ST. PAUL MN MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT LAWYERS – INJURY ATTORNEY
Our personal injury lawyers have represented many people injured in an accident while driving or riding on a motorcycle in St. Paul. The problem is that autos too frequently don’t keep a proper lookout for motorcycles, so they hit them or run them off the road when changing lanes. Our St. Paul motor cycle accident lawyers have seen far too many injury accidents involving bikes – usually when the motorcycle was hit or cut off by car drivers. 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. 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. Motorcycle rider fatalities have increased each year since 1997.
INSURANCE ATTORNEY FOR MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT CRASH IN MINNESOTA
Believe it or not, a motorcycle is not defined as a “motor vehicle” in many areas of Minnesota’s no-fault laws. One unfortunate consequence of this is that the motorcycle biker often has limited medical benefits and wage loss benefits after an accident from their own insurance. Bikers can buy Minnesota no-fault insurance for a motorcycle injury accident, but they need to ask for it (unlike with an automobile, No Fault coverage for medical bills and wage loss does not automatically come with the motorcycle insurance policy). Riders 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 are 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 one of our Minnesota motorcycle accident lawyers can discuss your particular situation and advise you of your rights.
INJURED IN MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT IN ST PAUL MN
An injury where a person on 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 bike driver to lay down the bike while at high speed, or in the worse cases to run into the vehicle that cut them off. Our St. Paul motorcycle accident injury lawyers almost always see severe road rash burns from motorcycle accidents. Unfortunately, our top motorcycle accident lawyers too often see a head injury. Wearing a helmet definitely offers some protection in motorcycle accidents, but won’t 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 St. Paul motorcycle accident, our top accident injury attorneys may be able to get you compensation from the insurance for the car that hit your motorcycle and injured you. Our MN personal injury lawyers will investigate the facts and look for evidence of fault on the other driver. Unfortunately, the St. Paul police sometimes do not take the time to fully investigate motorcycle and car 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 St Paul, 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 in an accident, you have rights as well. You are more likely to have access to No-Fault insurance to pay for your medical bills. A motorcycle passenger injured in an accident 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 motorcycle accident lawyers in St Paul as soon as possible so that we can pursue your case.
EXPERIENCED MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT LAWYERS FOR ST PAUL MN
Our motorcycle accident lawyers have represented many motorcyclists 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 motorcycle drivers 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, handling hundreds of motorcycle and car accident injury cases in St. Paul and throughout MN. Pam was a former partner at Meshbesher & Spence, offering small firm attention to her clients. A motorcycle accident injury lawyer can meet with you to discuss to discuss your case at our offices in Woodbury, Minneapolis, and Edina. Our attorneys also meet people at their homes to discuss motorcycle injury accidents in St. Paul MN, Roseville, South St. Paul, Maplewood, Eagan, West 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 compensation is paid for you and your family.