Skilled Rolla, MO Lawyers Assist Victims of Truck and Motorcycle Accidents
Determined representation focused on recovering maximum compensation
As vehicles go, commercial trucks and motorcycles have very little in common, except perhaps that accidents involving either often result in severe harm. With trucks, the size, weight and speed of the vehicle can easily cause terrible damage. Motorcycles, on the other hand, are lightweight and nonthreatening, but they leave riders and passengers exposed to potentially deadly impacts. If you or a loved one has been injured in a commercial truck or motorcycle accident, you can trust the personal injury attorneys at Williams, Robinson, Rigler & Buschjost, P.C. in Rolla to fight for your rights. We are an established law firm with a reputation for the utmost professionalism. We serve all of South-Central Missouri and fight with determination to help our clients obtain the full measure of compensation they deserve for the harm they have suffered.
Staying safe on your motorcycle in South-Central Missouri
Despite the inherent danger of riding a motorcycle, there are steps riders can take to reduce the chances of an accident and the harm they suffer when an accident does occur. These steps include:
- Maintaining your bike
- Using your headlight to increase visibility even in daytime
- Riding in the center of the lane
- Avoiding slick surfaces, such as manhole covers, steel plates and large painted areas of the street
- Looking 12 seconds ahead to spot hazards
- Using mirrors and turn signals effectively
- Wearing approved safety equipment and protective riding gear
Missouri Revised Statute §302.020 reads as follows: “Every person operating or riding as a passenger on any motorcycle … upon any highway of this state shall wear protective headgear at all times the vehicle is in motion. The protective headgear shall meet reasonable standards and specifications established by the director.”
But before you get the idea that you can ride on city streets without a helmet, you should know that the statutes’ definition of a highway is “any public thoroughfare for vehicles, including state roads, county roads and public streets, avenues, boulevards, parkways, or alleys in any municipality.”
How to start the motorcycle accident claim process
If you have been in a motorcycle accident, you may have the right to recover compensation for your personal injuries, your wrecked bike, and your damaged clothes and equipment. However, you can only recover if you can prove that someone else caused the accident. Liability depends on proof that someone other than yourself acted carelessly and caused the accident that inflicted harm on you. Therefore, the first step in the process is investigating your crash to determine who might have been at fault. Our firm works with qualified accident reconstruction experts who examine physical evidence to determine causation. We also search for witnesses to the crash who might strengthen your case. However, it’s imperative that you call us right away, before physical evidence is destroyed and witnesses’ memories start to fade.
Common causes of truck accidents
Causation is also important in truck accident cases. Common causes of commercial truck accidents include:
- Aggressive driving
- Distracted driving
- Driver fatigue
- Impaired driving
- Truck equipment failure, such as brakes or tires
- Passenger car interference
- Poor road conditions
- Poor truck maintenance
- Poorly loaded cargo
As with motorcycle and auto accidents, we employ experts in accident reconstruction to thoroughly investigate the truck accident and pinpoint the cause so we can hold the appropriate parties fully accountable.
How to start the truck accident insurance claim process
If you have been harmed in a commercial truck accident, your first step should be to talk to an experienced and reputable truck accident attorney. Trucking companies are required to carry sufficient insurance to cover catastrophic accidents, but that doesn’t mean reaching a fair settlement is easy. These companies have robust legal resources focused on one goal: to reduce the payout for accident claims. To level the playing field, you need professional representation with experience and resources. When you choose our personal injury law firm, you get a highly professional legal team dedicated to pursuing the full compensation you deserve.
For aggressive representation for your truck or motorcycle accident, call our Rolla law firm today
Williams, Robinson, Rigler & Buschjost, P.C. in Rolla represents victims of truck and motorcycle accidents throughout South-Central Missouri. To schedule a free appointment to discuss your case, call 573-458-5200 or contact us online.