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St. Louis Harley Davidson Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Assistance


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11/5/2015
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St. Louis Harley Davidson Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Assistance

 

To some riders, Harley-Davidson is not just a motorcycle – it’s a way of life. The fact that riding a motorcycle means quadrupling your risk of injury and increasing your risk of death twenty-fold is seen by some Harley-Davidson riders as a badge of honor. Some Harley-Davidson riders get more than they bargained for, however, when the consequences turn out to be more serious than they anticipated. If you are considering filing a lawsuit over a St. Louis Harley-Davidson motorcycle accident, your choice of attorney may be the most important decision you make in the entire case.

 

Causes of Motorcycle Accidents and Injuries

 

Most (but not all) motorcycle accidents involve a collision between a motorcycle and an automobile or truck. Some of the most common causes for motorcycle accidents include:

 
  • A motorist abruptly turns into the motorcyclist’s lane because he didn’t see him,
     

  • A highway motorist merges into a passing motorcyclist,
     

  • The motorcycle malfunctions at high speed,
     

  • An otherwise minor accident turns tragic because the motorcyclist was not wearing a helmet,
     

  • A motorist is distracted by texting or answering a cell phone.

 

The Harley-Davidson “Death Wobble”

 

Of particular concern to Harley-Davidson riders is the so-called “Death Wobble” (also known as the Harley-Davidson Wobble), a malfunction allegedly experienced by some Harley-Davidson riders. The Death Wobble refers to a shaking of the entire bike that can cause the rider to lose control and crash. Some riders report this phenomenon at speeds as low as 25 mph. One of the most high-profile deaths attributed to the Death Wobble occurred in 2002 when Raleigh, N.C. police officer Charles Paul died after being thrown from his bike. Officer Paul’s relatives settled a wrongful death claim with Harley-Davidson in 2008.

 

Types of Motorcycle Accidents

 

Although most motorcycle accidents are caused by collisions with automobiles, a variety of other types of accidents occur, such as:

 
  • Motorcycle-truck crashes,
     

  • Motorcycle-fixed object crashes,
     

  • Motorcycle-pedestrian crashes,
     

  • Motorcycle-motorcycle crashes,
     

  • Motorcycle crashes caused by discontinuous or irregular road surfaces,
     

  • Motorcycle crashes caused by mechanical malfunctions or defective tires.


Types of Claims

 

Three main types of claims can support a motorcycle lawsuit, depending on the details of the accident:

 
  • Negligence: Carelessness on the part of another driver or the state government (for improperly maintaining the road);
     

  • Intentional or reckless misconduct: Automobile or motorcycle racing, driving while intoxicated and deliberate criminal acts (punitive damages may be available if the victim was not also at fault, as might be the case in a motorcycle race);
     

  • Product liability: A manufacturing or design defect in the motorcycle itself, or even in a traffic light, can support a product liability lawsuit.

 

Taking Legal Action


Winning a Harley Davidson motorcycle accident, whether in court or at the settlement table, is complex, time-consuming and uncertain in all but the most open-and-shut cases. As experienced motorcycle accident lawyers with a long track record of successful lawsuits and settlements, we can shift the odds in your favor. Call Alvin Wolff at 314-241-2500 for your free initial consultation.

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