Helping Injured Motorcyclists
Because of the size and lack of safety features on motorcycles, motorcyclists can sustain serious or lethal injuries during an accident. A motorcycle accident lawyer can find out how the accident occurred and obtain the necessary evidence to present your case to an insurance carrier or jury.
Motorcycle accidents can cause extensive damage to both property and personal health, and at Lohman Law Offices, we have the legal knowledge and experience to obtain an appropriate settlement for your losses. If you are in need of a motorcycle accident lawyer in Louisville, KY, Sean P. Lohman and Richard Decker can assist you with your case.
Types of Motorcycle Accidents
Motorcycle accidents can occur in a variety of ways. Due to their size, motorcycles can be difficult for other drivers to see, especially if the other driver is not paying full attention to the road. Many motorcycle accidents occur when motorists turn left into the path of a motorcycle or change lanes quickly. Often, drivers follow motorcycles too closely, and if the rider has to stop quickly, an accident can occur. Distracted driving has become more of a problem in recent years, especially with many drivers using cell phones while on the road. Poor road conditions can also contribute to motorcycle accidents. Because motorcycles balance on two wheels, they are more vulnerable to bumps, dips, and deteriorating roadways.
Accidents involving motorcycles tend to involve greater injuries and deaths than those involving only passenger cars.
Motorcycles do not provide any type of protection to the rider in the event of an accident. Accidents involving motorcycles tend to involve greater injuries and deaths than those involving only passenger cars.
Injuries from Motorcycle Accidents
When involved in a motor vehicle accident, a motorcyclist can be injured by the other vehicle, the road surface, or flying debris. Common injuries that riders suffer include:
- Soft tissue injuries to the back, neck, and knees
- Cuts, bruises, and abrasions
- Broken bones
- Ankle injuries
- Shoulder and neck injuries
- Brain injuries including concussions, skull fractures, and traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
- Spinal cord injuries, including paralysis
Some of these injuries can be minor and will heal within a short period of time. Other injuries can be more serious, taking months or even years to heal. For motorcyclists who suffer the most severe injuries, they may never fully recover and could require medical care for the rest of their lives.
Compensation for Injuries
If your motorcycle accident was caused by the negligence of another party, you may be entitled to significant compensation. Even if you were partially at fault for the accident, you can recover damages. Kentucky follows a pure comparative fault rule, meaning that an injured party can be awarded damages for their injuries, even if they were partially liable for the accident. Compensation may be awarded for medical bills, lost wages, physical pain and suffering, and emotional distress. If a loved one was killed in a motorcycle accident, surviving family members may be entitled to compensation for wrongful death.
Contending with insurance companies can be difficult, as well as detrimental to your financial recovery. An experienced attorney will handle all aspects of your case, including negotiating with the insurance companies involved. Many motorcycle accidents are resolved through settlements, but if your case does not settle, our attorneys will be fully prepared to take your case to trial.
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For assistance in handling the repercussions from your motorcycle accident, contact our office today to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced attorneys.