Assertive Representation For Family Members Following A Fatal Motorcycle Accident
When a motorcycle is involved in a collision with another vehicle, the result is often catastrophic injury or wrongful death. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that motorcyclists are nearly 27 times more likely to be killed in accidents than people in passenger vehicles. Motorcycles provide no protection for their passengers. In Kansas City, where there is no helmet law, crashes can be even more dangerous.
At Mayer & Associates, P.C., we represent the families of motorcyclists killed in crashes. If you lost a loved one due to another driver’s negligence, we can hold him or her responsible for the accident and wrongful death. Our Kansas City fatal motorcycle accident attorney works hard to obtain the compensation your family needs at this difficult time.
Considerations Of Motorcycle Accidents
Because Kansas City does not have a motorcycle helmet law, many cyclists do not wear helmets when they ride, making a dangerous vehicle even more deadly. Many people come to Kansas City from Missouri and other states to ride motorcycles because of the no helmet law. Our lawyer can represent people from out of state who were involved in accidents in Kansas City or Missouri.
Kansas is a no-fault state, which means that we can pursue a claim with the cyclist’s insurance company. Depending on the circumstances of the accident, we may also be able to seek damages from the negligent party. We will fight to obtain the compensation families need to cover funeral costs, lost income and other expenses.
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. Yet motorcyclists tend to suffer the most severe injuries compared to 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).
Common Types Of Injuries In Motorcycle Crashes
- 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
What Should You Do After A Motorcycle Accident In Kansas City?
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.”
At Mayer & Associates, P.C., we know how to break through that bias and can get you the financial compensation you deserve. For a free consultation with our Kansas City fatal motorcycle accident attorney, contact us online or call 816-692-2877 today.