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Hit and Run Accident Attorneys Montgomery County, MO

Hit and Run Accident Attorneys in Montgomery County, MO. How do you hold a driver responsible and receive maximum compensation for your damages when you have been harmed in a hit and run accident? Call the Montgomery County, MO hit and run accident attorneys of Burger Law right away at (314) 500-HURT or contact us online so that we can begin working for you and securing for you a full recovery for your Montgomery County, MO hit and run accident.

When a negligent driver intentionally breaks the rules of the road and harms you or someone you care about, it is typical to feel dismayed and indignant. It is particularly perturbing when the at-fault party refuses to take responsibility for their behavior and leaves the scene of the in a hit and run accident. You may be puzzled about who is going to compensate you for the damages to your property and you or your family member's injuries. The dedicated, accomplished and skilled Montgomery 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 by your side to maximize your compensation and get you on the path 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 crashes, 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 occur in hit and run accidents. A hit and run accident happens every 43 seconds in the United States. Any injury resulting from an auto crash can be traumatizing and create life-long changes or, in the worst cases, wrongful death. However, hit and run cases intensify that trauma as you may not find medical treatment right away, and you may not be certain who to turn to or how to seek just compensation for your injuries and damages. Our team of accomplished and adept hit and run accident attorneys at Burger Law have helped people harmed in hit and run accidents in the Montgomery County, MO area get maximum recoveries and know how to maximize your compensation. When you reach out to us at (314) 500-HURT, we begin work on your case right away, and you do not owe us any payment until we win your case.

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

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

If somebody behaves carelessly and hurts you in a hit and run accident, they are not only to blame for your injuries, they are a lawbreaker. In Missouri, fleeing the scene of an accident is a crime. When a motorist causes or is involved in an accident, the law requires them to:

  • Stay at the scene
  • Move their car if it may cause other drivers to crash, otherwise, wait until instructed by police
  • Render aid to anyone who is hurt
  • Call the Montgomery County, MO police
  • Use flares, reflectors, or flashlights if the accident happened at night or in bad weather
  • Trade contact info and insurance information with other people 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 leads to injury or death.

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 a local 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 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 accident becomes fatal and leads to somebody’s death. While it is reassuring that we have laws deterring hit and runs, a criminal conviction for the irresponsible driver will not get you the compensation you are entitled to. They may be found culpable in front of the Montgomery County, 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 maximum recovery you need to recover. When you hire us, we start working on your case straight away and do not let up. We do not charge any fees until we win your case and we will fight tirelessly to make sure the at-fault party bears complete responsibility for their thoughtless behavior.

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

While being in any accident is terrifying and can leave you feeling unprotected, it can be especially nerve wracking if the negligent individual breaks the rules of the road and flees the accident site. The rules were enacted for a reason, and it is disheartening and startling when someone does not respect those rules and behaves selfishly and dangerously. The dedicated and skilled Montgomery County, MO hit and run accident attorneys at Burger Law hold reckless drivers accountable 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 minor to want to deal with the hassle, or you may be afraid that you are in some measure at fault. Leaving the scene of a crash will make it much harder for you to receive compensation for your injuries, and, more importantly, it is against the law.
  • DO get medical treatment. Your chief 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 hurt, do your best to keep them in a stable condition and wait for Montgomery County, MO emergency services to arrive and provide aid.
  • DO NOT wait to call the police. Missouri law requires you to call the police in any crash that results in over $500 worth of damages or leads to physical harm or a fatality. Even if you do not know the degree of the damages or injuries are right away, having a police report will help immeasurably in winning your case.
  • DO NOT go after the driver. When you are hit by another auto in a hit and run accident, anger and outrage are common reactions. You may want to follow the driver and find out who caused your accident. That is Montgomery County, MO law enforcement’s task. Going on a wild goose chase not only puts yourself, other drivers, passengers and pedestrians at heightened risk, but it will hold you back from being able to get important information and may even cause the police to not believe you.
  • DO safely find out what you can about the irresponsible driver and vehicle. To do so, you can:
    • Take pictures. If you did not sustain a serious injury and can take out your phone before the car is completely gone, take as many photos as possible. 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 photos of any tire marks or other damage to the crash site.
    • Speak to witnesses. Other people in the area may have been able to see more than you did, or will be able to verify your story. Be sure to get their contact information so an insurance company, police officer or Montgomery County, MO hit and run accident attorney 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 photos, anything you noticed about the other car or driver will be easier to recall immediately following the crash, and those details will still be of great help to the police and your hit and run accident attorneys.
  • DO contact your Montgomery County, MO insurance company. If the driver is never located, you will need to make an uninsured motorist claim with your own insurance company.
  • DO call Burger Law at (314) 500-HURT at once. Our savvy and knowledgeable hit and run accident attorneys will assist in gathering evidence, including obtaining adjacent surveillance video and getting in touch with witnesses for full depositions. We work with a network of Montgomery County, MO car accident experts who will be able to recreate the scene and prove exactly how the at-fault party caused your injuries.

