Omaha Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
Motorcycles embody an escape from the mundane for many people as well as the opportunity to be more attuned to nature while still on a motor vehicle. A motorcyclist is able to feel the wind in his hair and rays of the sun beating off the shoulders, and must acclimate to any change in weather. A car driver, on the other hand, does not have to acclimate to much else, aside from an increased sense of caution in severe weather. However, along with this freedom on the road comes an increased possibility of severe accidents. Motorcyclists are unfortunately at the bottom end of noticeable vehicles on the road, and many car drivers often switch lanes or merge onto traffic without noticing a smaller motorcycle. If you have been involved in a motorcycle accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries.
Nebraska Motorcycle Accidents
While the number of bicycle accidents remains relatively low, the number of motorcycle accidents has skyrocketed over the years. In 1990, only six fatalities were recorded in Nebraska due to motorcycle accidents. 20 fatalities were recorded due to motorcycle accidents in 2014. The number of injuries caused by motorcycle accidents has remained about the same from 1990 to 2014, although it did taper off dramatically in the late 1990s. Approximately 500 people are injured in motorcycle accidents in Nebraska each year. Again, similar to bicycle accidents, motorcycle accidents often lead to an increased chance of serious injury for the motorcyclist, since motorcycles offer little to no protection for the driver. It is a telling sign that out of approximately 550 motorcycle accidents, 500 of those accidents resulted in injuries in 2013. The car accident statistics are often far different, as many more car accidents occur which simply result in property damage (rather than injuries).
Many motorcycle accidents are caused by the negligence of a car or truck driver who did not carefully look in all directions before switching lanes or pulling out into an intersection. Many of these drivers are only looking for other motor vehicles which are the same size as their own, and do not necessarily register the fact that there may be smaller vehicles on the road, such as motorcycles. This type of negligent behavior can lead to years of rehabilitation therapy or even the loss of a life.
Motorcycle Accident Recovery
Unfortunately, motorcycle accidents often result in very serious injuries, which can include the following:
Motorcycles offer little protection to the larger motor vehicles, and therefore motorcyclists are more prone to serious injuries even in relatively small accidents. The recovery time for these injuries can vary, but often require weeks of medical care. As a victim of a motorcycle injury, you should not be forced to cover your medical expenses in addition to lost wages due to your injuries. The responsible party should be held accountable for your injuries. A personal injury attorney can assist you in walking through the claim amounts, which typically include:
- Medical expenses
- Rehabilitation expenses
- Lost wages
- Future earnings
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of consortium
An experienced personal injury attorney will help you calculate the amount of damages that you are entitled to now and in the future. It is therefore important that you not settle with an insurance agent shortly after the accident. An insurance agent for the responsible party will often attempt to coerce you into signing a settlement agreement. However, any settlement may negate your ability to bring a claim later, and settlements will most likely only include your pressing financial needs. Settlements often do not factor in ongoing medical care, lost wages, and the ongoing emotional repercussions.
The Knowles Law Firm | Omaha, Nebraska
If you or a loved one have been injured in a motorcycle accident, do not hesitate to contact the attorneys at the Knowles Law Firm. Our attorneys have years of experience in assisting our clients with motorcycle accident claims. We understand that this may one of the most serious injuries you have ever faced, and we want to help you every step of the way until you reach full recovery.
Contact our Omaha, Nebraska office today for your initial free consultation and put our experience to work for you.