Have You Been Injured In A Motorcycle Or ATV Accident?
Motorcyclists have the same rights on the road as all other motorists. In fact, they should be treated with even more respect, since they are much more vulnerable and prone to severe injury.
Unfortunately, motorcycles are often overlooked by inattentive vehicle drivers or looked at with disdain by others. A moment of distracted driving could result in the serious injury of a motorcyclist; in a split second, a crash could change lives forever. The same is true of ATV operators. The nature of all-terrain vehicles leaves little protection for the driver, and since these are often taken “off-road,” injuries can occur in remote areas, delaying much-needed medical attention that could make the difference between life and death.
Another person’s negligence, whether it be a car driver or an ATV manufacturer, can cause serious injuries like head injuries, neck injuries or road rash. They can even be fatal. To recover compensation to pay the expenses you have incurred as a result of your injuries (including medical bills, lost wages and property damage), you need experienced and skilled legal representation. You need the Kansas City motorcycle accident attorney at Mayer & Associates, P.C. We are here to help you hold those irresponsible parties accountable.
While there are inherent risks in operating a motorcycle or ATV, those potential perils do not excuse the inattentive and dangerous operation of other vehicles. For help, contact our firm by calling 816-692-2877.
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While we manage the legal aspects of your claim, you can focus your time and energy on getting better. We can help you seek medical treatment and can immediately begin building your case. We understand that you need skilled and knowledgeable legal counsel, and that is exactly what our firm offers.
Some Drivers Fail To See Motorcyclists
For many motorcyclists in Kansas City and other cities in Missouri, riding a bike is not just their means of transportation, but also their lifestyle. Many motorcycle riders do not imagine their lives without their bike, but some of them tend to forget about the risks associated with riding a motorcycle.
Still, whenever motorcyclists end up in a traffic accident with another motor vehicle, they have no idea what to do next and whether they have the right to seek financial compensation for their injury. But a Kansas City motorcycle accident attorney from Mayer & Associates, P.C., can help.
What Are The Most Common Motorcycle Accident Injuries?
If you or your loved one has been involved in a motorcycle crash in Kansas City or elsewhere in Missouri, you are not alone. Each year, hundreds of thousands of bikers suffer serious injuries after other motorists crash their vehicles into their motorcycles.
Contrary to popular belief and a widespread misconception rooted in biases against bikers, a motorcyclist is not to blame for causing the crash in the vast majority of such crashes. Motorcyclists tend to suffer the most severe injuries compared to all other motorists on the roads.
Even when wearing a helmet and another protective gear, a motorcyclist is at risk of suffering a serious or fatal injury, which will cost a fortune in medical bills and will require months or years to fully recover (some motorcyclists do not fully recover after their bike collides with another vehicle).
The most common types of injuries in motorcycle crashes in Missouri are:
- Brain injuries, especially when the biker is not wearing a good-quality helmet that fits the biker well
- Back and neck injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Fractured bones
- Road rash, which occurs when a biker slides across the pavement after an accident
- Facial injuries, especially to the nose and eyes
Steps To Take After A Motorcycle Accident
The days following your motorcycle crash are the most critical period if you are planning to pursue a personal injury claim because your success hinges on the steps you take after the accident:
- Seek medical attention to document your injury.
- Get a copy of the police report.
- Take photographs and videos at the scene, especially of the damaged property, injuries, skid marks and other conditions that might help establish fault during an investigation.
- Keep a record of your treatment and rehabilitation, including prescriptions, medical visits, tests and others.
- Keep a record of days missed from work.
- Do not give recorded statements to insurance companies (in fact, do not talk to insurers unless you have consulted with a Kansas City motorcycle accident lawyer).
- Do not accept a settlement offer from insurance companies unless your attorney confirms that this settlement offer is fair compensation for your losses and damages.
Do You Need To Hire A Kansas City Motorcycle Accident Attorney?
Do all victims of motorcycle accidents need to be represented by an attorney to win fair compensation? While you can file a personal injury claim without legal representation, the chance of winning your claim is much greater when you are represented by an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer in Kansas City.
Do not forget that the at-fault party and insurance companies may be influenced by the bias that “all motorcycle riders are reckless risk takers who could not care less about the safety of other motorists.”
Our experienced injury lawyer knows how to break through that bias and can get you the financial compensation you deserve. Reach out to our results-driven attorney for a free consultation. Call 816-692-2877 or use our online contact form to schedule a meeting.