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Car Accident Lawyer Old Jamestown, MO

Car Accident Lawyer in Old Jamestown, MO. They broke the rules of the road, and now your life is upended. You should not have to pay because someone else behaved recklessly. Call a Burger Law Old Jamestown, MO car accident lawyer now at (314) 500-HURT or fill out our online form for a free case review and to start on your road to recovery.

The damage that selfish and negligent drivers can cause is often cataclysmic, and they need to be held accountable for their actions. Every Burger Law car accident lawyer has pledged their life to fighting back against bullies and standing up for of the vulnerable in Old Jamestown, MO to deliver them the compensation they need to heal and get their life back. If you were injured by a careless driver, we know you are angry — that is merited. You are also probably uncertain about the economic effects of medical expenses and lost wages, in addition to the physical and emotional pain that goes along with your injuries. The law offers you an avenue to recompense; our Old Jamestown, MO car accident lawyer team is here to lead you across it and fight for you until there is nothing left to fight and you are fully repaid for the harm another person's horrible actions caused. You do not have to wait another minute 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 secured over $175 million in verdicts and settlements for our Missouri clients. If you were hurt because somebody else broke the rules of the road, find out the value of your claim by using our free personal injury calculator.

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How Common Are Car Accidents in Old Jamestown and 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 because of the COVID-19 pandemic. A 2018 study reported that Missouri ranked 12th in the nation in deadly motor vehicle accidents, with 58 percent of those deaths happening on country roads. The Missouri State Highway Patrol reported 36,033 auto collisions that resulted in personal injury and 923 fatal auto wrecks.

If you were one of the many in Old Jamestown or anywhere in Missouri to be hurt on the road because of another person's carelessness, get in touch with a car accident lawyer right away at (314) 500-HURT.

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

With some common fender-benders, you might be able to be fairly reimbursed without the help of a lawyer. But when you are harmed in a wreck, you often need a car accident lawyer to fight on your behalf and ensure that you get the best possible end result in your case. When you hire a Burger Law Old Jamestown, MO car accident lawyer, we will:

  • Perform and investigation your case and obtain evidence, for example:
    • Photos
    • Surveillance footage
    • 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 guidance
  • Utilize our network of Old Jamestown, MO experts to help establish your case
  • Handle all the legal aspects of your case so you can focus on healing
  • Demand that you receive a fair settlement offer
  • Take your case in front of a judge and jury when we do not secure a fair settlement

You can believe in a Burger Law car accident lawyer in Old Jamestown, MO to tenaciously and passionately demand justice for your damages. We have devoted our careers to helping the vulnerable in Old Jamestown, MO in their recovery and in being made whole again. Our consultation and initial investigation do no cost anything, so there is no reason not to talk to us. Get in touch with a car accident lawyer now at (314) 500-HURT to discuss your case.

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Old Jamestown, MO Car Accident Lawyer: Frequently Asked Questions

The majority of our Old Jamestown, MO clients have never needed to hire a car accident lawyer before, and unsurprisingly 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 hinges on the specifics of your case. Some of the most common reasons our car accident lawyer team sees for claims in Old Jamestown, 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 a Car Accident Claim?

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

  1. Duty of Care: Missouri Revised Statute §304.120 stipulates that motorists are "to exercise highest degree of care." That means that any person who in control of a vehicle necessarily owes you a duty of care.
  2. Breach of Duty: The driver broke a law 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 ultimately determines liability and refers to the root cause of your injuries. A drunk driver is clearly liable, but if a vehicle's brakes do not function properly, the proximate cause is faulty components and the driver may not necessarily be liable.
  5. Damages: That your injuries caused some form of loss, for example damage to your car, medical costs 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 responsibility for your wreck, your compensation will be reduced by the percentage of fault you are responsible for. For example, if a jury grants you $100,000 for an accident, but finds that you were 30 percent to blame, the final sum you recover would be $70,000.

How Much is My Car Accident Claim Worth?

That is contingent on the significance of your injuries, the impact they have had your life and the abilities of your car accident lawyer. With the help of your attorney, you will be able to recover compensation for:

  • Economic damages, for instance:
    • Lost wages
    • Lost earning capacity
    • Medical costs, for instance:
      • Urgent care
      • Subsequent doctors visits
      • Surgeries
      • Physical rehabilitation
      • Medication expenses
      • In-home medical treatment
      • Assistive devices such as wheelchairs or required improvements to your home
      • Future estimated medical costs, like further physical therapy or prescriptions, or replacement costs for assistive devices
    • Transportation costs to and from medical treatment
    • 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 Old Jamestown, MO, for instance drunk driving crashes, your car accident lawyer may be able to help you collect punitive damages.

