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Car Accident Lawyer St. Clair County, MO

Car Accident Lawyer in St. Clair County, MO. They broke the rules of the road, and now your life is upended. You should not have to pay because another driver was negligent. Call a Burger Law St. Clair County, MO car accident lawyer right away at (314) 500-HURT or fill out our online form for a complimentary case evaluation and to start on your road to being made whole again.

The damage that selfish and careless drivers can cause is often shattering, and they need to be held responsible for their actions. Every Burger Law car accident lawyer has pledged their life to standing up to bullies and defending the rights of the injured in St. Clair County, MO to secure them the compensation they need to mend and return to the life they know. If you were injured by a careless driver, we know you are furious — that is warranted. You are also probably apprehensive about the economic ramifications of medical costs and lost wages, to say nothing of the physical and emotional agony that goes along with your injuries. The law provides you with a bridge to restoration; our St. Clair County, MO car accident lawyer team is here to lead the way you across it and fight on your behalf until there is nothing more to fight and you are entirely compensated for the destruction another person's negligent behavior caused. You do not have to wait another instant to start on your road to recovery. We do not charge any fees until we win your case.

In more than three decades 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 harmed because another driver was careless, see the value of your claim by using our free personal injury calculator.

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Chesterfield, MO

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Chesterfield, MO 63005

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Car Accident Statistics in Missouri

In Missouri, car accident deaths went up by 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 motor vehicle wrecks, with 58 percent of those fatalities transpiring on country roads. The Missouri State Highway Patrol says 36,033 motor vehicle crashes that caused personal injury and 923 deadly auto accidents.

If you were one of the many in St. Clair County or anywhere in Missouri who was injured on the road because of another person's carelessness, get in touch with a car accident lawyer immediately at (314) 500-HURT.

How a Car Accident Lawyer in St. Clair County, MO Can Help

With some ordinary fender-benders, you might be able to be completely reimbursed without the help of a lawyer. But when you are hurt in a crash, you usually require a car accident lawyer to fight for you and make certain that you get the best results in your case. When you hire a Burger Law St. Clair County, MO car accident lawyer, we will:

  • Investigate your accident and obtain evidence, such as:
    • Pictures
    • Surveillance video
    • Police reports
    • Official eyewitness statements
    • Your medical records
  • Make sure you receive the full medical care you need
  • Offer you trustworthy and personalized legal advice
  • Use our network of St. Clair County, MO experts to help build your case
  • Handle 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 believe in a Burger Law car accident lawyer in St. Clair County, MO to aggressively and zealously demand justice in your case. We have committed our careers to helping the injured in St. Clair County, MO in their recovery and in being made whole again. Our case review and preliminary investigation do no cost anything, 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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St. Clair County, MO Car Accident Lawyer: Frequently Asked Questions

The majority of our St. Clair County, MO clients have never needed to hire a car accident lawyer before their crash, and unsurprisingly have a lot of questions about their rights and the legal process. The following are some of the most frequent questions we are asked with regard to 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 St. Clair 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 Prove a Motor Vehicle Accident Claim?

In order to prove your claim, your car accident lawyer must prove 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." That means that any person who gets behind the wheel automatically owes you a duty of care.
  2. Breach of Duty: The driver broke a law or otherwise did not drive safely.
  3. Cause in Fact: Also called "causation," you need to show that the driver's breach of duty directly caused you harm.
  4. Proximate Cause: This is what ultimately confirms negligence and refers to the root cause of your injuries. A drunk driver is plainly liable, but if a vehicle's brakes do not work, the proximate cause is defective parts and the driver may not automatically be liable.
  5. Damages: That your injuries caused some kind of loss, for instance 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. Meaning, that if you are found to be partially at fault for your crash, your compensation will be decreased by the percentage of blame you share. For instance, if a jury awards you $100,000 for a crash, 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 is contingent on the gravity of your injuries, how they have affected your life and the skill of your car accident lawyer. With the help of your attorney, you will be able to get compensation for:

  • Economic damages, for instance:
    • Lost wages
    • Lost earning capacity
    • Medical bills, including:
      • Emergency room visits
      • Follow-up doctors appointments
      • Surgeries
      • Physical rehabilitation
      • Medication costs
      • In-home medical care
      • Assistive devices such as crutches or required improvements to your house
      • Future estimated medical bills, 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 St. Clair County, MO, for example drunk driving crashes, your car accident lawyer may be able to help you receive punitive damages.

