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Car Accident Lawyer St. Charles, MO

Car Accident Lawyer in St. Charles, 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 carelessly. Call a Burger Law St. Charles, MO car accident lawyer right away at (314) 500-HURT or fill out our online form for a free case review and to start on your road to recovery.

The damage that selfish and irresponsible drivers can cause is often staggering, 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 St. Charles, MO to get them the compensation they need to heal and return to the life they know. If you were injured by a careless driver, we know you are angry — you deserve to be. You are also likely uncertain about the economic burden of medical bills and lost work, not to mention the physical and emotional agony that accompanies your injuries. The law extends an avenue to restoration; our St. Charles, MO car accident lawyer team is here to lead you through it and fight on your behalf until there is nothing more to fight and you are completely repaid for the damage somebody else's careless actions caused. You do not have to wait any longer to begin on your road to recovery. We accept no fees until you collect the compensation you need.

In more than 30 years of defending the rights of the vulnerable, our car accident lawyer team has gotten more than $175 million in verdicts and settlements for our Missouri clients. If you were hurt because another person was careless, see how much your injuries may be worth by using our complimentary personal injury calculator.

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How Common Are Car Accidents in St. Charles and Missouri?

In Missouri, car accident deaths increased 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 road accidents, with 58 percent of those fatalities transpiring on country roads. The Missouri State Highway Patrol says 36,033 auto crashes that led to personal injury and 923 deadly car wrecks.

If you were one of the many in St. Charles or anywhere in Missouri to be hurt on the road because of another person's negligent behavior, reach out to a car accident lawyer today at (314) 500-HURT.

What a Car Accident Lawyer in St. Charles, MO Can Do For You

With some common fender-benders, you might be able to be fairly compensated without the aid of a lawyer. But when you are harmed in an accident, you often require a car accident lawyer to fight for you and make sure that you get the best possible outcome in your claim. When you hire a Burger Law St. Charles, MO car accident lawyer, we will:

  • Perform and investigation your accident and obtain evidence, such as:
    • Photos
    • Surveillance video
    • Police reports
    • Official eyewitness depositions
    • Your medical records
  • Ensure you receive the full medical care you need
  • Offer you trustworthy and individualized legal advice
  • Use our network of St. Charles, 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 in front of a judge and jury when the insurance company will not give you a fair offer

You can trust a Burger Law car accident lawyer in St. Charles, MO to aggressively and zealously demand justice for your damages. We have pledged our lives to helping the vulnerable in St. Charles, MO in their recovery and in being made whole again. Our case review and primary investigation do no cost anything, so there is no reason not to talk to us. Reach out to a car accident lawyer now at (314) 500-HURT to discuss your case.

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St. Charles, MO Car Accident Lawyer: Frequently Asked Questions

The bulk of our St. Charles, MO clients have never had to hire a car accident lawyer before, 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 in relation to 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 St. Charles, MO are:

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

How Do I Prove an Auto Crash Case?

In order to win your claim, your car accident lawyer will have to demonstrate 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 anybody who gets behind the wheel automatically 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 known as "causation," you need to prove that the driver's breach of duty directly caused hurt you.
  4. Proximate Cause: This is what ultimately determines liability and refers to the root source of your injuries. A drunk driver is obviously negligent, but if a vehicle's brakes do not function correctly, the proximate cause is malfunctioning components and the driver may not automatically be at fault.
  5. Damages: That your injuries led to some type of loss, for example property damage, medical expenses and/or lost wages.

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

Yes. Missouri is a pure comparative fault state. What that means is that if you are found to be partially culpable for your wreck, your compensation will be decreased by the percentage of blame you are responsible for. For instance, if a jury awards you $100,000 for a collision, 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 depends on the severity of your injuries, how they have impacted your life and the willpower of your car accident lawyer. With the help of your lawyer, you will be able to collect compensation for:

  • Economic damages, for example:
    • Lost wages
    • Lost earning capacity
    • Medical expenses, including:
      • Emergency room visits
      • Subsequent doctors appointments
      • Surgeries
      • Physical therapy
      • Medication costs
      • In-home medical treatment
      • Assistive devices such as crutches or necessary upgrades to your vehicle
      • Future estimated medical expenses, for example further physical rehabilitation or medication, or replacement costs 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 rare cases in St. Charles, MO, for example drunk driving collisions, your car accident lawyer may be able to help you recover punitive damages.

How Are Noneconomic Damages Calculated?

