Missouri Wine County Accidents
Motorcycle Accident on Missouri Wine Country Tour Ride
The Missouri Wine Country Tour Ride is a 60-mile stretch from St. Charles to Herman that the winds along State Road 94 through some of the most beautiful scenery in Missouri. This route is deceptively dangerous, however, because of the twists and turns in the road and because of the inebriated condition of many of the drivers who have had “one too many” at the wineries. Under these conditions, motorcyclists are particularly at risk for serious accidents and injuries that follow.
Motorcycle accidents are particularly common and serious, because of a motorcycle’s low visibility and relative lack of protection. Following are some of the most common causes of motorcycle accidents:
Automobiles turning left: Although it is never a good idea to attempt to pass an automobile while its left turn signal is blinking, some motorists drive as if turn signals are optional. This results in rear-end collisions and side impacts.
Driving in a motorist’s blind spot: Motorcycles can be hard to spot in the first place, and the problem is compounded when a motorist attempts to change lanes with an unseen motorcyclist in his blind spot.
Distracted driving: Texting while driving and similar activities compound the problem of low visibility for motorcycles.
Weaving through sluggish traffic: The ability to weave through sluggish traffic is a perceived advantage of a motorcycle; however, weaving is dangerous even in slow traffic due to the close quarters, limited maneuvering room and short reaction time involved.
Cars crossing the center line: Head-on collisions are the single most common cause of motorcycle accident deaths, and they are particularly likely to happen along the Missouri Wine Country route, because intoxicated drivers are prone to cross the center line when rounding curves.
Under Missouri personal injury law, a driver is negligent when he fails to exercise the highest degree of care. To win an auto accident lawsuit in Missouri you must prove that the other driver was negligent, that his negligence actually caused the accident, and that you suffered damages as a result. You will then be entitled to enough money to compensate you for all of your losses including medical expenses, lost work time, physical pain and the psychological anguish of losing the ability to perform certain daily tasks (such as exercising, for example). You might also be able to recover the cost of filing the lawsuit.
If the drivers share fault, the court will determine the percentage of fault of each driver and reduce each driver’s damages in proportion to his own percentage of fault. Even though most auto accident lawsuits are settled out of court, you may have to file a lawsuit to motivate the other driver’s insurance company to negotiate fairly with you. If you don’t file a lawsuit within Missouri’s five-year statute of limitations, you will never be able to file one, and your claim’s value will drop to zero.
It is not a good idea to represent yourself in a personal injury lawsuit or settlement negotiations, because you will be facing expert insurance company lawyers and adjuster who negotiate and litigate claims for a living. If you were injured in an auto accident in Missouri’s wine country, it is best to retain the services of a legal professional who is experienced and has been trained in the art of confrontation. Pick up the phone today and call Alvin Wolff, Jr. at 314-241-2500 for your free consultation. We've been listed in Best Lawyers In America and Super Lawyers since 2009 because of our results.
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