Motorcycle Accidents

Motorcycle Accident Attorneys

Protecting the Rights of Motorcycle Accident Injury Victims

Every motorcyclist knows that other drivers do not always show them the appropriate level of caution and respect on the road. Unfortunately, the unavoidable vulnerability of motorcyclists means that any collision can result in severe or even catastrophic injuries. These injuries can range from broken bones and lacerations to more serious conditions like traumatic brain injuries or spinal cord damage, which can lead to long-term disabilities and the need for ongoing medical care.

You shouldn’t have to worry about how you will cover your losses from a motorcycle accident that wasn’t your fault. At Bishop & Hayes, we exclusively focus on automobile injury cases and can provide the results-oriented representation you need to recover the compensation you deserve. Our motorcycle accident lawyers have over 50 years of collective legal experience and regularly handle claims in Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Arkansas. You will work directly with one of our partner attorneys from beginning to end, and with millions secured for our clients, you can trust your case will be in good hands. 

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Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents

All drivers are legally obligated to share the road with others on the road, including pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorcyclists. When a driver negligently fails to give a motorcyclist space and courtesy, they generally become liable for any injuries their actions cause.

Many motorcycle accidents are the result of:

  • Distracted driving. When motor vehicle drivers engage in activities like texting, eating, or using in-car technology, their attention drifts from the road. Motorcyclists, due to their smaller size compared to cars, are particularly vulnerable to being missed by a distracted driver, leading to dangerous collisions.
  • Driving under the influence. Drivers operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs pose a severe risk to themselves and others, including motorcyclists. Impaired judgment, slowed reaction time, and decreased motor skills can result in the driver failing to see a motorcycle or misjudging its speed and distance, leading to accidents.
  • Speeding. Excessive speed reduces a driver's ability to react to obstacles or changes in traffic conditions. For motorcyclists, a speedy encounter can be extremely dangerous or even lethal, especially if a driver loses control or is unable to stop in time to avoid a collision.
  • Failure to yield the right of way. Motorcyclists are often put at risk by drivers who fail to yield the right-of-way at intersections, during lane changes, or when entering a roadway. This negligence can cause side-impact or head-on collisions, which for motorcyclists often result in severe injury or death.
  • Tailgating. Following a motorcycle too closely, or tailgating, can easily lead to rear-end collisions if the motorcyclist is forced to stop suddenly. A rear-end collision can throw a motorcyclist off their bike, leading to serious injuries.

Not sure what exactly caused your collision? Our motorcycle accident attorneys are skilled investigators who can thoroughly assess all available evidence to determine liability and whether you have a strong case.


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Common Motorcycle Accident Injuries

Motorcycle accident injuries are frequently catastrophic due to the fundamental lack of protective barriers that are inherent to motor vehicles. Unlike cars, equipped with seat belts, airbags, and a frame that surrounds the occupants, motorcyclists are exposed directly to the force of an impact. Even with the use of helmets and protective gear, riders do not have the structural defense against direct collisions or the secondary impact of being thrown onto the road or into other objects. This exposure significantly increases the risk of life-threatening or irreversible injuries.

Our motorcycle accident lawyers are ready to fight for you if you suffered any of the following injuries due to another driver’s negligence:

  • Brain injuries. Brain injuries are among the most common and severe outcomes of motorcycle accidents, and they can happen even if the motorcyclist was wearing a helmet at the time of the collision. Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) can range from mild concussions to more serious conditions that may result in permanent cognitive impairment, personality changes, or disabilities.
  • Road rash. When bikers are thrown from their motorcycles, their skin may slide across the pavement, resulting in abrasions known as road rash. While this might sound like a relatively minor injury, road rash can be incredibly painful, and severe cases may require surgical interventions like skin grafts to heal properly and minimize scarring.
  • Lower extremity injuries. Legs and feet are particularly vulnerable in motorcycle accidents. Fractures, broken bones, and even amputations are common. Knees can also suffer significant damage, requiring surgeries and leading to chronic issues.
  • Spinal cord injuries. Spinal injuries are some of the most catastrophic injuries suffered in motorcycle accidents. They can lead to partial or complete paralysis and require extensive rehabilitation and adaptive technologies to assist with daily activities.
  • Internal injuries. The force of impact can cause damage to organs and lead to internal bleeding. These types of injuries can be especially dangerous, as they may not be immediately apparent and can be life-threatening if not treated promptly.

I Wasn’t Wearing a Helmet. Can I Still File a Motorcycle Accident Lawsuit?

Most states require motorcyclists to wear helmets that meet specified safety standards. If you were not wearing a helmet at the time of an accident, recovering compensation through a personal injury claim may be more complicated depending on the “shared responsibility” rules of your state. Our legal professionals at Bishop & Hayes are familiar with the nuances of these rules and can walk you through your legal options.

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We Can Help You Recover Compensation for Motorcycle Accident Injuries!

When you work with our firm, our goal is to help you recover every dollar you need to cover your tangible and intangible losses. A personal injury claim allows you to seek compensation for both economic and non-economic damages, but you must file your civil lawsuit before the legal time limit that applies to your case expires. Getting in touch with us as soon as you can after a motorcycle accident can help ensure you do not miss a deadline and lose your right to recover damages.

We can work to secure compensation for all losses, including:

  • Medical expenses
  • Property damage
  • Lost income and earning potential
  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Loss of consortium

You pay nothing unless we win your motorcycle accident case! Contact us online or call (417) 304-3228 to schedule a time to speak to one of our legal professionals today.

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