This is the first post in a series addressing the handling of motorcycle accident cases in Rochester, Minnesota and surrounding areas. We address this topic because of the seriousness of injuries when a motorcyclist is hit by a car. While a victim’s first thoughts usually don’t involve the legal process, taking certain immediate steps are important in preserving one’s rights of recovery. The goal in these articles is to provide information helpful in understanding the victim’s rights and making an informed choice when selecting a personal injury attorney. Contact our office today to speak with a lawyer if you or a loved one have been injured.
We will address several topics in our upcoming articles. Topics to be addressed include:
- Determining liability in motorcycle accident cases
- Calculating a victim’s damages
- The need for medical and vocational experts in these types of cases
- Dealing with claims likely to be made by the defense
- Issues unique to motorcycle accident trials
There are several reasons victims and their loved ones need to understand these issues.
First, there are typically claims of shared fault in motorcycle accident cases which impact a jury’s determination of comparative fault.
Second, a motorcyclist is particularly vulnerable to serious injury in a crash, so it is important to understand how compensation for injuries is determined.
Third, serious injuries sustained in a motorcycle crash can leave a victim requiring significant medical and vocational services.
Fourth, the defense typically makes claims of reckless or erratic riding by the injured motorcyclist and say this behavior caused or significantly contributed to the crash.
Finally, a motorcycle case must be properly presented to a jury, most of whom instinctively identify with a motorist rather than a motorcyclist and consider motorcycle riding an inherently dangerous activity.
You need to retain a firm experienced in handling motorcycle claims that is also well-funded if you or a loved one have been involved in a motorcycle accident.* These types of cases not only often involve complicated issues, but also generally require expert witnesses, which leads to large capital expenditures that must be funded by counsel. Retaining a firm with the necessary experience and financial backing to handle the matters peculiar to motorcycle claims helps you ensure that your case will be properly handled.
Our Rochester motorcycle accident attorneys have recovered more than $125 million on behalf of victims. We have the experience and resources necessary to deal with the largest of defendants. Contact us today for assistance.
We also serve the following southeast Minnesota cities: Red Wing, Winona, Mankato, Austin, Albert Lea, and Owatonna, as well as the cities of Minneapolis, St. Paul, Duluth, and Bloomington. We also serve the Iowa cities of Mason City, Charles City, Osage, Spencer, Garner, Forest City, and Northwood and the Wisconsin cities of La Crosse, Onalaska, Sparta, Viroqua, River Falls, Ellsworth, Whitehall, and Black River Falls.
*A note about language:
Federal agencies involved in traffic safety have banned use of the word “accident” for more than 20 years, and with good reason. However, we use the word “accident” on our website, even though we know it has implications that run contrary to our professional thinking and training, because we recognize that “accident” is the word most commonly used in online searches when people are looking for help after being injured in a crash. If you’d like more information about this topic, please see our blog, “Car Accident or Car Crash?”