Scott J. Rutherford injured in Dallas county motorcycle wreck

On Tuesday, July 17, Scott J. Rutherford, 53, Pleasant Hill, was injured in a motorcycle accident on Missouri State Highway 64, 2 miles east of Plad, MO, in Dallas county.

The accident began at approximately 2 pm when Melinda Dennis, 46, of Tunas, MO, crossed over the center line and struck Mr. Rutherford head on, as he was riding his Harley Davidson motorcycle in the adjoining lane.

The collision forced Mr. Rutherford to lose control of the motorcycle, which sped from the road onto the shoulder before overturning and ejecting Mr. Rutherford.

According to the official crash report, Mr. Rutherford suffered moderate injury and had to be flown via EMS to University of Missouri Hospital for further observation and treatment.

Ms. Dennis was unharmed in the incident and released at the scene.

Mr. Rutherford was wearing a helmt–though not a Missouri DOT approved helmet–at the time of the incident.

The Legal Claims

Missouri and Illinois offer a widespread system of personal injury laws meant to protect parties who are injured through another party’s negligent acts.

The party seeking relief will be entitled to compensation in the form of payment for any lost wages, pain and suffering, any damaged property, and any medical bills incurred as a result of the accident that are not a result of his or her own negligence.

Missouri law states that you have five (5) years to file your personal injury lawsuit, unlike Illinois law which allows only a two (2) year period, though you never want to wait that long to file a claim. Some cases require a good deal of discovery and preparation, so the sooner you contact an attorney to file the case, the better your odds of recovering everything you are owed will be.

Do I need an attorney?

Some accident victims are reluctant to hire an attorney because they think they cannot afford one. However, most personal injury attorneys, including Kevin Roach, are only paid if you receive a settlement or a verdict in your favor.

You do not pay anything up front.

Also, remember that the statistics show that people who hire a personal injury attorney usually end up receiving far more accident compensation than if they handled the case on their own – on average, 3.5 times more. The bottom line is – you will most likely receive more for your injuries by hiring an experienced and proven auto accident personal injury attorney.

Kevin Roach is one of those attorneys. He is a highly experienced and well-rated attorney who has practiced personal injury law since 2001. Kevin oversees every personal injury case to ensure that you receive the maximum financial award for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain & suffering.


If you still have questions about your car, truck, or motorcycle accident, please do not hesitate to contact Kevin Roach today for a free consultation, (866) 519-0085.