Motorcycle Accident Attorneys
Serving Kansas City, Independence, Blue Springs & Lee’s Summit
Over the years, Horn Law has successfully resolved a wide range of motorcycle accident claims resulting in serious injury and wrongful death. Recently, Horn Law produced over 60 short video clips covering frequent questions and answers about motorcycle injury cases. Please navigate to Motorcycle Q and A Videos.
Accident Legal Representation
Because of the life-changing trauma caused by motorcycle accidents, Horn Law is usually contacted by a family member or friend of the motorcycle accident victim. Horn Law attorneys, Doug Horn and Laurie Del Percio, are Kansas City accident lawyers who are ready, willing, and able to give immediate legal consultation to help lessen the burden on friends and family, particularly in regards investigations and insurance issues.
Motorcycle Accident Investigation
Most accidents involving a motorcyclist occur because a negligent driver claims he or she never saw the motorcyclist. As such, immediate accident scene investigation is necessary. The investigation must include photos, videos, measurements, and documentation of vegetation and other physical characteristics such as sun position and artificial lighting.
Investigation for the purpose of a legal claim should never solely rely upon police reports. An independent investigation, done by trained investigators, is often necessary in a motorcycle collision case.
Preservation of evidence and witness statements are very important, especially to establish the path of travel and possible evasive maneuvers attempted by the motorcyclist. Crash contact points and fluid trails can support accident reconstruction opinions.
Due to the fact that motorcycle accidents caused by negligent drivers often lead to serious injury or wrongful death, insurance companies are very aggressive in finding evidence to minimize the injured motorcyclist’s claims. For example, an insurance company may take the position that the motorcyclist was partly responsible for the collision. This is called “comparative fault” and under the laws of both Missouri and Kansas it can significantly limit the motorcyclist’s claim if not properly handled.
Legal consultation with an accident attorney will cover all the relevant legal claims and avenues of recovery, including the motorcyclist’s own policies of insurance.
At the outset, it is important for an attorney to help the injured motorcyclist obtain the best medical care available. Although the attorney should never be involved with medical decisions or recommendations, it is the responsibility of the attorney to sufficiently document and prove up medical causation, medical expense, short-term full and partial disability, long-term full and partial disability, future medical, and other issues that directly or indirectly affect the economic and non-economic damages.
It is important that your motorcycle accident attorney have a track record in cases involving head injuries, neck, back, and spinal injuries, bone fractures/joint injuries, catastrophic injuries, disfigurement injuries, including road rash, scars, burns, and other trauma. In many cases, special experts must be retained to prove the degree of disability, life-care needs, and the effect on earning capacity.
Contact Our Kansas City Motorcycle Accident Attorneys
While in some motorcycle accident cases it is clearly evident that a lawsuit against the negligent parties is required, there are other cases that can be settled. In either case, you must have a thorough case evaluation because your motorcycle accident claim is typically your one and only opportunity to obtain a fair and full recovery.
Moreover, the conduct of the negligent driver must be taken into account. For example, the fault of the negligent driver may be aggravated by the fact that he or she was impaired, distracted, or driving in a reckless manner.
In addition to liability and fault, the case evaluation takes into account a number of other factors. Other important factors include the medical course, including tests, nature of treatment, and rehabilitation. The damages, economic and non-economic, past, present, and future are relevant to determining the case value, especially cases that are litigated.
Horn Law offers you a free investigation. Legal consultation, case assessments, and examinations from an experienced personal injury attorney are important when you are working with insurance claim agents or other insurance company representatives. Contact Horn Law at 816-795-7500 free of charge for legal consultation.