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Car Accident Lawyer Waynesville, MO

Car Accident Lawyer in Waynesville, MO. They broke the rules of the road, and now your life is upended. You do not have to pay because someone else behaved recklessly. Call a Burger Law Waynesville, MO car accident lawyer right away at (314) 500-HURT or fill out our online form for a complimentary consultation and to start on your road to recovery.

The damage that selfish and reckless drivers can cause is often shattering, and they need to be held responsible for their behavior. Every Burger Law car accident lawyer has dedicated their life to standing up to bullies and defending the rights of the vulnerable in Waynesville, MO to secure them the financial recovery they need to heal and get their life back. If you were hurt by an irresponsible driver, we know you are outraged — that is warranted. You are also likely concerned about the financial ramifications of medical expenses and lost work, not to mention the physical and emotional anguish that accompanies your injuries. The law gives a path to restitution; our Waynesville, 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 entirely compensated for the harm another person's horrible behavior caused. You do not have to wait another minute to start on your road to recovery. We do not charge any fees until we win your case.

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

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How Common Are Car Accidents in Waynesville and Missouri?

In Missouri, car accident deaths rose by 12% between 2019 and 2020, despite the fact that there were fewer people on the road due to the COVID-19 pandemic. A 2018 study found that Missouri ranked 12th in the nation in fatal road collisions, with 58 percent of those fatalities happening on rural roads. The Missouri State Highway Patrol reported 36,033 motor vehicle collisions that caused personal injury and 923 fatal auto crashes.

If you were one of the many in Waynesville or anywhere in Missouri to be injured on the road because of somebody else's carelessness, contact a car accident lawyer right away at (314) 500-HURT.

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

With some typical fender-benders, you might be able to be fairly reimbursed without legal representation. But when you are harmed in a collision, you often require a car accident lawyer to fight for you and make certain that you get the best possible outcome in your case. When you hire a Burger Law Waynesville, MO car accident lawyer, we will:

  • Conduct and investigation your case and obtain evidence, for example:
    • Photographs
    • Surveillance footage
    • Police reports
    • Official eyewitness testimony
    • Your medical records
  • Ensure you get the full medical treatment you need
  • Provide you with trustworthy and personalized legal advice
  • Utilize our network of Waynesville, MO experts to help develop a legal strategy
  • Manage all the legal aspects of your case so you can focus on healing
  • Insist that you get 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 Waynesville, MO to persistently and fervently demand justice for your injuries. We have committed our lives to helping the injured in Waynesville, MO in their recovery and in being made whole again. Our consultation and initial investigation do no cost anything, so there is no risk in talking to. Reach out to a car accident lawyer right away at (314) 500-HURT to go over your case.

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Waynesville, MO Car Accident Lawyer: Frequently Asked Questions

The bulk of our Waynesville, MO clients have never needed to hire a car accident lawyer before their accident, and as expected have a good deal of questions about their rights and the legal process. The following are a few of the most frequent questions we are asked concerning 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 Waynesville, MO are:

Every car accident lawyer at Burger Law has seen it all, and we know how to prove negligence and win every type of motor vehicle case.

How Do I Prove a Motor Vehicle Accident Case?

In order to prove 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 dictates that motorists are "to exercise highest degree of care." Meaning, any person who gets behind the wheel necessarily 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 referred to as "causation," you need to prove that the driver's breach of duty directly caused your injuries.
  4. Proximate Cause: This is what finally determines negligence and refers to the root cause of your injuries. A drunk driver is clearly negligent, 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 resulted in some type of loss, like property damage, medical costs and/or lost wages.

Can I Still Be Awarded Compensation If I Was Partially to Blame?

Yes. Missouri is a pure comparative fault state. That means that if you are found to be partially to blame for your crash, your compensation will be lessened by the percentage of culpability you are responsible for. For instance, if a jury grants you $100,000 for a collision, but finds 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 hinges on on the seriousness of your injuries, the effects they have had your life and the willpower 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, such as:
      • Urgent care
      • Follow-up doctors appointments
      • Surgeries
      • Physical rehabilitation
      • Medication expenses
      • In-home medical care
      • Assistive devices such as wheelchairs or required improvements to your home
      • Future estimated medical bills, such as further physical rehabilitation or prescriptions, 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 Waynesville, MO, for instance drunk driving crashes, your car accident lawyer may be able to help you get punitive damages.

How Are Noneconomic Damages Calculated?

