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Car Accident Lawyer Washington, MO

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

The damage that selfish and reckless drivers can cause is often cataclysmic, and they need to be held accountable for their actions. Every Burger Law car accident lawyer has pledged their life to fighting back against bullies and standing up for of the injured in Washington, MO to deliver them the financial recovery they need to heal and return to the life they know. If you were hurt by a careless driver, we know you are infuriated — that is merited. You are also likely apprehensive about the financial ramifications of medical expenses and lost pay, in addition to the physical and emotional anguish that comes with your injuries. The law gives a bridge to restitution; our Washington, MO car accident lawyer team is here to guide you through it and fight for you until there is nothing more to fight and you are completely repaid for the harm somebody else's careless actions caused. You do not have to wait any longer to begin the process of being made whole again. We do not charge anything until you collect the compensation you need.

In over 30 years of practice, our car accident lawyer team has won more than $175 million in verdicts and settlements for our Missouri clients. If you were injured because someone else broke the rules of the road, see how much your case may be worth by filling out our complimentary 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 increased 12% between 2019 and 2020, despite there being fewer people on the road owing to the COVID-19 pandemic. A 2018 study reported that Missouri ranked 12th in the nation in fatal auto collisions, with 58 percent of those deaths occurring on country roads. The Missouri State Highway Patrol reported 36,033 auto collisions that caused personal injury and 923 fatal auto accidents.

If you were one of the many in Washington or anywhere in Missouri who was hurt on the road because of somebody else's carelessness, call a car accident lawyer straight away at (314) 500-HURT.

What a Car Accident Lawyer in Washington, MO Can Do For You

With some typical fender-benders, you may be able to be fairly reimbursed without legal representation. But when you are harmed in a collision, you usually require a car accident lawyer to fight on your behalf and ensure that you get the best results in your case. When you hire a Burger Law Washington, MO car accident lawyer, we will:

  • Carry out and investigation your case and obtain evidence, for example:
    • Photographs
    • Surveillance footage
    • Police reports
    • Official eyewitness statements
    • Your medical records
  • Make sure you receive the full medical care you need
  • Provide you with wise and personalized legal counsel
  • Utilize our network of Washington, 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 depend on a Burger Law car accident lawyer in Washington, MO to aggressively and passionately demand justice for your injuries. We have pledged our lives to helping the injured in Washington, MO in their recovery and in being made whole again. Our case review and primary investigation are free, so there is no risk in talking to. Reach out to a car accident lawyer right away at (314) 500-HURT to talk over your case.

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Washington, MO Car Accident Lawyer: Frequently Asked Questions

Most of our Washington, MO clients have never needed to hire a car accident lawyer before, and unsurprisingly have many questions about their rights and the legal process. Below are a few of the most common 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 Washington, MO are:

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

How Do I Prove an Auto Accident Case?

In order to prove your claim, your car accident lawyer will have to 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." Meaning, anybody who in control of a vehicle 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 have to show that the driver's breach of duty directly caused hurt you.
  4. Proximate Cause: This is what finally confirms negligence 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 necessarily be at fault.
  5. Damages: That your injuries led to some sort of loss, for instance property damage, 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. Meaning, that if you are found to be partially responsibility for your crash, your compensation will be diminished by the percentage of fault you share. For example, if a jury awards you $100,000 for a collision, but determines that you were 30 percent to blame, the final sum you collect would be $70,000.

How Much is My Car Accident Claim Worth?

That depends on the seriousness of your injuries, how they have affected your life and the abilities of your car accident lawyer. With the aid of your attorney, you will be able to get compensation for:

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

How Are Noneconomic Damages Calculated?

It is tough to put a figure on intangible effects of a collision like pain and suffering. Noneconomic damages are typically quantified through one of two formulas:

  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 often equal to the amount you make from a day's labor, the concept being that a day of pain or mental anguish is at least worth a day's work. This method is not implemented for injuries resulting to impairment 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, generally between 1.5 and 5, and the product will be your total financial recovery. Three is the most common multiplier, and four and five are usually saved for cases that result in disability or permanent impairment.

