Our Minnesota personal injury attorneys have successfully represented many people injured in an accident while driving a motorcycle or a passenger riding on a motorcycle. Cars and trucks too often don’t look before changing lanes or pulling out into an intersection, causing serious motorcycle accident injuries. Our best MN motor cycle accident lawyers have seen many injury accidents involving a bike – usually because the motorcycle was hit or cut off by a car or truck. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 5,290 motorcyclists were killed in one year, an increase of 2 percent over the 5,174 motorcycle riders killed the year before. There were another 96,000 people riding a motorcycle who were injured. Motorcycle rider fatalities have increased each year since 1997. While motorcycles make up only 3 percent of all registered vehicles, a person on a motorcycle is 37 times more likely than a passenger car occupant to die in motor vehicle traffic crash and 9 times more likely to be injured.
INSURANCE LAWYER FOR INJURY ON A MOTORCYCLE IN MINNESOTA
Because a motorcycle is not defined as a “motor vehicle” in many areas of MN’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 the way it does with automobile policies.) Bikers especially should understand the importance of having no-fault insurance. It is always a good idea to talk to your agent and 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 injury lawyer can discuss your particular situation and advise you of your rights. Also click here for more information from the Minnesota Department of Transportation website.
MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT INJURIES – MN LAWYERS
Our personal injury lawyers in MN have seen motorcycle bikers sustain many types of injuries from being hit by another vehicle. Injuries where a person on a motorcycle is hit by a car or truck usually include broken or crushed bones. Many times, the motor cycle driver or passenger is injured in the accident by contact with the ground after being thrown from the bike – often because the motorcycle driver is cut off by a car or truck, causing the bike driver to lay down the bike while at high speed. Our motorcycle injury attorneys almost always see severe road rash burns from motorcycle accidents. Unfortunately, our top motorcycle accident attorneys in Minnesota too often see head injuries. Wearing a helmet definitely offers some protection in motorcycle accidents, but even a helmet is not always enough.
Wikipedia notes the following that was in a report regarding motorcycle injuries:
The Hurt Report also commented on injuries after an accident stating that the likelihood of injury is extremely high in these motorcycle accidents – 98% of the multiple vehicle collisions and 96% of the single vehicle accidents resulted in some kind of injury to the motorcycle rider; 45% resulted in more than a minor injury. Injuries most often include:
- Collision with less forgiving protective barriers or roadside “furniture” (lampposts, signs, fences, etc…). Note that when one falls off a motorcycle in the middle of a curve, lamps and signs become impossible to negotiate around.
- Concussion and brain damage, as the head violently contacts other vehicles or objects. Riders wearing an approved helmet reduce the risk of death by 37 percent.
- Breakage of joints (elbows, shoulders, hips, knees and wrists), fingers, spine and neck, for the same reason. The most common breakages are the shoulder and the pelvis.
- Soft tissue (skin and muscle) damage (road rash) as the body slides across the surface. This can be prevented entirely with the proper use of motorcycle-specific protective apparel such as a leather jacket or reinforced denim and textile pants.
- There is also a condition known as biker’s arm, where the nerves in the upper arm are damaged during the fall, causing a permanent paralysis of arm movement.
- Facial disfigurement, if in the absence of a full-face helmet, the unprotected face slides across the ground or smashes into an object. Thirty-five percent of all crashes show major impact on the chin-bar area.
MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT INJURY COMPENSATION WHERE OTHER DRIVER IS AT FAULT
Even if you don’t have no-fault coverage for your motorcycle accident injury, our top motorcycle injury lawyers may be able to get you compensation from the insurance for the car that hit your motorcycle and injured you. Our MN accident attorneys 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 our lawyer 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 attorneys 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. A passenger injured in a motorcycle crash 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 our office and speak with a top motorcycle accident injury lawyer in MN as soon as possible so that we can pursue your case.
EXPERIENCED MOTORCYCLE INJURY LAWYERS IN MN
Our motorcycle accident attorneys have represented many Minnesota motorcyclists who have been injured because a car driver was distracted or was not keeping a proper lookout, usually before a lane change. Unfortunately, the injuries sustained by a motorcycle biker 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 25 years’ experience successfully handling hundreds of motorcycle and car accident injury cases throughout Minnesota. Pam is a former partner at Meshbesher & Spence, offering small firm attention to her clients. Our best motorcycle accident lawyers can meet with you to discuss to discuss your injury case at our offices in Edina, Woodbury and Minneapolis MN. Our attorneys also meet people at their homes to discuss motorcycle accident injuries in St. Paul MN, Rogers MN, Elk River, Maple Grove, Brooklyn Park MN, Chanhassen, Chaska, and other cities throughout Minnesota. A lawyer will always provide you with a free initial consultation and we never charge anything unless we are successful in getting compensation for you and your family.
Here is a link to a website that tracks and reports motorcycle accidents in MN. http://www.navbug.com/motorcycle_accidents_in_minnesota.htm