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Car Accident Lawyer Pacific, MO

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

The damage that unthinking and reckless drivers can cause is often catastrophic, and they need to be held responsible for their actions. Every Burger Law car accident lawyer has devoted their life to standing up to bullies and standing up for of the vulnerable in Pacific, MO to deliver them the financial recovery they need to heal and return to the life they know. If you were injured by an irresponsible driver, we know you are outraged — that is justified. You are also probably anxious about the financial consequences of medical expenses and lost wages, not to mention the physical and emotional agony that comes with your injuries. The law gives a bridge to recompense; our Pacific, MO car accident lawyer team is here to guide you through it and fight on your behalf until there is nothing left to fight and you are completely compensated for the destruction another person's careless actions caused. You do not have to wait another instant to start on your road to recovery. We charge no fees until you recover the compensation you are owed.

In more than three decades of experience, our car accident lawyer team has won more than $175 million in verdicts and settlements for our Missouri clients. If you were harmed because another driver was careless, find out the value of your case by filling out our complimentary personal injury calculator.

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How Common Are Car Accidents in Pacific and Missouri?

In Missouri, car accident deaths rose 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 fatal motor vehicle wrecks, with over half of those deaths happening on country roads. The Missouri State Highway Patrol reported 36,033 motor vehicle crashes that led to personal injury and 923 fatal car accidents.

If you were one of the many in Pacific or anywhere in Missouri who was harmed on the road because of somebody else's carelessness, call a car accident lawyer today at (314) 500-HURT.

How a Car Accident Lawyer in Pacific, MO Can Help

With some typical fender-benders, you might be able to be fully reimbursed without legal representation. But when you are harmed in a crash, you generally require a car accident lawyer to fight by your side and make certain that you get the best possible end result in your case. When you hire a Burger Law Pacific, MO car accident lawyer, we will:

  • Investigate your accident and obtain evidence, including:
    • Photos
    • Surveillance video
    • Police reports
    • Official eyewitness statements
    • Your medical records
  • Ensure you get the full medical care you need
  • Provide you with wise and individualized legal advice
  • Use our network of Pacific, MO experts to help develop a legal strategy
  • Handle all communication, documentation, litigation and negotiations
  • Insist that you are given a fair settlement offer
  • Take your case to trial when we do not secure a fair settlement

You can depend on a Burger Law car accident lawyer in Pacific, MO to tenaciously and fervently demand justice in your claim. We have devoted our lives to helping the injured in Pacific, MO in their recovery and in being made whole again. Our case evaluation and primary investigation do no cost anything, so there is no reason not to talk to us. Call a car accident lawyer immediately at (314) 500-HURT to talk over your case.

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Pacific, MO Car Accident Lawyer: Frequently Asked Questions

The bulk of our Pacific, MO clients have never had to hire a car accident lawyer before their injury, and unsurprisingly have a lot of questions about their rights and the legal process. Below are a few of the most common questions we are asked concerning car accident claims:

Who Is Liable in My Car Accident?

That is contingent the specifics of your case. Some of the most common reasons our car accident lawyer team sees for claims in Pacific, MO are:

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

How Do I Win an Auto Crash Case?

In order to win your case, your car accident lawyer will have to 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." Meaning, anybody who 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 you harm.
  4. Proximate Cause: This is what ultimately establishes liability and refers to the underlying cause of your injuries. A drunk driver is clearly negligent, but if a vehicle's brakes do not work, the proximate cause is malfunctioning components and the driver may not automatically be to blame.
  5. Damages: That your injuries led to some sort of loss, like property damage, medical expenses and/or lost wages.

Can I Still Receive Compensation If I Was Partially to Blame?

Yes. Missouri is a pure comparative fault state. Meaning, that if you are found to be partially culpable for your injuries, your compensation will be lessened by the percentage of fault you are responsible for. For example, if a jury awards you $100,000 for an accident, but establishes 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 significance of your injuries, the effects they have had your life and the abilities of your car accident lawyer. With the aid of your attorney, you will be able to collect compensation for:

  • Economic damages, such as:
    • Lost wages
    • Lost earning potential
    • Medical costs, for example:
      • Urgent care
      • Follow-up doctors visits
      • Surgeries
      • Physical therapy
      • Medication expenses
      • In-home medical treatment
      • Assistive devices such as crutches or necessary upgrades to your home
      • Future estimated medical costs, for example further physical rehabilitation or prescriptions, or replacement expenses for assistive devices
    • Transportation costs related to your 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 infrequent cases in Pacific, MO, for example drunk driving collisions, your car accident lawyer may be able to help you recover punitive damages.

