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Hit and Run Accident Attorneys Crawford County, MO

Hit and Run Accident Attorneys in Crawford County, MO. How do you hold a driver responsible and recover maximum compensation for your damages when you have been hurt in a hit and run accident? Call the Crawford County, 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 full recovery for your Crawford County, MO hit and run accident.

When a reckless driver purposefully breaks the rules of the road and hurts you or someone you care about, it is common to feel dismayed and indignant. It is especially upsetting when the reckless party refuses to take responsibility for their negligent driving 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 family member's injuries. The dedicated, experienced and skilled Crawford County, MO hit and run accident attorneys at Burger Law know how to hold thoughtless and purposefully irresponsible driver’s accountable. We will help you comprehend the situation and will fight on your behalf to maximize your recovery and get you on the road to healing. Call us right away at (314) 500-HURT or contact us online for a free case evaluation.

In the United States in 2016, 2049 people died in hit and run crashes, which was a 62 percent increase from 2009. Of those who died, about 65 percent of them were pedestrians or bicyclists, and approximately 20 percent of pedestrian deaths occur in hit and run accidents. A hit and run accident takes place every 43 seconds in the United States. Any injury resulting from a car crash can be traumatizing and bring about life-long changes or, in the worst cases, wrongful death. However, hit and run cases amplify that trauma as you may not receive medical treatment at once, and you may be unsure of who to turn to or how to seek equitable compensation for your injuries and damages. Our group of experienced and adept hit and run accident attorneys at Burger Law have helped those hurt in hit and run accidents in the Crawford County, MO area get full recoveries and understand how to maximize your compensation. When you reach out to us at (314) 500-HURT, we begin work on your case right away, and we do not charge any fees until we win your claim.

If you have been hurt in a hit and run accident, use our personal injury calculator to see how much your damages may be worth.

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

If somebody behaves irresponsibly and hurts you in a hit and run accident, they are not only culpable for your injuries, they are a lawbreaker. In Missouri, fleeing the scene of an accident is a crime. When a driver causes or is involved in an accident, they are required by law to:

  • Stay at the accident site
  • Move their car if it hazardous to other drivers, otherwise, wait until directed by police
  • Help anyone who is hurt
  • Call the Crawford County, MO police
  • Use flares, reflectors, or flashlights if the accident happened at night or in inclement 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 must be filed if damages exceed $500 or the accident results in 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 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 these three conditions 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 turns into a Class D Felony if the crash becomes fatal and causes somebody’s death. While it is reassuring that we have laws against hit and runs, a criminal conviction for the irresponsible driver will not get you the compensation you are entitled to. They may be found responsible in the Crawford County, MO criminal court, but you need skilled and devoted hit and run accident attorneys like those at Burger Law who will demand that you get the full recovery you need to heal. When you hire us, we get started on your case at once and do not give up. We do not charge any fees until we win your case and we will represent you aggressively to make certain the negligent party accepts full responsibility for their dangerous actions.

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

While being in any accident is scary and can leave you feeling helpless, it can be especially stressful if the liable individual disregards the rules of the road and flees the scene. The rules exist for a reason, and it is discouraging and startling when someone breaks those rules and acts thoughtlessly and dangerously. The dedicated and skilled Crawford County, MO hit and run accident attorneys at Burger Law hold reckless drivers responsible and win you the money 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 inconvenience, or you may be nervous that you are partially responsible. Leaving the scene of a crash 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 attention. Your foremost worry 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 injured, focus on keeping them in a stable condition and wait for Crawford County, MO emergency services to get there and render aid.
  • DO NOT hesitate to call the police. Missouri law requires you to call the police in any crash that causes 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 immediately, having a police report will help a lot in proving your case.
  • DO NOT follow the driver. After being hit by another driver in a hit and run accident, anger and outrage are normal reactions. You may want to follow the driver and find out who is responsible. That is Crawford County, MO law enforcement’s task. Chasing after the other motorist not only puts yourself, other drivers, passengers and pedestrians at heightened risk, but it will hamper you from being able to get necessary information and may even cause the police to not believe you.
  • DO safely learn what you can about the irresponsible driver and vehicle. To do this, you can:
    • Take photographs. If you are not badly injured and can get hold of your phone before the car vanishes from sight, take as many photos as you are able to. Even if you cannot get complete license plate number, just part of the number and/or the make, model and color of the car will be a great help in finding the driver. It is also useful to take photographs of any tire marks or other damage to the crash site.
    • Talk to witnesses. Other people at the scene might have had a better view than you, or will be able to verify your version of events. Be sure to get their contact information so an insurance company, law enforcement officer or Crawford County, MO hit and run accident lawyer will be able to reach out to them later.
    • Write it all down. If you did not have time or the ability to take photographs, anything you noticed about the other car or driver will be easier to recall immediately after the accident, and those details will still be very useful to law enforcement and your hit and run accident attorneys.
  • DO contact your Crawford County, 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 straight away. Our savvy and experienced hit and run accident attorneys will assist in collecting evidence, including getting access to close by surveillance footage and contacting witnesses for full depositions. We work alongside a network of Crawford County, MO car accident experts who will be able to recreate the accident and prove exactly how the at-fault party caused your injuries.

