If you’ve been injured in a motorcycle accident, you need a lawyer you can trust
Motorcyclists are more vulnerable on the road than people in passenger vehicles. As a result, they are more likely to suffer severe injuries and even death when involved in a motorcycle accident. An experienced auto accident attorney at the Kansas City, Missouri practice of Bottaro, Kubin & Yocum, P.C. understands how to guide clients through motorcycle accident litigation and can help victims and their loved ones obtain fair compensation for medical bills and other expenses.
Motorcycle Accident Injuries
When a car strikes a motorcyclist, the car often sustains little or no damage. However, motorcyclists often become seriously injured in these accidents. Motorcycles offer very little protection, making their riders more likely to sustain debilitating wounds such as broken bones, internal damage, spinal cord or back injuries, and brain injury. In very serious cases, a motorcycle accident can even result in death. In fact, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 4,553 motorcyclists were killed and another 87,000 injured in collisions in 2005 alone. This constitutes a 13% increase in fatalities and a 14% increase in injuries from 2004. NHTSA estimates that in 2004, motorcyclists were 34 times more likely to be killed than passenger car occupants per vehicle mile.
With these statistics in mind, motorcyclists must take all necessary precautions to avoid becoming victims of motorcycle accident injuries. Motorcyclists must wear helmets (mandated by Kansas and Missouri state law), remain aware of their surroundings, and exercise reasonable care when riding. However, not all accidents are avoidable. That’s why it’s important to have an auto accident attorney that you know you can trust.
Motorcycle Accident Causes
Motorcyclist error accounts for about two thirds of single vehicle crashes (i.e., crashes that only involve the motorcyclist). However, when the crash involves the motorcyclist and another vehicle, it is almost always the fault of the motor vehicle driver, rather than the rider. According to the Hurt Report (a motorcycle accident study conducted by the University of Southern California), the failure of motorists to detect motorcyclists in traffic is the leading cause of motorcycle accidents. Other common causes of motorcycle accidents can include poor weather conditions, defective products, and roadway defects, although these are fairly rare.
When the driver of a passenger car or other motor vehicle is responsible for a motorcycle accident, your auto accident attorney can help. Our Kansas City, Missouri auto accident attorney team can assist motorcycle accident victims in obtaining damages for their pain, suffering, and financial setbacks by performing detailed accident reconstruction and offering skilled courtroom representation.
Contact Our Motorcycle & Auto Accident Attorney Team
Your personal injury lawyer at our Kansas City, Missouri firm has the experience, knowledge, and resources to investigate and prepare your motorcycle accident claim. Contact Bottaro, Kubin & Yocum, P.C. today for a free review of your case.