Motorcycles are one of the easiest and most efficient ways to go about your daily routine. On the open road, they offer unfettered views and a sense of adventure. Unfortunately, due to their design, they also expose their passengers to severe injuries and damages when they are involved in a collision with a larger vehicle. Many motorists fail to see motorcycles because they are not as large as most vehicles, while others are careless and simply not paying attention. In either case, intersections are one of the most dangerous points of travel for motorcycles, leading to some of the highest rates of accidents for riders. At the Law Office of Matt Uhrig, our team of motorcycle accident lawyers can help Columbia residents and other individuals throughout Missouri bring a claim against a negligent driver.Holding Careless Drivers Accountable for Compensation
Even when a motorcyclist has the right-of-way and is adhering to all applicable traffic laws, many riders fall victim to an accident due to the negligence of a car or truck driver. The heavier the traffic flow, the harder it may be for other drivers to spot a motorcyclist traveling through an intersection. This is especially true when the intersection features many lanes of traffic and multiple turn lanes.
In order to recover damages from a careless driver, Missouri law requires the motorcyclist to establish that the defendant acted negligently, which has four elements. First, the injured motorcyclist must show that the driver owed him or her a duty of care. In general, we all owe each other a duty to act with the same ordinary care and skill that a reasonably prudent person would use in a similar circumstance. On the open road, this standard typically requires drivers to adhere to all traffic laws, drive at a speed that is safe for the current road and weather conditions, and be attentive to what is happening around them. The second step in recovering compensation requires the motorcyclist to show that the defendant breached this duty with some careless conduct. This could be a specific traffic violation or simply being distracted behind the wheel.
After showing that the defendant owed the motorcyclist a duty and failed to act according to that duty, the motorcyclist must show that this failure was the cause of the damages that he or she suffered. In other words, the plaintiff must demonstrate that he or she would not have been hurt or suffered damages but for the defendant’s lack of due care.
The final step of obtaining compensation requires the motorcyclist to provide evidence of the damages that he or she incurred as a result of the crash. This typically includes medical expenses, hospital bills, physical therapy, rehab services, medications, and in-home treatment. If the accident required the motorcyclist to miss work, or caused such severe injuries that the victim is unable to return to work, the defendant will likely be required to compensate the plaintiff for his or her loss of income and potentially loss of future earning capacity. If you or someone you love has been involved in a motor vehicle collision, it is important to keep accurate records of all expenses and payments made as a result of the crash.Enlist a Columbia Lawyer When Pursuing an Injury Claim
Being hurt as the result of another driver’s carelessness is a devastating and unexpected experience that can have a lasting impact on the victim and his or her family. While you are dealing with your injuries and the extreme disruption to your lives, the last thing you want to deal with is a lawsuit. At the Law Office of Matt Uhrig, we can provide capable injury attorneys who can guide people from Columbia and the surrounding areas through every step of the process and make sure that their rights are being asserted aggressively. We also serve accident victims throughout Missouri, including in Ashland and Jefferson City. Call us now at (573) 657-2050 or contact us online to set up a free consultation.