MINNEAPOLIS MN MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT ATTORNEY – INJURY LAWYERS
Our personal injury lawyers have represented many people injured in an accident while driving or riding on a motorcycle in Minneapolis. The most frequent reason for these crashes is that cars too often are not keeping a proper lookout. Our Minneapolis motor cycle accident lawyers have seen far too many injury accidents involving bikes – usually when the motorcycle was hit or cut off by a car not paying attention. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 5,290 motorcyclists were killed in 2008, an increase of 2 percent over the 5,174 motorcyclists killed in 2007. There were 96,000 motorcyclists injured nationwide, and Minneapolis gets its share. 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 motor vehicle traffic crash and 9 times more likely to be injured.
INSURANCE FOR MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT AND CRASH IN MINNESOTA
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 motorcycle insurance. Bikers can but MN no-fault insurance for motorcycle injury accidents, but they need to ask for it (unlike automobile insurance, No-Fault coverage does not automatically come with the motorcycle insurance policy in MN). Bikers especially should understand the importance of having no-fault insurance. 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 motor cycle 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.
INJURED IN MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT IN MINNEAPOLIS MN
An injury where a motorcycle is hit by a car or truck usually includes broken or crushed bones. Often the motor cycle rider is injured in the accident by contact with the ground after being thrown from the bike – many times because the motorcycle driver is cut off by a car or truck, causing the biker to lay down the bike while at high speed. Our Minneapolis motorcycle accident injury lawyers almost always see severe road rash burns from motorcycle accidents. Unfortunately, our top motorcycle accident lawyers too often see head injuries. Wearing a helmet definitely offers some protection in motorcycle accidents, but will not necessarily prevent a serious brain injury.
MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT INJURY COMPENSATION IN MN WHERE OTHER DRIVER IS AT FAULT
Even if you don’t have no-fault coverage for your motorcycle accident injury, a top accident injury attorney in Minneapolis may be able to get you compensation from the insurance for the car that hit your motorcycle and injured you. Our Minnesota personal injury lawyers will investigate the facts and look for evidence of fault on the other driver. Unfortunately, the Minneapolis police often do not take the time to fully investigate motorcycle and auto accidents, which is why it can be very important to call a lawyer soon after the accident so further investigation can be conducted. 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 Minneapolis 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. First, 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 the bike they were on as well as the car that hit them. Again, this requires significant investigation, so please contact our motorcycle accident lawyers in Minneapolis as soon as possible so that we can pursue your case.
EXPERIENCED MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT LAWYERS IN MINNEAPOLIS MN
Our motorcycle accident attorneys have represented many Minneapolis bikers who have been injured because a car driver was not keeping a proper lookout, usually before a lane change or pulling out into an intersection just as a motorcycle is coming down the road. 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 in Minneapolis and throughout Minnesota. Pam was a former partner at Meshbesher & Spence, and offers small firm personal attention to her clients. A motorcycle accident injury lawyer can meet with you to discuss your case at our offices in Minneapolis MN, Edina, Woodbury. Our attorneys will also come to your home to discuss motorcycle injury accidents in St. Paul MN, 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 and your family are compensated for your injuries.