When you or a loved one suffers an injury on a motorcycle, the last thing you need to hear is the number of annual motorcycle fatalities, or the risks associated with riding a bike. Instead you need a successful and hard-working St. Louis motorcycle accident lawyer. And you need results.
What should I do if I’m injured on a motorcycle?
If you or a loved on is injured in a bike or motorcycle accident, follow through with all necessary medical treatment. You may have a long recovery ahead and should focus all of your time and energy on getting better.
In the meantime, leave the financial aspect to your St. Louis motorcycle accident attorney. We have over ten years of litigation experience in the St. Louis area, and keep fees lower than many of the larger firms. We’ll tirelessly explore all sources of possibility liability and insurance coverage.
Preservation of Evidence
Immediately after the accident, you, a family member, or your attorney, should take steps to preserve as much of the evidence as possible. Much of the information will be contained in a police accident report. This includes the names of involved parties, insurance information, dates, times, and potential contributing factors. Simply because the accident report attributes fault to the motorcyclist does not always preclude the motorcyclist from recovering monetary damages from another party.
Your attorney may encourage you to preserve the bike long enough to have a crash expert or mechanical expert make a report. There are instances where bike malfunction can cause an accident. The state of the bike can also provide clues and evidence as to the cause, location, and sequence of the impact.
Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
Common causes include drugs and alcohol, driver inattentiveness, sudden stops, opening doors into the path of the biker, left turns, red light violations, and lane changes. Lane changes are particularly dangerous when drivers of vehicles fail to take into account the proximity of the motorcycle.
We will never charge you a fee to represent you in a motorcycle accident. If/when we recover money for you we usually keep one-third of the recovery. However, this is subject to negotiation and we may agree to a lower fee if circumstances warrant a lower fee. This “contingency fee agreement” will be clearly spelled out in writing before you make the decision to retain our law firm.
If you have questions regarding a motorcycle accident, or any other type of accident, please call us for free. We’re always happy to discuss your case confidentially either over the phone or in person. There’s never a charge for this. We can be reached every day of the week at (314) 725-4400.