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Hit and Run Accident Attorneys in Agency, MO. How do you hold a driver responsible and recover the best possible compensation for your damages when you have been harmed in a hit and run crash? Call the Agency, MO hit and run accident attorneys of Burger Law now at (314) 500-HURT or contact us online so that we can begin working for you and getting you a full recovery for your Agency, MO hit and run accident.

When a thoughtless driver willfully breaks the rules of the road and harms you or someone you care about, it is typical to feel dismayed and outraged. It is particularly distressing when the liable party declines to take responsibility for their actions and flees the scene of the in a hit and run accident. You may be wondering who is going to reimburse you for the damages to your property and you or your family member's injuries. The devoted, seasoned and talented Agency, MO hit and run accident attorneys at Burger Law know how to hold dangerous and willfully irresponsible driver’s accountable. We will help you understand the situation and will fight for you to maximize your recovery and put you on the road to healing. Call us today at (314) 500-HURT or contact us online for a free case review.

In the United States in 2016, 2049 people were killed in hit and run crashes, which was a 62 percent increase from 2009. Of the fatalities, just about 65 percent of them were pedestrians or bicyclists, and approximately one in five pedestrian deaths occur in hit and run accidents. A hit and run accident occurs every 43 seconds in the United States. Any injury resulting from an auto accident can be traumatizing and create life-long consequence or, in the worst cases, wrongful death. However, hit and run cases intensify your wounds as you may not find medical attention at once, and you may not know who to turn to or how to collect just compensation for your injuries and damages. Our group of veteran and adept hit and run accident attorneys at Burger Law have helped those harmed in hit and run accidents in the Agency, MO area get full recoveries and know how to maximize your compensation. When you contact us at (314) 500-HURT, we start working on your case at once, and we do not charge any payment until we win your claim.

If you have been injured in a hit and run accident, check out our personal injury calculator to see how much you may be able to collect in compensation.

Hit and Run Accident Attorneys: Understanding the Laws in Agency, MO

If somebody acts carelessly and injures you in a hit and run accident, they are not only liable for your injuries, they are guilty of a criminal act. In Missouri, fleeing the scene of an accident is against the law. When a driver causes or is involved in an accident, the law dictates that they must:

  • Remain at the accident site
  • Move their car if it hazardous to other drivers, otherwise, wait for instructions from police
  • Provide aid to anyone who is hurt
  • Call the Agency, MO police
  • Use flares, reflectors, or flashlights if the accident happened at night or in poor weather
  • Exchange contact info and insurance information with others involved
  • Stay at the scene until a police officer tells them differently

Furthermore, an accident report must be filed if damages exceed $500 or the accident results in injury or death.

Missouri Statute 577.060 categorizes “leaving the scene of an accident" as a Class A Misdemeanor, which is the most serious misdemeanor offense and carries a maximum penalty of one year in county jail and a fine of $2,000. However, leaving the scene turns into a Class E Felony if any of the three conditions below are met:

  1. Physical injury was caused by another party;
  2. Over $1,000 in damages was caused to another party’s property; or
  3. The defendant was previously found guilty of leaving the scene of a hit and run accident.

A hit and run becomes a Class D Felony if the crash becomes fatal and causes somebody’s death. While it is encouraging that we have laws against hit and runs, a criminal conviction for the negligent driver will not get you the recovery you deserve. They may be found responsible in the Agency, MO criminal court, but you need expert and dedicated hit and run accident attorneys like the ones at Burger Law who will insist that you get the full recovery you need to make you whole again. When you hire us, we get started on your case right away and are relentless until we win. You do not owe us a dime until we win your case and we will fight tirelessly to ensure the negligent party bears complete responsibility for their careless behavior.

