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Car Accident Lawyer St. Francois County, MO

Car Accident Lawyer in St. Francois County, MO. They broke the rules of the road, and now your life is turned upside down. You do not have to pay because someone else was negligent. Call a Burger Law St. Francois County, MO car accident lawyer now at (314) 500-HURT or fill out our online form for a complimentary consultation and to start on your road to being made whole again.

The damage that self-centered and reckless drivers can cause is often shattering, and they need to be held accountable 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. Francois County, MO to secure them the compensation they need to heal and get their life back. If you were hurt by a negligent driver, we know you are furious — you should to be. You are also likely concerned about the economic hardships of medical expenses and lost work, not to mention the physical and emotional pain that comes with your injuries. The law offers you an avenue to reparation; our St. Francois County, 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 wholly compensated for the harm somebody else's irresponsible behavior caused. You do not have to wait another minute to begin the process of being made whole again. We do not charge any fees until we win your case.

In over 30 years of practicing law, our car accident lawyer team has won more than $175 million in verdicts and settlements for our Missouri clients. If you were hurt because somebody else broke the rules of the road, learn the value of your claim by filling out our complimentary personal injury calculator.

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Chesterfield, MO

100 Chesterfield Business Pkwy
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Chesterfield, MO 63005

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Phone: (314) 648-8348

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

In Missouri, car accident deaths rose by 12% between 2019 and 2020, despite there being 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 road accidents, with over half of those deaths transpiring on country roads. The Missouri State Highway Patrol stated 36,033 auto wrecks that resulted in personal injury and 923 deadly car crashes.

If you were one of the many in St. Francois County or anywhere in Missouri to be harmed on the road because of another person's careless behavior, reach out to a car accident lawyer right away at (314) 500-HURT.

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

With some common fender-benders, you may be able to be fully compensated without the assistance of a lawyer. But when you are harmed in a crash, you often need a car accident lawyer to fight by your side and make sure that you get the best possible end result in your case. When you hire a Burger Law St. Francois County, MO car accident lawyer, we will:

  • Investigate your accident and gather evidence, for example:
    • Pictures
    • Surveillance video
    • Police reports
    • Official eyewitness depositions
    • Your medical records
  • Make certain you receive the full medical treatment you need
  • Provide you with sound and personalized legal advice
  • Utilize our network of St. Francois County, MO experts to help establish your case
  • Handle all communication, documentation, litigation and negotiations
  • Insist that you receive 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 count on a Burger Law car accident lawyer in St. Francois County, MO to tenaciously and zealously demand justice for your injuries. We have pledged our careers to helping the vulnerable in St. Francois County, MO in their recovery and in being made whole again. Our case evaluation and preliminary investigation do no cost anything, so there is no risk in talking to. Contact a car accident lawyer right away at (314) 500-HURT to talk over your case.

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

The bulk of our St. Francois County, MO clients have never had to hire a car accident lawyer before their injury, and as expected have a lot of questions about their rights and the legal process. Below are a few of the most common 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 St. Francois County, MO are:

Every car accident lawyer at Burger Law has seen every kind of accident imaginable, and we know how to prove negligence 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 prove 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." Meaning, whoever gets behind the wheel necessarily 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 known as "causation," you have to demonstrate that the driver's breach of duty directly caused your injuries.
  4. Proximate Cause: This is what finally determines liability and refers to the underlying origin of your injuries. A drunk driver is clearly negligent, but if a vehicle's brakes do not function properly, the proximate cause is defective parts and the driver may not necessarily be to blame.
  5. Damages: That your injuries led to some kind of loss, such as damage to your car, medical costs and/or lost wages.

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

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

How Much is My Car Accident Claim Worth?

That depends on the significance of your injuries, how they have impacted your life and the skill of your car accident lawyer. With the assistance of your lawyer, you will be able to recover compensation for:

  • Economic damages, such as:
    • Lost wages
    • Lost earning potential
    • Medical expenses, for example:
      • Urgent care
      • Follow-up doctors appointments
      • Surgeries
      • Physical rehabilitation
      • Medication bills
      • In-home medical care
      • Assistive devices such as wheelchairs or required upgrades to your house
      • Future estimated medical expenses, for instance further physical therapy or medication, or replacement expenses for assistive devices
    • Transportation costs related to your medical appointments
    • 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. Francois County, MO, for example drunk driving crashes, your car accident lawyer may be able to help you get punitive damages.

