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Car Accident Lawyer Pettis County, MO

Car Accident Lawyer in Pettis County, MO. They broke the rules of the road, and now your life is upended. You should not have to pay because another driver was irresponsible. Call a Burger Law Pettis County, MO car accident lawyer immediately 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 unthinking 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 standing up to bullies and defending the rights of the injured in Pettis County, MO to deliver them the compensation they need to move forward and return to the life they know. If you were injured by a negligent driver, we know you are outraged — that is justified. You are also likely concerned about the financial hardships of medical bills and lost work, not to mention the physical and emotional anguish that goes along with your injuries. The law gives a bridge to reparation; our Pettis County, MO car accident lawyer team is here to guide you across it and fight on your behalf until there is nothing left to fight and you are completely compensated for the destruction another person's carelessness caused. You do not have to wait another instant to start on your road to recovery. We accept no fees until we win your case.

In more than 30 years of practice, 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 broke the rules of the road, find out how much your claim may be worth by filling out our free personal injury calculator.

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Chesterfield, MO 63005

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How Common Are Car Accidents in Pettis County 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 stated that Missouri ranked 12th in the nation in deadly road collisions, with over half of those deaths occurring on rural roads. The Missouri State Highway Patrol stated 36,033 auto accidents that resulted in personal injury and 923 deadly auto crashes.

If you were one of the many in Pettis County or anywhere in Missouri who was harmed on the road because of someone else's careless behavior, get in touch with a car accident lawyer today at (314) 500-HURT.

How a Car Accident Lawyer in Pettis County, MO Can Help

With some typical fender-benders, you might be able to be fairly compensated without the assistance of a lawyer. But when you are hurt in a crash, you usually require 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 Pettis County, MO car accident lawyer, we will:

  • Conduct and investigation your accident and gather evidence, such as:
    • Pictures
    • Surveillance footage
    • Police reports
    • Official eyewitness testimony
    • Your medical records
  • Ensure you receive the full medical treatment you need
  • Offer you trustworthy and individualized legal advice
  • Utilize our network of Pettis County, MO experts to help develop a legal strategy
  • Manage all communication, documentation, litigation and negotiations
  • Insist that you are given a fair settlement offer
  • Take your case to trial when the insurance company will not give you a fair offer

You can depend on a Burger Law car accident lawyer in Pettis County, MO to forcefully and zealously demand justice for your damages. We have pledged our careers to helping the injured in Pettis County, MO in their recovery and in being made whole again. Our consultation and preliminary investigation are free, so there is no risk in speaking with us. Contact a car accident lawyer today at (314) 500-HURT to discuss your case.

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Pettis County, MO Car Accident Lawyer: Frequently Asked Questions

The majority of our Pettis County, MO clients have never needed to hire a car accident lawyer before, and unsurprisingly have many questions about their rights and the legal process. The following are some 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 Pettis County, MO are:

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

How Do I Prove a Car Crash Claim?

In order to prove your case, your car accident lawyer will have to prove 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." So whoever 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 hurt you.
  4. Proximate Cause: This is what finally establishes negligence and refers to the root cause of your injuries. A drunk driver is plainly negligent, but if a vehicle's brakes do not function correctly, the proximate cause is malfunctioning parts and the driver may not automatically be liable.
  5. Damages: That your injuries led to some kind of loss, such as damage to your car, medical bills and/or lost wages.

Can I Still Be Awarded Compensation If I Was Partially to Blame?

Yes. Missouri is a pure comparative fault state. Meaning, that if you are found to be partially at fault for your injuries, your compensation will be decreased by the percentage of fault you are responsible for. For instance, if a jury grants you $100,000 for a wreck, but finds that you were 30 percent at fault, the final total you collect would be $70,000.

How Much is My Car Accident Claim Worth?

That hinges on on the significance of your injuries, how they have impacted your life and the abilities of your car accident lawyer. With the help of your attorney, you will be able to receive compensation for:

  • Economic damages, including:
    • Lost wages
    • Lost earning potential
    • Medical costs, for instance:
      • Urgent care
      • Follow-up doctors appointments
      • Surgeries
      • Physical rehabilitation
      • Medication costs
      • In-home medical care
      • Assistive devices such as wheelchairs or required upgrades to your vehicle
      • Future estimated medical expenses, for instance further physical therapy or medication, 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 Pettis County, MO, for instance drunk driving collisions, your car accident lawyer may be able to help you collect punitive damages.

