Mankato Motorcycle Accident Lawyer

When the weather gets warmer and the sun begins to shine, hitting the road by motorcycle is an incredible way to see the world. Riding your bike is a thrilling way to travel through our great state’s beautiful landscape. Unfortunately, motorcycle travel can be a dangerous mode of transportation. According to data from the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety, motorcycle accidents occur 26 times more frequently than car accidents per mile travelled.

Since motorcycles lack the safety features of modern cars, the effects of a crash can be devastating for drivers and their passengers.

Motorcycle Injuries Are Common

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration compiles data on motorcycle injuries each year, and statistics show that lower extremity injuries are the most common afflictions riders experience. These can come in the form of burns, road rash, torn muscles and ligaments, or broken bones caused by the weight of the bike crushing the body. Other common damages are:

  • Head injuries, including open and closed afflictions, concussions, brain bruising, and traumatic brain injury (TBI). These injuries are more common in riders who don’t wear helmets.
  • Upper extremity injuries, like broken arms, road rash, and torn muscles and ligaments of the shoulder.
  • Abdominal injuries can be severe, albeit less common than extremity injuries. Bruised organs, internal bleeding, and severe road rash are examples of core injuries.

To a certain degree, the effects of these injuries can be minimized by making sure you’re wearing proper protection on your body and head. But there are still circumstances beyond your control that can lead to motorcycle accidents. 

Types of Motorcycle Accidents

You can only take so many precautions before you accept that you’re at the mercy of other drivers on the road. Substance abuse, distracted driving, and negligence are all underlying factors that can cause an accident. Motorcycle operators have to deal with unique circumstances that can lead to injury, like:

  • A car cutting you off or turning in front of you. Drivers are programmed to see cars in their blind spots, but not motorcycles. A quick glance isn’t enough to spot you, and they may turn right in front of you without noticing you’re there.
  • Changing lanes and sideswiping. Motorcycles easily fit into a car’s blind spot, so carelessness or negligence is almost always responsible for this type of accident.
  • Rear-end accidents. These may be simple “fender benders” when two cars are involved, but rear end accidents can mean serious injury or death to a biker.
  • Car opening in town or traffic. You’re riding your bike through town or a street with parallel parking, and a driver opens his or her car door in front of you. Again, what would be a simple mishap between two cars can have grievous consequences when a motorcyclist is involved, even if you’re wearing the appropriate protective gear. 

Find an Injury Attorney to Fight for You

In general, the types of injuries sustained by motorcycle riders are more severe than those involved in car accidents. In the span of a few short moments, you can be devastated by an injury that will affect your well-being for months, years, or decades to come. At Knutson+Casey, we think you should never have to pay the price for someone else’s carelessness.

The first step in securing you compensation is determining the party “at fault” for your accident. Though Minnesota is governed by no-fault laws, we can still take steps to procure damages above and beyond what insurance companies are willing to pay. Using reports from the police, eyewitnesses, and insurance companies, we’ll conduct our own investigation into your accident and pursue the parties responsible.

If you’ve been a victim of a motorcycle crash, your main concern should be healing the damage inflicted on your body and mind. You shouldn’t have to worry about paying medical bills or other debts you incurred due to missed work. Call the experienced legal team at Knutson+Casey today for a no-risk initial consultation.