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Hit and Run Accident Attorneys Cameron, MO

Hit and Run Accident Attorneys in Cameron, MO. How do you hold a driver to blame and get the best possible compensation for your damages when you have been hurt in a hit and run accident? Call the Cameron, MO hit and run accident attorneys of Burger Law right away at (314) 500-HURT or contact us online so that we can start fighting for you and winning you a great recovery for your Cameron, MO hit and run accident.

When a dangerous driver consciously breaks the rules of the road and harms you or a family member, it is normal to feel shocked and indignant. It is especially unnerving when the liable party will not take responsibility for their behavior and drives away from the scene of the in a hit and run accident. You may be asking yourself who is going to compensate you for the damages to your property and you or your loved one’s injuries. The devoted, veteran and skilled Cameron, MO hit and run accident attorneys at Burger Law know how to hold thoughtless and intentionally irresponsible driver’s accountable. We will help you make sense of the situation and will fight by your side to maximize your compensation and get you on the journey to healing. Call us immediately at (314) 500-HURT or contact us online for a free consultation.

In the United States in 2016, 2049 people were killed in hit and run accidents, which is 62 percent more than 2009. Of those killed, about 65 percent of them were pedestrians or bicyclists, and approximately one in five pedestrian deaths happen in hit and run accidents. A hit and run accident takes place every 43 seconds in the United States. Any injury resulting from an auto crash can be traumatizing and create life-long repercussions or, in the worst cases, wrongful death. However, hit and run cases exacerbate your wounds as you may not get medical treatment at once, and you may not be certain who to trust or how to secure fair compensation for your injuries and damages. Our group of accomplished and knowledgeable hit and run accident attorneys at Burger Law have helped people hurt in hit and run accidents in the Cameron, MO area get full recoveries and know how to maximize your compensation. When you call us at (314) 500-HURT, we begin working on your case straight away, and you do not owe us any fees until we win your suit.

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

If someone else behaves irresponsibly and hurts you in a hit and run accident, they are not only liable for your injuries, they are a lawbreaker. In Missouri, driving away from the scene of an accident is a crime. 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 directions from police
  • Attend to anyone who is hurt
  • Call the Cameron, MO police
  • Use flares, reflectors, or flashlights if the accident happened at night or in bad weather
  • Exchange contact info and insurance information with others involved
  • Remain at the scene until a police officer tells them they can leave

Additionally, an accident report has to be filed if damages exceed $500 or the accident leads to injury or a fatality.

Missouri Statute 577.060 classifies “leaving the scene of an accident" as a Class A Misdemeanor, which is the most serious type of misdemeanor and carries a maximum penalty of one year in a local jail and a fine of $2,000. However, leaving the scene becomes 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 has previously left the scene of a hit and run accident.

A hit and run becomes a Class D Felony if the accident becomes fatal and leads to somebody’s death. While it is encouraging that we have laws deterring hit and runs, a criminal conviction for the negligent driver will not get you the recovery you are owed. They may be found culpable in the Cameron, MO criminal court, but you need skilled and devoted hit and run accident attorneys like we have at Burger Law who will demand that you get the best possible recovery you need to make you whole again. When you hire us, we get started on your case right away and do not let up. We do not charge any fees until we win your case and we will represent you aggressively to make certain the at-fault 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 vulnerable, it can be particularly worrisome if the at fault driver disregards the rules of the road and leaves the scene. The rules exist for a reason, and it is disheartening and startling when someone does not respect those rules and behaves thoughtlessly and irresponsibly. The dedicated and skilled Cameron, MO hit and run accident attorneys at Burger Law hold negligent drivers responsible 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 leave the scene yourself. You could think the damages are too minor to want to deal with the nuisance, or you may worry that you are partly responsible. Leaving the scene of a crash will make it much more difficult for you to recover compensation for your injuries, and, more importantly, it is against the law.
  • DO get medical care. Your primary thought should be your health and safety and the health and safety of everybody else in your car or involved in the accident. If you or somebody else is hurt, do your best to keep them in a stable condition and wait for Cameron, MO emergency services to arrive and give aid.
  • DO NOT hesitate to call the police. Missouri law says that you have to call the police in any crash that leads to over $500 worth of damages or leads to bodily harm or a fatality. Even if you are unsure of the scope of the damages or injuries are at that moment, having a police report will help immeasurably in proving your case.
  • DO NOT go after the driver. After being hit by another car in a hit and run accident, anger and outrage are natural reactions. You may be tempted to follow the driver and find out who hit you. That is Cameron, MO law enforcement’s obligation. 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 necessary information and may even make the police suspicious of you.
  • DO safely learn what you can about the negligent driver and vehicle. To do this, you can:
    • Take photos. If you did not sustain a serious injury and can get hold of your phone before the car vanishes from sight, take as many photos as you can. Even if you cannot get an entire license plate number, a partial license plate 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 to the crash site.
    • Talk to witnesses. Other people in the area may have had a better view than you, or will be able to validate your story. Make sure to get their contact information so a claims adjuster, police officer or Cameron, MO hit and run accident attorney will be able to contact them later.
    • Write it all down. If you did not have time or the ability to take photos, anything you could observe about the other car or driver will be fresher in your memory immediately following the collision, and those details will still be very useful to law enforcement and your hit and run accident attorneys.
  • DO contact your Cameron, MO insurance company. In the event that the driver cannot be located, you will have to make an uninsured motorist claim with your own insurance company.
  • DO call Burger Law at (314) 500-HURT at once. Our skilled and accomplished hit and run accident attorneys will assist in collecting evidence, including acquiring nearby surveillance video and contacting witnesses for full statements. We work with a network of Cameron, MO car accident experts who will be able to reconstruct the crash and prove exactly how the at-fault party caused your injuries.

