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Hit and Run Accident Attorneys Union, MO

Hit and Run Accident Attorneys in Union, MO. How do you hold a driver responsible and recover maximum compensation for your damages when you have been injured in a hit and run accident? Call the Union, MO hit and run accident attorneys of Burger Law immediately 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 Union, MO hit and run accident.

When a negligent driver willfully breaks the rules of the road and hurts you or someone you care about, it is common to feel shocked and indignant. It is particularly upsetting when the at-fault party declines to take responsibility for their behavior and runs away from the scene of the in a hit and run accident. You may be puzzled about who is going to reimburse you for the damages to your property and you or your loved one’s injuries. The committed, seasoned and knowledgeable Union, MO hit and run accident attorneys at Burger Law know how to hold thoughtless and purposefully irresponsible driver’s accountable. We will help you grasp the situation and will fight by your side to maximize your compensation and put you on the journey to healing. Call us today 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 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 transpires every 43 seconds in the United States. Any injury resulting from a car wreck can be traumatizing and cause life-long changes or, in the worst cases, wrongful death. However, hit and run cases amplify that trauma as you may not receive medical care at once, and you may not know who to turn to or how to secure 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 Union, MO area get maximum recoveries and understand how to maximize your compensation. When you call us at (314) 500-HURT, we start working on your case immediately, and we do not collect any fees until we win your case.

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

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

If someone else behaves carelessly and harms you in a hit and run accident, they are not only to blame for your injuries, they are a lawbreaker. In Missouri, driving away from the scene of an accident is against the law. When a motorist causes or is involved in an accident, the law requires them to:

  • Remain at the crash site
  • Move their car if it hazardous to other drivers, otherwise, wait for instructions from police
  • Provide aid to anyone who is hurt
  • Call the Union, MO police
  • Use flares, reflectors, or flashlights if the accident happened at night or in bad weather
  • Trade contact info and insurance information with others involved
  • Remain at the scene until a police officer tells them differently

Furthermore, an accident report has 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 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 following 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 was previously found guilty of leaving the scene of a hit and run accident.

A hit and run turns into a Class D Felony if the crash is 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 are owed. They may be found culpable in the Union, MO criminal court, but you need skilled and committed hit and run accident attorneys like we have at Burger Law who will fight for you until you get the maximum recovery you need to make you whole again. When you hire us, we start working on your case immediately and work tenaciously until we win. You do not owe us a dime until we win your case and we will fight tirelessly to make certain the at-fault party accepts full responsibility for their reckless 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 stressful if the responsible person breaks the rules and leaves the accident site. The rules exist for a reason, and it is disappointing and alarming when someone does not respect those rules and acts thoughtlessly and recklessly. The devoted and talented Union, MO hit and run accident attorneys at Burger Law hold thoughtless drivers responsible 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 flee the accident site yourself. You could think the damages are too insignificant to want to deal with the hassle, or you may worry that you are partly at fault. Leaving the scene of a crash will make it much more difficult for you to receive compensation for your damages, and, more importantly, it is against the law.
  • DO get medical treatment. Your principal worry should be your health and safety and the health and safety of anyone 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 Union, MO emergency services to get there and render aid.
  • DO NOT hesitate to call the police. Missouri law requires you to call the police in any accident that causes over $500 worth of damages or results in physical harm or a fatality. Even if you are unsure of the degree of the damages or injuries are at that moment, having a police report will go a long way in proving your case.
  • DO NOT go after the driver. When you are hit by another driver in a hit and run accident, anger and outrage are common reactions. You may be motivated to follow the driver and find out who is responsible. That is Union, 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 at-fault driver and vehicle. To do so, you can:
    • Take photos. If you did not sustain a serious injury and can get hold of your phone before the car disappears from view, take as many photographs as possible. Even if you cannot get a full license plate number, a partial license plate and/or the make, model and color of the car will be a great help in determining who the driver was. It also helps to take pictures of any tire marks or other damage to the crash site.
    • Speak to witnesses. Other people in the area might have been able to see more than you did, or will be able to confirm your story. Be sure to get their contact information so an insurance company, law enforcement officer or Union, MO hit and run accident attorney will be able to contact them at a later date.
    • 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 remember immediately after the crash, and those details will still be very useful to the police and your hit and run accident attorneys.
  • DO contact your Union, 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 right away. Our talented and expert hit and run accident attorneys will assist in collecting evidence, including acquiring adjacent surveillance footage and contacting witnesses for full statements. We work with a network of Union, MO car accident experts who will be able to recreate the accident and prove exactly how the liable party caused your injuries.

Listed here are some helpful links and frequently asked questions for hit and runs and other types 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 find the at-fault driver that caused your damages and hold them accountable for their dangerous behavior. In those cases, the tenacious and expert Union, MO hit and run accident lawyers at Burger Law will ensure you are awarded 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 are unable to locate the aat-fault 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 seek a recovery from your own insurance company. In Union, MO, there are four criteria that are required to be met in order for you to make this claim:

  1. You sustained bodily injuries
  2. You received the injuries due to an uninsured motorist, or in the case a motorist you are unable to 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 Union, MO insurance company takes the place of the at-fault party’s insurance company in order to compensate you for your injuries. However, like any insurance companies, they may still have to be persuaded to pay. To have the best chance at receiving great compensation from an uninsured motorist claim, you need seasoned and skilled Union, MO hit and run accident attorneys like we have 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 probably been paying into their policies for a long time.

Whether the at fault driver is tracked down or not, the hit and run accident attorneys at Burger law will make certain you get the full recovery that you are entitled to. When you are hurt because another driver disregarded the rules of the road, you are entitled to a full recovery for all of damages you have sustained 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 serious your injuries, we demand that you are compensated for every dollar you deserve. If you or a someone you care about in Union, 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 social responsibility to remain at an accident site. When someone runs away from 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 dangerous behavior caused. There are a variety of reasons the negligent party might not want to take responsibility for their actions:

  • The driver does not have car insurance

    In Union, MO, not having appropriate insurance can result in you 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 Union, 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 impaired by 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 might not be 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, tired or are just thinking about something else.

  • Lack of potential witnesses or low lighting

    A driver may leave an accident site simply because they think they can do so without any consequences. Hit and run accidents are 4.5 times more likely to happen between midnight and 4AM, when there is low visibility and far fewer witnesses on the Union, 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 how other people drive, we can take some precautions 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 assume that leaving the scene of an accident is the best choice.

Regardless of the reason a driver opts to flee the scene after causing a hit and run accident, they must have presupposed the pros of fleeing were greater than the cons. The Union, MO hit and run accident attorneys at Burger Law will hold them accountable and ensure they see they were wrong. In our seventy years of experience as hit and run accident attorneys in Union, MO we have successfully litigated hit and run cases in many different scenarios. We insist on full compensation for all of our hit and run accident clients and will not let up until you get the money you are owed to put you on the journey to recovery. Call us today at (314) 500-HURT for a complimentary case evaluation and so we can get started on your case right away.

The Union, 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 Union, MO hit and run accident, you are probably feeling confused, outraged, and vulnerable. Injuries and their related costs can disrupt your life. Burger Law is here to help make you whole again. When you hire our team of Union, MO hit and run accident attorneys, we start working on your case and fighting on your behalf immediately. 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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