MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT APPLE VALLEY – MN LAWYERS – INJURY ATTORNEY
Our personal injury lawyers have represented many people injured in an accident while driving or riding a motorcycle in Apple Valley and throughout Minnesota. Me know two things about motorcycles on the road: bikers LOVE riding, and many car and truck drivers fail to watch out for motorcycles. Most of the injury accidents involving bikes happen because the motorcycle was hit or cut off by a car. 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. Motorcycle rider fatalities have increased each year since 1997. While motorcycles make up only 3 percent of all registered vehicles, a biker is about 37 times more likely than passenger car occupants to die in motor vehicle traffic crash and 9 times more likely to be injured. Suburbs like Apple Valley MN tend to also have more serious injury cases because there are a lot of highways and higher speed roads in Apple Valley. Our experienced motorcycle accident injury attorneys understand the legal and insurance issues in these cases and make sure our clients are fully compensated when a car or truck doesn’t see the motorcycle and causes a crash.
INSURANCE FOR MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENTS AND CRASHES 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 insurance. Bikers can buy MN no-fault insurance for motorcycle injury accidents, but they need to ask for it (it does not automatically come with the insurance policy). Bikers especially should understand the importance of having no-fault insurance. It is always a good idea to read your motorcycle insurance policy and talk to your agent 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 live in or near Apple Valley MN and are injured in an accident on a motorcycle, please call us so that a best motor cycle accident lawyer can discuss your particular situation and advise you of your rights.
MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT INJURIES IN APPLE VALLEY MN
Injuries where a person on a motorcycle is hit by a car or truck can be serious, usually including broken or crushed bones. Often the motor cycle biker is injured in the accident by contact with the ground after being thrown from the bike – many times this is because the motorcycle driver is cut off by a car or truck, causing the biker to lay down the bike while at high speed. Motorcycle accidents in areas around Apple Valley are also more common because there are many two lane roads. Our injury lawyers almost always at least see severe road rash burns from motorcycle accidents. Unfortunately, our top motorcycle accident lawyers too often see broken bones and head injuries. Wearing a helmet definitely offers some protection in motorcycle accidents, but won’t necessarily prevent a serious brain injury.
MOTOR CYCLE ACCIDENT INJURY COMPENSATION IN MN – OTHER DRIVER AT FAULT
Even if you don’t have no-fault coverage for your motorcycle accident injury, our top accident injury attorneys for Apple Valley MN crashes 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 police often do not take the time to fully investigate motorcycle and car accidents, which is why it can be very important to call an experienced 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 motorcycle accident lawyers in our Apple Valley MN cases and throughout the state is to get you complete and fair compensation for your injuries caused by the motorcycle crash.
If you are a passenger injured in a motorcycle accident, 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 a crash can also bring a claim against the insurance of 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 to come to meet you in Apple Valley as soon as possible so that we can pursue your case.
EXPERIENCED MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT LAWYERS FOR APPLE VALLEY CASES
Our motorcycle accident attorneys have successfully represented many motorcyclists who have been injured because a car driver was not keeping a proper lookout, usually before changing lanes 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, a motorcycle accident injury includes road rash from the accident, which can cause permanent scarring. Worse, a motorcycle accident can cause those on the bike to suffer fractured bones, a head injury or death. See also, HOW TO GET MEDICAL BILLS PAID.
Pam Rochlin and David Rochlin are Minnesota personal injury attorneys with more than 25 years’ experience, successfully handling hundreds of motorcycle and car accident injury cases in Apple Valley and throughout Minnesota. Pam was the 2015 President of Minnesota Women Lawyers Association and is a former partner at Meshbesher & Spence. We offer small firm attention with big firm experience. A motorcycle accident injury lawyer can meet with you to discuss your case at our offices in Woodbury, Minneapolis, and Edina if you are going to be in the area. Our attorneys also meet people at their homes to discuss motorcycle injury accidents in Apple Valley MN, Burnsville, Mankato, Albert Lea, Rochester, and other cities throughout Minnesota. We will always provide you with a free initial consultation and we never charge anything unless compensation is paid for you and your family.