Written by attorney Christopher Steven Hoffmann

Accidents Involving a Car & a Motorcycle: Who is at Fault?

Drivers of motorcycles are at higher risk of injury and death than those of passenger cars. They must take extra care and precaution to ensure that they are visible to other motorists and wear special protective gear to help prevent grave injury in the event of a collision. If you are involved in an accident while driving a motorcycle take care to make note of all of the events leading up to it and hire a Missouri motorcycle accident attorney that has successfully handled similar cases in the past. You will need someone by your side with experience to prove negligence.

Statistically, a motorcycle driver and passengers stand a higher chance of suffering serious injury or death in an accident than those in the car. The extent of injury is often times very extensive and may require the victim to undergo expensive medical procedures and be subject to years of follow up care and therapy. In order to receive any compensation for the personal injury the motorcyclist must be able to prove that he or she was not responsible for the accident.

On average, 2 out of every 3 motorcycle accidents occur when a driver fails to see an oncoming motorcycle and give it its right of way. A car will either pull out onto a road or merge into a lane directly in front of the motorcycle. If there is no ample time or space than the motorcycle may collide with the car. The burden of proving that the motorcyclist was not doing anything that would inhibit his ability to stop in time falls upon the personal injury attorney.

Earlier this year in Miller County, Missouri a driver and his passenger both died as a result of a collision with another moving vehicle. The driver of the car crossed an intersection, failing to yield to the oncoming motorcycle. In a case like this one it will be up to the plaintiffs lawyers to prove that even though it was the motorcycle that hit the SUV, the driver of the SUV acted with negligence by not acknowledging the motorcyclist and giving him his right of way.

In Morgan County, a motorcyclist and his passenger recently suffered serious injury when the driver attempted to pass a small pick-up truck. The driver of the motorcycle failed to notice that the truck was making a turn and collided with it.

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The task of proving that a motorist was simply not paying enough attention or was distracted while driving when they collided with a motorcycle is difficult. With the high number of serious injury and death associated with motorcycle accidents each year personal injury lawyers are being called upon more and more often to do just that.

If you have been injured in an auto accident, it is imperative to contact a personal injury lawyer right away.

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For legal assistance, call The Hoffmann Law Firm at (314) 361-4242. We offer free consultations in all personal injury cases and you never pay attorney fees unless we recover compensation for you.

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