Your Burger Law car accident lawyer in Washington, MO will ensure that an insurance adjuster or jury recognizes the full extent that your injuries have impacted you and compensate you for all of your damages.

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How Long Do I Have to File a Car Accident Claim in Washington, MO?

Typically, under Missouri Revised Statute §516.120, you have five years from the day your injury happened to bring your personal injury claim in Washington or anywhere in Missouri. If you were under 21 at the time of the crash, you have five years from your 21st birthday. That may seem like a long time, but it is crucial to get in touch with a car accident lawyer immediately for the best outcome in your case.

What Mistakes Can Hurt My Claim?

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

  • Not Calling the Police: Following 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 liability 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 collect witness contact information. This will also be very valuable in your claim.
  • Not Seeking Medical Care: In order to be totally compensated for your injuries, you need to have records of them and have them treated. Always be entirely frank with your doctor about any pains you have.
  • Trusting the Insurance Company: Insurance companies utilize a lot of deceptive tactics to pay you as little as possible; that is their job. Do not believe anything they say or make any recorded statements until you have talked to a lawyer.
  • Taking the First Settlement Offer: If you need the money quickly, it may be enticing to take what you can get now. It is much better when all is said and done to wait for the full compensation you are owed.
  • Not Hiring a Burger Law Car Accident Lawyer: Every Burger Law car accident lawyer has committed their career to pursuing justice for the injured in Washington, MO. When someone refuses to admit culpability or the insurance company refused to be fair, we step up and insist that you are treated fairly and get the complete financial recovery you are owed.

How to Avoid Auto Accidents | Washington, MO Car Accident Lawyer

Over 75 percent of people killed in auto collisions are drivers. Every Burger Law car accident lawyer has seen personally the destruction that a negligent driver can cause. While you cannot always control what other people do, there are several steps you can take to ensure your own safety as well as the safety of others on the Washington, MO streets.

  • Always use a seatbelt. In 2017, seatbelts saved approximately 14,955 people from death. More than 83 percent of drivers and passengers who are entirely thrown out of the vehicle die, and the majority of the rest experienced serious, life-changing injuries. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that wearing a seatbelt reduces the chances 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 anyone on the Washington, MO roads. Fundamental tips like driving slower 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 an accident if you do find yourself in one.
  • If you are a motorcyclist, wear a helmet. While Washington, MO does not have laws forcing motorcycle drivers to wear helmets, they can save your life. In 2017, helmets saved 1,872 lives.
  • Do not use your cell phone. While you can always call someone back, you can never take back the consequences of a car wreck. Pull over safely if you need need your phone for an emergency. 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 down at your phone.
  • Have the right attitude. No one owns the road, and we all need to be polite to other drivers, passengers and pedestrians. Understand 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 traffic deaths are people under the age of 25. A less cautious attitude is probably a contributing factor.
  • Keep both hands on the wheel. Just having one hand on the wheel can considerably diminish 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 significantly impede your ability to drive 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 might deceive you into thinking you can drive home safely, but it is never true.

You can take every precaution imaginable when driving, but regrettably the negligent actions of irresponsible drivers can still cause you injury. When you get hurt because somebody else broke the rules of the road, you are entitled to full compensation for all of your damages. Every Washington, MO car accident lawyer at Burger Law takes on and wins the tough cases, and knows how to achieve great results.


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Car Accident Lawyer Washington, MO

You only have one opportunity for the best possible financial recovery. Do not let it slip. Our Washington, MO car accident lawyer team stands up to bullies like resistant insurance companies and negligent drivers who do not want to take responsibility for their actions. We know the economic consequences of being injured are immediate and severe. That is why we have dedicated our lives to seeing the injured and vulnerable in Washington, MO restituted and made whole again. You do not have to go through these difficult times alone. To protect you and your family's future, call a Burger Law car accident lawyer in Washington, MO now at (314) 500-HURT or contact us online.

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