Missouri Motorcycle Accident Lawyer

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There are some depressing statistics out there for motorcyclists. If you drive a motorcycle you are 21 times more likely to die in an accident than if you drove a car or truck. Every year, 165,000 Americans are hospitalized as a result of a motorcycle accident. Without the same protection offered by a car or truck, motorcyclists face some of the most dangerous elements on the road. Keeping this in mind, there are steps you can take to protect yourself.

You need to make sure you work with a qualified insurance agent familiar with Missouri insurance requirements for motorcycles. They can ensure you are properly covered in all situations. For motorcyclists, there are a couple different types of coverage. One is uninsured motorist coverage, which is coverage on your policy, and it pays for your injuries when someone who doesn't have any coverage causes the injury to you. Then there is underinsured motorist coverage, which pays you for your injuries when the person who is at fault has insurance coverage, but their liability limit is not high enough for compensate you fully.

If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, you need to find a personal injury attorney to represent you, someone who will fight for you every step of the way. Your injuries could require long term rehabilitation or even lead to a life long disability. Don't worry if you cannot afford an attorney; most firms will take your case on contingency. This means you pay nothing until you win your case. Your attorney will take a percentage of your award as a fee for their services. Some think the fees are high but keep in mind that these attorneys get nothing if you lose. An experienced lawyer will send you to doctors that are familiar with personal injury cases and testifying in a courtroom.

If a motorcyclist was not wearing a helmet while riding a motorcycle, and they got into an accident due to the other drivers fault, they can still file a claim against the at-fault driver. Every state's helmet laws differ from one another. Missouri recently voted to change theirs. Now, motorcyclists over the age of 21 do not have to wear helmets unless they're riding on an interstate.

Even if you are partially at fault for the accident, you can still recover a percentage of the damages. An example is if you were 10% at fault and the amount of damages for you amounted to $100,000, then you would receive $90,000. Consult with a Missouri motorcycle accident attorney to find out what this means for your case.

While you should take every precaution to protect yourself on your motorcycle, your efforts shouldn't stop there. Protect yourself in an accident by hiring an experienced Missouri motorcycle attorney. They will protect your rights and make sure you have a fighting chance to be compensated for your injuries.


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