Motorcycle Accident Lawyers

Springfield, MO Motorcycle Accident Attorneys

Representing Injured Motorcyclists in Springfield, MO

Motorcycles offer a sense of freedom and excitement. However, that exhilaration comes with unavoidable risks. Riding a motorcycle increases the risks of serious injury if you are in an accident, and many drivers of enclosed vehicles fail to watch out for motorcyclists.

When you suffer injuries in a motorcycle crash, you should not wait to get legal advice, as you may be able to recover damages. At Bishop & Hayes, our goal is to help you secure the compensation you need to cover your losses and move forward. Our Springfield motorcycle accident lawyers dedicate almost 50 years of collective vehicular accident trial experience to helping victims of car, truck, and motorcycle accidents protect their rights and get justice. 

By concentrating solely on this single area of practice, we have developed the polished skills and in-depth knowledge of the law needed to maximize your financial recovery. One of our partners will handle your claim, not paralegals or associates, so you can be confident that an experienced attorney has your back every step of the way. Case handling by a high-level partner is particularly important when dealing with the complex insurance matters associated with motorcycle coverage. We care about your case and fight for the best results possible.

We can help you understand your legal options if you recently suffered injuries in a motorcycle accident that wasn’t your fault! Call (417) 785-3410 orcontact us onlineto schedule a free initial consultation today.

Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents in Springfield, Missouri

After a motorcycle collision, our Springfield motorcycle accident attorneys are ready to immediately investigate the wreck to determine liability and damages. We pursue theories based on skid marks, vehicle debris scatter, police reports, witness testimony, injuries, and your account of what happened. We look into whether the motorist was impaired by alcohol, distracted, texting, speeding, or driving carelessly at the time of the crash.

Many motorcycle accidents are caused by:

  • Failure to yield. Motorcycles are often overlooked at intersections or when drivers are making turns, leading to situations where drivers illegally or unsafely claim the right of way.
  • Distracted driving. Drivers who are not fully attentive to the road can fail to notice motorcycles due to their smaller size relative to other vehicles. Activities like texting, eating, or adjusting the radio can lead to catastrophic accidents.
  • Speeding. Exceeding the speed limit reduces a driver’s reaction time and ability to see motorcyclists with enough time to avoid a collision. High-speed impacts are particularly dangerous for motorcyclists.
  • Intoxicated driving. Operating a vehicle while impaired by drugs or alcohol severely hampers judgment, coordination, and reaction times, increasing the risk of missing visual or audio cues signaling a motorcycle’s presence.
  • Following too closely. Tailgating any vehicle is unsafe. This reckless behavior poses a significant risk to motorcyclists, as riders are more vulnerable to injury.
  • Poor lane usage. Swerving, drifting, or changing lanes without signaling can result in sideswiping a motorcycle that a driver hasn't noticed.


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Common Motorcycle Accident Injuries in Springfield, Missouri

Every car is equipped with seat belts, airbags, a specially designed crush-proof roof, and an impact-absorbent metal body. These safety features are designed to protect drivers from serious injuries during a crash. Motorcycles, on the other hand, have nothing to restrain the rider from ejection or to absorb the impact of the crash.

In addition, a motorist often does not see the motorcyclist until the moment of impact. A motorist who did not expect to hit something takes no evasive actions, such as braking at too slow a speed or swerving to avoid a direct hit.

For these reasons, motorcycle accidents tend to cause catastrophic injuries, including: 

