Motorcycle accidents can cause devastating injuries, and often result in a loss of life for those involved. It’s very common for the victims of these types of motor vehicle accidents to have their lives completely turned upside down. 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. Our St. Louis motorcycle accidents 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.
Motorcycle Accidents Cause Many Serious Injuries
A motorcycle wreck at virtually any speed or condition can be serious for all those involved. 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 in Missouri and Illinois, and many result in death or horrific injuries. The injuries that you sustain in a motorcycle accident can take months or years to heal, and will often 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. Missouri law requires all riders to wear helmets, but in Illinois, there is currently no law 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.
Recovering The Damages After A Motorcycle Accident
Motorcycle accident victims need to focus on their physical recovery. However, this can be difficult due to the stress and complexity of getting your life together while also seeking financial compensation. A skilled motorcycle accident attorney can help in every aspect of dealing with doctors, police reports, accident investigations, and insurance companies. Additionally, it’s important to have an attorney who has experience with motorcycle accidents, as these cases are complex and have many unique aspects that differ from car accidents or other personal injury lawsuits.
Successfully recovering what you need from the reckless party typically requires proving that another party was negligent, and their negligence directly caused the injuries that you sustained. This may seem straightforward, but insurance companies try to reduce any money that they might have to pay in a claim. They will have their own experienced lawyers working to achieve this; therefore, 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
There Are Many Causes Of Motorcycle Accidents
You might have a very clear idea of what happened in your accident. However, your lawyer will have to carefully investigate and gather all required 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 not only police reports and photographs but also medical records and accident reconstruction data. While no two accidents are the same, some of the most common motorcycle wrecks that we have seen can be attributed to one of the following:
- A driver distracted by their passengers, phone, or even food
- An intoxicated driver
- 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
Do Not Delay After Being Injured In A Motorcycle Accident
One of the things you and your lawyer will have to consider is the statute of limitations laws that may apply when planning to file an action for damages after a motorcycle injury. These laws limit the time that an injured person is allowed to seek injury damages by suing someone in court. The clock generally starts ticking when the accident happened. However, there are exceptions to this rule, such as in cases where a person could not have reasonably been expected to notice an injury that only appeared at a later date. The most important statute of limitations laws that you should understand regarding your motorcycle accident involve:
- For personal injury lawsuits – You have two years to file after an accident in Illinois, and five years in Missouri. The statute of limitations clock begins on the date of injury.
- For wrongful death lawsuits – You have two years to file in Illinois, and three years in Missouri. This time window begins on the date of the death, and therefore not necessarily on the date of the accident.
It might seem that two or more years is plenty of time to contact your lawyer after an accident, but it’s very important to do so without delay. The statute of limitations laws limit the time you have to file a lawsuit formally, but there is a lot to be done by your lawyer before it gets to this point. Your attorney will have to investigate your accident, and then negotiate with the other side seeking a settlement offer that will avoid costly litigation. For these reasons, do not delay calling your St. Louis motorcycle injury attorney after any serious motorcycle accident.
The Cagle Law Firm Can Help After A Motorcycle Accident
You will need a knowledgeable lawyer working for you after a motorcycle accident. 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 you receive an acceptable settlement offer that quickly gets you the help you need. 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.
To speak with a Missouri or Illinois motorcycle accident lawyer, call The Cagle Law Firm as soon as possible. Call today at (314) 276-1681 or submit a request online to schedule a free, no-risk initial consultation.