Motorcycle Accident Attorney In St. Louis, MO
Expert Motorcycle Accident Attorney St Louis
Recently, motorcycle crashes hit an all-time high in Missouri. In fact, in a single year, a record number of motorcycle drivers—122—lost their lives on Missouri roads. Over the past decade, the numbers of motorcycle drivers injured in collisions has steadily increased. Experts speculate that warmer weather has allowed motorcyclists more time on the state’s highways and byways. There are also increasing numbers of people who own motorcycles. Whatever the case may be, it’s evident that motorcycle crashes are often devastating for motorcyclists. In the blink of an eye, motorcycle riders can sustain life-long injuries as a result of colliding with a car or truck.
Wolff & Wolff Trial Lawyers has decades of experience helping motorcycle crash victims achieve fair compensation when they’ve been injured because of another driver’s negligence or carelessness. Most motorcycle crashes are not the fault of the motorcyclist. Car and truck drivers don’t always operate their vehicles as safely as they should. Motorcyclists have every right to share the roads with other drivers in their vehicles. If they are injured through the fault of another, they deserve to be compensated for their injuries, medical costs, and lost work wages. If you’ve been injured on Missouri’s roads in a motorcycle crash, our St. Louis-based law firm can help.
We Help Motorcycle Accident Victims
Wolff & Wolff Trial Lawyers is located in St. Louis, MO, but we represent clients all over the region. Our attorneys are bar-certified in the state of Missouri and have a wealth of experience pursuing justice for victims of personal injuries. Our skilled attorneys can negotiate or litigate your claim as needed. We understand how catastrophic motorcycle injuries can be. We work hard to promote our clients’ interests in the courtroom and at the negotiating table.
Motorcycle Crashes in Missouri
Most motorcycle crashes in Missouri involve a motorcycle and another vehicle. Since the motorcyclist has less protection than car or truck drivers, they are usually the one who cannot walk away from the scene of the accident. Too often, vehicle drivers hit motorcycle drivers because they’re driving carelessly or recklessly. They may:
- Fail to follow the rules of the road
- Not notice the motorcycle’s turn signal
- Change lanes illegally
- Cut off the motorcyclist
- Drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Drive drowsy
- Texting or talking on cellphone
- Interacting with passengers
- Eating or drinking
Whatever the cause, if the other driver is at fault, the motorcyclist has the right to seek damages for their injuries, medical care, lost wages, and damaged property. One careless mistake—not noticing a stop sign—and change a motorcyclist’s life forever. While the at-fault driver may have made an honest mistake, they are still liable for damages—its why we purchase auto insurance.
The fact is, catastrophic motorcycle injuries take a toll on the drivers and their families. We’ve seen cases where the driver is no longer able to work and provide for their family. They need extensive caregiving so their partner’s life is transformed as they struggle to work and care for their loved one. Medical costs go through the roof—and threaten to take roof and whole house away from the accident victim. For these victims, there is no other option, not other recourse but to seek the compensation they deserve for what they’ve been forced to endure through somebody else’s fault. These situations are heart-wrenching. That’s why we work tirelessly to fight for our clients. They deserve a lucrative compensation package to at least alleviate some of their financial burden. It doesn’t erase their pain or fix other aspects of their lives, but it’s helpful from a financial perspective.
Motorcyclists are at a heightened risk for injuries when they’re involved in an accident. Riders don’t have a steel frame or airbags to protect them. Injuries are frequently serious and may involve:
- Cuts and lacerations
- Road rash
- Traumatic brain injury
- Spinal injury
- Internal bleeding
- Organ Damage
- Broken bones and fractures
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
Many of these injuries involve substantial medical interventions. Motorcycle accident victims may need multiple surgeries that extend over the course of years. They may lose a limb, which alters their life forever. They may suffer another type of disability that prevents them from returning to work in their chosen field—or any type of work. It’s not uncommon for accident victims to require months—even years—of rehabilitation. Catastrophic accidents change lives. If you’ve been injured on Missouri roads in a motorcycle crash, we can represent you and will work to help you win the compensation you deserve.
