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Car Accident Lawyer Westport, MO

Car Accident Lawyer in Westport, 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 negligently. Call a Burger Law Westport, MO car accident lawyer now at (314) 500-HURT or complete our online form for a free case review and to start on your road to being made whole again.

The damage that unthinking and reckless drivers can cause is often catastrophic, and they need to be held responsible for their behavior. Every Burger Law car accident lawyer has devoted their career to fighting back against bullies and defending the rights of the injured in Westport, MO to secure them the compensation they need to move forward and get their life back. If you were hurt by a careless driver, we know you are furious — that is warranted. You are also probably apprehensive about the economic consequences of medical costs and lost pay, as well as the physical and emotional agony that comes with your injuries. The law gives a bridge to restoration; our Westport, MO car accident lawyer team is here to guide you through it and fight on your behalf until there is nothing left to fight and you are fully repaid for the damage another driver's negligence caused. You do not have to wait another second to begin the process of being made whole again. We do not charge any fees until you recover the compensation you deserve.

In over 30 years of practicing law, our car accident lawyer team has gotten upwards of $175 million in verdicts and settlements for our Missouri clients. If you were injured because another person broke the rules of the road, learn the value of your case by filling out our complimentary personal injury calculator.

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How Common Are Car Accidents in Westport and Missouri?

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

If you were one of the many in Westport or anywhere in Missouri to be injured on the road because of another person's carelessness, contact a car accident lawyer immediately at (314) 500-HURT.

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

With some typical fender-benders, you may be able to be fully compensated without legal representation. But when you are injured in a crash, you generally require a car accident lawyer to fight on your behalf and make sure that you get the best possible end result in your case. When you hire a Burger Law Westport, MO car accident lawyer, we will:

  • Investigate your accident and acquire evidence, for instance:
    • Photos
    • Surveillance footage
    • Police reports
    • Official eyewitness depositions
    • Your medical records
  • Make sure you get the full medical treatment you need
  • Offer you sound and personalized legal guidance
  • Use our network of Westport, 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 to trial when we do not secure a fair settlement

You can trust a Burger Law car accident lawyer in Westport, MO to tenaciously and passionately demand justice in your case. We have pledged our careers to helping the injured in Westport, 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. Get in touch with a car accident lawyer now at (314) 500-HURT to go over your case.

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Westport, MO Car Accident Lawyer: Frequently Asked Questions

Most of our Westport, MO clients have never had 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 a few of the most common questions we are asked in relation 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 Westport, MO are:

Every car accident lawyer at Burger Law has seen every kind of collision imaginable, and we know how to prove negligence and win every sort of motor vehicle case.

How Do I Prove an Auto Crash Claim?

In order to prove your case, your car accident lawyer must prove 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, anybody who in control of a vehicle necessarily owes you a duty of care.
  2. Breach of Duty: The driver broke a law or otherwise did not operate the vehicle safely.
  3. Cause in Fact: Also referred to as "causation," you must prove that the driver's breach of duty directly caused injured you.
  4. Proximate Cause: This is what finally determines negligence and refers to the root source of your injuries. A drunk driver is plainly liable, but if a vehicle's brakes do not function correctly, the proximate cause is malfunctioning parts and the driver may not necessarily be liable.
  5. Damages: That your injuries caused some form of loss, such as 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 at fault for your injuries, your compensation will be reduced by the portion of culpability you share. For instance, if a jury awards you $100,000 for a crash, but establishes that you were 30 percent at fault, the your final compensation 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 skill of your car accident lawyer. With the help of your attorney, you will be able to recover compensation for:

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

How Are Noneconomic Damages Calculated?

It is hard to put a dollar amount on intangible reverberations of a collision such as mental anguish. Noneconomic damages are generally quantified through one of two formulas:

  1. The Per Diem Method: "Per diem" stands for "per day" in Latin. In this method, you are granted a daily amount for each day you suffered. The daily amount is often equal to your daily wage, the concept being that a day of suffering or mental anguish has at least the same value as a day's work. This method is not employed for permanent injuries as there is no way 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, generally between 1.5 and 5, and the product will be your complete compensation. Three is the most common multiplier, and four and five are typically saved for cases that lead to disability or permanent impairment.

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

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

Generally, pursuant to Missouri Revised Statute §516.120, you have five years from the date of your injury to make your personal injury claim in Westport 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 right away for the best outcome in your case.

What Mistakes Can Hurt My Claim?

Westport, MO residents who have not spoken with a car accident lawyer may unintentionally do or say things that make their claim harder to win. Some common mistakes your car accident lawyer in Westport, 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 causes injury. Police are coached to determine fault in accidents and their police report will be key in your case.
  • Not Documenting the Scene: Take pictures of both vehicles and the nearby area and obtain witness contact information. This will also be extremely valuable in your claim.
  • Not Seeking Medical Attention: In order to be completely compensated for your injuries, you need to have them recorded and treated. Always be entirely honest with your doctor about any pains you have.
  • Believing the Insurance Company: Insurance companies employ a lot of tricks to reimburse you for as little as they can; that is their job. Do not trust anything they say or make any recorded statements until you have spoken with an attorney.
  • Accepting the First Settlement Offer: If you need the money as soon as possible, it may be tempting to take what you can get now. It is a much better idea in the long term to wait for the full compensation you truly deserve.
  • Not Hiring a Burger Law Car Accident Lawyer: Every Burger Law car accident lawyer has devoted their life to pursuing justice for the injured in Westport, MO. When someone declines to admit fault or the insurance company refused to be fair, we step in and insist that you are treated fairly and get the maximum financial recovery you deserve.

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

More than 75 percent of people who perish in motor vehicle wrecks are drivers. Every Burger Law car accident lawyer has seen with their own eyes the anguish that a thoughtless driver can cause. While you cannot always control how other people drive, there are several actions you can take to ensure your own safety in addition to the safety of others on the Westport, MO roadways.

  • Always wear a seatbelt. In 2017, seatbelts saved approximately 14,955 lives. More than four-fifths of drivers and passengers who are completely thrown out of the vehicle perish, and the majority of the rest sustained grave, life-changing injuries. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that wearing a seatbelt lessens the risk of death by almost half and moderate to critical injury by 50 percent.
  • Know the rules of the road. The Missouri Department of Revenue has published a Driver Guide for Westport, MO drivers. Fundamental suggestions like driving slower and increasing following distance in poor weather not only go a long way in keeping you and everyone else on the road 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 Westport, 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 motor vehicle wreck. 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 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 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 25 percent of motor vehicle deaths are people under the age of 25. A less cautious attitude is likely a contributing factor.
  • Keep both hands on the wheel. Only having one hand on the wheel can substantially diminish your control of the vehicle. Quickly changing the A/C settings 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 operate a motor vehicle safely, but it also raises your confidence and makes you feel more powerful, so you could 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 possible precaution when you get behind the wheel, but unfortunately the careless actions of irresponsible drivers can still cause you harm. When you get hurt because another person broke the rules of the road, you are entitled to full compensation for all of your damages. Every Westport, 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 Westport, MO

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

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