Many drivers in St. Louis do not look out for motorcycles on the road or give motorcyclists the attention that they deserve. The result is often preventable motorcycle accidents and injuries to riders caused by the negligence of other drivers. Serious motorcycle accidents typically involve expensive medical treatment and long recoveries. It is important to understand your legal options for recovering compensation for your injuries caused by others.
Our motorcycle accident attorneys are riders, too. We understand that most motorcyclists are responsible riders who obey traffic safety laws because they understand the serious consequences of a crash. Even safe riders can sustain serious injuries as a result of another motorist’s inattention, carelessness or disregard for safety. St. Louis injury attorney Ben Sansone understands the challenges of recovering from a motorcycle accident because he has had the personal experience of being an injured motorcyclist. Mr. Sansone applies that experience and perspective each time he represents a motorcyclist who has been seriously injured and is struggling to recover.
If you have been seriously injured in a motorcycle accident that was someone’s fault, you are facing a lengthy recovery. You may be discharged from the hospital to a rehabilitation facility for ongoing treatment or require months of outpatient physical therapy. You may be unable to work for an extended period of time and lose significant income. You will need access to all of the financial resources available to you to cover your medical bills and support your family. That is where an experienced St. Louis motorcycle crash attorney can serve you. When Sansone, Sumner & Lauber represents a motorcycle crash victim, what we do is:
A motorcycle injury attorney at Sansone, Sumner & Lauber will conduct a thorough investigation of the accident to identify all the potentially responsible parties. If the accident is complex, we may hire a traffic reconstruction expert to identify precisely how the motorcycle accident occurred. In many multi-vehicle accidents, more than one driver or other party may have contributed to the crash. An unsafe roadway design or uneven pavement also may have contributed to the accident as well as another driver’s carelessness. Identifying all the responsible parties broadens the number of insurance companies that may be liable for paying compensation for your injuries.
As riders ourselves, we understand the misperceptions that many motorists (and therefore jurors and witnesses) have about motorcycles and motorcyclists. Many motorists mistakenly perceive that a motorcycle was speeding even when it was not or that the motorcyclist caused the collision, when that was not the legal cause. As motorcycle riders, we understand that bikers often face cultural bias from other motorists, police and some jurors. When we take motorcycle accident cases to trial, we carefully question prospective jurors about their perception of motorcyclists to try to screen those who may be biased against motorcycle riders. Being sensitive to the biases that motorcyclists face is an important part of being an effective advocate for an injured motorcyclist.
When your future depends on the outcome of your injury case, choose a St. Louis personal injury attorney who has the skill and experience to make a difference.
At Sansone, Sumner & Lauber, we are understandably proud of our track record of verdicts and settlements. They reflect the success we have had in obtaining compensation for people who have been injured—people just like you or your loved one. Check out our case results.
Motorcycle Accident Hit and Run
Our client, a motorcyclist, was injured in a multi-vehicle accident on I-44 west of St. Louis by a motorist who fled the scene and was never identified. We obtained a substantial insurance settlement for our client by demanding that the insurance company stack the uninsured motorist coverage on the polices covering our client’s three different vehicles. We successfully overcame the insurance company’s objections. Our client has recovered and is able to ride his motorcycle again.
Motorcycle Passenger Injured in Crash
Our client, a motorcycle passenger, was injured and knocked unconscious when the intoxicated driver of the motorcycle took a turn too fast and crashed. Our client had $60,000 in medical bills, and the motorcyclist did not have insurance. We filed a lawsuit against the at-fault motorcyclist and our client’s insurance company. We succeeded in obtaining $150,000 in compensation for our client through the uninsured motorist coverage our client had in polices covering two separate vehicles.
Accidents involving a motorcycle and a car or truck rarely cause harm to the driver of the larger vehicle, but can be devastating to the motorcyclist. Lacking the protection of an enclosed passenger compartment, a motorcyclist is at risk of being thrown by the violent impact of a collision into an oncoming vehicle or onto the pavement.
A motorcyclist is vulnerable to suffering a head injury, traumatic brain injury (TBI), neck injury, facial injury and broken bones as a result of a collision.
The number of people killed and injured in motorcycle accidents has increased in recent years, even as other types of traffic deaths have declined. Motorcyclist accidents now account for roughly one out of every seven traffic fatalities, compared to one out of 10 a decade ago.
The common injuries in motorcycle accidents include:
The common causes of motorcycle accidents include inattentive or distracted drivers, road hazards such as uneven pavement and defective motorcycle equipment. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the most common types and causes of motorcycle accidents include:
Injury Patterns and Severity Among Hospitalized Motorcyclists
Lower-Extremity Injuries in Motorcycle Crashes
Motorcycle Helmet Use and Head and Facial Injuries
Spinal Injuries in Motorcycle Crashes: Patterns and Outcomes
Spinal Cord Injuries