Dos and Do Nots After Being in a Hit and Run Accident

While being in any crash is scary and can leave you feeling unprotected, it can be especially worrisome if the at fault party breaks the law and leaves the scene. The rules are in place for a reason, and it is discouraging and frightening when someone breaks those rules and drives selfishly and irresponsibly. The dedicated and accomplished Agency, MO hit and run accident attorneys at Burger Law hold selfish drivers accountable and secure you the compensation you are entitled to. It is important to know what to do and what not to do directly following your accident, so you can increase your odds of getting the best possible compensation:

  • DO NOT flee the crash site yourself. You could think the damages are too minor to want to deal with the inconvenience, or you may be anxious that you are in some measure at fault. Leaving the location of an accident will make it much harder for you to be awarded compensation for your damages, and, more importantly, it is against the law.
  • DO get medical care. Your number-one concern should be your health and safety and the health and safety of anyone else in your car or involved in the accident. If you or somebody else is harmed, focus on keeping them in a stable condition and wait for Agency, MO emergency services to arrive and render aid.
  • DO NOT hesitate to call the police. Missouri law says that you have to call the police in any crash that results in over $500 worth of damages or leads to physical harm or death. Even if you are unsure of the extent of the damages or injuries are right away, having a police report will help a lot in proving your case.
  • DO NOT go after the driver. When you are hit by another driver in a hit and run accident, anger and outrage are typical reactions. You may be motivated to follow the driver and find out who they are. That is Agency, MO law enforcement’s job. Going on a wild goose chase not only puts yourself, other drivers, passengers and pedestrians at heightened risk, but it will impede you from being able to get important information and may even make the police suspicious of you.
  • DO safely find out what you are able to about the irresponsible driver and vehicle. To do this, you can:
    • Take pictures. If you did not sustain a serious injury and can take out your phone before the car you cannot see the car anymore, take as many photos as possible. Even if you cannot get an entire license plate number, a partial number and/or the make, model and color of the car will be incredibly helpful in discovering who the driver was. It is also useful to take pictures of any tire marks or other damage at the scene of the crash.
    • Speak to witnesses. Other people at the accident site might have been able to see more than you did, or will be able to corroborate your version of events. Be sure to get their contact information so a claims adjuster, law enforcement officer or Agency, MO hit and run accident lawyer will be able to get in touch with them later.
    • Write down everything you can. If you did not have time or the ability to take photographs, any knowledge you have of the other car or driver will be easier to recall immediately after the crash, and those details will still be incredibly helpful to law enforcement and your hit and run accident attorneys.
  • DO contact your Agency, MO insurance company. If the driver is never located, you will have to make an uninsured motorist claim with your own insurance company.
  • DO call Burger Law at (314) 500-HURT straight away. Our skilled and experienced hit and run accident attorneys will help you collect evidence, including acquiring adjacent surveillance footage and contacting witnesses for complete depositions. We work alongside a network of Agency, MO car accident experts who will be able to recreate the accident and demonstrate exactly how the liable party caused your injuries.

Below are some helpful links and frequently asked questions for hit and runs and other types of car accidents:

Hit and Run Cases in Missouri

The ideal scenario is that police and/or your hit and run accident attorneys will be able to find the negligent driver that caused your injuries and hold them responsible for their careless behavior. In those cases, the indefatigable and expert Agency, MO hit and run accident lawyers at Burger Law will ensure you collect the best possible compensation from the driver and their insurance company.

Uninsured Motorist Claims in Hit and Run Accidents

In Missouri, motorists are required to have uninsured motorist insurance. If you are unable to track down the anegligent driver after a hit and run accident, you and your hit and run accident attorneys will need to utilize this part of your policy to make a claim against your own insurance company. In Agency, MO, there are four criteria that need to be met so that you can make this claim:

  1. You sustained bodily injuries
  2. The injuries happened due to an uninsured motorist, or in the case a motorist you cannot identify
  3. You are legally entitled to collect from the at-fault driver
  4. All other limits of applicable policies have been exhausted by payment or settlement

In these cases, your own Agency, MO insurance company acts as a substitute for the responsible party’s insurance company in order to compensate you for your damages. However, like other insurance companies, they may still need convincing before they pay you. To have the best opportunity to receive great compensation from an uninsured motorist claim, you need seasoned and expert Agency, MO hit and run accident attorneys like we have at Burger Law to fight by your side. We have been resisting insurance companies and other bullies for over 20 years, and will not give up the fight until your own insurance company pays you back the money you have certainly been paying into their policies for years.