How Are Noneconomic Damages Calculated?

It is difficult to put a figure on intangible effects of a crash such as emotional anguish. Noneconomic damages are typically computed using one of two methods:

  1. The Per Diem Method: "Per diem" means "per day" in Latin. In this method, you are granted a daily amount for every day you were affected. The daily amount is usually equal to the amount you make from a day's labor, the idea being that a day of pain or mental agony 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 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 product will be your total recovery. Three is used most often, and four and five are typically only used in cases that result in disability or permanent impairment.

Your Burger Law car accident lawyer in St. Clair County, MO will make sure that an insurance company or jury knows the full extent that your injuries have affected you and compensate you for all of it.

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How Long Do I Have to File a Car Accident Claim in St. Clair County, 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 St. Clair County or elsewhere in Missouri. If you were under 21 at the time of the injury, you have five years from your 21st birthday. That may seem like a long time, but it is critical 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 spoken with a car accident lawyer could accidentally do or say things that hurt their claim. Some common mistakes your car accident lawyer in St. Clair 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 lead to an injury. Police know how to determine negligence in crashes and their police report will be invaluable 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 incredibly valuable in your case.
  • Not Seeking Medical Attention: In order to be fully compensated for your injuries, you need to have records of them and have them treated. Always be totally frank with your physician about any aches you have.
  • Believing the Insurance Company: Insurance adjusters employ a lot of tricks to reimburse you for 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 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 much better in the long term to wait for the complete compensation you are owed.
  • Not Hiring a Burger Law Car Accident Lawyer: Every Burger Law car accident lawyer has dedicated their life to pursuing justice for the injured in St. Clair County, MO. When someone does not want to admit fault or the insurance company is not being fair, we step in and demand that you are treated fairly and get the maximum financial recovery you deserve.

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

Over 75 percent of people killed in motor vehicle crashes are drivers. Every Burger Law car accident lawyer has seen with their own eyes the havoc that a thoughtless driver can cause. While you cannot always control what other people do, there are many actions you can take to protect yourself as well as others on the St. Clair County, MO roads.

  • Always use a seatbelt. In 2017, seatbelts saved approximately 14,955 lives. Over four-fifths of drivers and passengers who are completely expelled from the vehicle perish, and most of the rest experienced grave, life-changing injuries. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that wearing a seatbelt reduces the risk of death by 45 percent and moderate to critical injury by 50 percent.
  • Be familiar with the rules of the road. The Missouri Department of Revenue has published a Driver Guide for anyone on the St. Clair County, MO roads. Basic suggestions like driving at lower speeds and increasing following distance in winter conditions not only do a lot to keep you and other drivers and passengers safe, but they also shield you from liability or being partially blamed for a collision if you do find yourself in one.
  • If you are a motorcyclist, wear a helmet. While St. Clair County, MO does not have laws obligating motorcycle drivers to use 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 consequences 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 should be courteous 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 needs to be your priority. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, almost one-fourth of motor vehicle deaths are people under the age of 25. Maturity is probably a contributing factor.
  • Drive with both hands on the wheel. Only driving with one hand can significantly lessen 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 substantially diminish 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 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 owed full compensation for all of your damages. Every St. Clair 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 St. Clair County, MO

You just have one chance for a complete financial recovery. Do not let it go. Our St. Clair County, MO car accident lawyer team fights back against bullies like resistant insurance companies and thoughtless drivers who do not want to be held accountable for their actions. We know the economic implications of being injured are sudden and severe. That is why we have committed our lives to seeing the injured and vulnerable in St. Clair County, MO restituted 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 St. Clair County, MO straight away at (314) 500-HURT or contact us online.

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