Motorcycle Accident Lawyers
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported in 2008 that 5,290 motorcyclists lost their lives in motorcycle crashes. This fatality rate represents a 2 percent increase from the year before, when 5,174 motorcyclists died in motorcycle collisions. Additionally, there were approximately 96,000 motorcyclists injured in motorcycle accidents in 2008, which marks a considerable decrease from 2007, when about 103,000 motorcyclists were injured in motorcycle crashes. The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) reports that 102 motorcyclists died in motorcycle collisions in 2008. About 80 percent of Missouri motorcycle accidents result in serious injury or death, and about 99 percent of the fatalities as a result of these crashes are the motorcyclist. In facing the many challenges posed by a motorcycle crash, injury victims and family members of those killed often turn to attorneys for help. To ensure that accident victims and family members receive the legal guidance and representation that they need, law firms unable to take on a specific motorcycle accident case can refer the case to a law firm with motorcycle litigation experience.
Motorcycle Collision Causes
Many factors can cause a motorcycle accident. The most often cited reason is the failure of a motorist to see a motorcyclist and merge into a lane, directly into the path of on oncoming motorcycle. Other motorcycle accident causes include:
- Poor road quality or conditions, such as potholes, uneven roads, debris, or roadside barriers that appear suddenly.
- Speeding vehicles that are unable to stop in time before striking a motorcyclist in which the severity of injuries increases as speed increases.
- Loss of vehicle control due to the failure of a motorist to drive at slower speeds during inclement weather.
- Negligent driving practices, including driving distracted, drowsy, recklessly, or aggressively; or driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Motorcycle Crash Injuries
A motorcycle collision can result in various injuries, including brain damage, often caused by a traumatic brain injury (TBI); concussions; neck and spine injuries; skin and muscle damage, often referred to as road rash; breakage of joints or bones, the most commonly broken are shoulders and the pelvis; and severe upper arm nerve damage, which is a condition commonly referred to as “biker’s arm,” which results in permanent arm movement paralysis. Facial disfigurement can also occur if a full-face helmet isn’t worn.
Motorcycle Accident Lawsuits
If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, you could be entitled to receive monetary compensation, particularly if the accident was caused because of another driver’s negligence. You could receive coverage for hospital bills, ongoing medical expenses if further treatment is required, loss of income, pain and suffering, motorcycle damage, and more. After a motorcycle crash, an experienced Missouri motorcycle accident lawyer can help you understand your legal rights and what options are available to you.
Referring Motorcycle Accident Cases, Stay Informed
The Serious Injury Legal Group's (SILG) goal is to help both personal injury victims as well as other law firms. SILG offers itself to other attorneys and law firms who need or would like to refer personal injury cases to lawyers they can depend on. With so many motorcycle accidents, lawyers who handle these types of cases are in high demand. SILG provides a unique outlet that legal professionals can use to refer personal injury cases and allows the referring attorney access to check the status of their referred case from inception through disposition. Referring lawyers are granted peace of mind knowing competent and skilled lawyers are handling the case.
SILG is currently accepting referrals from other law firms and attorneys on a case by case basis for personal injury cases in Missouri and Illinois. If you are a lawyer and need to refer a personal injury case, call SILG at 1-800-900-SILG and speak with us today about how we can help.