Motorcycle accidents can cause devastating injuries and often result in a loss of life for riders. While many believe that motorcycle accidents predominantly occur on large highways or in poor weather, this is actually not the case. Low-speed motorcycle accidents frequently result in life-altering injuries, and they are more frequent during the summer months and in fair weather. If you have been in a motorcycle wreck, your medical bills can quickly add up, and you may be uncertain about how to get your life back to normal. For many who have been injured in motorcycle accidents, the best chance at receiving compensation for the damages is with the help of a motorcycle accident lawyer in St. Louis, MO.
At The Cagle Law Firm, our St. Louis motorcycle accident attorneys realize how difficult this situation can be, and we know how to help you and your family seek the necessary compensation so that you can move on with your life.
What Causes Most Motorcycle Accidents?
You might have a very clear idea of what happened during your accident. However, your lawyer will have to carefully investigate and gather all available evidence to build a strong and convincing case about why you should be awarded damages from the negligent party. A skilled motorcycle accident lawyer will study the police report, photographs, medical records, and any accident reconstruction data.
While no two accidents are the same, some of the most common motorcycle wrecks involving other motorists that a personal injury lawyer sees include:
- Another driver distracted by their passengers, phone, or even food
- An intoxicated driver of another vehicle
- Failure to yield or stop when turning or at an intersection resulting in a T-bone car crash involving a motorcycle
- Potholes and poorly maintained roadways
- Debris negligently left on the road
- Poor weather
- Speeding or reckless driving on behalf of the other party
Common Motorcycle Accident Injuries
A motorcycle wreck at virtually any speed or condition can be serious for motorcycle riders. Your bike doesn’t have the same structure, restraints, or impact-absorbing qualities as a passenger car. There are thousands of motorcycle accidents every year, with many resulting in death or horrific injuries. The injuries caused by a motorcycle accident can take months or years to heal and can affect you for the rest of your life.
Of the many different types of injuries that bikers face, some of the most common include:
- Internal organ damage
- Neck and back injuries
- Broken and fractured bones
- Lacerations and severe skin damage
- Nerve damage and paralysis
- Damaged joints
Traumatic brain injuries are common in motorbike accidents and can greatly impair a person for life. Wearing a helmet is the best preventative measure for a biker to reduce the likelihood of brain damage. However, Missouri law does not require riders to wear helmets as long as they are over the age of 26, have proof of medical insurance and motorcycle insurance. There is also currently no law in Illinois requiring the use of helmets. As lawyers representing many motorcycle accident victims in both states, we understand how the use of helmets can reduce the chances of permanent brain and neck damage in the event of a crash. While we always strongly advise bikers to wear a helmet as a matter of safety, you can still recover damages whether you were wearing one at the time of your accident.
Why You Need a St. Louis Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
After a motorcycle crash, you need to focus on your physical recovery. The physical recovery process is extremely challenging and complicated even more if you are trying to seek financial compensation on your own. A skilled motorcycle accident attorney can help in every aspect of dealing with gathering medical records, police reports, accident investigations, and insurance companies. Motorcycle crash cases can be complex simply due to the severity of the injuries. Handling motorcycle crash claims are often different than car accidents, so you want a lawyer with successful experience in these claims and lawsuits.
Successfully recovering what you need from the liable party typically requires proving that the other party was negligent and their negligence directly caused your injuries. This may seem straightforward, but insurance companies may attempt to argue liability (fault) and then downgrade your injuries. Insurance companies have their own experienced adjusters and lawyers working to achieve this. Because the insurance carriers are amply represented, it’s crucial that you have a lawyer who knows how to advocate for your benefit successfully.
The Cagle Law Firm has decades of experience building strong cases for our clients and a long history of obtaining favorable results on their behalf.
We can help you recover compensation for many things after your accident, including:
- Medical bills
- Medication and ongoing physical therapy
- Lost wages
- Future lost wages
- Personal trauma, pain, and suffering
- Property damage
Get Help from a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer in St. Louis, MO
If you’ve been injured in a motorcycle accident, you will need a knowledgeable lawyer working for you. The Cagle Law Firm has several decades of experience in representing everyday people who have been injured due to the negligence of others. We know how to negotiate with the insurance companies so that you receive much-needed compensation. We are also fierce trial lawyers and will take your case to court if no appropriate offer is made. As St. Louis motorcycle accident attorneys, we know how difficult an accident can be for you and your family, and we understand how to help you through this challenging process.
Don’t wait too long to get the help you need after a motorcycle accident. There’s only a limited amount of time to take legal action and receive the compensation you deserve. Contact The Cagle Law Firm toll-free at (1-800) 685-3302 or locally at (314) 276-1681 for a free consultation today.