Omaha Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
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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 of his 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 into traffic without noticing a smaller motorcycle. If you have been involved in a motorcycle accident, speak with an Omaha motorcycle accident attorney as you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries.
Why Choose Us?
- We have successfully recovered tens of millions of dollars for past clients.
- We have more than six decades of combined legal experience.
- We focus our resources and energy exclusively on personal injury law.
- We can handle all insurance claim communications on your behalf.
- We take Omaha motorcycle accident claims on a contingency fee basis.
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. The car accident statistics are often far different, as many more car accidents occur which more often 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 that 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 life.
Motorcycle Accident Facts
Motorcycle accidents are often catastrophic for victims due to the inherent nature of these vehicles. A motorcycle is more vulnerable to factors such as speed, weather, road conditions and mechanical defects than a larger vehicle. Motorcycles are also less crashworthy. Even while wearing a helmet, a motorcyclist could suffer serious injuries to the face, head, skull, and brain when ejected from a motorcycle. Furthermore, it takes special skills and experience to correctly operate a motorcycle. Unlicensed and inexperienced riders are more likely to crash.
Motorcycle crash studies have found the majority of these accidents (about 75%) involve collisions with other vehicles, rather than single-vehicle accidents. In about two-thirds of multi-vehicle motorcycle collisions, the other driver violated the motorcyclist’s right-of-way. Mechanical failures cause about 3% of motorcycle accidents, while roadway defects cause about 2%. Motorcyclists are about 27 times more likely to suffer fatal injuries in car accidents than drivers. In 2018, almost 5,000 motorcyclists lost their lives in traffic accidents. The main cause of motorcycle accidents is inattention/negligence on the part of motorists.
What Are Common Motorcycle Accident Injuries?
Unfortunately, motorcycle accidents often result in very serious injuries, which can include the following:
Some motorcycle accidents result in wrongful death. If you lost a loved one in Omaha, we may be able to help you hold someone else responsible.
Who Is Liable?
The liable party for a motorcycle accident depends on its proximate cause. The person or entity behind the main cause of the motorcycle accident will be accountable for damages. After a serious motorcycle accident, it may take help from an attorney to identify the defendant. One or more parties could owe you and your family compensation for causing the preventable collision and your related damages.
- A motor vehicle driver. If you suffered injuries in a collision with a drunk, drugged, fatigued, distracted, reckless or negligent motorist, the driver could be liable for your losses. You may find proof of driver negligence in photographs, cellphone records, police reports or eyewitness statements.
- A motorcycle manufacturer. If a defective or malfunctioning motorcycle part contributed to your accident or injuries, the product’s manufacturer may absorb liability. Strict liability laws may prevent you from having to prove negligence to hold the manufacturer accountable.
- A road owner. If a dangerous defect in the road, such as a pothole or unsafe construction zone, caused your motorcycle wreck, the owner may be liable. This could be a private party or, more likely, the government. Claims against the City of Omaha have different rules for filing, so work with an attorney for assistance.
In Nebraska, state law (Revised Statute 25-21,185.10) says more than one defendant could be jointly and severally liable for a victim’s damages. Multiple defendants may have to pay you for the full amount of your economic damages and a portion of your noneconomic damages, according to each party’s percentage of fault. An accident attorney from The Knowles Law Firm can help you identify the defendant(s) that may owe you compensation and hold them responsible for your recent motorcycle accident.
What Types of Damages Can I Recover After a Motorcycle Accident?
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 in 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 ongoing emotional repercussions.
Is There a Time Limit on Filing a Motorcycle Accident Claim?
Work fast to bring a claim after a harmful motorcycle accident in Nebraska. The state has a strict statute of limitations or deadlines to file. If your lawyer does not file your paperwork by this deadline, the courts will most likely dismiss your case. The statute of limitations on a personal injury claim in Nebraska is four years from the date of the accident or discovery of an injury. If a family member died in a motorcycle collision, you have two years from the date of passing to file a wrongful death claim. Contact a lawyer as soon as possible to make sure you meet your deadline.
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 injury 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.