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3 Serious Injuries that Are Common in Motorcycle Accidents

By John Page on June 2, 2017

Motorcycle Accident Lawyers in MissouriAccording to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), motorcycle accidents cause more traffic fatalities each year in the United States than other types of vehicles. This indicates the injuries sustained by motorcyclists in crashes are generally more severe than in car or truck crashes. This is understandable, as motorcycles do not have the same protection from an impact that occupants of cars and trucks do.

The following are three of the more common severe injuries that result from motorcycle crashes:

Head Trauma

Wearing a helmet reduces a motorcyclist’s risk of head trauma but only by a certain percent. The CDC estimates that wearing a helmet lowers the risk of a head injury by 69 percent and lowers the risk of death by 37 percent. As you can see, even with helmet use, serious head injuries can still occur. These can include:

  • Skull fractures
  • Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
  • Brain hemorrhaging
  • Spinal Cord Injury

Because a motorcyclist’s body is exposed to an impact, the spinal cord can sometimes be damaged. Spinal cord injuries must be stabilized immediately to avoid further complications from developing. Victims of spinal cord injuries can temporarily lose movement and sensory abilities in part of the body. Victims with complete spinal injuries may experience permanent paralysis and may never walk again.

Face Injuries

Motorcyclists are often thrown forward from their bikes, which commonly results in them hitting the pavement or another object face-first. Common facial injuries from a motorcycle crash include:

  • Broken cheekbones
  • Broken nose
  • Damage to the teeth
  • Broken jaw
  • Eye injuries

Motorcyclists sometimes try to catch themselves to avoid face injuries, but the impact often breaks their arms. Face injuries require extensive and costly treatment and can cause permanent disfigurement.

Our Fairview Heights Motorcycle Accident Attorney Will Protect Your Rights

Because the injuries in a motorcycle crash can be so severe, anyone who has suffered injuries should speak with a skilled Fairview Heights motorcycle accident lawyer to discuss their legal rights. Page Law is here to help you, so please do not wait to call 618-351-0890 for a free consultation today.

Why Rear-End Accidents are Particularly Dangerous for Motorcyclists

By John Page on February 13, 2017

Motorcycle Accident Lawyers in St. LouisWhen one car hits the back of another to cause a rear-end collision, it is often called a “rear-ender.” These types of accidents happen at slow speeds and fast speeds alike. Seat belts and airbags often provide protection for motorists in a rear-ender. For motorcyclists, rear-end collisions have an entirely different set of risks and can often be one of the most devastating types of collisions.

Injuries Caused by Rear-end Motorcycle Crashes

Whether a motorcyclist is in the front or back of a rear-end crash, devastating injuries can result. When a motorcyclist is the front vehicle and is hit from behind, the back of the motorcycle is often sent upward, throwing the motorcyclist forward off the bike toward the ground. This can cause serious injuries to the head, face, jaw, and teeth – even if the motorcyclist is wearing a helmet. If the motorcyclist reacts by putting their arms out, they can sustain broken or shattered bones.

On the other hand, if a motorcyclist suddenly hits the back of a car, the sudden halt in momentum can throw them off the bike onto the car. Many people may bounce off the car and land on the ground, causing multiple points of impact and multiple traumatic injuries. These can include spinal cord injuries,1 neck and back injuries, broken bones, and more.

Common Causes of Rear-end Collisions

Because the injuries in a rear-end motorcycle accident can be so severe and can require costly treatment, it is imperative to recognize when someone else was at fault for the crash. Some common causes of rear-end accidents include:

  • Distracted driving
  • Drunk driving
  • Fatigued driving
  • Illegal lane changes
  • Sudden braking for no reason
  • Brake lights that do not work
  • Aggressive driving

Call for a Free Consultation with a St. Louis Motorcycle Accident Lawyer

When another driver causes you serious injuries, you need an experienced St. Louis motorcycle accident attorney on your side as soon as possible. At Page Law, we will evaluate your case and help you hold any possible party liable for your medical bills and other losses. Please do not hesitate to call our office at (314) 322-8515 for help.

