Motorcycle Accident

Our Motorcycle Accident Lawyers Can Help You Get the Compensation You Deserve

Experiencing a motorcycle accident in Missouri or Illinois due to a negligent driver can drastically disrupt your life. You may be dealing with intense pain, extended medical treatments, and considerable time off work, all of which contribute to growing financial stress. Fortunately, you could be entitled to compensation for your injuries from the at-fault driver's insurance company. At Bollwerk & Associates, our motorcycle accident lawyers are committed to offering the compassionate support and legal guidance you need to pursue the compensation you deserve.

Leading Causes of St. Louis Motorcycle Accidents

In order to secure compensation for your injuries, it is crucial to prove that the other driver's negligence caused your collision. Unfortunately, many motorcycle crashes are caused by motorists who fail to obey basic traffic laws and drive unsafely around motorcyclists. Based on our experience helping motorcycle accident victims, here are some of the most common ways drivers cause tragic motorcycle accidents in Missouri and Illinois:

  • Speeding. Drivers who exceed the speed limit have less time to react to sudden changes in traffic, increasing the risk of collisions. Motorcycle riders can suffer more severe injuries even if the motorist is only driving a little over the speed limit.
  • Distracted driving. Although it is illegal to text while driving in Missouri, many drivers still text and drive, talk on a cellphone, eat, or engage in other distractions. When their eyes and minds aren't on the road, they may fail to see a less visible motorcycle rider before it is too late to avoid striking them.
  • Drugged or drunk driving. Intoxicated drivers have poor vision, reduced reaction times, and impaired judgment, making them a significant danger to motorcyclists.
  • Drowsy driving. Driving when tired is as dangerous as drunk driving. Drowsy motorists may fall asleep at the wheel or fight to stay awake and cause a dangerous head-on or rear-end collision.
  • Unsafe lane changes. Motorists who switch lanes without signaling or checking their blind spots can easily collide with motorcycles, which are smaller and less easy to see when drivers aren't watching for them.
  • Open doors. Inattentive drivers and their passengers can cause an open-door accident if they open their doors without checking for passing motorcyclists. The unsuspecting rider can be hurled into oncoming traffic.

Devastating Injuries You Could Suffer in a St. Louis Motorcycle Accident

Victims in motorcycle accidents often suffer more severe injuries and fatalities compared to car collisions because riders only have their helmets, a jacket, and clothes to protect them from much larger and heavier cars and trucks. You could suffer a life-altering injury and might not be able to work for months or longer—if you do not become permanently disabled. Common injuries you could suffer include:

  • Broken bones
  • Road rash
  • Traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Back and neck injuries
  • Internal bleeding and injuries
  • Facial fractures and disfigurement
  • Amputation

Essential Steps You Need to Take to Prove Your St. Louis Motorcycle Accident Case

Your actions immediately after a motorcycle accident can significantly impact your insurance settlement and overall outcome in your case. Due to biases against motorcycle riders as unsafe and reckless drivers, you already face an uphill battle when negotiating your settlement with the negligent driver's insurance company. This makes taking the proper steps to build a strong case even more crucial. Our knowledgeable motorcycle accident lawyers recommend you do the following:

  • Call the police. Call the police from the crash scene. The police report is crucial evidence for your claim, documenting the details of the accident, how the other driver caused it, and whether they were issued any traffic citations.
  • Get prompt medical care. Seeing a doctor right away ensures your injuries are properly treated, which can speed up your recovery. Getting the immediate medical care you need can also help establish a clear link between the accident and your injuries, potentially avoiding a dispute with the insurance adjuster. 
  • Exchange contact information. Collect contact and insurance information from all parties involved in the motorcycle crash so that you can file a claim.
  • Collect evidence. Take photos of the accident scene, your injuries, and the damage to your motorcycle. Gather the witness's contact information so your lawyer can obtain their written statements.
  • Retain an attorney. You should retain a skilled motorcycle accident lawyer to file your claim, help obtain evidence, and advocate on your behalf as soon as possible after your collision.

How Our St. Louis Motorcycle Accident Lawyers Can Help Fight for Your Rights

The insurance company could dispute your claim or drag out settlement negotiations in hopes that you will give up on your claim or accept significantly less damages than you are entitled to in your settlement. That is why hiring a motorcycle accident lawyer as soon as possible after your crash is essential. 

At Bollwerk & Associates, we are a small firm that is not afraid to fight for your rights with the big insurance company. Our dedicated lawyers and legal team will treat you respectfully, explain your options, and answer your questions clearly, using language you can understand. We are committed to keeping you updated about the status of your case and will promptly return your calls and emails.

Here are other ways we can assist you:

  • Determine the collision's cause. We will thoroughly investigate the accident to establish the other driver's fault and liability to compensate you.
  • Preserve evidence. Our team will gather all necessary evidence, including police reports, medical records, eyewitness accounts, expert witness reports, and nearby surveillance footage.
  • Value your claim. We will assess the full extent of your damages, including your medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
  • Negotiate your settlement. We will negotiate with insurance companies on your behalf to seek a fair and just settlement. Our experienced motorcycle accident lawyers have strategies to defeat their arguments about why they should not have to pay you.
  • Litigate your claim. If the insurance company will not offer you the settlement you deserve or you need to take action before the statute of limitations to sue expires, we are prepared to take your case to court to fight for the maximum compensation you deserve.