How Are Noneconomic Damages Calculated?

It is hard to put a dollar amount on intangible repercussions of a collision such as pain and suffering. Noneconomic damages are usually determined 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 generally equivalent to the amount you make from a day's labor, the idea being that a day of pain or mental anguish is at least worth a day's work. This method is not used for permanent injuries as there is no way to know how long your injury will impact you.
  2. The Multiplier Method: In this method, your economic damages are multiplied by a number, generally between 1.5 and 5, and the product will be your final compensation. Three is the most common multiplier, and four and five are often reserved for cases that result in disability or permanent impairment.

Your Burger Law car accident lawyer in Pacific, MO will make sure that an insurance adjuster or jury knows every way that your injuries have impacted you and reimburse you for all of your damages.

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

Typically, according to Missouri Revised Statute §516.120, you have five years from the date of your crash to make your personal injury claim in Pacific or elsewhere in Missouri. If you were under 21 at the time of the wreck, you have five years from your 21st birthday. That may seem like a long time, but it is vital to call a car accident lawyer immediately for the best outcome in your case.

What Mistakes Can Hurt My Claim?

Pacific, MO residents who have not been in touch with a car accident lawyer could accidentally do or say things that make their claim harder to win. Some common mistakes your car accident lawyer in Pacific, 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 causes injury. Police are taught to determine negligence in collisions and their police report will be critical 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 incredibly valuable in your case.
  • Not Seeking Medical Attention: In order to be wholly compensated for your injuries, you need to have them recorded and treated. Always be totally frank with your physician about any aches you have.
  • Believing the Insurance Company: Insurance adjusters use a lot of tricks to pay you as little as they can; that is their job. Do not believe anything they say or make any recorded statements until you have spoken with an attorney.
  • Taking the First 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 run to wait for the maximum compensation you truly deserve.
  • Not Hiring a Burger Law Car Accident Lawyer: Every Burger Law car accident lawyer has committed their career to seeking justice for the injured in Pacific, MO. When someone refuses to admit culpability or the insurance company will not be fair, we step in and insist that you are treated fairly and get the fair compensation you are owed.

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

More than three quarters of people who perish in traffic crashes are drivers. Every Burger Law car accident lawyer has seen firsthand the devastation that a reckless driver can cause. While you cannot always control what other people do, there are numerous measures you can take to ensure your own safety in addition to the safety of others on the Pacific, MO roads.

  • Always wear a seatbelt. In 2017, seatbelts saved an estimated 14,955 lives. Over four-fifths of drivers and passengers who are completely ejected from the vehicle perish, and the majority of the rest experienced severe, life-changing injuries. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that wearing a seatbelt lowers the chances of death by almost half and moderate to critical injury by 50 percent.
  • Be familiar with the rules of the road. The Missouri Department of Revenue provides a Driver Guide for anyone on the Pacific, MO roads. Basic suggestions like driving slower 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 protect you from fault or being partially blamed for a wreck if you do find yourself in one.
  • If you are a motorcyclist, wear a helmet. While Pacific, MO does not have laws obligating motorcycle drivers to use helmets, they can save your life. In 2017, helmets saved 1,872 lives.
  • Put down your cell phone. While you can always text somebody later, you can never take back the consequences of an auto collision. 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 need to be courteous to other drivers, passengers and pedestrians. Be aware of the fact that you are controlling several tons 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 probably a contributing factor.
  • Drive with both hands on the wheel. Just driving with one hand can significantly diminish your control of the vehicle. Quickly changing the A/C settings 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 drive safely, but it also boosts your confidence and makes you feel more powerful, so you could think driving while drunk will be fine. Your brain might deceive you into believing you can drive home safely, but it is never the case.

You can take every possible precaution when you get behind the wheel, but unfortunately the careless actions of irresponsible drivers can still injure you. When you get hurt because somebody else broke the rules of the road, you deserve maximum compensation for all of your damages. Every Pacific, 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 Pacific, MO

You only have one opportunity for a complete financial recovery. Do not let it slip. Our Pacific, MO car accident lawyer team stands up to 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 sudden and harsh. That is why we have committed our lives to seeing the injured and vulnerable in Pacific, MO compensated and made whole again. You do not have to go through these taxing times by yourself. To protect you and your family's future, call a Burger Law car accident lawyer in Pacific, MO immediately at (314) 500-HURT or contact us online.

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