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

When a careless driver intentionally breaks the rules of the road and hurts you or a family member, it is typical to feel appalled and indignant. It is especially upsetting when the liable party refuses to take responsibility for their actions and drives away from the scene of the in a hit and run accident. You may be pondering who is going to pay for the damages to your property and you or your family member's injuries. The dedicated, seasoned and talented Marshall, MO hit and run accident attorneys at Burger Law know how to hold careless and knowingly irresponsible driver’s accountable. We will help you understand the situation and will fight on your behalf to maximize your recovery and get you on the journey to recovery. Call us straight away at (314) 500-HURT or contact us online for a free case review.

In the United States in 2016, 2049 people died in hit and run accidents, which is 62 percent more than 2009. Of those who died, just 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 transpires every 43 seconds in the United States. Any injury resulting from a car wreck can be traumatizing and create life-long changes or, in the worst cases, wrongful death. However, hit and run cases intensify your wounds as you may not find medical care at once, and you may be unsure of who to turn to or how to pursue fair compensation for your injuries and damages. Our group of veteran and skilled hit and run accident attorneys at Burger Law have helped individuals and families injured in hit and run accidents in the Marshall, MO area get maximum recoveries and understand how to maximize your compensation. When you contact us at (314) 500-HURT, we start work on your case at once, and we do not collect any fees until we win your suit.

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

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

If someone else drives irresponsibly and harms you in a hit and run accident, they are not only liable for your injuries, they are guilty of breaking the law. In Missouri, leaving the scene of an accident is a crime. When a driver causes or is involved in an accident, the law dictates that they must:

  • Stay at the scene
  • Move their car if it may cause other drivers to crash, otherwise, wait until instructed by police
  • Help anyone who is hurt
  • Call the Marshall, 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 differently

Additionally, an accident report needs 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 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 becomes a Class D Felony if the crash is fatal and leads to somebody’s death. While it is reassuring that we have laws deterring hit and runs, a criminal conviction for the reckless driver will not get you the money you deserve. They may be found guilty in front of the Marshall, MO criminal court, but you need knowledgeable and devoted hit and run accident attorneys like the ones at Burger Law who will insist that you get the best possible recovery you need to make you whole again. When you hire us, we start working on your case right away and work tenaciously until we win. We do not charge any fees until we win your case and we will fight tirelessly to ensure the negligent party bears complete responsibility for their harmful 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 especially worrisome if the responsible individual disregards the rules of the road and leaves the scene. The rules were enacted for a reason, and it is discouraging and alarming when someone does not respect those rules and drives carelessly and irresponsibly. The devoted and talented Marshall, MO hit and run accident attorneys at Burger Law hold careless drivers accountable 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 might think the damages are too insignificant to want to deal with the nuisance, or you may be anxious that you are in some measure at fault. Leaving the scene 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. The health and safety of everybody there should be your principal concern. If you or somebody else is harmed, focus on keeping them in a stable condition and wait for Marshall, MO emergency services to get there 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 results in physical harm or a fatality. Even if you are not certain what the scope of the damages or injuries are right away, having a police report will help immeasurably in making your case.
  • DO NOT pursue the driver. When you are hit by another vehicle 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 Marshall, MO law enforcement’s task. Chasing after the other driver not only puts yourself, other drivers, passengers and pedestrians at heightened risk, but it will hamper you from being able to get valuable information and may even make the police suspicious of you.
  • DO safely discern what you can about the irresponsible driver and vehicle. To do this, you can:
    • Take photographs. If you are not badly injured and can take out your phone before the car you cannot see the car anymore, take as many photographs as you are able to. Even if you cannot get complete license plate number, a partial number and/or the make, model and color of the car will be a great help in determining who the driver was. It is also useful to take pictures of any tire marks or other damage to the crash site.
    • Speak to witnesses. Other people at the accident site might have had a better view than you, or will be able to corroborate your story. Be sure to get their contact information so an insurance company, law enforcement officer or Marshall, 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 pictures, any knowledge you have of the other car or driver will be easier to remember immediately following the accident, and those details will still be incredibly useful to law enforcement and your hit and run accident attorneys.
  • DO contact your Marshall, 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 savvy and accomplished hit and run accident attorneys will assist in collecting evidence, including getting access to close by surveillance video and contacting witnesses for full statements. We work alongside a network of Marshall, MO car accident experts who will be able to recreate the scene and demonstrate 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 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 discover the liable driver that caused your injuries and hold them responsible for their irresponsible driving. In those cases, the aggressive and expert Marshall, MO hit and run accident lawyers at Burger Law will make certain you receive full compensation from the driver and their insurance company.

Uninsured Motorist Claims in Hit and Run Accidents

In Missouri, motorists must have uninsured motorist insurance. If you cannot locate 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 Marshall, MO, there are four standards that are required to be met in order for you to make this claim:

  1. You received physical injuries
  2. You sustained the injuries 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 Marshall, MO insurance company acts as a substitute for the negligent party’s insurance company in order to compensate you for your injuries. However, like many insurance companies, they may still need convincing before they pay you. To have the best opportunity to receive the best possible compensation from an uninsured motorist claim, you need accomplished and expert Marshall, MO hit and run accident attorneys like we have at Burger Law to fight for you. We have been standing up to insurance companies and other bullies for decades, and will not back down 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 located or not, the hit and run accident attorneys at Burger law will ensure you get the full recovery that you are entitled to. When you are hurt because somebody else did not respect the rules of the road, you deserve the best possible recovery for all of damages you have experienced as a result of the accident, for example: your medical bills, lost wages, lost earning potential, pain and suffering, mental anguish and loss of enjoyment of life. No matter how serious your injuries, we insist that you are compensated for every nickel you are entitled to. If you or a loved one in Marshall, MO has been hurt 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 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 consequences for themselves than any damage or harm their negligent actions caused. There are many reasons the negligent party might not want to take responsibility for their actions:

  • The driver does not have car insurance

    In Marshall, 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 also remain on a Marshall, 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, depending on whether you have been discovered without a valid license before.

  • A drunk driver or a driver that was 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 might not be 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 reckless and dangerous. People can become distracted if they are texting, eating, looking at directions, fatigued or are just thinking about something else.

  • Lack of potential witnesses or low lighting

    A driver may flee an accident site simply because they think they can do so without any repercussions. 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 Marshall, 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 want to get in trouble. Occasionally, these drivers turn themselves in after 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 poorly lit areas at night, and when you are behind the wheel, stay alert at all times and never assume that leaving the scene of an accident is the best choice.

No matter 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 Marshall, MO hit and run accident attorneys at Burger Law will hold them accountable and ensure they understand they were wrong. In our seventy years of experience as hit and run accident attorneys in Marshall, MO we have successfully litigated hit and run cases in many varying situations. We demand great compensation for all of our hit and run accident clients and will not stop fighting for you until you receive the money you are owed 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 Marshall, 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 sustained injuries in a Marshall, MO hit and run accident, you are probably feeling confused, livid, and anxious. Injuries and their related expenses can disrupt your life. Burger Law is here to help you recover. When you hire our team of Marshall, MO hit and run accident attorneys, we start working on your case and fighting by your side immediately. We insist that the responsible parties and their insurance companies are held accountable and we demand that you recover the best possible 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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