  • Brain injuries. Brain injuries are among the most severe consequences of motorcycle accidents, often resulting from the significant force of impact during a collision. Even with helmet use, the sudden deceleration or acceleration of the head can cause the brain to move violently within the skull, potentially leading to traumatic brain injuries (TBIs). These injuries can range from mild concussions, which might result in temporary disorientation or unconsciousness, to more severe cases like contusions or hemorrhages, which can have long-lasting and life-altering effects. Our Springfield motorcycle accident lawyers can accurately assess the complete impact a brain injury has had on your life so we can seek full and fair compensation. 
  • Spinal cord injuries. Spinal cord injuries occur when the delicate nerves within the spinal column are bruised, stretched, or severed as a result of sudden blows or cuts common in vehicular collisions. For motorcyclists, who lack the surrounding protective structure that an automobile provides, the risk of a spinal injury is notably increased. The aftermath of these injuries can range from partial loss of motor functions, known as paraplegia or quadriplegia, to complete paralysis. Even with protective gear, the spine is vulnerable to the torque and impact forces of an accident, leading to life-changing disabilities that require extensive rehabilitation and support.
  • Crush injuries. Crush injuries occur when extreme force or pressure is exerted on a part of the body, often when a rider is pinned under a vehicle or debris. These types of injuries can be particularly catastrophic as they may cause severe damage to underlying tissues, bones, and organs. The crushing force can lead to fractures, bleeding, lacerations, and compounding complications like compartment syndrome, where increased pressure within a muscle area impedes blood flow and can result in permanent tissue damage.
  • Bone fractures. Bone fractures are a common and often severe outcome of motorcycle accidents given the exposed nature of the rider and the force of impacts involved. When a motorcyclist is thrown from the bike or collides with an object, the body absorbs significant kinetic energy, which can easily break bones. The most frequent fracture sites include the limbs, pelvis, collarbone, and ribs – areas with less muscular padding that are prone to direct trauma during a crash.
  • Road rash. This injury is a form of abrasion that occurs when a motorcyclist’s skin forcefully slides across the pavement, essentially being “sanded” away by the rough road surface. Depending on the speed at the moment of the accident and the distance of the slide, road rash can range from mild, with damage to only the outer layer of skin, to severe, where multiple layers of skin are stripped away, exposing muscles and bones.
  • Eye injuries. Particles from the road like dirt, gravel, or debris can be propelled at high speeds during a collision, creating a risk of scratching or penetrating the eye and possibly triggering permanent vision damage. Moreover, the sheer force of a motorcycle accident can cause blunt trauma to the eye area, resulting in conditions like orbital fractures or retinal detachment.
  • Amputations. In the chaos of a collision, motorcyclists face the risk of having a limb crushed, severely burned, or pinned under heavy objects or wreckage, which can compromise blood flow and lead to necrosis – the death of body tissue. In such cases, medical professionals may have no other option than to perform an amputation to prevent the spread of infection or to save the individual's life. Furthermore, accidents at high speeds can result in direct traumatic amputations, where a limb is severed instantaneously due to extreme force.
  • Facial injuries. A motorcyclist’s face is particularly exposed to direct contact with the road, other vehicles, and debris during a collision. Even with a full-face helmet, the intense impact can lead to fractures in the jaw, cheekbones, nasal bones, or orbital sockets. The skin and soft tissues of the face are particularly susceptible to deep cuts, lacerations, and abrasions, which may result in not only immediate trauma but also long-term cosmetic and functional complications. High-velocity impacts can cause severe dental trauma, including the loss or fracturing of teeth, which may necessitate complex reconstructive dental surgery.

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Our Attorneys Can Help You Recover Compensation for Motorcycle Accident Injuries in Springfield, MO!

In Missouri, you typically have five years from the date of your motorcycle accident to bring a personal injury claim against the negligent party. This may seem like a long time, but it is in your best interest to promptly start the legal process. Doing so allows for the timely collection and preservation of evidence that is key to building a strong case. Plus, you deserve to recover compensation as quickly as possible. Our dedicated team at Bishop & Hayes is here to help you recover everything you are entitled to under the law. 

Our Springfield motorcycle accident attorneys can fight to get you just compensation for economic and non-economic damages, including:

  • Medical bills
  • Property damage
  • Lost wages
  • Lost earning potential
  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Loss of consortium

You do not have to go through this alone! You owe us nothing unless we win your motorcycle accident case, so call (417) 785-3410 or contact us online today!

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