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Car Accident Lawyer Phelps County, MO

Car Accident Lawyer in Phelps County, 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 someone else behaved thoughtlessly. Call a Burger Law Phelps County, MO car accident lawyer now at (314) 500-HURT or fill out our online form for a free consultation and to start on your road to recovery.

The damage that unthinking and negligent drivers can cause is often cataclysmic, and they need to be held responsible for their behavior. Every Burger Law car accident lawyer has dedicated their life to standing up to bullies and standing up for of the vulnerable in Phelps County, MO to secure them the compensation they need to heal and get their life back. If you were harmed by a careless driver, we know you are furious — you deserve to be. You are also likely concerned about the financial effects of medical bills and lost wages, as well as the physical and emotional agony that comes with your injuries. The law extends a bridge to restoration; our Phelps County, 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 entirely compensated for the damage another driver's negligence caused. You do not have to wait any longer to start the process of being made whole again. We do not charge anything until you receive the compensation you are owed.

In more than three decades of practice, our car accident lawyer team has secured upwards of $175 million in verdicts and settlements for our Missouri clients. If you were hurt because another driver was negligent, find out the value of your injuries by using our complimentary personal injury calculator.

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Chesterfield, MO 63005

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Car Accident Statistics in Missouri

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

If you were one of the many in Phelps County or anywhere in Missouri who was hurt on the road because of another driver's irresponsible behavior, reach out to a car accident lawyer today at (314) 500-HURT.

What a Car Accident Lawyer in Phelps County, MO Can Do For You

With some typical fender-benders, you might be able to be fairly compensated without the help of a lawyer. But when you are hurt in a collision, you generally require a car accident lawyer to fight for you and make sure that you get the best results in your case. When you hire a Burger Law Phelps County, MO car accident lawyer, we will:

  • Investigate your accident and acquire evidence, such as:
    • Photographs
    • Surveillance footage
    • Police reports
    • Official eyewitness testimony
    • Your medical records
  • Ensure you get the full medical treatment you need
  • Provide you with sound and individualized legal guidance
  • Employ our network of Phelps County, 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 get a fair settlement offer
  • Take your case to court when the insurance company will not give you a fair offer

You can depend on a Burger Law car accident lawyer in Phelps County, MO to forcefully and fervently demand justice for your injuries. We have committed our lives to helping the injured in Phelps County, MO in their recovery and in being made whole again. Our consultation and initial investigation are free, so there is no reason not to talk to us. Reach out to a car accident lawyer today at (314) 500-HURT to talk over your case.

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Phelps County, MO Car Accident Lawyer: Frequently Asked Questions

The majority of our Phelps County, 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. The following are some of the most frequent questions we get concerning 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 Phelps 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 sort of motor vehicle case.

How Do I Win a Car Accident Case?

In order to prove your claim, your car accident lawyer will need 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." So anybody 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 must demonstrate that the driver's breach of duty directly caused injured you.
  4. Proximate Cause: This is what finally determines liability and refers to the underlying origin 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 negligent.
  5. Damages: That your injuries resulted in some kind of loss, for example property damage, medical bills and/or lost wages.

Can I Still Collect Compensation If I Was Partially at Fault?

Yes. Missouri is a pure comparative fault state. That means that if you are found to be partially responsibility for your injuries, your compensation will be decreased by the percentage of fault you share. For example, if a jury awards you $100,000 for a collision, but determines that you were 30 percent to blame, the final amount you recover would be $70,000.

How Much is My Car Accident Claim Worth?

That depends on the seriousness of your injuries, the impact they have had your life and the willpower of your car accident lawyer. With the aid of your lawyer, you will be able to receive compensation for:

  • Economic damages, such as:
    • Lost wages
    • Lost earning potential
    • Medical expenses, for instance:
      • Emergency room visits
      • Follow-up doctors appointments
      • Surgeries
      • Physical therapy
      • Medication bills
      • In-home medical treatment
      • Assistive devices such as crutches or necessary improvements to your home
      • Future estimated medical costs, like further physical therapy or medication, or replacement expenses 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 Phelps County, MO, such as drunk driving accidents, your car accident lawyer may be able to help you secure punitive damages.