It is difficult to put a dollar amount on intangible consequences of a collision such as loss of capacity to enjoy life. Noneconomic damages are usually quantified through 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 every day you suffered. The daily amount is typically equal to your daily wage, the notion being that a day of suffering or emotional anguish is at least worth a day's work. This method is not employed 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 product will be your complete financial recovery. Three is the most common multiplier, and four and five are generally only used in cases that cause disability or permanent impairment.

Your Burger Law car accident lawyer in Waynesville, MO will ensure that an insurance company or jury realizes every way 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 Waynesville, MO?

Typically, following Missouri Revised Statute §516.120, you have five years from the date of your wreck to file your personal injury claim in Waynesville or elsewhere in Missouri. If you were under 21 at the time of the injury, you have five years from the day you turn 21. That might appear a long time, but it is critical to reach out to a car accident lawyer immediately for the best results in your case.

What Mistakes Can Hurt My Claim?

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

  • Not Calling the Police: Under Missouri Revised Statute §300.110, you have to report an accident to the police "as soon as reasonably possible" if it causes injury. Police know how to ascertain fault in accidents and their police report will be indispensable in your claim.
  • Not Documenting the Scene: Take pictures of both vehicles and the nearby area and collect witness contact information. This will also be incredibly helpful in your claim.
  • Not Seeking Medical Attention: In order to be wholly compensated for your injuries, you need to have records of them and have them treated. Always be totally candid with your physician about any aches you have.
  • Trusting the Insurance Company: Insurance companies utilize 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 until you have talked to a lawyer.
  • Accepting the First Settlement Offer: If you need the money quickly, it might be enticing 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 compensation you are owed.
  • Not Hiring a Burger Law Car Accident Lawyer: Every Burger Law car accident lawyer has pledged their career to seeking justice for the injured in Waynesville, MO. When someone declines to admit fault or the insurance company will not be fair, we step in and demand that you are treated fairly and get the maximum compensation you are owed.

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

More than 75 percent of people who die in traffic accidents are drivers. Every Burger Law car accident lawyer has seen with their own eyes the anguish that a negligent driver can cause. While you cannot always control other people's actions, there are numerous measures you can take to protect yourself as well as others on the Waynesville, MO streets.

  • Always wear a seatbelt. In 2017, seatbelts saved approximately 14,955 people from death. Over four-fifths of drivers and passengers who are entirely thrown out of the vehicle die, and the majority of the rest experienced severe, life-altering injuries. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that wearing a seatbelt reduces the risk of death by almost half and moderate to critical injury by 50 percent.
  • Be familiar with the rules of the road. The Missouri Department of Revenue offers a Driver Guide for anyone on the Waynesville, MO roads. Simple 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 liability or being partially blamed for a wreck if you do find yourself in one.
  • If you drive a motorcycle, wear a helmet. While Waynesville, MO does not have laws requiring motorcycle drivers to use helmets, they can save your life. In 2017, helmets saved 1,872 lives.
  • Do not use your cell phone. While you can always text somebody later, you can never take back the consequences of a motor vehicle accident. 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.
  • Have the right attitude. We all share the road, and we all need to be polite to other drivers, passengers and pedestrians. Recognize that you are controlling several tons of metal moving at high speeds. Safety should be the first thing on your mind. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, almost 25 percent of motor vehicle deaths are people under the age of 25. Maturity is probably a contributing factor.
  • Keep both hands on the wheel. Only driving with one hand can substantially diminish your control of the vehicle. Quickly changing the radio is probably 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 diminish your ability to drive safely, but it also boosts your confidence and makes you feel more powerful, so you could think driving while drunk will be fine. Your brain might deceive 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 reckless actions of irresponsible drivers can still harm you. When you get hurt because someone else broke the rules of the road, you are entitled to the best possible compensation for all of your damages. Every Waynesville, 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 Waynesville, MO

You only have one chance for the best possible financial recovery. Do not let it slip. Our Waynesville, MO car accident lawyer team pushes back against bullies like resistant insurance companies and negligent drivers who do not want to be held accountable for their behavior. We know the financial implications of being injured are sudden and harsh. That is why we have devoted our lives to seeing the injured and vulnerable in Waynesville, MO recompensed and made whole again. You do not have to go through these troublesome times by yourself. To protect you and your family's future, call a Burger Law car accident lawyer in Waynesville, MO right away at (314) 500-HURT or contact us online.

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