St. Louis Motorcycle Accident Lawyers
Motorcycle accidents, injuries and fatalities are startling – each year, more than 2,200 people are killed and more than 55,000 are injured. Recent reports state that nearly 80% of motorcycle accidents result in death or personal injury, compared to 20% of motor vehicle accidents. Yet, riding a “bike” be it a motorcycle, motorbike, moped or scooter is more popular than ever.
Motorcyclist Accidents in Missouri
“Bikers” face special concerns on the roads and highways as they are more vulnerable than other motor vehicle passengers. Using defensive driving techniques may help but we cannot control the actions of other motorists. Another driver’s negligence can change your life in the blink of an eye.
The leading cause of motorcycle accidents is the failure of the motorist to see the motorcyclist. The most common causes of motorcycle accidents include:
- Driver Negligence
- Inclement Weather
- Road Hazards & Poor Road Conditions
- Drunk Driving (DUI)
Accidents with motorcycles can often cause catastrophic injuries since there’s limited protection for the driver and passenger.
While helmets have been shown to be the best way to reduce motorcycle deaths and injuries, riders are still not completely safe, and are at risk of injury due to loss of balance or instability. Many motorcyclists involved in accidents tend to suffer catastrophic injuries such as amputations, traumatic brain injuries, serious burn injuries, and spinal cord injuries.
A Lawyer for Filing a Motorcycle Accident Claim
Filing a motorcycle accident claim or lawsuit for an injured motorcyclist requires expertise beyond that of other motor vehicle accident cases. It is important for a motorcycle accident attorney to establish negligence on the part of the other party; demonstrate that you suffered injuries and damages as an accident victim; and prove that because the other party caused the crash, you suffered.
Your choice of a lawyer will be one of the most important decisions you make. However, while on the scene of the accident, if possible, you should:
- Call 911 for help.
- Take photos of the vehicles involved and the scene of the accident.
- Gather the names and contact information of witnesses.
- Identify the driver of the other vehicle and gather insurance information.
- Speak with your lawyer before you talk with an insurance company.
- Seek medical attention and follow-up with medical care as needed.
If you have been hurt in a motorcycle accident and have other questions, contact The Farris Law Firm at 314-A-LAWYER (252-9937) today for a free consultation.
About the author, S.E. Farris
Spencer Farris is a personal injury lawyer at The S.E. Farris Law Firm in St. Louis, Missouri. See his profile on Google+