How Are Noneconomic Damages Calculated?

It is tough to put a figure on intangible consequences of a collision such as mental anguish. Noneconomic damages are typically quantified through one of two methods:

  1. The Per Diem Method: "Per diem" stands for "per day" in Latin. In this method, you are granted a daily amount for every day you were impacted by your injury. The daily amount is typically equivalent to the amount you make from a day's work, the notion being that a day of pain or mental agony has at least the same value as a day's work. This method is not used for permanent injuries as it is impossible to know how long your injury will affect 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 compensation. Three is the most common multiplier, and four and five are generally reserved for cases that result in disability or permanent impairment.

Your Burger Law car accident lawyer in Phelps County, MO will ensure that an insurance adjuster or jury understands 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 Phelps County, MO?

Generally speaking, according to Missouri Revised Statute §516.120, you have five years from the date of your collision to file your personal injury claim in Phelps County or elsewhere in Missouri. If you were under 21 at the time of the collision, you have five years from your 21st birthday. That might appear a long time, but it is critical to contact a car accident lawyer immediately for the best results in your case.

What Mistakes Can Hurt My Claim?

People who have not spoken with a car accident lawyer might accidentally do or say things that hurt their claim. Some common mistakes your car accident lawyer in Phelps County, 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 liability in accidents and their police report will be critical in your case.
  • Not Documenting the Scene: Take photographs of both vehicles and the surrounding area and gather witness contact information. This will also be very useful in your case.
  • Not Seeking Medical Attention: In order to be fully compensated for your injuries, you need to have records of them and have them treated. Always be 100 percent honest with your physician about any pains you have.
  • Trusting the Insurance Company: Insurance companies utilize a lot of tricks to reimburse you for as little as they can; that is how they make money. Do not trust anything they say or make any recorded statements until you have spoken with an attorney.
  • Accepting the First Settlement Offer: If you need the money as soon as possible, it might be tempting to take what they are offering you now. It is a much better idea 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 career to deliver justice for the injured in Phelps County, MO. When someone declines to admit fault or the insurance company is not being fair, we step in and demand that you are treated fairly and get the complete financial recovery you are owed.

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

Over three quarters of people killed in car collisions are drivers. Every Burger Law car accident lawyer has seen firsthand the destruction that a negligent driver can cause. While you cannot always control how other people drive, there are numerous actions you can take to protect yourself in addition to others on the Phelps County, MO roads.

  • Always use a seatbelt. In 2017, seatbelts saved approximately 14,955 people from death. Over 83 percent of drivers and passengers who are entirely expelled from the vehicle perish, and most of the rest sustained grave, life-altering injuries. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that wearing a seatbelt reduces 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 has published a Driver Guide for Phelps County, MO drivers. Basic tips 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 fault or being partially blamed for a collision if you do find yourself in one.
  • If you drive a motorcycle, wear a helmet. While Phelps County, 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 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.
  • Have the right attitude. The road is for everyone, and we all need to be respectful to other drivers, passengers and pedestrians. Recognize that you are controlling thousands of pounds of metal moving at high speeds. Safety should be your prime concern. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, almost a quarter of motor vehicle 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 substantially lessen your control of the car. Quickly changing the A/C settings 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 considerably diminish your ability to drive safely, but it also raises 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 you get behind the wheel, but regrettably the negligent behavior of irresponsible drivers can still cause you injury. When you get hurt because somebody else broke the rules of the road, you deserve complete compensation for all of your damages. Every Phelps 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 Phelps County, MO

You just have one chance for the best possible financial recovery. Do not let it slip. Our Phelps County, MO car accident lawyer team pushes back against bullies like resistant insurance companies and negligent drivers who do not want to take responsibility for their behavior. We know the economic hardships of being injured are unanticipated and harsh. That is why we have committed our lives to seeing the injured and vulnerable in Phelps County, MO recompensed and made whole again. You do not have to go through these difficult times alone. To protect you and your family's future, call a Burger Law car accident lawyer in Phelps County, MO immediately at (314) 500-HURT or contact us online.

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