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Car Accident Lawyer Park Hills, MO

Car Accident Lawyer in Park Hills, MO. They broke the rules of the road, and now your life is upended. You should not have to pay because another person was irresponsible. Call a Burger Law Park Hills, MO car accident lawyer immediately at (314) 500-HURT or complete our online form for a free case review and to start on your road to recovery.

The damage that unthinking and reckless drivers can cause is often cataclysmic, and they need to be held responsible for their behavior. Every Burger Law car accident lawyer has pledged their career to fighting back against bullies and defending the rights of the vulnerable in Park Hills, MO to deliver them the compensation they need to move forward and get their life back. If you were hurt by a careless driver, we know you are angry — you should to be. You are also probably worried about the financial effects of medical bills and lost work, not to mention the physical and emotional agony that comes with your injuries. The law gives a path to reparation; our Park Hills, MO car accident lawyer team is here to lead the way you through it and fight for you until there is nothing more to fight and you are completely compensated for the destruction another driver's negligence caused. You do not have to wait any longer to begin on your road to recovery. We accept no fees until we win your case.

In more than 30 years of practicing law, our car accident lawyer team has secured more than $175 million in verdicts and settlements for our Missouri clients. If you were hurt because another driver was reckless, see how much your claim may be worth by using our free personal injury calculator.

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How Common Are Car Accidents in Park Hills and Missouri?

In Missouri, car accident fatalities rose by 12% between 2019 and 2020, despite there being fewer people on the road due to the COVID-19 pandemic. A 2018 study found that Missouri ranked 12th in the nation in deadly traffic crashes, with 58 percent of those deaths happening on country roads. The Missouri State Highway Patrol stated 36,033 motor vehicle accidents that led to personal injury and 923 deadly motor vehicle crashes.

If you were one of the many in Park Hills or anywhere in Missouri who was harmed on the road because of another driver's negligence, get in touch with a car accident lawyer now at (314) 500-HURT.

How a Car Accident Lawyer in Park Hills, MO Can Help

With some ordinary fender-benders, you might be able to be fairly compensated without legal representation. But when you are hurt in an accident, you generally require a car accident lawyer to fight for you and make sure that you get the best possible outcome in your claim. When you hire a Burger Law Park Hills, MO car accident lawyer, we will:

  • Investigate your crash and obtain evidence, including:
    • Photos
    • Surveillance video
    • Police reports
    • Official eyewitness statements
    • Your medical records
  • Make certain you get the full medical care you need
  • Offer you sound and individualized legal guidance
  • Use our network of Park Hills, MO experts to help develop a legal strategy
  • Manage all the legal aspects of your case so you can focus on healing
  • Insist that you are given a fair settlement offer
  • Take your case to court when the insurance company will not give you a fair offer

You can count on a Burger Law car accident lawyer in Park Hills, MO to persistently and zealously demand justice in your claim. We have committed our lives to helping the vulnerable in Park Hills, MO in their recovery and in being made whole again. Our consultation and primary investigation are free, so there is no risk in speaking with us. Contact a car accident lawyer today at (314) 500-HURT to talk over your case.

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Park Hills, MO Car Accident Lawyer: Frequently Asked Questions

Most of our Park Hills, MO clients have never needed to hire a car accident lawyer before, and as expected have many questions about their rights and the legal procedure. Below are some of the most frequent questions we are asked with regard to 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 Park Hills, MO are:

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

How Do I Prove a Car Crash Case?

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

  1. Duty of Care: Missouri Revised Statute §304.120 states that drivers are "to exercise highest degree of care." So any person who in control of a vehicle automatically 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 have to demonstrate that the driver's breach of duty directly caused your injuries.
  4. Proximate Cause: This is what finally confirms negligence and refers to the underlying origin of your injuries. A drunk driver is obviously liable, but if a vehicle's brakes do not work, the proximate cause is defective parts and the driver may not automatically be at fault.
  5. Damages: That your injuries led to some kind of loss, for instance property damage, medical costs 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 to blame for your wreck, your compensation will be reduced by the percentage of blame you share. For instance, if a jury awards you $100,000 for a collision, but determines that you were 30 percent to blame, 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, how they have affected your life and the talent of your car accident lawyer. With the help of your lawyer, you will be able to be awarded compensation for:

  • Economic damages, including:
    • Lost wages
    • Lost earning potential
    • Medical expenses, for example:
      • Emergency room visits
      • Follow-up doctors visits
      • Surgeries
      • Physical therapy
      • Medication bills
      • In-home medical treatment
      • Assistive devices such as wheelchairs or required upgrades to your house
      • Future estimated medical bills, such as further physical rehabilitation or prescriptions, or replacement costs 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 rare cases in Park Hills, MO, such as drunk driving collisions, your car accident lawyer may be able to help you receive punitive damages.