How Are Noneconomic Damages Calculated?

It is tough to put a figure on intangible reverberations of an accident like loss of capacity to enjoy life. Noneconomic damages are typically quantified using one of two methods:

  1. The Per Diem Method: "Per diem" stands for "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 your daily wage, the idea being that a day of suffering or mental agony has at least the same value as a day's work. This method is not implemented for permanent injuries as it is impossible to know how long your injury will impact you.
  2. The Multiplier Method: In this method, your economic damages are multiplied by a number, usually between 1.5 and 5, and the final number will be your complete financial recovery. Three is the most common multiplier, and four and five are usually only used in cases that lead to disability or permanent impairment.

Your Burger Law car accident lawyer in Pettis County, MO will make certain that an insurance company or jury knows every way that your injuries have affected 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 Pettis County, MO?

Generally speaking, under Missouri Revised Statute §516.120, you have five years from the date of your injury to make your personal injury claim in Pettis County or anywhere in Missouri. If you were under 21 at the time of the injury, you have five years from the day you turn 21. That may appear a long time, but it is crucial to call a car accident lawyer as soon as possible for the best results in your case.

What Mistakes Can Hurt My Claim?

Pettis County, MO residents who have not spoken with a car accident lawyer might mistakenly do or say things that hurt their claim. Some common mistakes your car accident lawyer in Pettis County, MO sees are:

  • Not Calling the Police: Pursuant to 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 coached to ascertain fault in wrecks and their police report will be key in your claim.
  • Not Documenting the Scene: Take pictures of both vehicles and the surrounding area and ask for witness contact information. This will also be extremely helpful in your claim.
  • Not Seeking Medical Treatment: In order to be totally compensated for your injuries, you need to have records of them and have them treated. Always be entirely truthful with your physician about any pains you have.
  • Believing the Insurance Company: Insurance companies utilize a lot of deceptive tactics to pay you 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 spoken with a lawyer.
  • Taking the Initial Settlement Offer: If you need the money quickly, it may be appealing to take what you can get immediately. It is far better when all is said and done to wait for the fair compensation you truly deserve.
  • Not Hiring a Burger Law Car Accident Lawyer: Every Burger Law car accident lawyer has committed their life to deliver justice for the injured in Pettis County, MO. When someone declines to admit culpability or the insurance company will not be fair, we step in and insist that you are treated fairly and get the full compensation you are owed.

How to Avoid Auto Accidents | Pettis County, MO Car Accident Lawyer

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

  • Always use a seatbelt. In 2017, seatbelts saved an estimated 14,955 people from death. Over 83 percent of drivers and passengers who are completely ejected from the vehicle die, and the majority of the rest suffered severe, life-changing injuries. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that wearing a seatbelt lessens the risk 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 provides a Driver Guide for Pettis County, MO drivers. Basic suggestions like driving slower 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 liability or being partially blamed for an accident if you do find yourself in one.
  • If you drive a motorcycle, use a helmet. While Pettis County, 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 call someone back, you can never take back the effects of a traffic crash. Pull over to the side of the road 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 down at your phone.
  • Have the right attitude. The road is for everyone, and we all need to be respectful to other drivers, passengers and pedestrians. Understand that you are in control of 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 traffic 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 having one hand on the wheel can considerably lessen your control of the vehicle. Quickly changing the A/C settings is likely 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 substantially impair your ability to drive safely, but it also raises your confidence and makes you feel more powerful, so you could think driving while drunk will be fine. Your brain may trick you into believing you can drive home safely, but it is never true.

You can take every possible precaution when you get behind the wheel, but unfortunately the reckless behavior of irresponsible drivers can still cause you injury. When you get hurt because another person broke the rules of the road, you deserve the best possible compensation for all of your damages. Every Pettis County, 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 Pettis County, MO

You only have one shot for a full financial recovery. Do not let it slip. Our Pettis County, MO car accident lawyer team pushes back against bullies like resistant insurance companies and careless drivers who do not want to take responsibility for their actions. We know the economic consequences of being injured are unexpected and severe. That is why we have pledged our lives to seeing the injured and vulnerable in Pettis County, MO compensated and made whole again. You do not have to go through these trying times alone. To protect you and your family's future, call a Burger Law car accident lawyer in Pettis County, MO straight away at (314) 500-HURT or contact us online.

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