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Car Accident Lawyer Willard, MO

Car Accident Lawyer in Willard, MO. They broke the rules of the road, and now you are left to pick up the pieces. You should not have to pay because somebody else behaved negligently. Call a Burger Law Willard, MO car accident lawyer now at (314) 500-HURT or fill out our online form for a complimentary case review and to start on your road to recovery.

The damage that self-centered and careless drivers can cause is often catastrophic, and they need to be held accountable for their behavior. Every Burger Law car accident lawyer has committed their life to standing up to bullies and defending the rights of the vulnerable in Willard, MO to secure them the financial recovery they need to mend and get their life back. If you were harmed by a negligent driver, we know you are outraged — you deserve to be. You are also probably worried about the financial consequences of medical expenses and lost pay, in addition to the physical and emotional anguish that accompanies your injuries. The law gives an avenue to reparation; our Willard, MO car accident lawyer team is here to lead you across it and fight by your side until there is nothing left to fight and you are wholly compensated for the harm another driver's negligence caused. You do not have to wait another instant to begin the process of being made whole again. We charge no fees until you get the compensation you deserve.

In over three decades of experience, our car accident lawyer team has gotten over $175 million in verdicts and settlements for our Missouri clients. If you were harmed because someone else broke the rules of the road, see how much your claim may be worth by filling out our free personal injury calculator.

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Chesterfield, MO 63005

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How Common Are Car Accidents in Willard and Missouri?

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

If you were one of the many in Willard or anywhere in Missouri who was injured on the road because of somebody else's carelessness, get in touch with a car accident lawyer right away at (314) 500-HURT.

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

With some ordinary fender-benders, you may be able to be fairly reimbursed without legal representation. But when you are harmed in a collision, you usually need a car accident lawyer to fight for you and make sure that you get the best possible outcome in your claim. When you hire a Burger Law Willard, MO car accident lawyer, we will:

  • Conduct and investigation your case and obtain evidence, for example:
    • Photographs
    • Surveillance video
    • Police reports
    • Official eyewitness testimony
    • Your medical records
  • Make certain you receive the full medical treatment you need
  • Offer you reliable and individualized legal counsel
  • Utilize our network of Willard, MO experts to help develop a legal strategy
  • Handle all the legal aspects of your case so you can focus on healing
  • Demand that you receive a fair settlement offer
  • Take your case to court when we do not secure a fair settlement

You can trust a Burger Law car accident lawyer in Willard, MO to tenaciously and zealously demand justice in your case. We have committed our lives to helping the injured in Willard, MO in their recovery and in being made whole again. Our case review and initial investigation are free, so there is no reason not to talk to us. Contact a car accident lawyer immediately at (314) 500-HURT to talk over your case.

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Willard, MO Car Accident Lawyer: Frequently Asked Questions

Most of our Willard, MO clients have never needed to hire a car accident lawyer before, and naturally have a good deal of questions about their rights and the legal procedure. The following are several of the most common questions we are asked 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 Willard, MO are:

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

How Do I Prove an Auto Crash Case?

In order to win 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 specifies that drivers are "to exercise highest degree of care." Meaning, any person 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 need to demonstrate that the driver's breach of duty directly caused hurt you.
  4. Proximate Cause: This is what finally confirms liability and refers to the underlying cause of your injuries. A drunk driver is clearly negligent, but if a vehicle's brakes do not work, the proximate cause is malfunctioning parts and the driver may not necessarily be to blame.
  5. Damages: That your injuries led to some type of loss, like damage to your car, medical bills 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 to blame for your injuries, your compensation will be diminished by the percentage of fault you are responsible for. For instance, if a jury awards you $100,000 for an accident, but finds that you were 30 percent to blame, the final amount you recover would be $70,000.

How Much is My Car Accident Claim Worth?

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

  • Economic damages, for example:
    • Lost wages
    • Lost earning capacity
    • Medical bills, for instance:
      • Emergency room visits
      • Follow-up doctors visits
      • Surgeries
      • Physical rehabilitation
      • Medication expenses
      • In-home medical treatment
      • Assistive devices such as crutches or required improvements to your home
      • Future estimated medical bills, such as further physical therapy or medication, or replacement costs 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 infrequent cases in Willard, MO, for example drunk driving crashes, your car accident lawyer may be able to help you collect punitive damages.

