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Car Accident Lawyer Smithville, MO

Car Accident Lawyer in Smithville, 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 another person acted carelessly. Call a Burger Law Smithville, MO car accident lawyer immediately 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 reckless drivers can cause is often staggering, and they need to be held responsible for their actions. Every Burger Law car accident lawyer has committed their career to standing up to bullies and defending the rights of the vulnerable in Smithville, MO to get them the compensation they need to heal and get their life back. If you were hurt by a careless driver, we know you are infuriated — that is justified. You are also probably worried about the economic hardships of medical costs and lost work, in addition to the physical and emotional agony that goes along with your injuries. The law gives a path to reparation; our Smithville, MO car accident lawyer team is here to lead you through it and fight for you until there is nothing more to fight and you are fully repaid for the destruction another driver's carelessness caused. You do not have to wait another minute to begin the process of being made whole again. We charge no fees until you receive the compensation you need.

In over 30 years of defending the rights of the vulnerable, our car accident lawyer team has delivered upwards of $175 million in verdicts and settlements for our Missouri clients. If you were injured because another driver broke the rules of the road, learn how much your case 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 fatalities rose by 12% between 2019 and 2020, despite the fact that there were not as many people on the road because of the COVID-19 pandemic. A 2018 study stated that Missouri ranked 12th in the nation in deadly motor vehicle crashes, with over half of those fatalities occurring on country roads. The Missouri State Highway Patrol reported 36,033 car collisions that led to personal injury and 923 fatal motor vehicle collisions.

If you were one of the many in Smithville or anywhere in Missouri to be injured on the road because of someone else's negligence, call a car accident lawyer today at (314) 500-HURT.

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

With some common fender-benders, you may be able to be completely compensated without legal representation. But when you are hurt in a crash, you usually require a car accident lawyer to fight on your behalf and make sure that you get the best results in your claim. When you hire a Burger Law Smithville, MO car accident lawyer, we will:

  • Investigate your crash and acquire evidence, for instance:
    • Photographs
    • Surveillance footage
    • Police reports
    • Official eyewitness statements
    • Your medical records
  • Ensure you receive the full medical care you need
  • Offer you wise and personalized legal guidance
  • Use our network of Smithville, 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 court when we do not secure a fair settlement

You can count on a Burger Law car accident lawyer in Smithville, MO to persistently and zealously demand justice for your injuries. We have devoted our lives to helping the injured in Smithville, MO in their recovery and in being made whole again. Our case review and primary investigation are free, so there is no risk in talking to. Contact a car accident lawyer today at (314) 500-HURT to talk over your case.

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Smithville, MO Car Accident Lawyer: Frequently Asked Questions

Most of our Smithville, MO clients have never needed to hire a car accident lawyer before their accident, and unsurprisingly have many questions about their rights and the legal procedure. Below are several of the most frequent questions we get concerning 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 Smithville, MO are:

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

How Do I Prove a Motor Vehicle Accident Claim?

In order to win your case, 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 states 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 is in violation of a statute or otherwise did not drive safely.
  3. Cause in Fact: Also referred to as "causation," you must show that the driver's breach of duty directly caused hurt you.
  4. Proximate Cause: This is what ultimately establishes liability and refers to the underlying source of your injuries. A drunk driver is clearly liable, but if a vehicle's brakes do not function properly, the proximate cause is malfunctioning parts and the driver may not automatically be negligent.
  5. Damages: That your injuries caused some kind of loss, such as damage to your car, medical costs and/or lost wages.

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

Yes. Missouri is a pure comparative fault state. Meaning, that if you are found to be partially blameworthy for your injuries, your compensation will be decreased by the portion of culpability you are responsible for. For example, if a jury grants you $100,000 for a collision, but determines that you were 30 percent at fault, the final sum you collect would be $70,000.

How Much is My Car Accident Claim Worth?

That is contingent on the severity of your injuries, the consequences they have had your life and the willpower of your car accident lawyer. With the help of your attorney, you will be able to receive compensation for:

  • Economic damages, such as:
    • Lost wages
    • Lost earning potential
    • Medical costs, for example:
      • Urgent care
      • Follow-up doctors visits
      • Surgeries
      • Physical therapy
      • Medication costs
      • In-home medical treatment
      • Assistive devices such as wheelchairs or required improvements to your home
      • Future estimated medical expenses, for instance further physical therapy or medication, or replacement expenses 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 uncommon cases in Smithville, MO, such as drunk driving crashes, your car accident lawyer may be able to help you recover punitive damages.

How Are Noneconomic Damages Calculated?

It is hard to put a number on intangible effects of a wreck like mental anguish. Noneconomic damages are usually calculated through 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 each day you were impacted by your injury. The daily amount is usually equivalent to the amount you make from a day's labor, the notion 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 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 final number will be your final 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 Smithville, MO will make certain that an insurance adjuster or jury realizes every way that your injuries have affected 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 Smithville, MO?

Generally, pursuant to Missouri Revised Statute §516.120, you have five years from the day your injury transpired to bring your personal injury claim in Smithville 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 critical to get in touch with 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 been in touch with a car accident lawyer may unintentionally do or say things that make their claim harder to win. Some common mistakes your car accident lawyer in Smithville, MO sees are:

  • Not Calling the Police: Under Missouri Revised Statute §300.110, you are obligated to report an accident to the police "as soon as reasonably possible" if it results in injury. Police know how to ascertain fault in wrecks and their police report will be key in your claim.
  • Not Documenting the Scene: Take photos of both vehicles and the surrounding area and acquire witness contact information. This will also be extremely helpful in your claim.
  • Not Seeking Medical Care: 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 utilize 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 before talking to a lawyer.
  • Taking the Initial Settlement Offer: If you need the money as soon as possible, it may be enticing to take what you can get now. It is a much better idea when all is said and done to wait for the fair financial recovery you are owed.
  • Not Hiring a Burger Law Car Accident Lawyer: Every Burger Law car accident lawyer has committed their life to seeking justice for the injured in Smithville, MO. When someone does not want to admit liability or the insurance company will not be fair, we step up and insist that you are treated fairly and get the fair compensation you are owed.

How to Avoid Auto Accidents | Smithville, MO Car Accident Lawyer

Over three quarters of people killed in traffic collisions are drivers. Every Burger Law car accident lawyer has seen firsthand the damage 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 as well as others on the Smithville, MO streets.

  • Always use 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 the majority of the rest experienced severe, life-changing injuries. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration states that wearing a seatbelt lowers the chances of death by 45 percent 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 Smithville, MO drivers. Simple tips 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 a crash if you do find yourself in one.
  • If you are a motorcyclist, use a helmet. While Smithville, MO does not have laws forcing motorcycle drivers to use helmets, they can save your life. 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 traffic wreck. Pull over to the side of the road if you need to make an urgent call. If you use your phone for directions, turn the volume up 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 respectful to other drivers, passengers and pedestrians. Be aware of the fact that you are controlling 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 traffic deaths are people under the age of 25. Maturity 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 radio 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 significantly impair your ability to operate a motor vehicle 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 might deceive you into thinking you can drive home safely, but it is never true.

You can take every precaution imaginable when you get behind the wheel, but regrettably the thoughtless actions of irresponsible drivers can still harm you. When you get hurt because another driver broke the rules of the road, you are entitled to the best possible compensation for all of your damages. Every Smithville, 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 Smithville, MO

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

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