Motorcycles offer affordable, convenient transportation that lets the driver experience the open road. Unfortunately, many riders are involved in devastating collisions with other vehicles in their vicinity. According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, in 2012 alone there were 2,404 traffic incidents in the state during which motorcyclists suffered injuries. Unlike a car, which provides a full enclosure, motorcycles leave riders exposed to the physical elements, including other vehicles, traffic barriers, trees, and buildings. At the Law Office of Matt Uhrig, our injury lawyers have the skills and experience to guide Columbia residents through the process of asserting their rights.Seeking Compensation through a Negligence Claim
In order to recover compensation for injuries, Missouri law requires a motorcyclist to show that the driver responsible for causing the crash acted negligently. This means that a plaintiff needs to prove four separate elements. He or she must show that the other driver owed the victim a duty of care and failed to act according to that duty. In the context of motor vehicle collisions, every person must behave behind the wheel with the same ordinary care and skill that a reasonably prudent motorist would use in a similar situation. In addition to obeying traffic rules, the duty of care requires attention to current conditions at the time of the collision, including weather, road hazards, and traffic. Many drivers breach the standard of care by not paying attention, speeding, or ignoring traffic signs.
The causation element requires the victim to show that the driver’s failure to act according to the standard of care was the direct cause of the plaintiff’s injuries. In other words, the plaintiff must show that he or she would not have been hurt but for the defendant’s failure to operate his or her vehicle in a reasonably prudent manner.
Finally, the plaintiff must provide evidence showing the types of economic and non-economic damages that he or she suffered, such as the amount of any financial expenses that were incurred. Motorcycle accidents involve some of the most serious and devastating injuries. Depending on the circumstances, a crash victim may be entitled to seek compensation for his or her medical expenses, physical therapy treatment, property damage, pain and suffering, lost income, and loss of future wages. Tragically, many motorcycle accidents result in a rider’s death. In these instances, Missouri law entitles the surviving heirs of the decedent to bring a wrongful death claim against a careless driver.Protect Your Rights after a Motorcycle Accident by Enlisting a Jefferson City Lawyer
If you or someone you know has suffered injuries in a motorcycle crash, Missouri law may entitle you to compensation. The attorneys at the Law Office of Matt Uhrig have represented many motorcycle and car accident victims in Jefferson City and elsewhere in Missouri, including in Ashland and Columbia. Your case is just as important to us as it is to you. We have seen firsthand just how devastating an unexpected and severe accident can be for an individual or family. Call us at (573) 657-2050 or contact us online to set up a free consultation today. There is a limited amount of time to file a claim, so you should not delay in exploring your options.