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Car Accident Lawyer Platte City, MO

Car Accident Lawyer in Platte City, MO. They broke the rules of the road, and now your life is upended. You do not have to pay because another person behaved thoughtlessly. Call a Burger Law Platte City, 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 self-centered 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 pledged their career to standing up to bullies and defending the rights of the injured in Platte City, MO to deliver them the financial recovery they need to move forward and return to the life they know. If you were harmed by a careless driver, we know you are furious — that is merited. You are also probably worried about the economic ramifications of medical costs and lost work, in addition to the physical and emotional anguish that goes along with your injuries. The law extends a path to restitution; our Platte City, MO car accident lawyer team is here to lead you across it and fight for you until there is nothing more to fight and you are completely repaid for the harm someone else's negligent actions caused. You do not have to wait any longer to start on your road to recovery. We accept no fees until we win your case.

In over 30 years of practicing law, our car accident lawyer team has delivered upwards of $175 million in verdicts and settlements for our Missouri clients. If you were hurt because another person was reckless, see how much your injuries may be worth by filling out our complimentary personal injury calculator.

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Car Accident Statistics in Missouri

In Missouri, car accident fatalities increased 12% between 2019 and 2020, despite there being not as many people on the road owing to the COVID-19 pandemic. A 2018 study found that Missouri ranked 12th in the nation in deadly motor vehicle collisions, with 58 percent of those deaths occurring on rural roads. The Missouri State Highway Patrol says 36,033 car wrecks that led to personal injury and 923 fatal auto accidents.

If you were one of the many in Platte City or anywhere in Missouri to be injured on the road because of another driver's carelessness, contact a car accident lawyer today at (314) 500-HURT.

What a Car Accident Lawyer in Platte City, MO Can Do For You

With some common fender-benders, you may be able to be fairly reimbursed without the aid of an attorney. But when you are harmed in a wreck, you usually need a car accident lawyer to fight for you and ensure that you get the best results in your case. When you hire a Burger Law Platte City, MO car accident lawyer, we will:

  • Investigate your case and acquire evidence, for instance:
    • Photographs
    • Surveillance footage
    • Police reports
    • Official eyewitness depositions
    • Your medical records
  • Ensure you get the full medical care you need
  • Provide you with wise and individualized legal guidance
  • Use our network of Platte City, MO experts to help develop a legal strategy
  • Manage all communication, documentation, litigation and negotiations
  • Demand that you receive a fair settlement offer
  • Take your case to court when we do not secure a fair settlement

You can trust a Burger Law car accident lawyer in Platte City, MO to tenaciously and zealously demand justice for your damages. We have pledged our lives to helping the injured in Platte City, MO in their recovery and in being made whole again. Our consultation and preliminary investigation do no cost anything, so there is no risk in speaking with us. Contact a car accident lawyer now at (314) 500-HURT to discuss your case.

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Platte City, MO Car Accident Lawyer: Frequently Asked Questions

The majority of our Platte City, MO clients have never needed to hire a car accident lawyer prior to their injury, and as expected have a good deal of questions about their rights and the legal process. 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 Platte City, 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 variety of motor vehicle case.

How Do I Win a Car Accident Case?

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 specifies that motorists are "to exercise highest degree of care." So any person who in control of a vehicle necessarily 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 called "causation," you have to demonstrate that the driver's breach of duty directly caused you harm.
  4. Proximate Cause: This is what ultimately confirms negligence and refers to the underlying cause of your injuries. A drunk driver is obviously negligent, but if a vehicle's brakes do not work, the proximate cause is defective components and the driver may not necessarily be negligent.
  5. Damages: That your injuries caused some sort of loss, for instance property damage, medical bills and/or lost wages.

Can I Still Receive 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 at fault for your accident, your compensation will be diminished by the percentage of blame you are responsible for. For example, if a jury awards you $100,000 for an accident, but finds 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 seriousness of your injuries, how they have affected your life and the abilities of your car accident lawyer. With the assistance of your lawyer, you will be able to get compensation for:

  • Economic damages, for instance:
    • Lost wages
    • Lost earning capacity
    • Medical expenses, for example:
      • Emergency room visits
      • Subsequent doctors appointments
      • Surgeries
      • Physical rehabilitation
      • Medication bills
      • In-home medical treatment
      • Assistive devices such as crutches or required upgrades to your vehicle
      • Future estimated medical expenses, such as further physical therapy or medication, or replacement expenses 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 Platte City, MO, for instance drunk driving crashes, your car accident lawyer may be able to help you secure punitive damages.