How Are Noneconomic Damages Calculated?

It is hard to put a dollar amount on intangible repercussions of a crash like loss of capacity to enjoy life. Noneconomic damages are typically computed through one of two formulas:

  1. The Per Diem Method: "Per diem" means "per day" in Latin. In this method, you are given a daily amount for every day you were impacted by your injury. The daily amount is often equal to the amount you make from a day's work, the thought being that a day of pain or emotional anguish has at least the same value as a day's work. This method is not implemented for injuries leading to impairment 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, typically between 1.5 and 5, and the product will be your complete compensation. Three is the most common multiplier, and four and five are often only used in cases that lead to disability or permanent impairment.

Your Burger Law car accident lawyer in St. Francois County, MO will ensure that an insurance adjuster 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. Francois County, MO?

Generally, following Missouri Revised Statute §516.120, you have five years from the day your injury occurred to make your personal injury claim in St. Francois County or elsewhere in Missouri. If you were under 21 at the time of the collision, you have five years from the day you turn 21. That may appear a long time, but it is crucial to reach out to 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 might mistakenly do or say things that hurt their claim. Some common mistakes your car accident lawyer in St. Francois County, MO sees are:

  • Not Calling the Police: Pursuant 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 taught to ascertain negligence in collisions and their police report will be critical in your claim.
  • Not Documenting the Scene: Take photographs of both vehicles and the nearby area and gather witness contact information. This will also be extremely useful in your case.
  • Not Seeking Medical Attention: In order to be fully compensated for your injuries, you need to have them recorded and treated. Always be entirely frank with your physician about any aches you have.
  • Trusting the Insurance Company: Insurance companies use 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 before speaking with an attorney.
  • Accepting the First Settlement Offer: If you need the money quickly, it may be tempting to take what you can get immediately. It is far better in the long term to wait for the fair financial recovery you truly deserve.
  • Not Hiring a Burger Law Car Accident Lawyer: Every Burger Law car accident lawyer has committed their life to pursuing justice for the injured in St. Francois County, MO. When someone refuses to admit blame or the insurance company is not being fair, we step in and insist that you are treated fairly and get the fair compensation you are owed.

How to Avoid Auto Accidents | St. Francois County, 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 destruction that a reckless driver can cause. While you cannot always control how other people drive, there are several measures you can take to ensure your own safety in addition to the safety of others on the St. Francois County, MO roads.

  • Always use a seatbelt. In 2017, seatbelts saved approximately 14,955 people from death. Over four-fifths of drivers and passengers who are entirely ejected from the vehicle perish, and the majority of the rest experienced severe, life-altering injuries. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration states that wearing a seatbelt decreases the risk of death by 45 percent and moderate to critical injury by 50 percent.
  • Be familiar with the laws and best driving practices. The Missouri Department of Revenue provides a Driver Guide for St. Francois County, MO drivers. 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 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 St. Francois 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 consequences of an auto collision. 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 should be courteous to other drivers, passengers and pedestrians. Recognize that you are controlling several tons of metal moving at high speeds. Safety should be your prime concern. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, almost 25 percent 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 substantially diminish your control of the vehicle. Quickly changing the radio is likely OK, but both hands should be on the wheel the majority of the time.
  • 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 raises 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 true.

You can take every precaution imaginable when you get behind the wheel, but regrettably the reckless actions of irresponsible drivers can still cause you harm. When you get hurt because another driver broke the rules of the road, you deserve complete compensation for all of your damages. Every St. Francois 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. Francois County, MO

You only have one opportunity for a full financial recovery. Do not let it go. Our St. Francois County, MO car accident lawyer team fights back against bullies like resistant insurance companies and thoughtless drivers who do not want to take responsibility for their behavior. We know the financial hardships of being injured are unanticipated and harsh. That is why we have devoted our lives to seeing the injured and vulnerable in St. Francois County, MO restituted and made whole again. You do not have to go through these traumatic times alone. To protect you and your family's future, call a Burger Law car accident lawyer in St. Francois County, MO now at (314) 500-HURT or contact us online.

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