Nothing is better than being out on the open road riding a motorcycle. For many motorcyclists, it is more than a hobby—it is a way of life. Motorcycles are exhilarating to ride but also fail to offer the same level of protection as vans, cars, or trucks. Thus, when motorcycle accidents occur, the motorcyclist will likely be significantly injured or may even be killed. Our Kansas City personal injury attorneys have seen too many of our clients suffer devastating injuries at the hands of a negligent driver. Despite your best efforts to protect yourself and ride defensively, when you are seriously injured in a crash that was not your fault, our motorcycle accident team can help.
Catastrophic Injuries Common in Motorcycle Crashes
When a biker hits the pavement after being knocked off his ride by a speeding car, the results can be catastrophic. Even when the rider is wearing a helmet and protective gear, injuries can be severe, including:
- Broken bones or fractures
- Neck injuries
- Skin abrasions
- Traumatic brain injury
- Spine injuries
- Emotional trauma
- Fatal injuries
When these injuries land you in the hospital and cause long-term or permanent disabilities, you have the right to seek compensation from the driver who caused your suffering. Our lawyers proudly represent motorcycle riders, and we would be happy to evaluate your case in a free consultation.
Common Causes of Wrecks Between Motorcycles & Other Vehicles
Drivers of cars or trucks often crash into a motorcyclist because they aren’t paying enough attention to their surroundings to see the bike. Other factors that contribute to these kinds of crashes include:
- Intoxicated driving. Drunk drivers have great difficulty staying in their lanes, maintaining safe following distances, and avoiding other vehicles—particularly hard-to-see motorcycles. Impaired drivers are a significant threat to bikers.
- Lane changes. If a driver doesn't carefully check their blind spots before changing lanes on a highway, they can easily cross into the path of a motorcycle rider—an even bigger problem for truckers with large blind spots.
- Sudden stops. When a car stops suddenly on the highway or even on a local road, a biker riding behind the vehicle might be unable to stop in time to avoid a collision. Sudden braking on a motorcycle can also cause the bike to flip.
- Reckless driving. Other vehicles violate a motorcycle rider's right-of-way in more than 2/3 of motorcycle accidents. Failing to give bikers the space they need could be considered reckless driving in Kansas and Missouri.
- Intersections. More than 70% of accidents between motorcycles and other drivers occur at intersections, often because drivers fail to see bikers or because they don’t respect their right to be there.
- Road hazards. Potholes, loose gravel, sand, and debris are particularly dangerous to motorcycle riders. If a biker is injured or killed because a highway authority or local municipality failed to remove hazards, they could be held accountable for the rider's damages.
As lawyers representing motorcycle riders, we investigate crashes and hold negligent drivers accountable when their actions cause a biker's severe injury or death.
Determining Motorcycle Accident Liability
Determining liability for a motorcycle accident can be complex, especially if multiple parties are involved. Many of the same factors used to prove that a car wreck was not your fault will be used in your motorcycle case to prove the other driver is liable for your injuries. In Missouri and Kansas, you will need to prove the other driver owed you a duty of care; the other driver breached the standard of care; the other driver's negligence directly led to your injuries, and their actions caused you harm.
Even if the motorcyclist was somewhat responsible for the crash, they might still be able to recover for damages sustained in the wreck. If the incident happened in Kansas, the driver must be 51% or more to blame for the motorcyclist to recover. In Missouri, however, the motorcyclist can recover damages even if they were more at fault than the other driver. In both states, any damages you receive are reduced by your percentage of fault for the accident.
Damages You Could Recover After a Kansas City Motorcycle Crash
When you are injured in a catastrophic motorcycle crash in Kansas or Missouri, our team will help you seek compensation for your:
- Medical bills. The at-fault driver’s insurance policy should cover every visit to a hospital or doctor related to the crash. We will make sure we have documentation of every penny of medical care.
- Long-term treatment. If you require ongoing treatment, such as physical therapy, rehabilitation, psychological counseling, and more, these costs should also be factored into your compensation.
- Lost wages. Many motorcycle crash victims cannot work while recovering from their injuries, and you should not have to use your paid time off to pay for someone else’s mistakes.
- Lost earning capacity. Loss of earning potential can be included in your compensation if you cannot return to the type of work you did before the crash and will likely never make the same wages again, you receive.
- Pain and suffering. Non-economic damages such as physical pain, emotional suffering, and loss of connection with loved ones can also be factored into a compensation demand letter or lawsuit.
- Wrongful death. If a loved one died in a motorcycle crash, survivors could hold the negligent driver accountable through a wrongful death lawsuit.
Drivers and insurance adjusters often blame the biker, so it can be challenging for motorcycle riders to get the respect and justice they deserve after a devastating crash. At Foster Wallace, however, we stand up for injured bikers.
We Help Motorcycle Crash Victims Across Kansas and Missouri
Our motorcycle crash lawyers are available to help clients throughout Kansas and Missouri. We are licensed and experienced in both states. Please contact us today if you have been seriously injured or lost a loved one in a motorcycle crash that was not your fault. We serve the following towns:
- North Kansas City, MO
- Blue Springs, MO
- Independence, MO
- Gladstone, MO
- Warrensburg, MO
- Kansas City, MO
- Lee's Summit, MO
- Liberty, MO
- Raytown, MO
- Belton, MO
- Overland Park, KS
- Lenexa, KS
- Kansas City, KS
- Olathe, KS
- Shawnee, KS
- Topeka, KS
Have You Been Injured in a Kansas City Motorcycle Accident?
If you've been injured in a Kansas City motorcycle accident, you should speak with an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer as soon as possible. Contact us online or call our Kansas City office at (816) 249-2101 to schedule your free consultation. If you decide to work with us to secure fair compensation from the negligent driver, you will not owe us any money until we have resolved your case. You will owe us nothing if we cannot hold the driver or another party accountable, so you have nothing to lose and everything to gain by calling us for a free consultation.