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

Hit and Run Cases in Missouri

In the best case scenarios, police and/or your hit and run accident attorneys will be able to track down the at-fault driver that caused your injuries and hold them responsible for their careless actions. In those cases, the determined and skilled Cameron, MO hit and run accident lawyers at Burger Law will make sure you get the best possible compensation from the driver and their insurance company.

Uninsured Motorist Claims in Hit and Run Accidents

In Missouri, drivers must have uninsured motorist insurance. If you are unable to find 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 pursue damages from your own insurance company. In Cameron, MO, there are four standards that need to be met in order for you to make this claim:

  1. You received bodily injuries
  2. You received the injuries 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 Cameron, MO insurance company acts as a substitute for the responsible party’s insurance company in order to compensate you for your damages. However, like many insurance companies, they may still have to be persuaded to pay. To have the best chance at receiving full compensation from an uninsured motorist claim, you need experienced and knowledgeable Cameron, MO hit and run accident attorneys like those at Burger Law to fight on your behalf. We have been pushing back against insurance companies and other bullies for over 20 years, and will not back down until your own insurance company pays you back the money you have certainly been paying into their policies for a long time.

Whether the at fault driver is tracked down or not, the hit and run accident attorneys at Burger law will make certain you get the maximum amount of compensation that you deserve. When you are harmed because somebody else did not respect the rules of the road, you deserve maximum compensation for all of damages you have sustained as a result of the accident, for example: your medical costs, lost wages, lost earning potential, pain and suffering, mental anguish and loss of enjoyment of life. No matter how grave your injuries, we demand that you are compensated for all the money you are entitled to. If you or a someone you care about in Cameron, MO has been harmed 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 every driver’s legal and social responsibility to stay at a crash site. When someone runs away from the scene of a hit and run accident, it is because they care more about the repercussions for themselves than any damage or harm their careless actions caused. There are many reasons the at-fault party might not want to take responsibility for their actions:

  • The driver does not have car insurance

    In Cameron, MO, not having the appropriate insurance can cause you to have 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 also remain on a Cameron, MO driver’s record.

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

    This also carries severe penalties and can be either a Class A misdemeanor or a Class E felony, based 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 lead to 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 flee an accident site.

  • Distracted driving

    Driving while not paying full attention to the road is reckless and dangerous. People can become distracted if they are texting, eating, looking at directions, dozing off or just have their head in the clouds.

  • Lack of potential witnesses or low lighting

    A driver may flee the scene of an accident simply because they think they will not be caught. Hit and run accidents are 4.5 times more probable between midnight and 4AM, when there is low visibility and far fewer witnesses on the Cameron, 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. often, 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 behind the wheel, never lose focus and never presume that leaving the scene of an accident is the best option.

Regardless of the reason a driver opts to leave the scene after causing a hit and run accident, they must have presumed the benefits of running were greater than the cons. The Cameron, MO hit and run accident attorneys at Burger Law will make them pay and ensure they understand they were wrong. In our seventy years of experience as hit and run accident attorneys in Cameron, MO we have successfully litigated hit and run cases in many varying situations. We demand the best possible compensation for all of our hit and run accident clients and will not stop fighting for you until you are awarded the money you are owed to put you on the path to recovery. Call us today at (314) 500-HURT for a free case review and so we can begin working on your case right away.

The Cameron, 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 a loved one sustained injuries in a Cameron, MO hit and run accident, you are probably feeling confused, livid, and anxious. Injuries and their related costs can upend your life. Burger Law is here to help you heal. When you hire our team of Cameron, MO hit and run accident attorneys, we start working on your case and fighting by your side at once. We insist that the liable parties and their insurance companies are held accountable and we demand that you recover maximum compensation to aid you in your recovery. Call us today at (314) 500-HURT or contact us online for a complimentary case evaluation to take the first step in getting your life back on track.

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