The holidays should be a time of celebration and enjoyment for everyone, but in this case, families are grieving instead. On the day after Christmas, Richard Williamson, 35, was traveling on Missouri 210 on his Kawasaki motorcycle. That was when a vehicle made a left turn in front of him.
Police say that Williamson tried to avoid hitting the vehicle but still hit the car’s side. The impact threw him from his bike and he was struck by an SUV traveling on the highway. He died at the hospital.
At Mayer & Rosenberg, P.C., we know that this is not uncommon. Motorcyclists are vulnerable when they hit the roadway. Even with a motorcyclist takes precautions and rides safely, they cannot predict the actions of other driver’s around them. If you need a Kansas City motorcycle accident attorney, you can count on us to be here for you, working to secure the compensation you deserve for all of your accident-related expenses.
Statistics For Missouri
For the latest reporting year in the state, there were:
- 158,015 total vehicle crashes
- 947 people killed in crashes
- 57,811 people injured in crashes
- 2,529 motorcycle crashes
Motorcyclists are much more vulnerable than regular vehicle passengers when accidents occur. Even with a helmet, a rider is in danger of major personal injuries. There is just no way for their bodies to absorb the impact of a fast-moving vehicle that weight tens of thousands of pounds. If that is not enough, they usually have a second impact with the ground. In the story above, the rider was even struck by another vehicle after the impact.
The injuries from a motorcycle accident can include:
- Spinal cord trauma (paralysis is common)
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Broken and dislocated bones
- Internal organ damages or bleeding
- Severe lacerations and road rash
In the best-case scenario, these injuries will result in emergency medical procedures which can become very expensive. Unfortunately, we know that there may be a need for long-term rehabilitation and care for a person to make a full recovery.
Will insurance cover all of the medical expenses as well as lost income?
Why They Occur
In many cases, motorcycle accidents occur in the same ways that all other accidents do. We know that the main causes of vehicle crashes revolve around driver error, usually caused by those who:
- Speed or drive aggressively
- Operate while distracted
- Are impaired by drugs or alcohol
We also know that people tend to be careless around motorcyclists, making the landscape even more dangerous.
What You Can Do
If you or someone you care about has been involved in a motorcycle accident that was caused by another person’s negligent behavior, call us today. At Mayer & Rosenberg, P.C., we will work tirelessly to ensure that you get fair compensation. This is not just medical expenses, but other hidden costs as well (lost wages, pain and suffering, etc.).
You should not be put into financial jeopardy just because someone else was reckless. When you need a Kansas City motorcycle accident attorney, you can contact us for a free consultation by clicking here or calling 816-941-8949.