Motorcycle Accident Attorneys Serving St. Louis
You Deserve Quality and Dedicated Representation if You Were Hit
As a motorcycle rider, being in an accident carries a high risk: You have an 80% chance of sustaining an injury, according to an analysis of motorcycle crash reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Helmets and other protective gear can help keep you safe—and you should always wear them when you’re on your bike—but there’s only so much a motorcyclist can do when a negligent or out-of-control driver poses a hazard. These drivers have more protection than you thanks to the multiple security features most cars boast. That means even when they are at fault, you are more likely to get injured.
Motorcyclists also tend to get more serious injuries than other drivers might. This means your overall damages are likely to be greater than those other accident victims might face—you might need more medical treatment, miss more work, and so on. When you find yourself in this situation after being hit by a negligent driver, you do have the right to file for compensation. Having a financial cushion to support you during your recovery is important, and it’s only right that the at-fault party covers your damages. Our team is here to fight for you as you pursue a settlement.
When you call our St. Louis attorneys, you’ll speak directly to a lawyer. Reach out at (314) 500-6000 if you have questions or want to schedule a free consultation.
Common Injuries Caused by Motorcycle Accidents
In a best-case scenario, an accident victim will only suffer a few bumps and bruises. However, motorcyclists often go through much more than that. They may get thrown through the air, fall under their bike, slide across the road, or find themselves in other serious situations. In an accident, motorcyclists may suffer:
- Head or brain trauma
- Neck injury
- Road rash
- Facial injury
- Broken bones
These injuries can require long-term treatment, disrupting a victims’ normal life and racking up extensive medical bills.
Some of the injuries riders sustain will never fully fade. They can have serious and lasting effects on an accident victim’s entire life, as well as that of their loved ones. In such situations, receiving a fair insurance settlement is a necessity. These injuries include:
Traumatic brain injury
- Spinal cord injury
- Loss of limb (amputation)
Adjusting to life with a permanent disability takes time and may be emotionally difficult. Accident victims may have to leave jobs they loved and give up other leisure activities. Their quality of life is likely to decrease. Additionally, some of these injuries may require them to seek frequent medical support or day-to-day aid. The expenses are immense, and the costs go far beyond bills and wages.
How Driver Negligence Causes Motorcycle Accidents
Dangerous drivers are everywhere—we see them sending text messages while pulling out into traffic, speeding through intersections because they’re in a hurry, and breaking countless other rules and best practices. In some cases, it seems to be a miracle they don’t cause any accidents. When things go wrong, motorcyclists may be more at risk from distracted drivers.
Risks Specific to Motorcyclists
Anyone can fall victim to a negligent driver, but the likelihood of a motorcycle being hit may be higher. Two factors play into this:
- Drivers tend to look for other vehicles their size and do not see motorcyclists
- Drivers tend to overestimate the amount of time they have before the motorcycle reaches them
As motorcyclists, we can all do our best to avoid blind spots and leave room to maneuver in case a driver cuts us off. However, this burden is shared with other drivers. If someone else is not thinking about sharing the road, their actions may make it impossible for us to stay safe.
Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
The NHTSA has found drivers violating motorcyclists’ right-of-way is the most common scenario that leads to crashes between cars and bikers. Motorcyclists may fall victim to:
- A car turning left in front of them as they travel the opposite direction
- A car changing lanes into them
- A driver who doesn’t see them in time to stop
- Drivers who don’t leave enough room when passing a motorcyclist
Ultimately, there are many ways a driver’s inattention can result in serious injuries for motorcycle riders. Our team is experienced at investigating these accidents and gathering evidence to help prove fault.
We’re with You All the Way to the Courtroom
As an accident victim, it’s usually difficult to get a fair settlement offer from an insurance company. Bringing in attorneys to negotiate on your behalf—especially a team like ours with a proven record—could help you land the settlement you need. In some cases, an insurer refuses to budge. That’s when you need litigators on your side.
Arguing a case in court is different than negotiating with a private company. Your attorney should be able to provide not only a factual account of what happened but also a compelling story that explains to the jury why you are asking for a settlement. Some attorneys will tell you skill in litigation isn’t important because very few accident cases go to court. It’s true insurers typically choose to settle before a trial can be completed, but if they don’t, you need an attorney you can be confident in.
When you’re recovering from a serious injury, it can be difficult to make decisions about things like insurance and attorneys. We understand you want to make sure you’re doing what’s best for you. That’s why we offer free consultations to all injury victims who are considering hiring a law firm. Our team cares about finding cases that are a good fit so we can work with—not for—you.
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