How Are Noneconomic Damages Calculated?

It is difficult to put a figure on intangible repercussions of an accident such as mental anguish. Noneconomic damages are usually calculated through one of two methods:

  1. The Per Diem Method: "Per diem" means "per day" in Latin. In this method, you are awarded a daily amount for every day you were impacted by your injury. The daily amount is often the same as the amount you make from a day's labor, the belief being that a day of pain or emotional distress has at least the same value as a day's work. This method is not implemented for injuries leading to impairment as there is no way 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 final recovery. Three is used most often, and four and five are often only used in cases that cause disability or permanent impairment.

Your Burger Law car accident lawyer in Park Hills, MO will make certain that an insurance adjuster or jury knows 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 Park Hills, MO?

Generally, according to Missouri Revised Statute §516.120, you have five years from the date of your wreck to make your personal injury claim in Park Hills 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 seem like a long time, but it is important to contact 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 could unintentionally do or say things that make their claim harder to win. Some common mistakes your car accident lawyer in Park Hills, MO sees are:

  • Not Calling the Police: According to 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 are coached to determine fault in collisions and their police report will be invaluable in your case.
  • Not Documenting the Scene: Take photos of both vehicles and the surrounding area and ask for witness contact information. This will also be very helpful in your claim.
  • Not Seeking Medical Treatment: In order to be fully compensated for your injuries, you need to have records of them and have them treated. Always be entirely frank with your physician about any pains you have.
  • Trusting the Insurance Company: Insurance companies use a lot of deceptive tactics to compensate you with as little as they can; that is how they make money. Do not believe anything they say or make any recorded statements until you have talked to a lawyer.
  • Taking the First Settlement Offer: If you need the money as soon as possible, it might be appealing to take what you can get now. It is much better when all is said and done to wait for the fair compensation you are owed.
  • Not Hiring a Burger Law Car Accident Lawyer: Every Burger Law car accident lawyer has committed their life to pursuing justice for the injured in Park Hills, MO. When someone refuses to admit fault or the insurance company will not be fair, we step in and demand that you are treated fairly and get the complete financial recovery you deserve.

How to Avoid Auto Accidents | Park Hills, MO Car Accident Lawyer

More than 75 percent of people who perish in auto accidents are drivers. Every Burger Law car accident lawyer has seen firsthand the damage that a reckless driver can cause. While you cannot always control other people's actions, there are several actions you can take to ensure your own safety as well as the safety of others on the Park Hills, MO roads.

  • Always wear a seatbelt. In 2017, seatbelts saved an estimated 14,955 people from death. Over 83 percent of drivers and passengers who are completely thrown out of the vehicle perish, and the majority of the rest sustained significant, 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 familiar with the laws and best driving practices. The Missouri Department of Revenue offers a Driver Guide for Park Hills, MO drivers. Fundamental suggestions like driving at lower speeds and increasing following distance in poor weather not only go a long way in keeping you and other drivers and passengers safe, but they also shield 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 Park Hills, MO does not have laws requiring 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 consequences of an auto collision. Pull over safely if you need need your phone for an emergency. 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.
  • Have the right attitude. The road is for everyone, and we all should be respectful to other drivers, passengers and pedestrians. Understand that you are controlling thousands of pounds of metal moving at high speeds. Safety needs to be your prime concern. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, almost one-fourth of auto deaths are people under the age of 25. Maturity is probably a contributing factor.
  • Keep both hands on the wheel. Only having one hand on the wheel can significantly diminish your control of the car. Quickly changing the radio 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 might deceive you into thinking you can drive home safely, but it is never the case.

You can take every precaution imaginable when driving, but regrettably the thoughtless actions of irresponsible drivers can still harm you. When you get hurt because another person broke the rules of the road, you are entitled to full compensation for all of your damages. Every Park Hills, 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 Park Hills, MO

You just have one opportunity for a complete financial recovery. Do not let it slip. Our Park Hills, MO car accident lawyer team pushes back against bullies like resistant insurance companies and thoughtless drivers who do not want to take responsibility for their actions. We know the economic consequences of being injured are immediate and severe. That is why we have dedicated our lives to seeing the injured and vulnerable in Park Hills, MO restituted 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 Park Hills, MO straight away at (314) 500-HURT or contact us online.

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