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Car Accident Lawyer Ray County, MO

Car Accident Lawyer in Ray County, MO. They broke the rules of the road, and now your life is turned upside down. You do not have to pay because another person acted carelessly. Call a Burger Law Ray County, MO car accident lawyer now at (314) 500-HURT or complete our online form for a free consultation and to start on your road to being made whole again.

The damage that self-centered and negligent drivers can cause is often catastrophic, and they need to be held accountable for their behavior. Every Burger Law car accident lawyer has devoted their life to standing up to bullies and defending the rights of the injured in Ray County, MO to get 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 angry — that is justified. You are also likely anxious about the economic effects of medical bills and lost wages, to say nothing of the physical and emotional agony that goes along with your injuries. The law gives a path to restitution; our Ray County, 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 wholly compensated for the destruction someone else's irresponsible actions caused. You do not have to wait any longer to begin on your road to recovery. We do not charge anything until you recover the compensation you need.

In more than three decades of experience, our car accident lawyer team has secured over $175 million in verdicts and settlements for our Missouri clients. If you were harmed because another driver was negligent, learn 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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Car Accident Statistics in Missouri

In Missouri, car accident deaths 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 fatal road crashes, with 58 percent of those fatalities occurring on rural roads. The Missouri State Highway Patrol reported 36,033 car crashes that caused personal injury and 923 deadly motor vehicle wrecks.

If you were one of the many in Ray County or anywhere in Missouri who was hurt on the road because of another driver's careless behavior, call a car accident lawyer right away at (314) 500-HURT.

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

With some ordinary fender-benders, you may be able to be fully reimbursed without legal representation. But when you are injured in an accident, you usually require a car accident lawyer to fight on your behalf and ensure that you get the best results in your claim. When you hire a Burger Law Ray County, MO car accident lawyer, we will:

  • Investigate your crash and gather evidence, for example:
    • Photos
    • Surveillance video
    • Police reports
    • Official eyewitness depositions
    • Your medical records
  • Make certain you receive the full medical treatment you need
  • Offer you sound and personalized legal advice
  • Use our network of Ray County, MO experts to help develop a legal strategy
  • Handle all communication, documentation, litigation and negotiations
  • 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 count on a Burger Law car accident lawyer in Ray County, MO to forcefully and zealously demand justice in your claim. We have committed our careers to helping the injured in Ray County, MO in their recovery and in being made whole again. Our case evaluation and initial investigation are free, so there is no reason not to talk to us. Reach out to a car accident lawyer immediately at (314) 500-HURT to discuss your case.

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Ray County, MO Car Accident Lawyer: Frequently Asked Questions

The majority of our Ray County, MO clients have never needed to hire a car accident lawyer prior to their accident, and unsurprisingly have a good deal of questions about their rights and the legal procedure. Below are a few of the most frequent 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 Ray County, MO are:

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

How Do I Win an Auto Crash Case?

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

  1. Duty of Care: Missouri Revised Statute §304.120 stipulates that drivers are "to exercise highest degree of care." So whoever in control of a vehicle necessarily owes you a duty of care.
  2. Breach of Duty: The driver broke a law or otherwise did not operate the vehicle safely.
  3. Cause in Fact: Also known as "causation," you must prove that the driver's breach of duty directly caused you harm.
  4. Proximate Cause: This is what ultimately decides liability and refers to the underlying source of your injuries. A drunk driver is plainly liable, but if a vehicle's brakes do not work, the proximate cause is faulty components and the driver may not necessarily be to blame.
  5. Damages: That your injuries led to some sort of loss, for instance damage to your car, medical bills and/or lost wages.

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

Yes. Missouri is a pure comparative fault state. That means that if you are found to be partially to blame for your accident, your compensation will be diminished by the portion of fault you are responsible for. For instance, if a jury grants you $100,000 for an accident, but determines that you were 30 percent to blame, the final amount you collect would be $70,000.

How Much is My Car Accident Claim Worth?

That depends on the seriousness of your injuries, how they have affected your life and the talent of your car accident lawyer. With the help of your attorney, you will be able to recover compensation for:

  • Economic damages, such as:
    • Lost wages
    • Lost earning capacity
    • Medical costs, such as:
      • Urgent care
      • Subsequent doctors visits
      • Surgeries
      • Physical rehabilitation
      • Medication bills
      • In-home medical care
      • Assistive devices such as crutches or required improvements to your vehicle
      • Future estimated medical costs, for instance further physical rehabilitation or medication, or replacement expenses for assistive devices
    • Transportation costs related to your medical care
    • 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 Ray County, MO, for instance drunk driving crashes, your car accident lawyer may be able to help you collect punitive damages.