Common St. Louis Motorcycle Accident Injuries

By John Page on June 3, 2016

Motorcycle safety is one of the most common topics when talking about motorcycles. The popularity of motorcycles has risen almost every year since the 1970’s, when street-legal bikes came on the scene. Since that time, motorcycle accidents, injuries, and fatalities have become a way of life. Despite the known dangers, riders take to the streets daily seeking the unparalleled adrenaline rush.

One large component impacting the safety of motorcycle riders is the use of a helmet. Whether you are for or against helmet laws, it is undeniable helmets prevent head injuries. Helmet laws in 19 states require motorcycle operators and passengers to wear helmets when riding. At least 28 states have enacted some variety of a “partial” helmet requirement for certain operators. As of May 2016, Illinois, Iowa and New Hampshire are the only states which have no helmet requirements for rider or passengers. Read the rest »

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What You Need to Know About Motorcycles

By John Page on March 14, 2016

We notice motorcycles regularly weaving in and out of traffic. But, do we always see them? Because motorcycles are smaller than other vehicles, many motorists often don’t see motorcycles. Most people have never ridden a motorcycle and are unfamiliar with controlling and maneuvering a bike. The Motorcycle Safety Foundation has published a list titled, “Ten Things All Car & Truck Drivers Should Know About Motorcycles.” The list helps explain how motorcyclists operate their bike. The list can be found here:  http://www.forcardrivers.com/quicktips.html Read the rest »

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Woman Killed in Missouri Motorcycle Accident

By John Page on November 21, 2015

Motorcycle CrashA 68-year-old Missouri woman was killed when the motorcycle she was a passenger on overturned on the highway. According to an Ozarks First news report, the fatal motorcycle accident happened on I-44 in LaRussell. Officials say the 60-year-old male motorcyclist attempted to avoid a collision with a tractor-trailer when the motorcycle skidded out of control and overturned. Both riders were wearing helmets. The driver of the motorcycle suffered serious injuries. Read the rest »

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Motorcyclist Escapes Major Injury Thanks to His Helmet

By John Page on May 19, 2014

Missouri Motorcycle AttorneyExcelsior Springs police have released video of a Missouri motorcycle accident that could have resulted in serious injuries had the rider not been wearing a helmet. According to a KCTV 5 news report, the motorcycle crash occurred at the intersection of Crown Hill Road and Highway 10 in Excelsior Springs. The 20-year-old motorcycle rider says he had a green light when he collided into an SUV turning left. The video captured by a traffic camera shows him striking his head on the SUV and falling onto the roadway. He sustained a swollen wrist, injured lip, and a sore leg but escaped serious injuries.

This accident could have resulted in serious head injuries, but it is evident the motorcyclist’s helmet kept him safe. Not all motorcyclists are as lucky as the rider in this accident, but motorcycle helmets reduce the severity of brain injuries and they often save lives. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), motorcycle helmets saved 1,829 lives in 2008 and about 823 more could have been saved had the riders been wearing a helmet. Read the rest »

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St. Louis Motorcycle Accident Proves Fatal

By John Page on April 1, 2014

Two motorcyclists were killed in a recent accident involving three motorcycles and a school bus. According to CBS St. Louis, the fatal motorcycle crash occurred on Highway A between 61 and Parr Road in Wentzville. Officials say the motorcyclists were traveling south when a school bus turned left into their path. Two of the motorcyclists, aged 43 and 22, were killed. The third motorcyclist survived. There were no children on the bus at the time of the collision. It is unclear if the bus driver will face charges for failing to yield while turning.

