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Hit and Run Accident Attorneys O'Fallon, MO

Hit and Run Accident Attorneys in O'Fallon, MO. How do you hold a driver accountable and recover full compensation for your damages when you have been injured in a hit and run crash? Call the O'Fallon, MO hit and run accident attorneys of Burger Law straight away at (314) 500-HURT or contact us online so that we can start fighting for you and getting you the best possible recovery for your O'Fallon, MO hit and run accident.

When a careless driver willfully breaks the rules of the road and injured you or someone you care about, it is common to feel dismayed and indignant. It is especially distressing when the reckless party declines to take responsibility for their actions 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 loved one’s injuries. The devoted, accomplished and talented O'Fallon, MO hit and run accident attorneys at Burger Law know how to hold thoughtless and consciously irresponsible driver’s accountable. We will help you grasp the situation and will fight for you to maximize your compensation and put you on the journey 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 were killed in hit and run accidents, which was a 62 percent increase from 2009. Of those killed, 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 takes place every 43 seconds in the United States. Any injury stemming from a car wreck can be traumatizing and produce life-long consequence or, in the worst cases, wrongful death. However, hit and run cases exacerbate that trauma as you may not receive medical care at once, and you may not know who to trust or how to seek equitable compensation for your injuries and damages. Our team of experienced and talented hit and run accident attorneys at Burger Law have helped those injured in hit and run accidents in the O'Fallon, 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 immediately, and you do not owe us any payment until we win your claim.

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Hit and Run Accident Attorneys: Understanding the Laws in O'Fallon, MO

If a motorist behaves negligently 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, driving away from 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 scene
  • Move their car if it hazardous to other drivers, otherwise, wait for instructions from police
  • Supply aid to anyone who is hurt
  • Call the O'Fallon, MO police
  • Use flares, reflectors, or flashlights if the accident happened at night or in inclement weather
  • Trade contact info and insurance information with other people involved
  • Remain at the accident site until a police officer tells them differently

Additionally, an accident report must 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 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 results in somebody’s death. While it is encouraging that we have laws deterring hit and runs, a criminal conviction for the reckless driver will not get you the compensation you are entitled to. They may be found guilty before the O'Fallon, MO criminal court, but you need accomplished and committed hit and run accident attorneys like those at Burger Law who will fight on your behalf until you get the maximum recovery you need to make you whole again. When you hire us, we start working on your case right away and are relentless until we win. We do not charge any fees until we win your case and we will fight tirelessly to make sure the negligent party bears full responsibility for their thoughtless 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 unprotected, it can be especially worrisome if the liable party breaks the rules of the road and leaves the crash site. The rules exist for a reason, and it is discouraging and startling when someone does not respect those rules and behaves thoughtlessly and irresponsibly. The devoted and knowledgeable O'Fallon, MO hit and run accident attorneys at Burger Law hold selfish drivers responsible and win 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 flee 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 in some measure responsible. Leaving the location of an accident will make it much harder for you to get compensation for your damages, and, more importantly, it is against the law.
  • DO get medical care. The health and safety of everybody present should be your primary worry. If you or somebody else is injured, try to keep them in a stable condition and wait for O'Fallon, MO emergency services to arrive and provide aid.
  • DO NOT wait to call the police. Missouri law dictates that you have to call the police in any crash that causes over $500 worth of damages or results in physical harm or death. Even if you are not sure what the extent of the damages or injuries are immediately, having a police report will help a lot in winning your case.
  • DO NOT go after the driver. After being hit by another vehicle in a hit and run accident, anger and outrage are normal reactions. You may be tempted to follow the driver and find out who they are. That is O'Fallon, 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 hold you back 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 pictures. If you did not sustain a serious injury and can take out your phone before the car disappears from view, take as many pictures 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 discovering who the driver was. It is also useful to take pictures of any tire marks or other damage to the area of the crash.
    • Talk to witnesses. Other people at the accident site may 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, police officer or O'Fallon, MO hit and run accident attorney will be able to reach out to them later.
    • Write down everything you can. If you did not have time or the ability to take photographs, any knowledge you have of the other car or driver will be easier to recall immediately following the collision, and those details will still be of great help to law enforcement and your hit and run accident attorneys.
  • DO contact your O'Fallon, 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 talented and experienced hit and run accident attorneys will help you gather evidence, including getting access to close by surveillance footage and reaching out to witnesses for complete statements. We work alongside a network of O'Fallon, MO car accident experts who will be able to recreate the scene and show 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

The ideal scenario is that 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 dangerous actions. In those cases, the determined and knowledgeable O'Fallon, MO hit and run accident lawyers at Burger Law will make sure you receive maximum compensation from the driver and their insurance company.

Uninsured Motorist Claims in Hit and Run Accidents

In Missouri, drivers are required to 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 use this part of your policy to make a claim against your own insurance company. In O'Fallon, MO, there are four specifications that must be met in order for you to make this claim:

  1. You sustained bodily injuries
  2. You sustained the injuries because of 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 O'Fallon, MO insurance company takes the place of the negligent party’s insurance company in order to compensate you for your damages. However, like other insurance companies, they may still have to be convinced to pay. To have the best opportunity to receive full compensation from an uninsured motorist claim, you need seasoned and savvy O'Fallon, MO hit and run accident attorneys like we have at Burger Law to fight on your behalf. We have been pushing back against insurance companies and other bullies for decades, and will not give up the fight until your own insurance company pays you back the money you have likely 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 ensure you get the maximum amount of compensation that you are owed. When you are harmed because somebody else did not respect the rules of the road, you are entitled to a full recovery for all of damages you have received because of the accident, for instance: your medical bills, lost wages, lost earning potential, pain and suffering, mental anguish and loss of enjoyment of life. No matter how severe your injuries, we demand that you are compensated for all the money you deserve. If you or a loved one in O'Fallon, 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 ethical obligation to stay 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 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 O'Fallon, 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 O'Fallon, MO driver’s record.

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

    This also carries stiff 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 that was under the influence of drugs

    A DWI is a criminal charge that can also result in fines, jail time, and having your license revoked.

  • 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 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 leave a crash site simply because they think they will not be caught. Hit and run accidents are 4.5 times more frequent between 12AM and 4AM, when there is low visibility and far fewer witnesses on the O'Fallon, 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. Occasionally, these drivers turn themselves in after 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, never get distracted and never assume that leaving the scene of an accident is the best choice.

Whatever the reason a driver decides to flee the scene after causing a hit and run accident, they must have presumed the pros of running were greater than the cons. The O'Fallon, MO hit and run accident attorneys at Burger Law will hold them accountable and make certain they understand they were wrong. In our seventy years of experience as hit and run accident attorneys in O'Fallon, MO we have successfully litigated hit and run cases in many differing scenarios. 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 path to being made whole again. Call us today at (314) 500-HURT for a free consultation and so we can get started on your case right away.

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If you or a loved one experienced injuries in a O'Fallon, MO hit and run accident, you are probably feeling confused, livid, and anxious. Injuries and their related bills can uproot your life. Burger Law is here to help make you whole again. When you hire our team of O'Fallon, MO hit and run accident attorneys, we start working on your case and fighting for you straight away. We demand the at-fault parties and their insurance companies are held accountable and we demand that you collect great 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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