Motorcycle Accident Injury Lawyers
Our lawyers have 25 years’ experience handling hundreds of personal injury cases throughout Minnesota. We have represented many people injured in a motorcycle accident, including passengers and motorcycles hit by a car. The motorcycle accident injury our lawyers see most frequently is severe road rash scars. However, we have had many cases involving broken bones, brain injuries, and other types of injuries from a motorcycle crash. In you have been injured in a motorcycle accident there are many complicated insurance issues that arise. This is why you should talk to an experienced motorcycle accident injury attorney soon after the accident to get your questions answered, deal with the insurance issues, and conduct any necessary investigation.
According to the Department of Transportation, there were 8,410,255 motorcycles registered in the United States by private citizens and commercial organizations in 2011. To put this number into perceptive, out of every 36 people you meet in the U.S., one of them probably has a motorcycle. There are over 240,000 licensed bikes in Minnesota, which works out to about 1 for every 22 people.
Our lawyers have represented many people injured in motorcycle accidents in MN. Two things every motorcycle accident lawyer has learned: bikers LOVE riding, and cars too frequently are not keeping a proper lookout for them. Our MN motor cycle accident lawyers have seen far too many injury accidents involving bikes, usually being hit or cut off by drivers of cars. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported 5,290 motorcyclists were killed in accidents in 2008, an increase of 2 percent over the 5,174 motorcyclists killed in 2007. There were 96,000 motorcycle accident injuries. Motorcycle rider fatalities have increased each year since 1997. While motorcycles make up only 3 percent of all registered vehicles, they were about 37 times more likely than passenger car occupants to die in a motor vehicle traffic crash and 9 times more likely to be injured.
Wikipedia cites a major study of U.S. Motorcycle accidents that made the following conclusions:
- 75% of accidents were found to involve a motorcycle and a passenger vehicle, while the remaining 25% of accidents were single motorcycle accidents.
- In the single vehicle accidents, motorcycle rider error was present as the accident precipitating factor in about two-thirds of the cases, with the typical error being a slide-out and fall due to overbraking or running wide on a curve due to excess speed or under-cornering.
- Almost half of the fatal accidents have alcohol involvement and injury severity increases with speed, alcohol involvement and motorcycle size.
- In the multiple vehicle accidents, the driver of the other vehicle violated the motorcycle right-of-way and caused the accident in two-thirds of those accidents.
- The report’s additional findings show that the wearing of appropriate gear, specifically, helmets and durable garment, mitigates crash injuries substantially.
- Vehicle failure accounted for less than 3% of these motorcycle accidents, and most of those were single vehicle accidents where control was lost due to a puncture flat and the weather is not a factor in 98% of motorcycle accidents.
- The failure of motorists to detect and recognize motorcycles in traffic is the predominating cause of motorcycle accidents… Conspicuity of the motorcycle is a critical factor in the multiple vehicle accidents, and accident involvement is significantly reduced by the use of motorcycle headlamps-on in daylight and the wearing of high visibility yellow, orange or bright red jackets.
INSURANCE FOR MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENTS AND CRASHES – MN LAWYER
Because a motorcycle is not defined as a “motor vehicle” in many areas of Minnesota’s no-fault laws, the motorcyclist often has limited medical benefits and wage loss benefits after an accident from their own insurance. Bikers can buy MN no-fault insurance for motorcycle injury accidents, but they need to know to ask for it and also understand the importance of having it. The same is true for uninsured coverage and underinsured coverage (which is the insurance coverage you can get if you are hit by a car that is uninsured or uninsured). It is always a good idea to read your motorcycle insurance policy to make sure it has the coverage you expect and need, so that you will be adequately covered if you ever are in a motorcycle accident. If you are injured in an accident on a motorcycle, please call us so that a MN motorcycle accident lawyer can discuss your particular situation and advise you of your rights.
MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT INJURY
Our motorcycle accident injury lawyers in MN have seen many injuries resulting from being hit by a car. Injuries where a person on a motorcycle is hit by a car or truck usually are broken or crushed bones. However, most often, it is not the immediate impact with the car or truck that injured the motorcycle rider. More frequently the motor cycle rider is injured in the accident by contact with the ground after being thrown from the bike. Our motorcycle accident injury lawyers almost always see severe road rash burns from motorcycle accidents. Unfortunately, a top motorcycle accident lawyer too often sees head injuries. Wearing a helmet definitely offers some protection in motorcycle accidents, but it is not a failsafe. We also see many cases where the motorcycle is cut off by a car or other vehicle, causing the bike rider to lay down the bike while going at high speed, or the bike swerves to avoid being hit and crashes into something else like the median.
MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT INJURY COMPENSATION WHERE OTHER DRIVER IS AT FAULT
Even if you don’t have no-fault coverage for your motorcycle accident injury, a motor cycle accident attorney in MN may be able to get you compensation from the insurance for the car that hit your motorcycle and injured you. After your motor cycle accident our MN lawyers will investigate the facts and look for evidence of fault on the other driver. Sometimes even if the police report initially puts you at fault, it may be possible to prove your case with witness statements and an accident reconstruction expert. It is important to keep the motorcycle in the condition it was in at the time of the accident, i.e. don’t fix it, so we can rule out mechanical failure of the bike as a contributing cause of the motorcycle accident. The primary focus of our best MN motorcycle accident lawyers is to get you complete and fair compensation for your injuries caused by the motorcycle crash.
If you are a passenger on a motorcycle, you have rights as well. You are more likely to have access to No-Fault insurance to pay for your medical bills. Motorcycle passengers injured in accidents can also bring a claim against the driver of their bike as well as the car that hit them. Again, this requires significant investigation, so please contact a motorcycle accident lawyer in MN as soon as possible so that we can pursue your case.
EXPERIENCED MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT LAWYERS IN MN
Our motorcycle accident attorneys have represented many Minnesota motorcyclists who have been injured because a car driver was not keeping a proper lookout, usually before a lane change. Unfortunately the injuries sustained by a motorcyclist are rarely minor. At a minimum, most motorcyclists sustain road rash from the accident, which can cause permanent scarring. Worse, a motorcycle accident can cause those on the bike to suffer fractured bones, head injuries or death. See also, HOW TO GET MEDICAL BILLS PAID.
Pam Rochlin and David Rochlin are Minnesota personal injury attorneys with more than 20 years’ experience, handling hundreds of motorcycle and car accident injury cases throughout MN. Pam was a former partner at Meshbesher & Spence where she gained big firm experience. At the Rochlin Law Firm she provides small firm attention to her clients. A motorcycle accident lawyer can meet with you to discuss your injury case at our offices in Edina, Woodbury and Minneapolis. Our attorneys also meet people at their homes to discuss motorcycle accidents in St. Paul, Rogers MN, Elk River, Maple Grove, Brooklyn Park MN, Chanhassen, Chaska, and other cities throughout Minnesota. We will always provide you with a free initial consultation and we never charge anything unless you receive for your injuries.
For additional information on motorcycle safety, check out these websites: Motorcycle Safety Foundation http://www.msf-usa.org/. American Motorcyclist Association https://www.facebook.com/aba.nation.HQ?fref=ts. Wikipedia has a good article on motorcycle safety. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Motorcycle_safety. Even more resources.