How Are Noneconomic Damages Calculated?

It is difficult to put a figure on intangible reverberations of a crash such as loss of capacity to enjoy life. Noneconomic damages are generally determined through one of two formulas:

  1. The Per Diem Method: "Per diem" means "per day" in Latin. In this method, you are awarded a daily amount for each day you were affected. The daily amount is typically the same as the amount you make from a day's labor, the belief being that a day of suffering or mental distress has at least the same value as a day's work. This method is not implemented for injuries causing disability as there is no way to know how long 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 final financial recovery. Three is used most often, and four and five are typically reserved for cases that cause disability or permanent impairment.

Your Burger Law car accident lawyer in Old Jamestown, MO will make sure that an insurance adjuster or jury understands the full extent that your injuries have impacted you and compensate you for all of your damages.

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

Generally, pursuant to Missouri Revised Statute §516.120, you have five years from the day your injury occurred to bring your personal injury claim in Old Jamestown 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 may seem like a long time, but it is important to reach out to a car accident lawyer right away for the best outcome in your case.

What Mistakes Can Hurt My Claim?

People who have not spoken with a car accident lawyer could mistakenly do or say things that make their claim harder to win. Some common mistakes your car accident lawyer in Old Jamestown, MO sees are:

  • Not Calling the Police: Under Missouri Revised Statute §300.110, you have to report an accident to the police "as soon as reasonably possible" if it lead to an injury. Police know how to determine liability in crashes and their police report will be indispensable in your claim.
  • Not Documenting the Scene: Take photographs of both vehicles and the nearby area and gather witness contact information. This will also be incredibly useful in your case.
  • Not Seeking Medical Treatment: In order to be completely compensated for your injuries, you need to have records of them and have them treated. Always be totally honest with your doctor about any pains you have.
  • Believing the Insurance Company: Insurance companies use a lot of deceptive tactics to compensate you with as little as they can; that is their job. Do not trust anything they say or make any recorded statements until you have spoken with an attorney.
  • Taking the Initial Settlement Offer: If you need the money as soon as possible, it might be tempting to take what you can get immediately. It is far better in the long term to wait for the fair financial recovery you are owed.
  • Not Hiring a Burger Law Car Accident Lawyer: Every Burger Law car accident lawyer has pledged their career to pursuing justice for the injured in Old Jamestown, MO. When someone declines to admit liability or the insurance company will not be fair, we step up and insist that you are treated fairly and get the fair financial recovery you deserve.

How to Avoid Auto Accidents | Old Jamestown, MO Car Accident Lawyer

More than 75 percent of people who die in traffic collisions are drivers. Every Burger Law car accident lawyer has seen firsthand the wreckage that a careless driver can cause. While you cannot always control what other people do, there are various steps you can take to protect yourself in addition to others on the Old Jamestown, MO streets.

  • Always use a seatbelt. In 2017, seatbelts saved an estimated 14,955 people from death. Over 83 percent of drivers and passengers who are entirely ejected from the vehicle die, and most of the rest experienced serious, life-changing injuries. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that wearing a seatbelt decreases the chances of death by almost half 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 Old Jamestown, MO roads. Fundamental tips like driving at lower speeds and increasing following distance in winter conditions 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 wreck if you do find yourself in one.
  • If you are a motorcyclist, use a helmet. While Old Jamestown, MO does not have laws obligating motorcycle drivers to wear helmets, they can save your life. 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 a motor vehicle crash. Pull over safely if you need need your phone for an emergency. If you use your phone for directions, turn the volume up 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 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 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. A less cautious attitude is likely a contributing factor.
  • Drive with both hands on the wheel. Just driving with one hand can significantly 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 significantly impair your ability to drive 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 may trick you into thinking you can drive home safely, but it is never true.

You can take every possible precaution when driving, but regrettably the careless behavior of irresponsible drivers can still cause you injury. When you get hurt because another person broke the rules of the road, you are owed the best possible compensation for all of your damages. Every Old Jamestown, 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 Old Jamestown, MO

You just have one shot for a complete financial recovery. Do not let it slip. Our Old Jamestown, MO car accident lawyer team fights back against bullies like resistant insurance companies and reckless drivers who do not want to take responsibility for their actions. We know the financial consequences of being injured are immediate and harsh. That is why we have pledged our lives to seeing the injured and vulnerable in Old Jamestown, MO reimbursed 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 Old Jamestown, MO now at (314) 500-HURT or contact us online.

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