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Car Accident Lawyer in South St. Louis County, MO. They broke the rules of the road, and now you are left to pick up the pieces. You do not have to pay because another person acted irresponsibly. Call a Burger Law South St. Louis County, MO car accident lawyer right away at (314) 500-HURT or complete our online form for a complimentary case review and to start on your road to recovery.

The damage that self-centered and careless drivers can cause is often cataclysmic, and they need to be held accountable for their behavior. Every Burger Law car accident lawyer has committed their career to fighting back against bullies and defending the rights of the vulnerable in South St. Louis County, MO to get them the compensation they need to heal and get their life back. If you were harmed by an irresponsible driver, we know you are outraged — that is merited. You are also likely anxious about the financial burden of medical expenses and lost wages, as well as the physical and emotional anguish that comes with your injuries. The law provides you with a path to restoration; our South St. Louis County, MO car accident lawyer team is here to lead you through it and fight for you until there is nothing left to fight and you are completely compensated for the damage somebody else's negligence caused. You do not have to wait another minute to begin the process of being made whole again. We do not charge anything until we win your case.

In more than three decades of experience, our car accident lawyer team has won upwards of $175 million in verdicts and settlements for our Missouri clients. If you were harmed because someone else broke the rules of the road, find out how much your case may be worth by using our complimentary personal injury calculator.

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How Common Are Car Accidents in South St. Louis County and Missouri?

In Missouri, car accident deaths went up by 12% between 2019 and 2020, despite the fact that there were fewer people on the road due to the COVID-19 pandemic. A 2018 study reported that Missouri ranked 12th in the nation in fatal motor vehicle accidents, with 58 percent of those fatalities happening on rural roads. The Missouri State Highway Patrol stated 36,033 motor vehicle collisions that caused personal injury and 923 deadly motor vehicle crashes.

If you were one of the many in South St. Louis County or anywhere in Missouri to be harmed on the road because of somebody else's negligence, contact a car accident lawyer straight away at (314) 500-HURT.

What a Car Accident Lawyer in South St. Louis County, MO Can Do For You

With some common fender-benders, you may be able to be completely reimbursed without the help of a lawyer. But when you are hurt in a wreck, you generally require a car accident lawyer to fight on your behalf and ensure that you get the best possible end result in your claim. When you hire a Burger Law South St. Louis County, MO car accident lawyer, we will:

  • Conduct and investigation your crash and attain evidence, such as:
    • Photographs
    • Surveillance video
    • Police reports
    • Official eyewitness depositions
    • Your medical records
  • Make certain you receive the full medical care you need
  • Provide you with trustworthy and personalized legal guidance
  • Employ our network of South St. Louis County, MO experts to help develop a legal strategy
  • Manage all communication, documentation, litigation and negotiations
  • Demand that you get 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 South St. Louis County, MO to persistently and passionately demand justice in your case. We have committed our careers to helping the vulnerable in South St. Louis County, MO in their recovery and in being made whole again. Our case evaluation and preliminary investigation are free, so there is no reason not to talk to us. Contact a car accident lawyer right away at (314) 500-HURT to talk over your case.

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South St. Louis County, MO Car Accident Lawyer: Frequently Asked Questions

The majority of our South St. Louis County, MO clients have never needed to hire a car accident lawyer before, and unsurprisingly have a lot of questions about their rights and the legal process. The following are a few of the most frequent questions we get with regard to 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 South St. Louis County, MO are:

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

How Do I Win an Auto Crash Claim?

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

  1. Duty of Care: Missouri Revised Statute §304.120 specifies 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 operate the vehicle safely.
  3. Cause in Fact: Also referred to as "causation," you need to demonstrate that the driver's breach of duty directly caused injured you.
  4. Proximate Cause: This is what ultimately establishes liability and refers to the root cause of your injuries. A drunk driver is clearly liable, but if a vehicle's brakes do not work, the proximate cause is malfunctioning parts and the driver may not automatically be liable.
  5. Damages: That your injuries caused some kind of loss, such as property damage, medical expenses and/or lost wages.

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

Yes. Missouri is a pure comparative fault state. What that means is that if you are found to be partially blameworthy for your wreck, your compensation will be reduced by the portion of culpability you are responsible for. For instance, if a jury grants you $100,000 for a crash, but determines that you were 30 percent at fault, the your final compensation would be $70,000.

How Much is My Car Accident Claim Worth?

That is contingent on the severity of your injuries, how they have impacted your life and the willpower of your car accident lawyer. With the assistance of your lawyer, you will be able to get compensation for:

  • Economic damages, including:
    • Lost wages
    • Lost earning potential
    • Medical bills, such as:
      • Urgent care
      • Follow-up doctors appointments
      • Surgeries
      • Physical therapy
      • Medication expenses
      • In-home medical treatment
      • Assistive devices such as crutches or necessary improvements to your house
      • Future estimated medical bills, for instance further physical rehabilitation or prescriptions, 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 infrequent cases in South St. Louis County, MO, such as drunk driving accidents, your car accident lawyer may be able to help you get punitive damages.