How Are Noneconomic Damages Calculated?

It is difficult to put a figure on intangible repercussions of a wreck like emotional anguish. Noneconomic damages are generally determined using 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 affected. The daily amount is often the same as your daily wage, the thought 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 it is impossible to know how many days your injury will affect you.
  2. The Multiplier Method: In this method, your economic damages are multiplied by a number, often between 1.5 and 5, and the product will be your complete financial recovery. Three is used most often, and four and five are generally reserved for cases that cause disability or permanent impairment.

Your Burger Law car accident lawyer in Ray County, MO will ensure that an insurance adjuster or jury understands the full extent that your injuries have affected you and reimburse you for all of it.

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

Typically, under Missouri Revised Statute §516.120, you have five years from the day your injury transpired to file your personal injury claim in Ray 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 might appear a long time, but it is imperative to get in touch with a car accident lawyer immediately for the best outcome in your case.

What Mistakes Can Hurt My Claim?

People who have not talked to a car accident lawyer could mistakenly do or say things that hurt their claim. Some common mistakes your car accident lawyer in Ray County, 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 taught to ascertain liability in wrecks and their police report will be invaluable in your claim.
  • Not Documenting the Scene: Take pictures of both vehicles and the surrounding area and obtain witness contact information. This will also be very useful in your claim.
  • Not Seeking Medical Treatment: In order to be completely compensated for your injuries, you need to have records of them and have them treated. Always be entirely frank with your doctor about any pains you have.
  • Trusting 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 before speaking with an attorney.
  • Accepting the First Settlement Offer: If you need the money fast, it may be enticing to take what you can get immediately. It is far better in the long run to wait for the complete compensation you truly deserve.
  • Not Hiring a Burger Law Car Accident Lawyer: Every Burger Law car accident lawyer has pledged their career to seeking justice for the injured in Ray County, MO. When someone declines to admit blame or the insurance company will not be fair, we step in and insist that you are treated fairly and get the maximum compensation you deserve.

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

More than 75 percent of people who perish in auto crashes are drivers. Every Burger Law car accident lawyer has seen firsthand the anguish that a negligent driver can cause. While you cannot always control what other people do, there are various actions you can take to ensure your own safety in addition to the safety of others on the Ray County, MO roadways.

  • Always wear a seatbelt. In 2017, seatbelts saved an estimated 14,955 people from death. Over four-fifths of drivers and passengers who are completely ejected from the vehicle perish, and most of the rest experienced significant, life-altering injuries. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that wearing a seatbelt reduces 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 Ray County, MO drivers. Fundamental suggestions like driving slower and increasing following distance in poor weather not only do a lot to keep you and other drivers and passengers safe, but they also shield you from fault or being partially blamed for a crash if you do find yourself in one.
  • If you are a motorcyclist, wear a helmet. While Ray County, MO does not have laws forcing 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 a car 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 turn the radio off so you can clearly hear the directions and do not have to look.
  • Have the right attitude. We all share the road, and we all need to be polite to other drivers, passengers and pedestrians. Recognize that you are in control of thousands of pounds 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.
  • Keep both hands on the wheel. Only having one hand on the wheel can substantially lessen your control of the vehicle. 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 impede your ability to drive 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 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 thoughtless behavior of irresponsible drivers can still cause you injury. When you get hurt because another person broke the rules of the road, you deserve full compensation for all of your damages. Every Ray County, MO car accident lawyer at Burger Law takes on and wins the tough cases, and knows how to get great results.


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Car Accident Lawyer Ray County, MO

You just have one shot for a complete financial recovery. Do not let it go. Our Ray County, MO car accident lawyer team fights back against bullies like resistant insurance companies and reckless drivers who do not want to take responsibility for their behavior. We know the financial consequences of being injured are sudden and severe. That is why we have committed our lives to seeing the injured and vulnerable in Ray County, MO restituted and made whole again. You do not have to go through these traumatic times by yourself. To protect you and your family's future, call a Burger Law car accident lawyer in Ray County, MO straight away at (314) 500-HURT or contact us online.

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