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Hit and Run Accident Attorneys Festus, MO

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

When a negligent driver knowingly breaks the rules of the road and injured you or a loved one, it is common to feel appalled and angry. It is particularly distressing when the negligent 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 Festus, MO hit and run accident attorneys at Burger Law know how to hold reckless and knowingly irresponsible driver’s accountable. We will help you make sense of the situation and will fight on your behalf to maximize your compensation and get you on the path to healing. Call us right away 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 who died, almost 65 percent of them were pedestrians or bicyclists, and approximately 20 percent of pedestrian deaths take place in hit and run accidents. A hit and run accident occurs every 43 seconds in the United States. Any injury caused by a car accident can be traumatizing and cause life-long repercussions or, in the worst cases, wrongful death. However, hit and run cases intensify your wounds as you may not find medical treatment immediately, and you may not be certain who to trust or how to collect equitable compensation for your injuries and damages. Our group of veteran and talented hit and run accident attorneys at Burger Law have helped individuals and families injured in hit and run accidents in the Festus, MO area get the best possible 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 we do not collect any payment until we win your suit.

If you have been harmed in a hit and run accident, use our personal injury calculator to see how much you may be able to recover in compensation.

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

If a driver acts carelessly and hurts you in a hit and run accident, they are not only culpable for your injuries, they are guilty of breaking the law. In Missouri, leaving the scene of an accident is a crime. When a motorist causes or is involved in an accident, they are required by law to:

  • Stay at the accident site
  • Move their car if it dangerous to other drivers, otherwise, wait for directions from police
  • Supply aid to anyone who is hurt
  • Call the Festus, MO police
  • Use flares, reflectors, or flashlights if the accident happened at night or in inclement weather
  • Trade contact info and insurance information with anybody involved
  • Remain at the scene until a police officer tells them differently

Furthermore, an accident report must be filed if damages exceed $500 or the accident causes injury or a fatality.

Missouri Statute 577.060 categorizes “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 county jail and a fine of $2,000. However, leaving the scene turns into a Class E Felony if any of the three conditions listed 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 crash becomes fatal and leads to somebody’s death. While it is reassuring that we have laws discouraging hit and runs, a criminal conviction for the reckless driver will not get you the money you deserve. They may be found guilty before the Festus, MO criminal court, but you need knowledgeable and committed hit and run accident attorneys like we have at Burger Law who will insist that you get the best possible recovery you need to recover. When you hire us, we get started on your case at once and do not give up. You do not owe us a dime until we win your case and we will represent you aggressively to make certain the negligent party accepts full responsibility for their reckless behavior.

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

While being in any accident is frightening and can leave you feeling vulnerable, it can be particularly worrisome if the liable individual breaks the rules and flees the scene. The rules are in place for a reason, and it is disappointing and startling when someone does not respect those rules and behaves thoughtlessly and irresponsibly. The committed and knowledgeable Festus, MO hit and run accident attorneys at Burger Law hold thoughtless drivers responsible and get you the money you deserve. 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 may think the damages are too insignificant to want to deal with the inconvenience, or you may be afraid that you are in some measure at fault. Leaving the scene of an accident will make it much more complicated for you to be awarded compensation for your damages, and, more importantly, it is against the law.
  • DO get medical attention. Your principal concern 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, do your best to keep them in a stable condition and wait for Festus, 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 leads to over $500 worth of damages or results in physical harm or death. Even if you are unsure of the scope of the damages or injuries are immediately, having a police report will go a long way in making your case.
  • DO NOT go after the driver. When you are hit by another car in a hit and run accident, anger and outrage are normal reactions. You may want to follow the driver and find out who they are. That is Festus, MO law enforcement’s job. Chasing after the other driver 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 learn what you are able to about the negligent driver and vehicle. To do so, you can:
    • Take photographs. If you are not badly injured and can get hold of your phone before the car you cannot see the car anymore, take as many pictures as you can. Even if you cannot get complete license plate number, just part of the license plate and/or the make, model and color of the car will be incredibly useful in finding the driver. It is also useful to take photographs 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 story. Be sure to get their contact information so an insurance company, police officer or Festus, MO hit and run accident lawyer will be able to get in touch with them later.
    • Write it all down. If you did not have time or the ability to take photos, any knowledge you have of the other car or driver will be easier to recall immediately following the accident, and those details will still be of great help to law enforcement and your hit and run accident attorneys.
  • DO contact your Festus, MO insurance company. In the event that the driver cannot be located, you will need 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 assist in gathering evidence, including acquiring nearby surveillance footage and reaching out to witnesses for full depositions. We work alongside a network of Festus, MO car accident experts who will be able to reconstruct the crash and prove exactly how the negligible party caused your injuries.