How Are Noneconomic Damages Calculated?

It is difficult to put a dollar amount on intangible consequences of a crash like mental anguish. Noneconomic damages are generally computed using one of two formulas:

  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 suffered. 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 emotional distress has at least the same value as a day's work. This method is not implemented for injuries leading to disability as there is no way 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, usually between 1.5 and 5, and the final number will be your final compensation. Three is used most often, and four and five are usually saved for cases that lead to disability or permanent impairment.

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

Typically, following Missouri Revised Statute §516.120, you have five years from the day your injury occurred to file your personal injury claim in South St. Louis County or anywhere in Missouri. If you were under 21 at the time of the wreck, you have five years from your 21st birthday. That may seem like a long time, but it is vital to call a car accident lawyer right away for the best outcome in your case.

What Mistakes Can Hurt My Claim?

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

  • Not Calling the Police: Following Missouri Revised Statute §300.110, you have to report an accident to the police "as soon as reasonably possible" if it causes injury. Police know how to determine liability in wrecks and their police report will be invaluable in your claim.
  • Not Documenting the Scene: Take photographs of both vehicles and the surrounding area and gather witness contact information. This will also be very beneficial in your case.
  • Not Seeking Medical Attention: In order to be totally compensated for your injuries, you need to have records of them and have them treated. Always be totally truthful with your doctor about any aches you have.
  • Believing the Insurance Company: Insurance adjusters employ a lot of tricks to pay you as little as possible; that is how they make money. Do not believe anything they say or make any recorded statements until you have spoken with an attorney.
  • Taking the Initial Settlement Offer: If you need the money fast, it might be tempting to take what you can get immediately. It is a much better idea when all is said and done to wait for the fair compensation you are owed.
  • Not Hiring a Burger Law Car Accident Lawyer: Every Burger Law car accident lawyer has committed their career to seeking justice for the injured in South St. Louis County, MO. When someone does not want to admit culpability or the insurance company refused to be fair, we step up and demand that you are treated fairly and get the fair financial recovery you are owed.

How to Avoid Auto Accidents | South St. Louis County, MO Car Accident Lawyer

More than three quarters of people who die in traffic crashes are drivers. Every Burger Law car accident lawyer has seen firsthand the damage that a thoughtless driver can cause. While you cannot always control other people's behavior, there are several steps you can take to ensure your own safety in addition to the safety of others on the South St. Louis County, MO streets.

  • Always wear a seatbelt. In 2017, seatbelts saved approximately 14,955 people from death. Over 83 percent of drivers and passengers who are completely ejected from the vehicle perish, and the majority of the rest suffered severe, life-altering injuries. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration states that wearing a seatbelt lessens the risk 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 anyone on the South St. Louis County, MO roads. Basic suggestions like driving at lower speeds and increasing following distance in poor weather not only do a lot to keep you and other drivers and passengers safe, but they also protect you from fault or being partially blamed for a crash if you do find yourself in one.
  • If you are a motorcyclist, use a helmet. While South St. Louis County, MO does not have laws forcing motorcycle drivers to wear helmets, they are literal life-savers. 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 effects of a traffic accident. Pull over safely if you need to make an urgent call. 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. No one owns the road, and we all need to be respectful to other drivers, passengers and pedestrians. Be aware of the fact that you are controlling several tons of metal moving at high speeds. Safety needs to be your priority. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, almost 25 percent of motor vehicle deaths are people under the age of 25. A less cautious attitude is likely a contributing factor.
  • Drive with both hands on the wheel. Only driving with one hand can significantly diminish 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 substantially diminish your ability to operate a car safely, but it also boosts your confidence and makes you feel more powerful, so you might think driving while drunk will be fine. Your brain may 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 actions of irresponsible drivers can still cause you injury. When you get hurt because another person broke the rules of the road, you deserve maximum compensation for all of your damages. Every South St. Louis 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 South St. Louis County, MO

You only have one opportunity for the best possible financial recovery. Do not let it go. Our South St. Louis County, MO car accident lawyer team stands up to bullies like resistant insurance companies and negligent drivers who do not want to be held accountable for their actions. We know the financial consequences of being injured are unanticipated and severe. That is why we have devoted our lives to seeing the injured and vulnerable in South St. Louis County, MO reimbursed and made whole again. You do not have to go through these trying times by yourself. To protect you and your family's future, call a Burger Law car accident lawyer in South St. Louis County, MO immediately at (314) 500-HURT or contact us online.

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