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Hit and Run Accident Attorneys Ozark, MO

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

When a careless driver consciously breaks the rules of the road and injured you or a loved one, it is common to feel appalled and furious. It is particularly unnerving when the negligent party declines to take responsibility for their actions and runs away from the scene of the in a hit and run accident. You may be puzzled about who is going to pay for the damages to your property and you or your loved one’s injuries. The dedicated, seasoned and skilled Ozark, MO hit and run accident attorneys at Burger Law know how to hold reckless and consciously irresponsible driver’s accountable. We will help you grasp the situation and will fight for you to maximize your recovery and get you on the road to recovery. Call us today at (314) 500-HURT or contact us online for a free case review.

In the United States in 2016, 2049 people were killed in hit and run accidents, which is 62 percent more than 2009. Of those killed, about 65 percent of them were pedestrians or bicyclists, and approximately one in five pedestrian deaths occur in hit and run accidents. A hit and run accident transpires every 43 seconds in the United States. Any injury arising 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 get medical attention immediately, and you may not know who to trust or how to pursue fair compensation for your injuries and damages. Our group of seasoned and adept hit and run accident attorneys at Burger Law have helped individuals and families injured in hit and run accidents in the Ozark, MO area get maximum recoveries and know how to maximize your compensation. When you reach out to us at (314) 500-HURT, we start work on your case immediately, and you do not owe us any payment until we win your case.

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

If someone else drives carelessly and harms you in a hit and run accident, they are not only responsible for your injuries, they are guilty of a criminal act. In Missouri, driving away from 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 accident site
  • Move their car if it may cause other drivers to crash, otherwise, wait for instructions from police
  • Attend to anyone who is hurt
  • Call the Ozark, MO police
  • Use flares, reflectors, or flashlights if the accident happened at night or in poor weather
  • Exchange contact info and insurance information with anybody involved
  • Remain at the scene until a police officer tells them differently

Additionally, an accident report must be filed if damages exceed $500 or the accident results in injury or death.

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 becomes 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 crash becomes fatal and results in somebody’s death. While it is comforting that we have laws discouraging hit and runs, a criminal conviction for the irresponsible driver will not get you the money you deserve. They may be found guilty before the Ozark, MO criminal court, but you need skilled and dedicated hit and run accident attorneys like the ones at Burger Law who will fight for you until you get the full recovery you need to heal. When you hire us, we get started on your case right away and do not let up. We do not charge any fees until we win your case and we will represent you aggressively to make sure the at-fault party accepts complete responsibility for their harmful behavior.

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

While being in any accident is scary and can leave you feeling unprotected, it can be particularly worrisome if the responsible individual breaks the law and flees the scene. The rules were enacted for a reason, and it is disheartening and frightening when someone breaks those rules and behaves selfishly and dangerously. The dedicated and talented Ozark, MO hit and run accident attorneys at Burger Law hold negligent drivers responsible and secure you the money you are owed. 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 accident site yourself. You might think the damages are too small to want to deal with the inconvenience, or you may be afraid that you are in some measure responsible. Leaving the location of an accident will make it much more difficult for you to get compensation for your injuries, and, more importantly, it is against the law.
  • DO get medical attention. Your foremost thought 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 Ozark, MO emergency services to arrive and give aid.
  • DO NOT hesitate to call the police. Missouri law requires you to call the police in any accident that results in over $500 worth of damages or causes physical harm or a fatality. Even if you are not certain what the extent of the damages or injuries are right away, having a police report will go a long way in winning your case.
  • DO NOT go after the driver. After being hit by another auto in a hit and run accident, anger and outrage are normal reactions. You may want to follow the driver and find out who hit you. That is Ozark, MO law enforcement’s task. Chasing after the other motorist not only puts yourself, other drivers, passengers and pedestrians at more 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 photos. If you did not sustain a serious injury and can get hold of your phone before the car vanishes from sight, take as many pictures as you are able to. Even if you cannot get an entire license plate number, a partial license plate 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 photos of any tire marks or other damage to the accident site.
    • Talk to witnesses. Other people in the area may have had a better view than you, or will be able to verify your story. Make sure to get their contact information so a claims adjuster, law enforcement officer or Ozark, MO hit and run accident attorney 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 pictures, anything you could observe 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 law enforcement and your hit and run accident attorneys.
  • DO contact your Ozark, MO insurance company. If the driver is never 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 talented and expert hit and run accident attorneys will assist in gathering evidence, including obtaining nearby surveillance footage and contacting witnesses for full depositions. We work alongside a network of Ozark, MO car accident experts who will be able to recreate the crash and show 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 locate the liable driver that caused your damages and hold them accountable for their careless driving. In those cases, the determined and expert Ozark, MO hit and run accident lawyers at Burger Law will make sure you collect the best possible 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 aliable 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 pursue compensation from your own insurance company. In Ozark, MO, there are four specifications that must be met in order for you to make this claim:

