. Quickly changing the radio 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 significantly impede your ability to operate a motor vehicle safely, but it also raises your confidence and makes you feel more powerful, so you might think driving while drunk will be fine. Your brain might trick you into believing you can drive home safely, but it is never the case.

You can take every precaution imaginable when you get behind the wheel, but regrettably the thoughtless actions of irresponsible drivers can still cause you harm. When you get hurt because another driver broke the rules of the road, you are owed complete compensation for all of your damages. Every Odessa, 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 Odessa, MO

You just have one opportunity for the best possible financial recovery. Do not let it slip. Our Odessa, MO car accident lawyer team pushes back against bullies like resistant insurance companies and careless drivers who do not want to be held accountable for their actions. We know the financial hardships of being injured are unanticipated and severe. That is why we have devoted our lives to seeing the injured and vulnerable in Odessa, MO reimbursed 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 Odessa, MO right away at (314) 500-HURT or contact us online.

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