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How likely are you to get into a motorcycle accident?
Motorcyclists are more likely to get in an accident than car drivers. Motorcycles are less visible and car drivers simply aren’t looking for them in the first place. Without protection from the cage a motorist enjoys, motorcycle crashes are 28% more likely to cause death than a two-car collision.
Expensive medical treatment and long recovery periods are usually involved in serious motorcycle crashes. You should know your legal options for recovering compensation if you are suffering from injuries caused by a negligent driver.
What are the most common causes of motorcycle accidents?
Almost two out of three motorcycle accidents are caused by careless drivers and not by motorcycle riders themselves. Motorists just don’t see motorcycles, as anyone who rides can tell you.
Driver negligence includes:
- reckless driving
- failure to yield of right of way
- texting while driving
- driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- sudden lane changes
- failure to check blind spots
Rider inexperience, motorcycle defects, and unsafe road conditions are other factors that bring about motorcycle crashes.
Hazardous roadway design and construction contribute to motorcycle accidents. A motorcyclist rounding a curve may unexpectedly run into a pothole, loose gravel, or slippery pavement which can cause them to lose control and crash.
It’s important for an experienced attorney to investigate whether faulty road construction or maintenance by a State or municipality contributed to an accident. Those entities might then be held accountable for the accident.
What body region is most likely to be injured in a motorcycle crash?
Research have shown that 98% of motorcycle accidents end in injuries, disabilities, and death in several cases. The legs and feet are most often injured. Next are the arms, followed by the head and neck.
The common injuries in motorcycle accidents include:
Injuries in the lower extremity. Injuries in the lower extremity may result in permanent disabilities and costly long-term medical treatment. These injuries include:
- leg and feet injuries with fracture of the ankle, femur, upper leg bone being the most common
- pelvis and hip injuries with fractured pelvis accounting for about 70% of crash-related pelvic injuries
Facial deformity. This injury may require expensive reconstructive surgery.
Nerve damage. This injury can involve paralysis or reduced use of the arm
Head injuries. These are less common but more severe. A rider without a helmet can sustain traumatic brain injury that may incur costly long-term treatment.
Our legal team can assess the evidence associated with your accident and ensure the parties at fault are held liable. You may have the right to claim damages from several responsible parties which include other drivers, your motorcycle manufacturer, or the local government where the accident occurred.
How do I claim insurance after a bike accident?
You must submit a claim to the relevant insurance company. More often, this can be a long and complicated process. It is made worse when you are trying to recover from the accident.
Most insurance companies are not on your side and will offer you the lowest amount of compensation they can get away with. This may just be another business day for them but your entire future could be at stake. Do not agree to any settlement without first speaking to an attorney.
It is important that you are justly compensated for your injuries and losses. If the insurance company refuses to agree to a fair compensation, we can help you file a case and seek additional damages through legal action.
Why should I hire an attorney after a motorcycle accident?
A motorcycle accident can leave you seriously injured and coping with a long recovery period. You could spend months of ongoing treatment or undergo lengthy physical therapy after being discharged from the hospital.
You may not be able to work for a long time and lose substantial earnings. Your savings and other financial resources may get used up as you support your family and pay for your medical treatment. An experienced St. Charles motorcycle accident lawyer can help you in these situations.
Although Shea Kohl Law, LC resolves most of its injury cases out of court, we will do a complete investigation of the accident as if we’re taking the case to court. A thorough investigation allows us to negotiate with injury adjusters more effectively.
We will work with physicians, forensics engineers, and other experts who will provide professional testimony for a strong case. We may seek the services of a traffic reconstruction analyst if the cause of the accident is too complex to determine. Gathering evidence as well as interviewing police and witnesses will help identify all the potentially responsible parties and their insurance providers
We will submit an insurance claim reflecting the full extent of your losses and pursue negotiations aggressively for maximum compensation. We will file a personal injury lawsuit if the insurance company refuses to make a satisfactory settlement.
We provide personalized guidance and keep you updated of every step of your case. You will be fully informed of the legal strategy we take and the options that are open to you.
There is a time limit for filing a personal injury claim in Missouri. Contact Shea Kohl Law, LC immediately whether you need to obtain an insurance settlement or to take legal action. Call our St. Charles motorcycle accident lawyer today at (636) 946-9999 and consult with us at no cost.
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