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Every day, hundreds of unsuspecting motorcyclists get into accidents. Motorcycle crashes can cause serious head injuries, neck and back injuries, broken bones, and road rash. A portion of these motorcyclists never recovers from their injuries. On average, per mile traveled there are about 35 times more deaths per year from motorcycle accidents than car accidents. The majority (56%) of motorcycle accident deaths involve other vehicles. One person’s momentary lapse in judgment can mean another person’s catastrophic injury or death. If you were recently involved in a motorcycle accident in Minneapolis, contact Knutson + Casey.
Not all motorcycle accidents result in personal injury lawsuits. Many accidents involving motorcycles are single-vehicle crashes, in which the motorcyclist is at fault for his or her injuries due to speeding or reckless driving. Poor weather is another example of a cause that wouldn’t enable a motorcyclist to sue. However, many accidents do stem from someone else’s negligence. To bring a successful claim, you must have four elements:
These four elements make up almost every personal injury case, but they look different based on the circumstances of the accident. Another driver, poor roadway maintenance, or a malfunctioning traffic light could all be grounds for a personal injury lawsuit. Defective products, such as faulty motorcycle brakes, could also lead to a suit. Speak to an attorney to learn the potential merits of your case.
After a frightening motorcycle crash, the last thing you may want to think about is bringing a lawsuit. As the medical bills start coming in, however, consider what a claim could do for your future. If the other party’s insurance company refuses to settle your case or is offering an amount you believe is less than what your case is worth, retain a personal injury attorney. An attorney is on your side during the fight for justice and can help you win fair compensation for your losses.
Most motorcycle accidents stem from another driver’s negligence. The most dangerous situation for motorcyclists is when other vehicles are making left-hand turns. Too often, motorists do not check carefully enough for oncoming motorcyclists. They may turn too soon or directly on top of a passing motorcyclist, striking the biker head-on or causing a T-bone accident. Both can lead to serious injury or death for the motorcyclist.
Whether your motorcycle crash only caused property damage or if it left you with a permanent disability, speak to an attorney. Knutson + Casey offers free consultations so you can discuss your accident with a legal professional at no risk. We also work on a contingency fee basis, meaning you won’t pay our attorney’s fees unless we secure a settlement or verdict on your behalf. Call (763) 259-3642 to talk with one of our lead attorneys today.