Motorcycle Accident Lawyer in St. Louis, MO
Experienced advocacy for motorcyclists injured in Missouri and Illinois
Motorcycles are a popular and easy way to get around, commute, or enjoy the Missouri scenery. However, the same things that make a motorcycle fun to drive are the same things that can make it dangerous. The lack of a protective structure, airbags, or seatbelt can cause a biker to suffer serious injury when involved in a collision with a larger, heavier vehicle.
A full recovery from a motorcycle wreck means more than just your physical health, but also enough coverage for your emotional and financial health. The Hayden Law Firm understands this and provides strong representation for your injury claim. Contact us today for a free and no-risk consultation. We serve areas throughout St. Louis and Illinois.
- How common are motorcycle accidents in MO?
- Does Missouri have a mandatory helmet law for motorcyclists?
- What are common motorcycle accident injuries?
- What are the causes of motorcycle crashes?
- What is my Missouri motorcycle crash injury case worth?
- How can a St. Louis motorcycle accident attorney help me?
How common are motorcycle accidents in MO?
Missouri highways are perfect for hitting the open road, but you must always be on high alert when on a motorcycle. Motorcyclists face a unique set of dangers every day.
For example, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that motorcyclists are about 28 times more likely to die in a crash when compared to car passengers. In 2019, there were 121 motorcycle fatalities in Missouri, which accounted for 14 percent of all traffic-related fatalities in the state. It’s also worth pointing out that 99 percent of people who died in motorcycle-related crashes in Missouri were the motorcyclists themselves.
Motorcyclists are also 38 percent more likely to die in a crash if they are not wearing a helmet.
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Does Missouri have a mandatory helmet law for motorcyclists?
As of August 28, 2020, motorcyclists over 26 years of age with proof of insurance may opt out of helmet requirements. However, riders under age 26 are required to use a helmet, under HB 1963.
What are common motorcycle accident injuries?
When the contest is between a three-ton car and a motorcycle that weighs five times less than that, the motorcyclist usually comes out on the losing end. Furthermore, because a motorcycle doesn’t have the impact-absorbing ability of a passenger vehicle, even a minor accident can inflict lifelong or catastrophic injuries. These life-altering injuries can include:
Most personal injuries of this type are immediately apparent, but some may not symptomize until days or weeks after your accident, so it is imperative that you see a doctor immediately. This will not only help your physical health but it will also strengthen your claim. When we take your case, one of the first things we do is investigate the cause of your accident.
What are the causes of motorcycle crashes?
Everyone on the road enters a contract to follow a standard of care and safety — not just for themselves but for everyone around them. This includes being aware and alert at all times.
However, in our experience, we see the cause of many motorcycle accidents is generally that another driver was simply not paying attention and did not see the motorcyclist sharing the road with them. Motorcyclists are afforded the same reasonable expectation of safety as everyone else on the road.
Negligent drivers may cause motorcycle crashes by:
- Driving while distracted
- Changing lanes or turning without looking for nearby motorcycles
- Failing to stop or yield to motorcycles when necessary
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, slowing reaction time
- Speeding or otherwise driving recklessly
- Opening the doors of parked vehicles without checking for motorcycles
- Debris and other dangerous objects on the road
- Government entities failing to maintain roadways or properly set up construction zones
The harsh reality is that many motorcycle crashes are rarely the result of just a single factor, but one thing is clear: most of them are avoidable. Uncovering every cause of your accident is necessary if you are to recover what you need from the careless party. The Hayden Law Firm uncovers the truth and works for fair compensation for your injuries and losses.
Is your motorcycle accident lawyer near me?
The Hayden Law Firm is located in St. Louis, but we serve all Missouri and Illinois.
Rest assured, however, that if you are critically injured and unable to come to St. Louis, we will travel to visit you in the hospital or rehabilitation center. We also offer virtual conferences and telephone consultations.
What is my Missouri motorcycle crash injury case worth?
Motorcycle wrecks often involve extensive physical injuries as well as the loss of your bike. We work diligently to recover the right amount of compensation for all of your losses. We pursue financial reimbursement for damages including:
- Lost wages, current and future
- Reduced earning capacity
- Medical expenses, current and future
- Mental or emotional distress
- Property damage
- Physical and emotional pain and suffering
- Rehabilitation and therapy expenses
Firm founder and injury attorney Amanda Hayden works to show the court that your injuries were caused by the negligent behavior of another, as well as the extent of those injuries and how they affect every aspect of your life.
How can a St. Louis motorcycle accident attorney help me?
The reality of these types of accidents is that we sometimes see a bias towards motorcyclists by insurance claims adjusters and others who evaluate, advise, or aid in financial compensation. There’s a commonly-held belief that motorcycle collisions are usually the fault of the biker, but we know this is not always the case. At The Hayden Law Firm, we stand up for your rights.
We do everything we can to get the compensation you need after a serious crash and injury, and this all comes down to thorough preparation. As soon as you get us involved, we will get to work on locating key witnesses to the accident, retaining police reports, and contacting physicians who can speak on your behalf about your injuries. We pair our experience at the negotiation table with our deep knowledge of St. Louis personal injury law to give you the best chance of success when dealing with the insurance company.
We get you the results you need when you need them most.
Contact a skilled St. Louis motorcycle accident attorney
At The Hayden Law Firm, we pride ourselves on always putting you, our client, first. Our attention to detail and unique client-focused approach helps us get you results that can help you recover fully from your motorcycle accident and injuries. Please call our offices at 314-480-3100 or fill out our contact form for a free, no-risk consultation. We proudly serve clients in St. Louis, and throughout Missouri and Illinois.
St. Louis Office
1118 Hampton Ave #201, St. Louis, MO 63139