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Car Accident Lawyer St. Louis, MO

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

The damage that selfish and reckless drivers can cause is often staggering, 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. Louis, MO to deliver them the financial recovery they need to mend and return to the life they know. If you were injured by a careless driver, we know you are angry — that is justified. You are also probably worried about the financial burden of medical bills and lost pay, not to mention the physical and emotional agony that comes with your injuries. The law provides you with a path to restitution; our St. Louis, MO car accident lawyer team is here to lead the way you through it and fight on your behalf until there is nothing more to fight and you are wholly compensated for the harm somebody else's irresponsible actions caused. You do not have to wait any longer to begin the process of being made whole again. We accept no fees until we win your case.

In over three decades of experience, our car accident lawyer team has secured upwards of $175 million in verdicts and settlements for our Missouri clients. If you were hurt because someone else was reckless, learn how much your injuries may be worth by using our free personal injury calculator.

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

In Missouri, car accident deaths rose 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 deadly road crashes, with over half of those deaths happening on country roads. The Missouri State Highway Patrol says 36,033 car accidents that led to personal injury and 923 fatal auto crashes.

If you were one of the many in St. Louis or anywhere in Missouri who was harmed on the road because of someone else's careless actions, reach out to a car accident lawyer immediately at (314) 500-HURT.

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

With some common fender-benders, you may be able to be fully reimbursed without legal representation. But when you are hurt in a collision, you usually require a car accident lawyer to fight by your side and make sure that you get the best possible end result in your claim. When you hire a Burger Law St. Louis, MO car accident lawyer, we will:

  • Investigate your case and acquire evidence, such as:
    • Photographs
    • Surveillance video
    • Police reports
    • Official eyewitness testimony
    • Your medical records
  • Ensure you receive the full medical treatment you need
  • Provide you with sound and individualized legal counsel
  • Use our network of St. Louis, MO experts to help develop a legal strategy
  • Handle all communication, documentation, litigation and negotiations
  • Demand that you are given a fair settlement offer
  • Take your case in front of a judge and jury when we do not secure a fair settlement

You can believe in a Burger Law car accident lawyer in St. Louis, MO to forcefully and zealously demand justice for your damages. We have pledged our careers to helping the injured in St. Louis, MO in their recovery and in being made whole again. Our case review and preliminary investigation do no cost anything, so there is no risk in talking to. Reach out to a car accident lawyer today at (314) 500-HURT to discuss your case.

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

The bulk of our St. Louis, 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 procedure. The following are several of the most frequent questions we get about 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. Louis, MO are:

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

How Do I Win an Auto Crash Claim?

In order to win your claim, your car accident lawyer will have to show the five elements of negligence found in tort law:

  1. Duty of Care: Missouri Revised Statute §304.120 states that motorists are "to exercise highest degree of care." Meaning, 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 drive safely.
  3. Cause in Fact: Also called "causation," you need to prove that the driver's breach of duty directly caused you harm.
  4. Proximate Cause: This is what finally determines liability and refers to the root origin of your injuries. A drunk driver is clearly liable, but if a vehicle's brakes do not function properly, the proximate cause is malfunctioning components and the driver may not automatically be at fault.
  5. Damages: That your injuries resulted in some type of loss, such as property damage, medical expenses and/or lost wages.

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

Yes. Missouri is a pure comparative fault state. Meaning, that if you are found to be partially responsibility for your wreck, your compensation will be reduced by the percentage of fault you share. For example, if a jury grants you $100,000 for a collision, but determines that you were 30 percent at fault, the your final recovery would be $70,000.

How Much is My Car Accident Claim Worth?

That depends on the severity of your injuries, the effects they have had your life and the abilities of your car accident lawyer. With the help of your attorney, you will be able to get compensation for:

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

How Are Noneconomic Damages Calculated?

