Kansas City Motorcycle Accident Attorneys
Aggressive Representation for Injured Motorcyclists in Missouri and Kansas
Motorcycle crashes rarely result in just minor injuries. Motorcyclists involved in an accident are likely facing fatality or severe, disabling injuries.
At Dempsey & Kingsland, P.C., our experienced Kansas City motorcycle accident attorneys are skilled at proving negligence of the other driver and maximizing damages for clients who have suffered serious or catastrophic harm. We have secured verdicts and settlements for motorcycle accident victims in both Missouri and Kansas.
Call (816) 484-3776 for a free consultation. We can visit you at your home or at the hospital.
U.S. Motorcycle Accident Statistics
- Motorcycle-related deaths accounted for 14% of all roadway fatalities in 2019.
- 5,014 motorcyclists were killed and 84,000 were injured in motorcycle accidents in 2019.
- Motorcyclist fatalities in urban areas have increased by 36% since 2010.
- 1,466 motorcycle-related deaths in 2019 involved an alcohol-impaired driver.
- Helmets reduce the risk of death in motorcycle accidents by 37% and reduce the risk of head injury by 69%.
Winning the Blame Game: Determining Liability
In Missouri and Kansas, motorcycles are entitled to full use of a lane. Motor vehicles cannot deprive any motorcycle of the full use of that lane.
Despite this entitlement, motorcycle accidents still happen on a regular basis due to:
- Failure to yield the right of way
- Not recognizing a motorcycle’s equal right to the road
- Not providing enough distance between a car and motorcycle
- Cutting off a motorcycle during a lane change or turn
People are quick to assume that the “biker” was doing something wrong, but more likely an inattentive driver of a car or truck caused the wreck. We investigate promptly to preserve evidence and talk to witnesses. If necessary, we bring in professionals to measure skid marks, inspect the vehicles, and reconstruct the accident to establish the motorist’s negligence.
Here are some of the most common causes of motorcycle accidents in Kansas City:
- Improper or illegal lane changes: Cars and trucks can sideswipe nearby motorcycles during a lane change, especially if the motorcyclist is in the other vehicle's blind spot.
- Rear-end accidents: Drivers that are speeding or distracted may fail to see a motorcyclist stopped at an intersection and can collide with the motorcycle's rear tire, ejecting the rider over the handlebars and into oncoming traffic.
- T-bone accidents: T-bone collisions involving motorcycles are some of the most deadly types of accidents due to the direction and sheer force of impact.
- Opening doors into traffic (dooring): Motorists in stopped or parked cars must look before suddenly opening the vehicle's door into the path of an oncoming motorcyclist, resulting in serious collisions.
- Left turns: More than 40% of all accidents involving motorcyclists and cars occur when the driver of a car attempts to make a left-hand turn in front of an oncoming motorcycle. This type of collision can also occur between two cars, but it is more likely to happen with motorcycles due to their smaller size and lowered visibility.
- Drunk drivers: Drivers who choose to get behind the wheel of a car or truck while intoxicated put motorcyclists and other motorists at risk. Drunk drivers have a harder time seeing and reacting to motorcycles than cars, especially at night.
Common Injuries in Kansas City Motorcycle Accidents
Here at Dempsey & Kingsland, we have successfully represented clients who suffered catastrophic injuries in motorcycle crashes.
Our firm helps riders who have experienced injuries such as:
- Head and brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries and paralysis
- Broken bones
- Road rash and skin abrasions
- Back injuries
Dempsey & Kingsland can also assist those whose loved ones died in motorcycle accidents, filing wrongful death claims and helping them put their lives back together after devastating losses.
Understanding Motorcycle Insurance
Given the extent of injuries that are often suffered in motorcycle accidents, the policy limits of motorcycle insurance in Missouri and Kansas often exceed the damages. It is possible to make a claim against your own policy, if you have uninsured or underinsured motorist insurance, to recover any amount not covered by the other driver’s insurance policy. If the driver who was responsible for the accident was driving on the job, it is possible to pursue a claim against that company’s policy.
The interests of the insurance company lie with minimizing liability, not with giving you information about sources of recovery. Our firm has an in-depth understanding of motorcycle insurance and is dedicated to helping our clients take advantage of their rights.
Seeking Full Compensation for Motorcycle Injuries
Kansas City motorcycle accident attorneys Lee Dempsey and Bob Kingsland have over 100 years of combined experience in motor vehicle accidents and have obtained substantial results on behalf of clients who suffered catastrophic injuries. We are aided in calculating the personal impact of an injury by two veteran medical professionals who work exclusively with our firm.