CAR CHANGED LANES INTO MOTORCYCLE – MN INJURY ATTORNEYS
A top motorcycle accident lawyer in our office recently settled a case where the driver of a minivan changed lanes without looking first. As minivan changed lanes, the car hit the motorcycle and the rider was injured in the crash. The accident occurred at about 12:30 p.m. on a clear summer day. Our client was riding his motorcycle from home to the beach on his day off.
Both vehicles were traveling at about 45 miles per hour headed north on Highway 101 in Chanhassen Minnesota. Our client was on his motorcycle in the left turn lane preparing to turn left at Lake Susan Drive. The other driver was in the right lane a few feet ahead him when she decided to move into the left lane as well.
When the van suddenly moved into the left turn lane, it ran into our client’s bike – with the driver’s side passenger door of the vehicle striking our client, knocking the motorcycle over and throwing the biker into the median. At the scene, the driver of the van admitted to both our client and the police officer that she changed lanes without looking, and the officer cited her for failure to drive with due care and control. Our best motorcycle accident injury attorneys in Minnesota are always relieved when the other driver admits they weren’t looking rather than claiming the crash was our client’s fault, but of course the crash has happened at that point and the damage has been done.
In this case, when the motorcycle was knocked over, the biker was thrown into the median. An ambulance was called, and the paramedics’ report noted: “Right arm, including shoulder, has bleeding from abrasions. Left palm of hand has abrasion and bleeding. Right hip has bruising and right knee is also bleeding from abrasion.” After the motorcycle crash, our injured client was taken by ambulance to the emergency room, where he was kept for five hours while x-rays were taken, his abrasions were cleaned and bandaged, and he was observed for head trauma. He was then released with a prescription for pain mediation and a supply of dressings to care for the wounds. Later that day, he began to experience increasingly severe chest pain and knee pain.
Many people do not call a lawyer immediately after a motorcycle crash. Often, our best MN motorcycle accident lawyers are not called until several days later when the motorcycle driver is released from the hospital and is recovering at home, or the family has time to focus on the immediate treatment issues. However, it is better if an attorney is called soon after a motorcycle is hit by a car or truck because we often need to conduct an investigation and we like to get started as soon as possible while we can still find the witnesses and their memories are most fresh.
In this case, our client’s pain persisted in the days after this motorcycle accident when the other car changed lanes without looking, and on the Fourth of July the chest pain worsened to the point where he began vomiting. At that point he became scarred there was something more seriously wrong, so he returned to the emergency room. At the emergency room, doctors ordered a CT scan of his chest and re-x-ray of his knee. Fortunately, the scans were negative so the ER doctors changed his pain medication and released him with instructions to continue caring for his wounds and to follow up with his regular doctor if necessary. It was then that he called a MN motorcycle accident attorney for this incident.
Our client took it easy for the rest of the month, and then tried to gradually return to his regular athletic activities and training. Unfortunately, when he tried to run, he experienced shortness of breath and left knee pain. He later went in for a follow-up with a doctor at the Park Nicollet clinic. The doctor noted scars and abrasions on both his chest and knee and felt that he had a right sided contusion with discomfort secondary to scar tissue, and right knee lateral collateral ligament strain, as well as subpatellar contusion. The doctor’s recommendation was physical therapy.
He went to two physical therapy visits at Park Nicollet because of the motorcycle accident, where they worked with him and taught him exercises to do on his own. He continued doing the exercises over the next several months as his knee pain and chest pain from the motor cycle crash gradually improved. A year later, he still had intermittent complaints of knee and chest pain. His knee will “act up” after a 12 hour shift, so that he cannot leave a 12 hour shift and immediately engage in sports activities without resting for a few hours or until the next day. He was gradually able to resume his prior activities, but still has occasional difficulties. For example, he finds that he is still getting some chest pain and becomes winded when he tries to run longer distances or after a long basketball game – which is different than his condition before this accident.
Our experienced Minnesota motorcycle accident lawyers can tell you that this client was lucky. He still has scarring from the road rash which now appears to be permanent, including some disruption or fading of his tattoos in the injured areas, but his injuries have mostly resolved. However, he was very proud of his tattoos and unhappy with the way the tattoos look now, due to the fading from the scarring from the motor cycle accident road rash. He hopes to have them improved with a subsequent procedure. In addition to the pain, inconvenience, and scarring, he basically had to give up his summer that year. He was in the emergency room for treatment on the Fourth of July, he had to drop out of his softball team, stop his other sports and training, and delay entering the army program he had enrolled in by at least a year.
Fortunately, our top motorcycle accident lawyer was able to get fair compensation for this client. It is frustrating that automobile drivers often are not paying attention on the roads and cause these motorcycle accidents such as when the car changed lanes without looking. The only thing that can be done to remedy the situation is for a motorcycle accident attorney to get compensation for the victim, make sure the medical bills are paid, and the client gets fairly compensated. Our best lawyers have more than 25 years’ experience successfully representing motorcycle crash victims throughout MN. If you or a family member is injured in a motorcycle accident in Minnesota, please call our office to speak with an attorney for a free consultation about your case. We will advise you of your rights and start the investigation if necessary, and we never charge anything unless you are compensated for your injuries.