Legal Representation for Motorcycle Crash Victims in Independence, Missouri
For the many Missouri motorcycle drivers who fall victim to other motorists’ negligence, justice can seem elusive.
To begin with, the crashes in and of themselves are horrible. Motorcyclists tend to be smart and responsible people, but accidents can happen to anyone.
In the case of a motorcycle crash, the biker is left almost entirely unprotected. Helmets and safety gear, while absolutely essential, can only so do much in a high-speed or high-impact collision.
Sadly, many of these cases are fatal. Family members are left stunned and heartbroken from instantaneous tragedy. Victims never see their accidents coming, and the aftermath presents a terrible emotional challenge.
Bikers who manage to survive frequently face a long, uphill battle – not only for physical recovery but also for financial recovery from the at-fault party’s insurance company.
Today’s insurance companies make life very difficult on motorcycle accident victims and their families. Many have adopted an unofficial “deny and defend” policy, which means that their first instinct is to either lowball or deny every claim that they receive, regardless of whether it has merit.
That isn’t fair, nor is it lawful. Insurance companies have an obligation to pay for the damages that their policyholders cause. In many cases, the victim’s own insurance company has obligations, too.
They tend to skirt those obligations, though, until an experienced personal injury law firm intervenes.
The Independence motorcycle accident lawyers at Horn Law have decades of experience in bike crash litigation. For many years, our attorneys defended the insurance companies in cases like these. Today, we use that insider knowledge to help victims, instead.
Our office is united by the same goal: To maximize your compensation and demand justice for the devastation that you’ve endured.
Driver Negligence Causes Most Independence Motorcycle Accidents
Did you know that car drivers, not bikers, are responsible for the majority of motorcycle accidents? Sadly, studies show that drivers have a hard time seeing motorcycles, especially at high speeds.
Moreover, many simply forget to look for them. Some drivers are even reluctant to share the roads with motorcyclists safely – often because of misperceptions about bikers and their rights on the road.
The most common causes of motorcycle crashes include:
- Failure to accurately estimate a motorcycle’s traveling speed
- Following too closely, while driving behind a motorcycle
- Failing to check blind spots before merging or changing lanes
- Parked car doors that open into the path of an oncoming motorcycle
- Making an unsafe left turn in front of an oncoming motorcycle
- Motorcycles that are hard to see at night, especially in poorly lit intersections
- Road rage
- Impaired driving (driving under the influence of alcohol, prescription medication, or recreational drugs)
- Drowsy driving
- Distracted driving (including texting and driving, a growing problem in Missouri)
- Defective motorcycle parts
- Poor vehicle / motorcycle maintenance
The Independence motorcycle accident lawyers at Horn Law are fully equipped to identify liability and pursue compensation accordingly, no matter what your crash might look like. If someone else’s negligence caused you or your family hardship, we want to help.
A Free Case Review: Answers to Your Questions
No case is too big or too small. We’re ready to do what it takes to put you in the best possible position for the future. We can even visit your home or hospital, if you aren’t able to make it to our office.
It all starts with a free case review, which is our chance to get a closer look at the facts, and your chance to ask questions. We’ll consider every possible path to compensation, and give you our honest opinion about the strength and potential value of your case.
We care about what happens to you. Contact our Independence motorcycle accident attorneys today.
Take Your Next Steps
When you hire a law firm, you want a fighter. We are dedicated to delivering the passion that you expect, and the respect that you deserve.
We accept motorcycle accident cases on a contingency fee basis. This means that you won’t have to pay for our services out of pocket when you hire us. Instead, we’ll advance all the costs of litigation for you, and we only charge a fee for our time if we succeed.
Contact Lead Attorney Doug Horn online today or call 816-795-7500.