Motorycle Accident in St. Louis County Claims Life of 52-Yr-Old Man
Posted on October 18th, 2012 by Zane Cagle
Do I Need An Attorney After a Motorcycle Accident? A motorcycle crash claimed the life of a 52-yr-old man early this morning in Hazelwood in St. Louis County crash. According to The Republic, the motorcycle crashed into the side of a Chevrolet Impala. The motorcyclist was taken to a nearby hospital in Bridgeton where he was pronounced dead. The crash occurred around 3:15 a.m.
I read about these tragic accidents daily and I encourage all drivers to be on the lookout for motorcyclist. During these fall months, many motorcyclists are taking advantage of the last of the warm days/nights before switching over to their automobiles. From this article, I was unable to tell the conditions that caused this crash and certainly investigators should be working that crash scene and interviewing witnesses to determine if any factors such as darkness, inattentiveness or alcohol affected the crash. Serious injuires and death can be the result of any motorcycle accident. Depending on the situation, you may have a personal injury claim or if a fatality occurred, the family may have a wrongful death claim.
Motorcyclists are only a fraction of the total traffic on highways and interstates, yet they account for up to 15% of all traffic fatalities. We can all do our part to drive that statistic down by doing some of the following:
- Motorcyclist should wear helmets
- Motorcyclist should wear protective clothing that is bright and durable to increase visibility to other vehicles and clothing to better protect their skin should they be in a crash.
- Drivers of other vehicles should keep a close Look Out for motorcycles by double checking their mirrors before changing lanes.
- Motorcyclists have to be defensive drivers, meaning they must anticipate that other cars may not see them. It is easy for a motorcycle to become lost in your blind spots as a motor vehicle Because of this, it is important for motorcyclists to take precautions and pay close attention to other vehicles on the road. Motorcycle injuries and fatalities are at their highest in the spring, summer and fall months.
After being involved in a motorcycle accident, first, it is most important to seek medical treatment. While you are focusing on your physical healing, the last thing you want to think about is legal decision. Yet, right after the accident, many legal decisions have to be made. Consulting a personal injury attorney who is experienced in handling motorcycle accidents is an important decision. Letting a personal injury attorney handle investigation and spoliation letters is something you should not have to think about and probably do not know how to do. The common, every day person is not familiar with all of the processes necessary in building a case for an insurance claim or personal injury claim.
Recovery of any evidence is crucial in the first few days after the crash and the involvement of investigators and reconstruction experts is necessary. Experienced motorcycle accident attorneys have quick access to these experts and follow the legal process for saving this important information.
If you or a loved one has been involved in a motorcycle accident, call Zane T. Cagle of The Cagle Law Firm for a free consultation today at (314) 276-1681..