It is difficult to put a number on intangible consequences of a wreck such as pain and suffering. Noneconomic damages are typically quantified through one of two formulas:

  1. The Per Diem Method: "Per diem" stands for "per day" in Latin. In this method, you are awarded a daily amount for each day you suffered. The daily amount is often the same as the amount you make from a day's work, the thought being that a day of pain or mental distress has at least the same value as a day's work. This method is not employed for injuries leading to impairment as it is impossible to know how long your injury will affect you.
  2. The Multiplier Method: In this method, your economic damages are multiplied by a number, generally between 1.5 and 5, and the final number will be your complete compensation. Three is used most often, and four and five are usually saved for cases that cause disability or permanent impairment.

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

Generally, following Missouri Revised Statute §516.120, you have five years from the day your injury occurred to file your personal injury claim in St. Louis or elsewhere in Missouri. If you were under 21 at the time of the injury, you have five years from your 21st birthday. That might seem like a long time, but it is important 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?

St. Louis, MO residents who have not talked to a car accident lawyer could unintentionally do or say things that hurt their claim. Some common mistakes your car accident lawyer in St. Louis, MO sees are:

  • Not Calling the Police: Under Missouri Revised Statute §300.110, you need to report an accident to the police "as soon as reasonably possible" if it results in injury. Police know how to ascertain fault in crashes and their police report will be critical in your case.
  • Not Documenting the Scene: Take pictures of both vehicles and the surrounding area and ask for witness contact information. This will also be extremely valuable in your case.
  • Not Seeking Medical Attention: In order to be wholly compensated for your injuries, you need to have them recorded and treated. Always be entirely honest with your physician about any aches you have.
  • Believing the Insurance Company: Insurance adjusters employ a lot of deceptive tactics to compensate you with as little as possible; that is how they make money. Do not trust anything they say or make any recorded statements before speaking with an attorney.
  • Accepting the Initial Settlement Offer: If you need the money fast, it may be tempting to take what they are offering you now. It is a much better idea when all is said and done to wait for the complete financial recovery you are owed.
  • Not Hiring a Burger Law Car Accident Lawyer: Every Burger Law car accident lawyer has committed their career to deliver justice for the injured in St. Louis, MO. When someone refuses 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 deserve.

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

Over 75 percent of people killed in car accidents are drivers. Every Burger Law car accident lawyer has seen with their own eyes the havoc that a negligent driver can cause. While you cannot always control what other people do, there are numerous measures you can take to ensure your own safety as well as the safety of others on the St. Louis, MO roadways.

  • Always wear a seatbelt. In 2017, seatbelts saved an estimated 14,955 lives. More than four-fifths of drivers and passengers who are completely expelled from the vehicle die, and the majority of the rest sustained serious, life-changing injuries. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that wearing a seatbelt decreases the chances of death by almost half and moderate to critical injury by 50 percent.
  • Be aware of the rules of the road. The Missouri Department of Revenue offers a Driver Guide for anyone on the St. Louis, MO roads. Simple tips like driving slower and increasing following distance in winter conditions not only do a lot to keep you and everyone else on the road safe, but they also shield you from fault or being partially blamed for a wreck if you do find yourself in one.
  • If you are a motorcyclist, wear a helmet. While St. Louis, 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 consequences of a motor vehicle collision. Pull over safely if you need need your phone for an emergency. If you use your phone for directions, put the volume on high and turn the music off so you can clearly hear the directions and do not have to look down at your phone.
  • Have the right attitude. The road is for everyone, and we all need to be polite to other drivers, passengers and pedestrians. Recognize 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. A less cautious attitude is probably a contributing factor.
  • Drive with both hands on the wheel. Only driving with one hand can substantially lessen your control of the car. 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 may think driving while drunk will be fine. Your brain may trick you into believing you can drive home safely, but it is never the case.

You can take every precaution imaginable when driving, but regrettably the reckless actions of irresponsible drivers can still cause you harm. 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. Louis, 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. Louis, MO

You just have one shot for a full financial recovery. Do not let it go. Our St. Louis, 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 behavior. We know the economic hardships of being injured are unanticipated and harsh. That is why we have devoted our lives to seeing the injured and vulnerable in St. Louis, MO reimbursed 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. Louis, MO now at (314) 500-HURT or contact us online.

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