The Kansas City Metropolitan area has many roads that are ideal for riding motorcycles. However, there are many instances where bikers are hurt in collisions on these roads. In many cases, these accidents are caused by other motorists sharing the roadway and not the motorcyclist themselves.
We constantly see motorists change lanes without looking, failing to yield the right of way, and not considering others while traveling through Kansas City. Given that riders have less to protect themselves in the event of a motorcycle accident compared to people in other vehicles, they are more likely to suffer life-threatening injuries that demand immediate care.
Should you be injured in a motorcycle accident in Kansas City, you must seek the assistance of a Missouri motorcycle accident lawyer as soon as possible. By reaching out to a Kansas City motorcycle accident attorney from Peterson & Associates, P.C., victims are in the best position possible to recover. Our responsive and knowledgeable legal team will investigate your motorcycle accident and gather evidence to strengthen your case and prevail.
Common Injuries From Motorcycle Accidents
Some of the most common injuries our law firm helps victims hold wrongdoers accountable for following a motorcycle crash include:
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
- Neck and soft tissue injuries
- Head injuries
- Back injuries
- Road rash
- Facial injuries, particularly to the nose and eyes
- Permanent scarring
- Loss of limbs
- Broken bones
- Spinal cord injuries
- Cuts, scrapes, and abrasions
- Internal organ damage
People who sustain these and other serious injuries must often spend several days or weeks undergoing medical treatment. Not only are victims left to endure the consequences of painful personal injuries, but many also suffer emotional and mental health problems.
Some of the most common emotional injuries sustained by victims include:
- Loss of life enjoyment
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
On average, motorcyclists are 27 times more likely to be killed in motor vehicle accidents than people who use other transportation methods. Additionally, motorcyclists are five times more likely to be injured. Like most other collisions, motorcycle accidents can occur for various reasons.
Unsafe Lane Changes
An individual is at serious risk of motorcycle accidents when other drivers change lanes unsafely. Drivers must check for vehicles in the lanes they are switching into. However, the compact size of motorcycles means that drivers, especially those who are distracted, are more likely to miss seeing motorcycles traveling beside them.
Operators of parked vehicles, and their driver-side rear-seat passengers, often open their doors into moving traffic lanes without looking. As a result, the car doors strike motorcyclists and cause them to be ejected from their vehicles.
A leading cause of collisions here in the Kansas City metropolitan is drivers traveling at high-speed rates. People driving above the speed limit are less likely to maintain control over their vehicles. As a result, we see thousands of people harmed in crashes due to drivers who are spinning and engaging in other reckless behaviors.
Driving Under the Influence
Although it is illegal to drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol, we continue to see a significant number of victims injured in motorcycle accidents due to impaired driving.
Driving between two lanes of traffic can be extremely dangerous. An inexperienced motorcycle rider is more likely to be harmed in a motorcycle accident due to lane splitting.
A significant number of motor vehicle accidents occur due to vehicles that suddenly stop on the roadway. When motorcyclists stop, they are more likely to be struck from behind by drivers traveling too closely, distracted, or engaged in other reckless driving behaviors.
Although people are required to undergo testing and become licensed to operate vehicles, we see a lot of victims injured in motorcycle accidents caused by inexperienced drivers. There are many instances where drivers make unsafe road moves that compromise motorcyclists' safety every day.
Misjudgments and right-of-way errors are significant factors in causing serious motorcycle accidents. Left-turn crashes are among the leading causes of injury and death to motorcyclists in Kansas City.
Dangerous Road Conditions
When roadways are covered in crumbling pavement, it can be difficult for motorcycle riders to balance. There are also many instances where drivers are harmed in accidents due to the roadways lacking necessary signals and traffic signs.
When motorcycles are poorly designed or manufacturers cut corners while assembling and creating motorcycles, it can lead to serious injury or death for a motorcycle rider.
Determining Fault in a Motorcycle Accident
To prevail with the filing of a Kansas City legal claim following a motorcycle accident, the injured party will need to prove that they were hurt due to another party's negligence. Depending on the circumstances surrounding your accident, one or more people can be held accountable.