How Are Noneconomic Damages Calculated?

It is tough to put a number on intangible reverberations of a collision such as emotional anguish. Noneconomic damages are typically quantified using 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 every day you were impacted by your injury. The daily amount is generally equal to your daily wage, the notion being that a day of pain or emotional agony has at least the same value as a day's work. This method is not implemented for permanent injuries as there is no way to know how long your injury will impact you.
  2. The Multiplier Method: In this method, your economic damages are multiplied by a number, often between 1.5 and 5, and the final number will be your complete recovery. Three is used most often, and four and five are often reserved for cases that cause disability or permanent impairment.

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

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

In General, according to Missouri Revised Statute §516.120, you have five years from the day your injury occurred to bring your personal injury claim in Willard or elsewhere in Missouri. If you were under 21 at the time of the accident, you have five years from the day you turn 21. That may appear a long time, but it is imperative 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?

Willard, MO residents who have not talked to a car accident lawyer could mistakenly do or say things that make their claim harder to win. Some common mistakes your car accident lawyer in Willard, 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 know how to ascertain fault in wrecks and their police report will be critical 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 incredibly helpful 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 totally honest with your doctor about any aches you have.
  • Trusting the Insurance Company: Insurance adjusters use a lot of deceptive tactics to reimburse you for as little as possible; 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 fast, it might be enticing to take what you can get now. It is far better in the long term to wait for the complete compensation you truly deserve.
  • Not Hiring a Burger Law Car Accident Lawyer: Every Burger Law car accident lawyer has dedicated their career to seeking justice for the injured in Willard, MO. When someone refuses to admit blame or the insurance company refused to be fair, we step in and insist that you are treated fairly and get the full compensation you deserve.

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

Over three quarters of people who perish in car accidents are drivers. Every Burger Law car accident lawyer has seen personally the destruction that a careless driver can cause. While you cannot always control how other people drive, there are several measures you can take to protect yourself in addition to others on the Willard, MO streets.

  • Always use a seatbelt. In 2017, seatbelts saved approximately 14,955 people from death. Over 83 percent of drivers and passengers who are completely thrown out of the vehicle die, and the majority of the rest experienced serious, life-altering injuries. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that wearing a seatbelt lowers the risk of death by 45 percent 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 Willard, MO roads. Fundamental tips like driving at lower speeds and increasing following distance in poor weather not only go a long way in keeping you and other drivers and passengers safe, but they also protect you from liability or being partially blamed for an accident if you do find yourself in one.
  • If you ride a motorcycle, wear a helmet. While Willard, MO does not have laws forcing motorcycle drivers to use helmets, they can save your life. 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 car accident. Pull over to the side of the road if you need to make an urgent call. If you use your phone for directions, turn the volume up and turn the music off so you can clearly hear the directions and do not have to look.
  • 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 in control of several tons of metal moving at high speeds. Safety needs to be your priority. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, almost one-fourth of traffic deaths are people under the age of 25. Maturity is probably a contributing factor.
  • Drive with both hands on the wheel. Only having one hand on the wheel can substantially lessen your control of the car. Quickly changing the A/C settings 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 considerably impair your ability to operate a car 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 trick 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 regrettably the careless actions of irresponsible drivers can still cause you harm. When you get hurt because someone else broke the rules of the road, you are owed maximum compensation for all of your damages. Every Willard, MO car accident lawyer at Burger Law takes on and wins the tough cases, and knows how to attain great results.


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Car Accident Lawyer Willard, MO

You only have one shot for a full financial recovery. Do not let it go. Our Willard, MO car accident lawyer team pushes back against bullies like resistant insurance companies and careless drivers who do not want to be held accountable for their behavior. We know the financial hardships of being injured are unexpected and harsh. That is why we have committed our lives to seeing the injured and vulnerable in Willard, MO restituted 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 Willard, MO right away at (314) 500-HURT or contact us online.

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