Chesterfield Motorcycle Accident Attorneys
Fighting for Compensation for Injured Victims
If you have recently been injured in a motorcycle accident, you may be dealing with the stress of serious injuries in addition to financial hardships. Motorcycle accidents are more dangerous than passenger vehicle accidents due to the driver’s lack of protection and restraints, and victims usually have to pay much more for medical care than victims in car accidents. If you were involved in an accident while riding a motorcycle, it is in your best interests to contact a trusted attorney. The lawyers at Nichols Lang & Hamlin, LLC are well-versed in the legal proceedings necessary to get you compensation for your injuries and believe that no one should suffer because of the negligence of another. Our firm has proudly helped clients recover from serious motorcycle accidents as well as other motor vehicle accidents.
Contact us online or call (314) 309-2301 for a free consultation. We care about our clients’ health and safety and we’re committed to fighting for your rights.
Why Motorcycle Accident Injuries Are Serious
A motorcycle weighs (at most) half of a standard passenger vehicle. The immense amount of physical force behind any type of impact on a motorcycle can easily throw a person off their bike and cause devastating injuries. Additionally, motorcyclists do not have safety features that occupants of passenger cars have, including seatbelts and airbags. Injuries to the femur, or thigh bone, are extremely common in a motorcycle crash, as well as various other severe injuries to the head, neck, spine, extremities, and more.
It is important that you seek immediate medical attention after any type of motorcycle accident, even if there is an apparent lack of injury. Even if you feel fine, it is very important to make sure that you consult a medical professional, as many serious injuries are not instantly visible, or may initially appear minor. If you were thrown from your bike and landed on your back or were struck by an object, you may think you’re injuries are minor to only later find out that you sustained a serious spinal cord injury.
Symptoms of potentially catastrophic injuries include:
- Muscle weakness
- Loss of muscle movement in chest, arms, or legs
- Loss of feeling in chest, arms, or legs
- Loss of bowel and bladder function
- Loss of consciousness
- Nausea or vomiting
- Difficulty sleeping
- Problems with speech
Spinal cord injuries often lead to paralysis, or the loss of function in one or more body parts, while head injuries can result in permanent brain damage and may impact the way you think and communicate. Some people with these disabilities can no longer ride their motorcycles, work, or even take care of their loved ones. Our firm is familiar with these types of accidents, and we know the effect they can have on not only your body, but your finances, your stability, and your family.
Who Is Liable for Damages After a Motorcycle Crash?
When a motorcycle accident involves drivers and passengers of other vehicles on the road, often the driver of another vehicle is to blame. Because motorcyclists can easily be missed due to their smaller size, distracted drivers often collide with them when making lane changes or cut motorcyclists off when attempting turns or lane changes. All drivers owe a duty of care to others on the road, including motorcyclists, who have the same rights as vehicle drivers. When those operating cars or trucks are on their phones, eating, or drunk while driving, they’re behaving in a negligent manner.
Besides car drivers, liability can fall onto several other parties after a motorcycle crash, including:
- Government agencies: Motorcycles are more likely than other vehicles to lose control over bumpy or uneven surfaces. In crashes caused by broken roads and loose gravel, the entity responsible for maintaining and fixing roads can be held liable for damages. In many cases, the party is a local government organization or agency.
- Motorcycle manufacturers: Sometimes it’s the motorcycle itself that has a defect or dangerous problem and contributes to accidents, such as the brake system, pedals, lighting systems, and wheels. In these cases, the manufacturer or designer of the motorcycle or motorcycle part may be responsible for carelessness.
Why You Need a Motorcycle Accident Attorney
Motorcycle crash statistics in the United States have been on a steady incline for the past 10 years. If you have been in an accident, you should always contact a lawyer before talking to the other party’s attorneys or insurance claim adjusters. Because victims are likely facing a legal issue for the first time, insurance adjusters know they can take advantage of their vulnerability and offer them a low settlement that they may be tempted to accept. Our lawyers know how much our clients truly deserve and can protect you from these insurance companies.
Injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident are often very expensive due to a long healing process, rehabilitation, and the need for medical equipment for extended periods of time. Don’t let your life be adversely affected more than it already is. Our Chesterfield motorcycle accident lawyers have a comprehensive understanding of the legal process you will be facing in your endeavor torecover compensation for your physical injuries and property damage.
Call (314) 309-2301 to schedule a free consultation today. Our firm is committed to helping you seek the compensation you deserve.
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