Information from Our Missouri, Arizona, and Kansas Motorcycle Accident Lawyers
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, motorcyclists are 32 times more likely to die in an accident than passenger car occupants and six times more likely to be injured. Despite only accounting for 2 percent of all registered vehicles in the United States and only 0.3 percent of all vehicle miles traveled, motorcycle riders accounted for nine percent of traffic fatalities in 2004. That same year, an additional 76,000 motorcycle occupants were injured (NHTSA). If you or someone you love is in a motorcycle accident in Kansas, Missouri, or Arizona, the motorcycle accident lawyers at our firm can help. The information below provides basic information about motorcycle accidents; victims can also contact our personal injury firm to learn more.
Frequently Asked Questions: Motorcycle Accidents
- What if I am involved in a motorcycle accident that was not my fault?
- What if a loved one has been killed as the result of a motorcycle accident that was not their fault?
- How can I protect myself as a motorcyclist?
- Why do I need the help of an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer?
What if I am involved in a motorcycle accident that was not my fault?
Motorcycles face a higher risk than most vehicles of being hit by another vehicle. Their small size makes motorcycles more difficult to see, especially to the drivers of larger vehicles. After seeking medical assistance and getting the other driver’s insurance details where applicable, you should contact experienced motorcycle accident lawyers to discuss your case. You may be entitled to compensation for your injuries, including medical bills, lost wages, future care, and other damages.
What if a loved one has been killed as the result of an accident that was not their fault?
Tragically, in many accidents, the motorcyclist is killed. In cases such as these, a family member may be entitled to file a wrongful death claim depending on the circumstances surrounding the accident. If you are the family member of someone that passed away as the result a motorcycle accident, you should seek legal assistance from a qualified lawyer as soon as possible. Statutes of limitations may apply, which can affect your eligibility to file a claim. In Kansas, Missouri, and Arizona, the motorcycle accident lawyers at our firm can guide you through the complicated process of filing a claim to ensure that your legal rights are protected.
How can I protect myself as a motorcyclist?
Head injury is the predominant cause of death in almost all motorcycle accident cases. This is not to say however, that all head injuries incurred by motorcyclists will be fatal. More than 40 percent of motorcycle operators and 53 percent of fatally injured passengers were not wearing helmets (NHTSA). Wearing a helmet is one of the single most important steps you can take to protect your life and health while riding a motorcycle.
Along with many Federal laws governing the wearing of protective gear – such as helmets – many states have also instituted additional regulations. Check with a state authority for more information regarding what must be worn in order to operate a motorcycle in your particular state. This will not only protect you from injury but also from breaking the law.
You can also protect yourself by exercising caution and obeying the law on the roads while riding your motorcycle. Speed limits are imposed for a reason – to protect you and others on the road. Not only would you be breaking the law by speeding but you could cause injury or death to yourself or another person. Also, never drive while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, or if you are tired or ill.
Why do I need to enlist the help of an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer?
The more knowledge and expertise your lawyer has with regards to motorcycle accident laws, the higher your chances of getting compensation. A more experienced lawyer within this field will be able to utilize their knowledge and skill to ensure that your chances of success are maximized. Our Missouri, Arizona, and Kansas motorcycle accident lawyers have years of experience handling these types of cases. Dr. Sam Cullan, Dr. Gene Cullan, and their medical-legal team have advanced training in accident reconstruction, medicine, and engineering. They can investigate your claim and determine who is at fault for your injury, as well as the long-term consequences of your injuries. Contact us today if you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a motorcycle accident.
Motorcycle Accidents and Catastrophic Injury
It's not easy to walk away from a motorcycle accident. Motorcycle operators and riders are exposed substantially more than any other motor vehicle occupants – when an accident occurs, the results are often catastrophic. Some of the most common injuries suffered by motorcyclists include traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, amputation, burns and scars, eye injuries, and broken bones. The effects of these injuries can cause lasting physical and emotional pain and may require long-term medical care. An insurance company, however, will want to settle your claim for as little as possible. Without appropriate compensation, you may be unable to care for yourself and your family.
At our law firm in Arizona, Kansas, and Missouri, our goal is to restore quality of life. Our motorcycle accident lawyers will fight to obtain adequate compensation for you and your family. Contact our personal injury firm today for an evaluation of your case. We would be honored to help you.