Here are some helpful links and frequently asked questions for hit and runs and other kinds 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 find the liable driver that caused your injuries and hold them accountable for their dangerous actions. In those cases, the determined and expert Crawford County, 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 cannot locate the aliable 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 seek damages from your own insurance company. In Crawford County, MO, there are four standards that are required to be met so that you can make this claim:

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

In these cases, your own Crawford County, MO insurance company acts as a substitute for the liable party’s insurance company in order to compensate you for your injuries. However, like other insurance companies, they may still have to be persuaded to pay. To have the best opportunity to receive great compensation from an uninsured motorist claim, you need experienced and knowledgeable Crawford County, MO hit and run accident attorneys like the ones at Burger Law to fight for you. We have been resisting insurance companies and other bullies for decades, and will not give in until your own insurance company reimburses you for the money you have probably been paying into their policies for a long time.

Whether the at fault driver is found or not, the hit and run accident attorneys at Burger law will make certain you get the maximum amount of money that you deserve. When you are harmed because somebody else disregarded the rules of the road, you are entitled to a full compensation for all of damages you have experienced as a result of the accident, for instance: your medical costs, lost wages, lost earning potential, pain and suffering, mental anguish and reduced ability to enjoy life. No matter how serious your injuries, we insist that you are compensated for all the money you are entitled to. If you or a someone you care about in Crawford County, 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 social duty to remain at a crash site. When someone drives 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 injury their thoughtless behavior caused. There are a lot of reasons the negligent party might not want to take responsibility for their actions:

  • The driver does not have car insurance

    In Crawford County, MO, not having adequate 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 are also never removed from a Crawford County, 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, depending on whether you have been discovered without a valid license before.

  • A drunk driver or a driver otherwise impaired by 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 focusing on the road is careless and dangerous. People can become distracted if they are texting, eating, looking at directions, tired or are just thinking about something else.

  • 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 probable between midnight and 4AM, when there is low visibility and far fewer witnesses on the Crawford County, MO streets or sidewalks.

  • A panicked driver

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

While we cannot control what other drivers do behind the wheel, 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 take for granted that leaving the scene of an accident is the best option.

Whatever the reason a driver chooses to leave the scene after causing a hit and run accident, they must have assumed the pros of running were greater than the cons. The Crawford County, 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 Crawford County, MO we have successfully litigated hit and run cases in many varying circumstances. We insist on full compensation for all of our hit and run accident clients and will not stop fighting for you until you receive the money you deserve to put you on the road to healing. Call us today at (314) 500-HURT for a free case evaluation and so we can get started on your case right away.

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If you or a loved one sustained injuries in a Crawford County, MO hit and run accident, you are probably feeling confused, angry, and anxious. Injuries and their related bills can disrupt your life. Burger Law is here to help you recover. When you hire our team of Crawford County, MO hit and run accident attorneys, we start working on your case and fighting on your behalf straight away. We insist that the at-fault parties and their insurance companies are held accountable and we demand that you get full compensation to help you in your recovery. Call us today at (314) 500-HURT or contact us online for a free case evaluation to take the first step in getting your life back on track.

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