Motorcycle accident victims must be able to prove that negligence played a role in their accidents. This involves proving the four elements of negligence.
- Duty of care. People are expected to share the road with care and consideration for others when driving. The defendant owes you a duty of care when traveling throughout the Kansas City area.
- Breach of duty. The defendant breached the duty of care by engaging in a reckless or negligent act. You must be able to show that the defendant engaged in actions that place them at fault for your accident.
- Causation. As a result of the breach of the duty of care, you suffered injuries. You must be able to demonstrate that the actions or inactions performed by the defendant were the direct cause of your accident.
- Damages. After proving that the defendant had a duty of care that they breached, which caused the accident, you must further demonstrate that the accident resulted in damages to you. Damages can be physical and/or emotional.
You must prove these elements existed with adequate evidence, as you only have one time to argue your case. Working with a knowledgeable Kansas City law firm is your best bet for holding negligent parties accountable, so you can get the justice and compensation you deserve.
Recoverable Damages From a Personal Injury Lawsuit
Our Kansas City law office provides compassionate and aggressive representation for victims of motorcycle crashes to ensure they can recover the maximum compensation available.
There are many instances where victims involved in motorcycle accidents are forced to go through emergency surgery, remain hospitalized, and go through extensive follow-up appointments.
Long-Term Care Costs
Given the fact that motorcyclists are unprotected from other vehicles and collisions, it is more likely that they will need rehabilitation and therapy following their hospitalizations. For this reason, they must be able to recover full and timely compensation to help cover the cost of long-term care moving forward.
There are many instances where motorcyclists are forced out of work as they recover. Not having working wages to cover the financial obligations of victims can have a major impact on their entire families. Our law firm strives to help injured parties collect the maximum amount of compensation available for lost wages that they endure due to taking time off work to recover.
Although we hope everyone will recover fully from their injuries, this is not always the case. Thousands of people are left permanently disabled following motorcycle accidents. In these cases, we work with financial experts who can accurately calculate victims' lost earnings from being forced out of work indefinitely.
Not only do victims lose their earnings over their lifetime, but they often lose employee benefits like retirement accounts and health insurance. Our Kansas City law firm is committed to helping injured motorcyclists recover compensation for lost benefits from their employers.
Loss of Consortium
Being harmed in a motorcycle accident impacts not only victims but the relationships that they have with their families as well. For this reason, our personal injury legal team strives to help victims maximize their recoveries for the loss of consortium and other familial relationships that suffer due to their injuries.
Pain and Suffering
Being injured in an accident can result in overwhelming physical and emotional pain and suffering. Our team provides competent representation to ensure courts understand your motorcycle accident injuries' full impact on your life.
People injured in Kansas City motorcycle accidents often suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, loss of hope, and feelings of helplessness. Our team is committed to helping injured parties collect full and timely compensation to cover the cost of mental health services following a motorcycle accident.
People involved in motorcycle accidents often pay money to repair or replace their vehicles. Our team will gather repair and value statements on your behalf to ensure you are fully and fairly compensated so you can get back on the road as soon as possible.
When victims lose their lives in motorcycle accidents, our wrongful death attorneys help their families recover the maximum amount of compensation available for the above damages as well as funeral expenses, burial costs, and other end-of-life expenses.
The Kansas City Motorcycle Accident Lawyers at Peterson & Associates, P.C. Will Fight for You
Not only are we committed to helping our clients get the justice and justice and compensation they need and deserve, but we are also committed to helping our community. We contribute tens of thousands of dollars annually to various charities and organizations through the Peterson Foundation. We also spend significant time helping various organizations raise millions of dollars through fundraising. Our motorcycle accident lawyers truly value our clients and communities.
If you have been injured in an accident due to the negligence of another party, you deserve justice and compensation. Contact our Kansas City motorcycle accident attorneys to schedule a free case review so we can explore the legal options available for you.