$1.25 Million Awarded in Fatal Motorcycle Accident
In 2010, a woman talking on her cell phone pulled her car out of a parking lot and directly into the path of a motorcycle. The 55-year-old motorcyclist sustained catastrophic personal injuries in the collision and died 8 days later. A jury recently awarded the motorcycle accident victim’s family a $1.25 million settlement in compensation for medical expenses, loss of income, anguish, grief and mental depression.
As spring approaches, more motorcyclists will be traveling on St. Louis roadways. According to the Missouri Department of Transportation, Missouri motorcycle accidents killed 85 people in 2009. In 99% of collisions with other vehicles, the motorcycle operator dies. In a nationwide study of the 1.2 million non-fatal motorcycle accidents that occurred between 2001 and 2008, the Centers for Disease Control found that 30% of accidents caused personal injuries to the leg or foot; 22%, to the head or neck; 20%, to the upper trunk; 18%, to the arm or hand and 8%, to the lower trunk. In that same time period, motorcycle accident fatalities increased 55%, killing 34,000 motorcyclists.
When St. Louis motorcycle accidents occur, even non-fatal personal injuries can be life-altering. Head and neck injuries can cause paralysis and loss of cognitive function. Hand and foot injuries can cause lifelong pain and disabilities that can impair the accident victim’s ability to return to his job. Loss of income during the accident victim’s rehabilitation or in the case of permanent disability can place a severe financial and emotional strain on the victim’s family.
During our investigation of motorcycle accidents over the years, we have reviewed reports and statements taken at the scene to be inaccurate, incomplete and mostly assigning fault with the biker. This is not a legal finding. You do not have to accept the insurance company’s denial of your claim. Let our experienced Missouri motorcycle injury attorneys properly investigate all aspects of the accident to determine who was truly at fault.
Our attorneys have been successful in helping motorcyclists who have been injured in accidents get the compensation they are entitled to. If you or a family member has been in a motorcycle accident call our St. Louis motorcycle accident attorney today at (866) 298-1020 for a free consultation.
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