Whether the at fault driver is found or not, the hit and run accident attorneys at Burger law will make sure you get the full compensation that you are entitled to. When you are hurt because another driver disregarded the rules of the road, you are entitled to the best possible compensation for all of damages you have sustained owing to the accident, for instance: your medical expenses, lost wages, lost earning potential, pain and suffering, mental anguish and reduced capacity to enjoy life. No matter how grave your injuries, we demand that you are compensated for every penny you deserve. If you or a family member in Agency, MO has been injured in a hit and run accident, call Burger Law today at (314) 500-HURT or contact us online.

Causes of Hit and Run Accidents

It is any driver’s legal and ethical obligation to stay at a crash site. When someone flees the scene of a hit and run accident, it is because they are more concerned about the repercussions for themselves than any damage or harm their careless behavior caused. There are a wide array reasons the liable party might not want to take responsibility for their actions:

  • The driver does not have car insurance

    In Agency, MO, not having adequate insurance can lead to having your license suspended for up to a year, paying a $400 reinstatement fee, a $500 fine and/or up to 15 days in jail. "No insurance" tickets are also never removed from a Agency, MO driver’s record.

  • The driver does not have a driver’s license, or has a suspended license

    This also carries stiff penalties and can be either a Class A misdemeanor or a Class E felony, depending on whether you have been discovered without a valid license before.

  • A drunk driver or a driver otherwise under the influence of drugs

    A DWI is a criminal charge that can also result in fines, jail time, and revocation of a license.

  • The driver may have a warrant out for their arrest

    It likely is not surprising that people who have already committed a crime would risk breaking the law again to run away from the scene of an accident.

  • Distracted driving

    Driving while not giving full attention to the road is reckless and dangerous. People can become distracted if they are texting, eating, looking at directions, dozing off or are just daydreaming.

  • Lack of potential witnesses or low lighting

    A driver may leave the scene of an accident simply because they think they will not be caught. Hit and run accidents are 4.5 times more likely to happen between midnight and 4AM, when there is low visibility and far fewer witnesses on the Agency, MO roads or sidewalks.

  • A panicked driver

    Sometimes the driver has a clean record but simply leaves the accident because they are afraid and do not want to get in trouble. Occasionally, these drivers turn themselves in once they have calmed down.

While we cannot control how other people drive, we can take some precautions as both drivers and pedestrians. Try to avoid walking in areas with bad lighting at night, and when you are driving, stay alert at all times and never take for granted that leaving the scene of an accident is the best option.

Regardless of the reason a driver chooses to flee the scene after causing a hit and run accident, they must have presumed the benefits of fleeing were greater than the cons. The Agency, MO hit and run accident attorneys at Burger Law will hold them accountable and make sure they see they were wrong. In our seventy years of experience as hit and run accident attorneys in Agency, MO we have successfully litigated hit and run cases in many different scenarios. We demand full compensation for all of our hit and run accident clients and will not give up until you collect the money you deserve to put you on the journey to being made whole again. Call us today at (314) 500-HURT for a free case evaluation and so we can get started on your case right away.

The Agency, MO lawyers of Burger Law have the experience and knowledge to help you receive the full recovery you deserve after any accident or injury caused by someone else leaves you injured. Learn more about our fields of expertise below.

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If you or someone you care about experienced injuries in a Agency, MO hit and run accident, you are probably feeling confused, livid, and overwhelmed. Injuries and their related bills can disrupt your life. Burger Law is here to help make you whole again. When you hire our team of Agency, MO hit and run accident attorneys, we start working on your case and fighting on your behalf right away. We insist that the at-fault parties and their insurance companies are held accountable and we insist on getting you full compensation to aid you in your recovery. Call us today at (314) 500-HURT or contact us online for a free consultation to take the first step in getting your life back on track.

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