When motorcyclists are injured in an accident that was caused by someone else, they have the legal right to seek damages. Missouri allows accident victims to claim economic damages and non-economic damages. Economic damages refer to current and future medical expenses and current and future lost wages. Non-economic damages refer to the physical and mental pain and suffering the accident victims endure because of their injuries. Non-economic damages have a cap of $350,000 in the state of Missouri. The cap is adjusted for inflation.
Many clients ask us how to calculate damages. Sometimes it’s a straightforward process, particularly when the injuries are not severe and the rider has recovered. The medical costs related to the injuries are more or less finite as are the lost work wages. This isn’t always the case, however. Motorcycles who have been seriously injured usually need long-term medical care to address their injuries and nurture the recovery process. We may need to consult with a medical expert to determine what the likely medical treatments will be—and what they’re likely to cost. Naturally, work will be missed while the driver receives treatment.
Often, the motorcyclist isn’t able to return to work for an extensive period of time. Sometimes never. We can consult with an actuary to help determine what these long wages are likely to amount to. The rider’s age comes into play as well as their profession. This is complicated math to be certain; that’s why we take extreme care in our calculations.
How Do We Serve Our Clients?
When you meet someone who has endured the type of devastating injuries that are so common in motorcycle crashes, you cannot help but feel empathetic. As drivers, as humans, we know that we, too, can be hurt in an accident caused by someone else’s recklessness or negligence. We focus on this area of law because these are the people who need us most—the people we want to use our skills to help. They deserve to be compensated for their losses and pain. We feel very passionate about helping each client to the best of our ability. We stand by them throughout the entire legal process. When we’re able to win a trial or achieve a lucrative settlement package, we feel so grateful to be able to put our skills to good use.
When you hire our firm, you can also expect us to perform services such as:
- Detailed claim examination (we view all related case materials i.e. police report, medical reports, witness statements, etc…)
- Investigative services (track down surveillance video, locate witnesses, etc…)
- Research past cases that might have bearing on client’s case
- Examine the vehicles involved in the collision
- Manage all paperwork
- File court documents
- Appear at court and all appointments punctually
- Procure professional services of accountants or accident reconstructionists if necessary)
- Communicate with insurance companies
- Communicate with defendant’s lawyers
- Answer your queries in a timely manner
- Provide you with honest legal counsel based on our years of experience
- Negotiate for a lucrative settlement
- Litigate the case aggressively if claim escalates to trial
Like our attorneys, our support staff is also highly trained and experienced. They form a valuable part of our team and are just as dedicated to helping our clients as we are. Wolff & Wolff Trial Lawyers is a cohesive team. We support one another in order to provide our clients with the best possible service.
Why Is It Important to Contact a Personal Injury Attorney Right Away?
It’s a mistake to wait months to contact an attorney for legal advice and help. From the moment you contact us, we set our wheels in motion. We get a hold of the accident report. We thoroughly examine it. If there are errors, as is sometimes the case, we get them fixed before they can impact your case. We find witnesses listed in the report and take their statements before they move or forget what they witnessed. We hunt for video surveillance before it can be erased. We also photograph vehicles involved in the crash before they’re fixed or taken to the junk yard.
These steps have to be completed early or they may not be completed at all. These steps are important and can provide clients with compelling evidence that supports their claim. In addition to our investigative work, we can protect you—yes, protect you—from insurance companies who may pester you about signing paperwork or accepting a settlement you aren’t prepared to sign off on. Let us communicate with the insurers and their tenacious attorneys so you don’t inadvertently say the wrong thing or make a mistake that could hurt your claim. We have nearly 90 years of experience in personal injury law. We know how to deal with insurance companies and their lawyers—and we’re happy to perform this service for you.
Remember, there are time limits for filing accident claims in Missouri. Call us to learn about important filing considerations. We invite you to meet with us to discuss your case. If you elect to hire us, we will get to work right away and fight diligently for your fair compensation.