Jefferson County Motorcycle Accident Attorneys
Representing Motorcycle Accident Victims
Motorcycle accidents in Missouri often result in catastrophic injuries or even death. Motorcycles can be a lot of fun to ride. But often times, they do not provide adequate protection to riders or their passengers. As a result, victims of motorcycle collisions suffer traumatic injuries or death. A number of these accidents occur due to negligent motorists or dangerous roadways. In such cases injured motorcyclists or families of deceased motorcycle accidents can seek compensation for damages and losses.
Motorcycle Riding and Alcohol Consumption
Driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs can be lethal for motorcyclists. NHTSA reports that 58 percent of all motorcycle riders who were injured in a motorcycle accident were under the influence. Also 81 percent of fatally injured motorcycle riders in Missouri were under the influence. These numbers show beyond doubt that alcohol is a major cause of deadly motorcycle crashes in Missouri.
Other Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
In addition to alcohol consumption, common causes of motorcycle crashes include:
- Unsafe lane changes: Car drivers often forget to look for motorcyclists before changing lanes. Motorcycle riders may help prevent these types of accidents by minimizing the amount of time they ride alongside a car or in a driver’s blind spot.
- Failure to yield right-of-way: Drivers who pull into traffic or enter an intersection must first look for oncoming traffic. It is common for drivers to turn in front of a motorcycle rider without yielding right-of-way.
- Defective motorcycle parts: Whenever a single vehicle motorcycle crash occurs, it must be determined if a defective motorcycle part contributed to the crash. In such cases, the motorcycle manufacturer or the maker of the defective product may be held liable for the damages suffered.
- Dangerous roadways: Motorcycle riders are particularly susceptible to dangerous roadway conditions such as uneven surfaces and potholes. The governing body in charge of the roadway may be held responsible for these types of crashes if they are aware of the dangerous conditions and fail to rectify the problem.
There are many potential causes of motorcycle accidents. An experienced personal injury attorney will work with investigators to determine what caused the crash and who should be held liable for the damages suffered.
Our knowledgeable motorcycle accident attorneys help injured victims of injury accidents get the compensation they need and rightfully deserve. Our skilled Jefferson County injury attorneys help motorcycle riders or their families get financial compensation to cover medical bills, loss of wages, hospitalization, rehabilitation costs and other related damages. If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident, please contact us today at (314) 322-8515 for a free and comprehensive consultation.
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