St. Louis Motorcycle Accident Lawyers
More Than $50 Million Recovered for Clients Throughout Missouri
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), motorcyclists are consistently overrepresented in terms of traffic-related fatalities. In 2018, for example, the NHTSA reports that 4,985 motorcycle riders in the United States died as a result of accident-related injuries. Although this represents a minor decrease in total motorcyclist deaths from the previous year, the number of deaths is still shockingly high.
If you were severely injured or if your loved one was killed in a motorcycle accident in Missouri, The Dixon Injury Firm is ready to help you. The first thing to do after the accident (if you have not done so already) is seek proper medical attention. Follow all of your doctor’s orders, attend follow-up appointments, and take all prescribed medications. Do not speak to the other person/party’s insurance provider or any adjusters from the insurance company. Instead, reach out to one of our St. Louis motorcycle accident lawyers who can help you understand your legal options and begin immediately working to protect your rights.
In our years in practice, we have successfully recovered more than $50 million on behalf of injured individuals and the surviving family members of those wrongfully killed throughout Missouri. We understand the unique challenges you are facing, and we want to help you fight for the full compensation you are owed.
How Motorcycle Accident Claims Work
Motorcycle accident claims are similar to typical car accident cases, in that an injured motorcyclist can hold a negligent motorist (or another third party) liable for their damages.
In order to bring a motorcycle accident claim, you will need to prove all of the following elements:
- Another party, be it the driver of another vehicle or the manufacturer of a defective motorcycle part, was somehow negligent or acted wrongfully
- As a result of the other party’s negligent or wrongful conduct, you were injured and had the other party not been negligent, you would not have been injured
- Due to your injuries, you sustained measurable damages, whether economic or non-economic in nature or both
Under Missouri’s comparative negligence laws, you do not need to prove that the other party was entirely at fault for the accident. In fact, because the state follows pure comparative negligence laws, you don’t even have to show that the other party was mostly at fault for the accident—only that they played some role in causing the accident that left you injured.
If you are found to be partially at fault for the accident, your total recovery will be reduced by your at-fault percentage. For example, if a jury decides that you were 40% to blame for the crash and your total recovery would be $10,000, you will only be able to actually receive up to 60% of that amount, or $6,000.
Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
Although motorcyclists tend to get a bad reputation, with many people mistakenly believing them to be reckless drivers, the majority of motorcycle accidents are caused by the negligence of someone other than the motorcyclist.
Some of the most common causes of motorcycle accidents include:
- Failure to yield the right-of-way
- Reckless or aggressive driving
- Drunk driving/drugged driving
- Driving while distracted/texting
- Fatigued driving
- Failure to check blind spots before merging
- Unsafe turns
- Unlawful or unsafe passing
- Traffic law violations
- Running red lights/stop signs
- Defective motorcycles/motorcycle parts
- Objects in the roadway
- Defective or dangerous road design or construction
These and other causes of motorcycle accidents can have devastating consequences, leading to severe injuries and, in the most tragic of cases, death.
Contact The Dixon Injury Firm Today
If you were injured or if your loved one was killed in a motorcycle accident, turn to The Dixon Injury Firm for personalized, compassionate legal representation. Since 2009, our firm has been devoted to serving as a voice for the injured throughout Missouri; we have what it takes to effectively advocate for you every step of the way.
Our firm offers contingency fees, meaning you do not owe any attorneys’ fees unless/until we recover compensation for you. We also provide free initial consultations, so there is no risk in speaking to one of our attorneys about what happened to you and learning how we can help.
Contact us at (314) 208-2808 today.
How a Motorcycle Accident Attorney Can Help
An experienced motorcycle accident attorney, like those at The Dixon Injury Firm, will understand the many unique challenges you face. Your attorney will be able to ensure your rights are protected and that you are not taken advantage of by the insurance company.
When you trust your case to The Dixon Injury Firm, our St. Louis motorcycle accident lawyers will take the time to listen to your story and learn more about your particular concerns and goals. From there, we will begin an immediate investigation into the facts surrounding your case, including how it happened, who is to blame, and how your injuries have affected and will continue to affect your life. This allows us to put together a clear, comprehensive picture of your damages, including your future expected losses.
At this point, our attorneys can inform the insurance company of your intent to file a claim. We will also work directly with the insurance company in order to negotiate a settlement that covers all of your damages. If the insurance company refuses to offer what we believe to be a fair settlement, we are ready to take your case to trial.
When you put an attorney on your side, you better your chances of a favorable outcome and reduce the likelihood that you will miss important deadlines or make mistakes that could end up costing you in the long run. You also free yourself to focus on healing while your attorney handles the various aspects of the legal process.
Common Motorcycle Accident Injuries
Because motorcyclists are relatively unprotected without doors, windows, seatbelts, or airbags, they often suffer severe, life-threatening injuries when they are involved in crashes. These injuries can completely change the victims’ lives, as well as the lives of their family members and loved ones.
Common motorcycle accident injuries include:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Herniated or slipped discs
- Road rash
- Broken bones/fractures
- Soft tissue damage
- Internal organ damage
- Accidental amputation
The cost of treating these and other catastrophic injuries is typically exorbitant. Victims and their families can be left facing hundreds of thousands of dollars in medical bills and other expenses. This can lead to serious stress, particularly when the victim is unable to return to work due to his or her injuries.