Motorcycle Accidents

Experienced legal representation for

victims of motorcycle accidents
Motorbike accident on the city street

Understanding the risks

Riding a motorcycle presents a series of unique risks that other motorists don't have to contend with. Since motorcycles are the smallest road-legal form of transportation, they are more easily obscured by other vehicles on the road or bad weather, making them a much harder target for motorists to spot. Most drivers of cars and trucks also lack the understanding of how a motorcycle moves, and may be more likely to incorrectly predict their motions on the road. Additionally, hazards like potholes, uneven roads, oil slicks and general debris can pose a serious threat to the stability of a motorcycle. Many riders also underestimate the considerable skill and coordination required to drive a motorcycle, and may overstep their limits and get into an accident.

Let us deal with insurance companies

While safety statistics for cars and trucks have improved dramatically in recent years, the fatality rate for motorcycle accidents has actually gotten worse. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, motorcyclists are six times more likely to die on the road than passenger vehicles. In an effort to balance this risk, the state of Missouri has mandated that all motorcyclists must have a certain level of insurance. However, in practice these insurance companies will do whatever they can to pay as little as possible in the event of a motorcycle accident, making it difficult to pay for medical bills and damages. Layton & Southard, LLC has over a decade of experience dealing with insurance companies, and will protect your interests after an accident.

We will safeguard your rights

The negligence of other drivers can get you into trouble on the road. It is important for you to understand that the courts in Missouri award damages on a pure comparative fault system, and your ability to argue your case will make the difference between claiming compensation and being left with nothing. In other cases, manufacturer defects may cause you to lose control of your bike at high speeds, causing you to go down. In any case, Layton & Southard, LLC is prepared to fight for your rights, and has the experience necessary to ensure that you walk away with the full award that you are entitled to under the law.
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