Here are some helpful links and frequently asked questions for hit and runs and other categories 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 liable driver that caused your damages and hold them accountable for their thoughtless actions. In those cases, the tenacious and talented Festus, MO hit and run accident lawyers at Burger Law will make certain you recover full 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 use this part of your policy to make a claim against your own insurance company. In Festus, MO, there are four standards that need to be met so that you can make this claim:

  1. You received physical injuries
  2. The injuries happened due to an uninsured motorist, or in the case a motorist you are unable to 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 Festus, MO insurance company takes the place of 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 odds at receiving full compensation from an uninsured motorist claim, you need experienced and talented Festus, MO hit and run accident attorneys like those at Burger Law to fight for you. We have been challenging insurance companies and other bullies for over 20 years, and will not give in until your own insurance company pays you back the money you have likely 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 maximum amount of money that you are entitled to. When you get injured because somebody else disregarded the rules of the road, you are entitled to maximum compensation for all of damages you have received owing to the accident, such as: your medical expenses, 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 every penny you are entitled to. If you or a someone you care about in Festus, 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 any driver’s legal and moral duty to stay at an accident site. When someone flees the scene of a hit and run accident, it is because they are more worried about the consequences for themselves than any damage or harm their thoughtless behavior caused. There are a variety of reasons the at-fault party might not want to take responsibility for their actions:

  • The driver does not have car insurance

    In Festus, MO, not having 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 Festus, MO driver’s record.

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

    This also carries crushing penalties and can be either a Class A misdemeanor or a Class E felony, based on whether you have been caught 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 carry fines, jail time, and getting your license revoked.

  • The driver may have a warrant out for their arrest

    It might not be surprising that people who have already committed a crime would risk breaking the law again to flee 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, tired or are just thinking about something else.

  • Lack of potential witnesses or low lighting

    A driver may flee a crash site simply because they think they can do so without any consequences. Hit and run accidents are 4.5 times more frequent between midnight and 4AM, when there is low visibility and far fewer witnesses on the Festus, 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 know what to do. Occasionally, 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 poorly lit areas at night, and when you are behind the wheel, stay alert at all times and never take for granted that leaving the scene of an accident is the best choice.

No matter the reason a driver opts to leave the scene after causing a hit and run accident, they must have assumed the benefits of running were greater than the cons. The Festus, MO hit and run accident attorneys at Burger Law will make them pay and make certain they know they were wrong. In our seventy years of experience as hit and run accident attorneys in Festus, MO we have successfully litigated hit and run cases in many varying situations. We demand maximum compensation for all of our hit and run accident clients and will not give up until you are awarded the money you are owed to put you on the road to recovery. Call us today at (314) 500-HURT for a free case evaluation and so we can start working on your case right away.

The Festus, 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 Festus, MO hit and run accident, you are probably feeling confused, livid, and vulnerable. Injuries and their related costs can upend your life. Burger Law is here to help you heal. When you hire our team of Festus, MO hit and run accident attorneys, we start working on your case and fighting by your side straight away. We demand the negligent 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 complimentary consultation to take the first step in getting your life back on track.

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