Below 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 track down the liable driver that caused your damages and hold them responsible for their irresponsible driving. In those cases, the tenacious and talented Montgomery County, MO hit and run accident lawyers at Burger Law will make sure you win maximum 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 find the aat-fault 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 Montgomery County, MO, there are four standards that must be met in order for you to make this claim:

  1. You received bodily injuries
  2. You incurred 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 Montgomery County, MO insurance company acts as a stand in for the negligent party’s insurance company in order to compensate you for your injuries. However, like other insurance companies, they may still need convincing before they pay you. To have the best chance at receiving full compensation from an uninsured motorist claim, you need experienced and knowledgeable Montgomery County, MO hit and run accident attorneys like those at Burger Law to fight for you. We have been standing up to insurance companies and other bullies for decades, and will not give in until your own insurance company reimburses you for the money you have likely 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 make certain you get the full recovery that you are owed. When you sustain injuries because another driver broke the rules of the road, you deserve maximum compensation for all of damages you have received because of the accident, for example: your medical costs, lost wages, lost earning potential, pain and suffering, mental anguish and reduced ability to enjoy life. No matter how severe your injuries, we insist that you are compensated for all the money you are entitled to. If you or a loved one in Montgomery County, 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 every driver’s legal and social obligation to remain at an accident 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 variety of reasons the liable party might not want to take responsibility for their actions:

  • The driver does not have car insurance

    In Montgomery County, MO, not having the right 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 Montgomery 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 caught 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 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 already fear an interaction with law enforcement would risk breaking the law again to leave 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 a crash site simply because they think they will not be caught. Hit and run accidents are 4.5 times more likely to occur between 12AM and 4AM, when there is low visibility and far fewer witnesses on the Montgomery 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. Sometimes, these drivers turn themselves in once they have calmed down.

While we cannot control what other drivers do on the road, we can take some precautions as both drivers and pedestrians. Try to avoid walking in poorly lit areas at night, and when you are driving, stay alert at all times and never presume that leaving the scene of an accident is the best option.

Whatever the reason a driver decides to flee the scene after causing a hit and run accident, they must have assumed the benefits of running were greater than the cons. The Montgomery County, 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 Montgomery County, MO we have successfully litigated hit and run cases in many different circumstances. We insist on the best possible 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 review and so we can get started on your case right away.

The Montgomery County, 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 family member sustained injuries in a Montgomery County, MO hit and run accident, you are probably feeling confused, livid, and anxious. Injuries and their related expenses can uproot your life. Burger Law is here to help make you whole again. When you hire our team of Montgomery County, MO hit and run accident attorneys, we start working on your case and fighting on your behalf immediately. We demand the liable parties and their insurance companies are held accountable and we insist on getting you the best possible compensation to help you in your recovery. Call us today at (314) 500-HURT or contact us online for a complimentary case review to take the first step in getting your life back on track.

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