Motorcycle Accident Attorney in Independence
Responsive and Personalized Representation with 32 Years of Experience
Motorcycle crashes can result in serious injury, often due to the lack of protection a motorcycle offers. Whether you are a motorcyclist who has been injured in an accident or a driver of a motor vehicle injured by a motorcycle, you can file a lawsuit to sue for monetary and non-monetary damages. Wrabec Law, P.C. handles a range of accident cases and has 32 years of combined experience, so you can trust that the firm knows how to effectively strategize your motorcycle accident claim. Most accidents follow the same comparative negligence laws after all, so an experienced professional is one of the best assets you can have for retaining damages.
Missouri’s Motorcycle Laws
Recall that motorcyclists in Missouri must have a valid Class M motorcycle license or permit in order to legally operate the vehicle. Motorcyclists must also carry liability insurance that covers damages sustained by other vehicles in an accident that the motorcyclist may have caused, as well as uninsured motorist coverage.
Motorcyclists should follow the same rules of the road and exercise the same caution as standard automobile drivers, but Missouri also implements additional rules for motorcyclists:
- every motorcyclist 26 years or younger must wear a helmet while operating;
- every motorcycle must have a headlamp, a rear reflector, and 2 rear lights;
- motorcycles cannot carry passengers unless they are designed to.
Note that as with most accident claims, motorcycle accident lawsuits must be filed within 5 years of the accident. If the accident was fatal, the deceased person’s family members have 3 years from the date of the accident to file a wrongful death lawsuit.
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Injured parties may elect to file a personal injury lawsuit for the motorcycle accident or an insurance claim with their own insurance company or that of the at-fault party. In both cases, though, the plaintiff will need to prove that the other party was at fault for the accident. If the plaintiff is found to hold some responsibility for the accident, they may retain the total amount of damages reduced by their percentage of fault, according to Missouri’s comparative negligence laws.
There are a few different ways a plaintiff may prove the other party’s fault, such as by showing the other’s negligence (the defendant breached their duty of care on the road owed to the plaintiff, which resulted in the plaintiff’s injuries). In special cases, the motorcyclist or driver may not be at fault at all if it is shown that the crash resulted in a defect in the vehicle, such as a defective brake system or dangerous conditions on the accident premises.
If the plaintiff is successful in suing for damages, they may retain economic (monetary) damages like medical bills and lost wages and non-economic (non-monetary) damages like pain and suffering. If the court found that the defendant caused the accident willfully, they may also order punitive damages meant primarily to punish the defendant.
Wrabec Law, P.C. can build a strong case for you to recover maximum damages following a motorcycle accident. Chances are you can retain at least some amount of damages for your injuries, but an experienced professional might help you get even more. Wrabec Law, P.C. is informed by 32 years of combined experience, 17 years of which took place in tough trials. When your physical, mental, and emotional health is at stake, let a local and loyal law firm champion your case.
Contact Wrabec Law, P.C. today for more information on your legal options. Let’s sue for maximum compensation today.
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