  1. You received physical injuries
  2. You sustained the injuries because of 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 Ozark, MO insurance company acts as a substitute for the responsible party’s insurance company in order to compensate you for your damages. However, like any insurance companies, they may still have to be persuaded to pay. To have the best odds at receiving the best possible compensation from an uninsured motorist claim, you need veteran and skilled Ozark, MO hit and run accident attorneys like we have at Burger Law to fight on your behalf. We have been standing up to insurance companies and other bullies for over 20 years, 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 identified or not, the hit and run accident attorneys at Burger law will ensure you get the maximum amount of compensation that you are entitled to. When you are harmed because somebody else broke the rules of the road, you deserve maximum compensation for all of damages you have experienced because of the accident, for instance: your medical expenses, lost wages, lost earning potential, pain and suffering, mental anguish and loss of enjoyment of life. No matter how serious your injuries, we demand that you are compensated for all the money you deserve. If you or a family member in Ozark, 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 every driver’s legal and moral obligation to stay at the scene of an accident. When someone runs 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 irresponsible behavior caused. There are many reasons the liable party might not want to take responsibility for their actions:

  • The driver does not have car insurance

    In Ozark, 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 Ozark, 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 that was under the influence of drugs

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

  • The driver may have a warrant out for their arrest

    It probably is not surprising that people who already fear an interaction with law enforcement would risk breaking the law again to run away from a crash site.

  • Distracted driving

    Driving while not paying full attention to the road is thoughtless and dangerous. People can become distracted if they are texting, eating, looking at directions, tired or just have their head in the clouds.

  • Lack of potential witnesses or low lighting

    A driver may flee the scene of an accident simply because they think they can do so without any repercussions. Hit and run accidents are 4.5 times more probable between 12AM and 4AM, when there is low visibility and far fewer witnesses on the Ozark, 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 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 safety measures as both drivers and pedestrians. Try to avoid walking in areas with bad lighting at night, and when you are driving, never lose focus and never take for granted that leaving the scene of an accident is the best choice.

Whatever the reason a driver opts to leave the scene after causing a hit and run accident, they must have presupposed the pros of running outweighed the cons. The Ozark, MO hit and run accident attorneys at Burger Law will hold them responsible and ensure they understand they were wrong. In our seventy years of experience as hit and run accident attorneys in Ozark, MO we have successfully litigated hit and run cases in many different situations. We insist on great compensation for all of our hit and run accident clients and will not rest until you get the money you deserve to put you on the path to recovery. Call us today at (314) 500-HURT for a free case evaluation and so we can get started on your case right away.

The Ozark, 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 experienced injuries in a Ozark, MO hit and run accident, you are probably feeling confused, outraged, and overwhelmed. Injuries and their related bills can upend your life. Burger Law is here to help you heal. When you hire our team of Ozark, MO hit and run accident attorneys, we start working on your case and fighting by your side right away. We demand the at-fault 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 case review to take the first step in getting your life back on track.

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