How Are Noneconomic Damages Calculated?

It is difficult to put a number on intangible reverberations of a wreck such as mental anguish. Noneconomic damages are generally determined using 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 every day you were affected. The daily amount is often the same as the amount you make from a day's work, the belief being that a day of pain or mental anguish 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 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 total 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 Platte City, MO will make sure that an insurance adjuster or jury understands the full extent 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 Platte City, MO?

Generally, according to Missouri Revised Statute §516.120, you have five years from the date of your collision to make your personal injury claim in Platte City 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 seem like a long time, but it is vital to reach out to a car accident lawyer as soon as possible for the best outcome in your case.

What Mistakes Can Hurt My Claim?

Platte City, MO residents who have not talked to a car accident lawyer may accidentally do or say things that make their claim harder to win. Some common mistakes your car accident lawyer in Platte City, 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 lead to an injury. Police know how to determine fault in crashes and their police report will be critical in your case.
  • Not Documenting the Scene: Take photographs of both vehicles and the surrounding area and ask for witness contact information. This will also be very beneficial in your case.
  • Not Seeking Medical Care: In order to be totally compensated for your injuries, you need to have records of them and have them treated. Always be 100 percent candid with your doctor about any aches you have.
  • Trusting the Insurance Company: Insurance companies utilize a lot of deceptive tactics to compensate you with as little as they can; that is how they make money. Do not trust anything they say or make any recorded statements before speaking with an attorney.
  • Taking the Initial Settlement Offer: If you need the money as soon as possible, it might be appealing 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 devoted their career to deliver justice for the injured in Platte City, MO. When someone declines to admit culpability or the insurance company is not being fair, we step in and insist that you are treated fairly and get the complete financial recovery you deserve.

How to Avoid Auto Accidents | Platte City, MO Car Accident Lawyer

More than three quarters of people who die in auto crashes are drivers. Every Burger Law car accident lawyer has seen firsthand the damage that a negligent driver can cause. While you cannot always control what other people do, there are many actions you can take to protect yourself in addition to others on the Platte City, MO roadways.

  • Always wear a seatbelt. In 2017, seatbelts saved approximately 14,955 people from death. Over 83 percent of drivers and passengers who are completely expelled from the vehicle die, and most of the rest sustained grave, life-changing injuries. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that wearing a seatbelt lowers the chances of death by 45 percent and moderate to critical injury by 50 percent.
  • Know the rules of the road. The Missouri Department of Revenue provides a Driver Guide for Platte City, MO drivers. Basic tips 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 liability or being partially blamed for a wreck if you do find yourself in one.
  • If you are a motorcyclist, use a helmet. While Platte City, MO does not have laws forcing motorcycle drivers to wear helmets, they are literal life-savers. In 2017, helmets saved 1,872 lives.
  • Do not use your cell phone. While you can always call someone back, you can never take back the effects of a car crash. 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 turn the music off so you can clearly hear the directions and do not have to look down at your phone.
  • Have the right attitude. We all share the road, 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 should be your prime concern. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, almost a quarter of traffic deaths are people under the age of 25. Maturity is probably a contributing factor.
  • Keep both hands on the wheel. Just driving with one hand can substantially diminish your control of the car. Quickly changing the A/C settings 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 diminish 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 believing you can drive home safely, but it is never true.

You can take every possible precaution when you get behind the wheel, but regrettably the careless actions of irresponsible drivers can still cause you harm. When you get hurt because someone else broke the rules of the road, you are entitled to maximum compensation for all of your damages. Every Platte City, 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 Platte City, MO

You only have one shot for a full financial recovery. Do not let it go. Our Platte City, MO car accident lawyer team pushes back against bullies like resistant insurance companies and reckless drivers who do not want to take responsibility for their behavior. We know the economic hardships of being injured are immediate and harsh. That is why we have dedicated our lives to seeing the injured and vulnerable in Platte City, MO reimbursed and made whole again. You do not have to go through these troublesome times by yourself. To protect you and your family's future, call a Burger Law car accident lawyer in Platte City, MO today at (314) 500-HURT or contact us online.

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