Riding your motorcycle in Missouri can be dangerous. According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, there were 2,065 personal injury crashes and 98 fatal crashes involving motorcycles during 2012. That same year, 104 people were killed and 2,404 were injured in Missouri motorcycle crashes. Read the rest »

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Motorcycle Crash in Morgan County Kills Rider

By John Page on August 8, 2011

A Missouri motorcycle crash happened on Sunday, July 24, 2011, according to connectmidmissouri.com. The crash happened just after 6 p.m. on Missouri Highway 135 near the intersection with Ivy Bend Road. The motorcycle’s rider apparently lost control of the motorcycle and left the roadway.

Police say that the motorcycle went into a ditch next to the road and the rider of the motorcycle was thrown from his vehicle. The rider was taken to a nearby hospital but died of his injuries.

As any Missouri motorcycle crash lawyer could tell you, this accident was likely caused by one of two things. First, it is possible that the driver was going too fast at the time of the accident. If this is the case, then there is likely no legal recourse for family members after the motorcyclist’s death.

The second possible cause is that a car forced the motorcycle from the road. Negligent drivers often fail to see motorcycles and pull over on them. If a negligent driver who pulled over on the motorcyclist caused this accident, then the family of the rider could sue that driver for negligence.

It is important to ask questions like this after a serious car accident to try to determine whether you have a cause of action due to someone else’s negligence. At Page Law, our St. Louis motorcycle crash lawyers will ask you the important questions to figure out if you should pursue a claim against a negligent driver. Call us at 314-322-8515.

Motorcycle Crash in Franklin County Kills One

By John Page on August 2, 2011

A Missouri biker was killed on Wednesday night, July 27, 2011, in Franklin County, according to stltoday.com. The rider apparently lost control of his bike and went off the road into the median of Interstate 44. Like many interstates in Missouri, I-44 medians are equipped with protective median cables. The biker hit the median cable and was thrown from his motorcycle. Authorities rushed the biker to a nearby hospital but he died of his injuries.

This accident highlights one of the most controversial aspects of interstate median cables. These median cables were installed to reduce the number of Missouri crossover crashes and Missouri head-on crashes. Median cables have been successful in reducing the number of those types of accidents.

However, median cables also have a tendency to make some minor accidents worse when drivers lose control and slam into them. The accident above is a possible example of this. It is not clear what would have happened to the biker had the median cable not been there. What is certain is that he would not have hit a hard metal object that planted in the median of the highway.

Have you been injured in a Missouri motorcycle crash by a negligent driver? Call the St. Louis motorcycle crash lawyers of Page Law at 314-322-8515. We are ready to begin working with you right away to help you hold the negligent driver responsible and get the money you need to recover.

Motorcycle Crash Injures Woman Near Cahokia

By John Page on July 22, 2011

There was an Illinois motorcycle crash on Monday, July 18, 2011, according to stlouis.cbslocal.com. The crash happened at night on Illinois Route 4 near the Cahokia Creek Bridge. The motorcyclist reportedly lost control of her vehicle and hit a guardrail that was on the side of the road. The rider of the motorcycle was seriously injured in the crash and was taken to a nearby hospital by helicopter for treatment.

The report notes that the motorcyclist was cited after the accident for both improper lane usage and violation of classification. Being cited for improper lane usage means that the motorcyclist was likely moving between lanes in an unsafe fashion. The law in Illinois requires that, when possible, you are supposed to drive only in one lane and not switch lanes until you are certain that it is safe to do so. If this accident had caused injuries to anyone else, those people could use this citation to help prove that the rider was negligent.

The improper classification citation could also be useful for proving negligence. Improper classification most likely means that the motorcyclist did not have a driver’s license that allowed her to operate a motorcycle. This could be used as evidence that she did not know how to safely operate a motorcycle. That, in turn, could bolster the evidence of negligent driving.

When you have been in a serious Illinois motorcycle accident, it is important to speak with a lawyer as soon as you can so that they can begin to gather information that may help your case. If you have been in such an accident, call Page Law today at 314-322-8515 for a free consultation and let us get started working for you.

Source: http://stlouis.cbslocal.com/2011/07/20/motorcyclist-critically-injured-in-crash/

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