Minnesota Motorcycle Accident Attorneys

There is no such thing as a minor motorcycle accident. When a careless driver runs into someone on a motorcycle, the biker is usually hurt and hurt badly. At the law firm of Heimerl & Lammers, it is our job is to hold that careless driver accountable.

If you have been injured in a motorcycle or scooter accident, you probably face a long recovery process. You may be in the hospital for several weeks and face months of rehabilitation. Even after you recover from the accident, you may be left with scars or permanent injuries. You don’t have to deal with these issues alone. At the law firm of Heimerl & Lammers, our lawyers can help. We offer a free initial consultation to answer your questions.

Common Causes of Serious and Fatal Motorcycle Accidents in Minnesota 

Common causes of motorcycle accidents include:
  • Distracted driving
  • Alcohol or drug use
  • Speeding
  • Failure to signal
  • Potholes or construction
  • Limited visibility
  • Changing weather conditions

Unfortunately for motorcyclists, riders face many more risks than car drivers. Because of the smaller frame and lower positioning of motorcycles, car and truck drivers have a harder time seeing motorists and if an impact does occur, even if the rider is wearing full protective gear, severe injury or even death can occur. Other drivers pose a threat as they are often distracted or simply are not paying attention when driving near motorcycles—and that can lead to deadly accidents or serious injuries.

If you or your loved one were injured in a motorcycle accident caused by someone else’s negligence, the motorcycle accident lawyers at Heimerl & Lammers can help recover compensation for your injuries. You may be facing large medical bills and a long road to recovery where you can’t work or pay upcoming expenses, and that’s why we want to help you get the compensation you deserve. Call us at 612-294-2200 or fill out a contact form to reach out to our motorcycle accident legal team. It is essential to call a lawyer right away to ensure your rights are fully protected.

Causes of Motorcycle Accidents

Even the safest riders that take extra precautions on the road are not completely safe from its dangers. Most motorcycle accidents happen because of the following:

  • Distracted Drivers
    The low profiles of motorcycles compared to cars and trucks makes them more difficult for many drivers to see—especially those who aren’t paying close attention to their surroundings. Many people are not used to looking for motorcycles when they merge or switch lanes, which adds to the risk of an accident happening.  Each year, thousands of motorcycle accidents are caused in Minnesota by drivers turning in front of motorcycles because they don’t see them.
  • Road Hazards and Construction
    State and local governments are responsible for keeping roadways in good condition and free from hazards like potholes and loose asphalt or gravel, which can be dangerous for riders. Loose gravel can cause a slide and even small potholes can cause a serious motorcycle accident.
  • Poor Communication in Group Rides
    Riders sometimes travel together in groups, but these groups must practice good communication to prevent riders from colliding or moving into other riders’ lanes of travel. Being a part of a group ride increases the chance of an accident simply because there is more to watch out for.
  • Weather As we know, ice, rain, snow, and sleet are not uncommon weather conditions in Minnesota. The changing weather conditions add risk to riders that are not prepared. Rain can pool in potholes making it hard for riders to spot the danger. Additionally, rain on top of oil spots left by other vehicles can become very slippery and cause a motorcycle to slide.

Common Motorcycle Accident Injuries

It’s important to call a Minnesota Motorcycle Accident Lawyer 

If you were injured in a motorcycle accident, having a lawyer to represent you could mean the difference between getting the money you need to cover your accident-related costs and leaving without any compensation at all. In most cases, No-Fault benefits do not extend to motorcyclists injured in a car accident. You are sometimes able to add No-Fault benefits to your motorcycle by paying for an extra policy, but oftentimes you can only add a “medical pay” provision to help take care of your medical bills and your insurance company will want to get paid back if you make a recovery against an at-fault driver. Those policies will not do anything to help with your wage loss.

You shouldn’t have to take on the insurance company alone. The expertise of a Minnesota motorcycle accident lawyer can make a world of difference on your claim and the money you receive.

Motorcycle Accidents

Who Will Pay My Medical Bills and Lost Wages?

Unless you purchased additional insurance, your motorcycle policy may not include no-fault coverage. This means that you will probably not receive reimbursement for medical bills and lost wages from your insurance. Your only source of recovery will be the insurance of the at-fault driver.

In Minnesota, you can sue the person who caused the accident after your damages reach a certain threshold, such as accumulating at least $4,000 in medical bills, having a permanent injury or losing a certain number of days at work.

How is Fault Determined in Motorcycle Accidents?

After an accident, the first words a motorcycle rider usually hears from the other driver are “I didn’t see you!”

Almost all motorcycle accidents are caused by careless or inattentive drivers who take left-hand turns in front bikes, swerve into bikes when changing lanes, or run into motorcycles that are stopped at stop signs.

Motorcycle accidents can also be caused by road debris or other dangerous highway conditions. In these cases, the municipality responsible for maintaining the road or the vehicle that dropped the debris may be responsible.

Our Motorcycle Accidents Lawyers

Attorney Scott Kruger

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