Motorcycle Accident Lawyers in St. Louis
Protecting Injury Victims’ Right to Compensation Since 1996
Motorcycles are appealing for many reasons—but they come with one major downside. When accidents happen, their riders are much more likely to be injured than those who travel by car. It’s easy to see why: Motorcyclists only have the protective gear they can wear on their bodies, whereas vehicles come equipped with seatbelts, airbags, and other safety devices. Motorcyclists’ increased likelihood of injury and death per mile traveled is well documented. When something does happen, it’s therefore essential you maximize your compensation.
At The Tapella & Eberspacher Law Firm, we have been fighting for injured motorcyclists for 25 years. Our passion is in helping people like you find help and justice when you are injured in an accident caused by a careless driver. You may be surprised by the amount of compensation you are eligible to receive—especially if an insurance adjuster has already tried to pitch you on their “generous” settlement offer. Don’t say yes to any payout until you’ve spoken to one of our lawyers.
Call our St. Louis office today at (314) 701-7722 to schedule a free consultation. Our lawyers can help you understand your rights and maximize your recovery after a motorcycle accident.
When a Driver Causes a Motorcycle Accident
Motorcyclists must navigate enough roadway hazards without having to worry about careless drivers. Unfortunately, other motorists are often to blame for collisions between cars and motorcycles. Two common mistakes that lead to such accidents are drivers not noticing motorcycles or cutting them off.
Unfortunately for everyone who doesn’t use a car to get around, drivers tend to focus their attention on vehicle-sized objects when they are looking to see whether they can safely make a maneuver. This can result in them overlooking smaller vehicles, like you. Drivers therefore often accidentally cut off motorcyclists or violate their right of way—without even realizing what they are doing. This often leads to accidents including:
- Failure to yield
- Changing lanes into a motorcyclist
- Making a left turn across a motorcyclist’s right of way
- Pulling out from a driveway or alleyway into a motorcyclist’s path
While their actions may be entirely accidental, this does not change the fact that you deserve compensation if you were hit by a driver that did not see you.
A second type of error drivers are prone to make is underestimating how fast a motorcyclist is approaching. Our brains have a size bias when it comes to assessing speed: We see smaller objects as traveling slower than they actually are, and larger objects as faster. This means a driver who thinks they have just enough time to make a turn in front of a motorcyclist is probably making the wrong call. This type of mistake typically leads to a driver cutting off a motorcyclist.
An at-fault driver’s negligence is not always motorcycle specific. You may also be able to file a claim if your accident was caused by:
- Distracted driving
- Drunk driving
- Failure to stop at intersections or red lights
- General carelessness
- Loss of control
Our team can help investigate your accident to find proof of the other driver’s fault. This is the first step to you securing the compensation you need.
When Other Parties Hold Fault
Though they are rare, some motorcycle accidents are not caused by either the vehicle driver or the motorcyclist involved. Liability may be complex when the cause is a:
- Motorcycle malfunction
- Unsafe or poorly maintained road
- Vehicle defect
If you believe your crash was caused by one of these factors, it is especially important to retain an experienced lawyer with the strength of a full law firm behind them. You may find yourself taking on a national corporation or even a government in court. Our team has the knowledge and resources to handle such cases, but not all lawyers can say the same.
Should I File a Motorcycle Accident Claim?
If you suffered any damage to your bike or yourself in the collision, we highly recommend you make a claim against the at-fault driver’s insurance. Making a non-binding agreement can prevent you from receiving the compensation you need. Especially if the damages are greater than you expect—which is often the case—we do not want to see you left without the means to pursue treatment and support yourself until you are fully recovered.
The more serious your injuries, the more important it is to put together a strong claim. Motorcycle accidents can cause:
- “Biker’s arm”
- Dislocated joints
- Eye injury
- Facial injury
- Foot injury
- Loss of limb
- Neck or back injury
- Nerve damage
- Road rash
- Skull fractures
- Spinal cord injury
- Traumatic brain injury
- Wrist injuries
Make sure you visit a doctor, urgent care clinic, or the emergency room after your accident, so you can receive a full check-up and accurate diagnosis. Having complete medical records is an important part of proving your damages.
Recovering Compensation with a Motorcycle Accident Claim
Once we have fully investigated your accident and learned your diagnosis, our team can start calculating the damages you may be able to recover. Typically, an accident victim’s losses far exceed their medical bills. We know where to look for “hidden” damages, so you can make a claim that will truly meet your needs.
We can help you request compensation for:
- Medical bills
- Future medical needs
- Lost wages
- Decreased earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
Any damages you wish to claim must have proper proof. We can help gather and preserve evidence including medical bills, receipts, pay stubs, and other documents that back up your claim. Our team also knows how to accurately assess the damages you can request for non-tangible losses like pain and suffering.
For those who lost a loved one to a motorcycle accident, we can help you find justice with a wrongful death claim. While these claims may include some of the damages listed above, they are largely focused on the way your loved one’s death will affect you.
The Tough Advocates You Need
Unfortunately, those who do not ride motorcycles may hold unfair biases that work against you in an accident claim. As accident lawyers, it is our job to craft legal strategies and arguments that can refute these tendencies and show what a fair settlement looks like. We know the outcome of your case can literally change your life. Our team puts in the work necessary to create a claim we believe has the strongest chance of succeeding.
Due to our years of service and success in our communities, The Tapella & Eberspacher Law Firm has earned the respect of clients and peers alike. Our firm often receives referrals from other lawyers when a case is too big or complex for them to handle. However, no matter how complicated your case is, we always take the time to sit with our clients and help them understand what is happening. We provide frequent updates and go the extra mile to make sure clients can make informed decisions on what to do next.
Our attorneys are happy to explain your legal options and tell you what to expect if you decide to file a motorcycle accident claim. If you are looking for honest, trustworthy guidance, reach out to us.
We offer free consultations. Call our St. Louis attorneys today at (314) 701-7722 to schedule yours.
We will fight for a just outcome on your behalf, and won’t give up in the face of difficult or unexpected challenges.
A Record of Proven Results
Over our hundred years of combined legal experience, we have recovered millions of dollars for injured clients.
Respected in Our Community
When attorneys need an attorney, they call us. Over 200 attorneys routinely refer clients to our capable & qualified team.
We genuinely care about the outcome of your case & commit to standing by your side every step of the way.
Committed to Our Clients
We pride ourselves in going the extra mile to make all of our clients feel comfortable, well-informed, and secure.
Our attorneys are committed to actively listening to our clients and to setting realistic, justifiable expectations.
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