It is tough to put a dollar amount on intangible reverberations of an accident like loss of capacity to enjoy life. Noneconomic damages are usually determined using 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 each day you were affected. The daily amount is generally equal to the amount you make from a day's work, the thought being that a day of pain or mental agony is at least worth a day's work. This method is not implemented for permanent injuries as it is impossible to know how long your injury will impact 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 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 St. Charles, MO will ensure that an insurance adjuster or jury realizes every way that your injuries have impacted you and reimburse you for all of it.

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How Long Do I Have to File a Car Accident Claim in St. Charles, MO?

Generally speaking, under Missouri Revised Statute §516.120, you have five years from the date of your collision to bring your personal injury claim in St. Charles or anywhere in Missouri. If you were under 21 at the time of the accident, you have five years from the day you turn 21. That may appear a long time, but it is imperative to reach out to a car accident lawyer right away for the best results in your case.

What Mistakes Can Hurt My Claim?

People who have not been in touch with a car accident lawyer could inadvertently do or say things that hurt their claim. Some common mistakes your car accident lawyer in St. Charles, MO sees are:

  • Not Calling the Police: According to Missouri Revised Statute §300.110, you must report an accident to the police "as soon as reasonably possible" if it lead to an injury. Police are trained to ascertain liability in wrecks and their police report will be indispensable in your claim.
  • Not Documenting the Scene: Take pictures of both vehicles and the surrounding area and collect witness contact information. This will also be incredibly valuable in your claim.
  • Not Seeking Medical Treatment: In order to be wholly compensated for your injuries, you need to have them recorded and treated. Always be 100 percent honest with your doctor about any aches you have.
  • Trusting the Insurance Company: Insurance companies employ a lot of deceptive tactics to compensate you with as little as possible; that is their job. Do not believe anything they say or make any recorded statements until you have spoken with an attorney.
  • Taking the First Settlement Offer: If you need the money fast, it may be appealing to take what you can get now. It is far better when all is said and done to wait for the maximum financial recovery you truly deserve.
  • Not Hiring a Burger Law Car Accident Lawyer: Every Burger Law car accident lawyer has devoted their life to deliver justice for the injured in St. Charles, MO. When someone declines to admit fault or the insurance company is not being fair, we step up and demand that you are treated fairly and get the full financial recovery you are owed.

How to Avoid Auto Accidents | St. Charles, MO Car Accident Lawyer

More than 75 percent of people who die in traffic wrecks are drivers. Every Burger Law car accident lawyer has seen personally the devastation that a thoughtless driver can cause. While you cannot always control what other people do, there are many measures you can take to ensure your own safety as well as the safety of others on the St. Charles, MO streets.

  • Always use a seatbelt. In 2017, seatbelts saved approximately 14,955 lives. Over four-fifths of drivers and passengers who are completely thrown out of the vehicle die, and most of the rest sustained severe, life-changing injuries. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that wearing a seatbelt decreases 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 offers a Driver Guide for anyone on the St. Charles, MO roads. Fundamental tips 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 shield you from fault or being partially blamed for a collision if you do find yourself in one.
  • If you are a motorcyclist, wear a helmet. While St. Charles, MO does not have laws requiring motorcycle drivers to use 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 an auto wreck. Pull over to the side of the road if you need need your phone for an emergency. If you use your phone for directions, turn the volume up 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. We all share the road, and we all should 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. A less cautious attitude is probably a contributing factor.
  • Keep both hands on the wheel. Just driving with one hand 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 impede your ability to operate a motor vehicle 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 trick you into believing you can drive home safely, but it is never the case.

You can take every possible precaution when driving, but regrettably the negligent actions of irresponsible drivers can still harm you. When you get hurt because another person broke the rules of the road, you are owed maximum compensation for all of your damages. Every St. Charles, MO car accident lawyer at Burger Law takes on and wins the tough cases, and knows how to attain great results.


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Car Accident Lawyer St. Charles, MO

You just have one opportunity for a complete financial recovery. Do not let it go. Our St. Charles, MO car accident lawyer team pushes back against bullies like resistant insurance companies and careless drivers who do not want to be held accountable for their actions. We know the economic implications of being injured are unexpected and harsh. That is why we have committed our lives to seeing the injured and vulnerable in St. Charles, MO recompensed and made whole again. You do not have to go through these difficult times by yourself. To protect you and your family's future, call a Burger Law car accident lawyer in St. Charles, MO straight away at (314) 500-HURT or contact us online.

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