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Minneapolis Motorcycle Accident Attorneys

Let Our Firm Help You Recover Financial Compensation

Riding motorcycles can be an exhilarating and liberating lifestyle. But no matter how experienced and skilled you are as a motorcyclist, many accidents are caused by other vehicles because motorcycles are smaller and less noticeable. Unfortunately, motorcycle crash injuries are often catastrophic and even fatal since bikers do not have the same protection measures as drivers.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident in Minneapolis, do not hesitate to let Meshbesher & Associates, P.A. help you hold the at-fault party liable for their actions and maximize your entitled compensation on your behalf. For more than a century, our firm has helped our clients recover awards and settlements worth hundreds of thousands and millions of dollars.

Call (612) 200-1526 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation. Let our legal team provide you with compassionate and personalized legal representation inside and outside the courtroom.

Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents

According to a 2019 report by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), just over half of all fatal motorcycle accidents involved another automobile, often a passenger motor vehicle. About two-thirds of motorcycle accidents involving other vehicles are caused by the other vehicle violating the motorcycle’s right of way.

The following are the most common causes of motorcycle accidents:

  • Cars making left-hand turns – Nearly half of all fatal motorcycle accidents involving cars occur when the car was turning left at the time of the collision. Drivers turning left are required to yield to other traffic. Therefore, if a vehicle strikes a motorcycle while turning left, the driver is almost certainly responsible for the crash.

  • Head-on collisions – In three-quarters of all motorcycle accidents involving other vehicles in 2019, the car struck the motorcycle in the front. Since the weight of a vehicle is four times as much as a motorcycle, the amount of force involved in a head-on collision generally has fatal results.

  • Sudden lane changes – When a driver fails to check his/her blind spots or use their signals before changing lanes, he/she may strike a passing motorcycle. As we mentioned earlier, the limited visibility due to the motorcycle’s small size and speed can make it difficult for a driver to see a biker coming. So, if a driver believes he/she is in the clear without checking their mirrors and surroundings, they may run the risk of colliding with a motorcycle.

  • Car doors opening – When a driver opens the door after parking their vehicle and fails to check the path of oncoming traffic, he/she may strike a passing motorcycle. A door suddenly opening puts motorcyclists in an unavoidable situation.

  • Dangerous road conditions – From slippery surfaces and uneven payment to loose gravel or any debris on the road, motorcycles are more vulnerable to hazardous road conditions compared to vehicles because they have less stability and are smaller in size.

  • Motorcycle defects – If a motorcycle accident is caused by a defective motorcycle part, the manufacturer, designer, or dealer can be held liable for the crash.

Proving Negligence After a Motorcycle Accident

All drivers are required to obey the traffic laws and operate their vehicles in a reasonable safe manner. If a driver fails to do so by driving in a negligent or reckless manner and causes a collision, he/she can be held liable for any injuries or losses suffered by any victims.

The following are four elements to a negligence claim:

  1. Duty – The driver had a duty to be reasonably careful while driving

  1. Breach – The driver breached that duty by being careless or negligent

  1. Causation – The driver’s negligence caused the victim’s injuries and losses

  1. Damages – The victim suffered an injury or losses

Common Injuries from Motorcycle Accidents

Motorcycles are not as stable and visible compared to other vehicles. As we mentioned earlier, motorcyclists lack the protection provided by an enclosed vehicle, such as seat belts, air bags, and a metal exterior. Therefore, bikers are easily one of the most vulnerable groups on the roadway at any time.

The following are the most common motorcycle accident injuries:

  • Traumatic brain injuries (TBI)

  • Spinal cord injuries

  • Lower-extremity injuries (e.g., legs, pelvis, etc.)

  • Upper-extremity injuries (e.g., head, neck, back, abdomen, arms, etc.)

  • Broken or fractured bones

  • Organ damage

  • Internal bleeding

  • Whiplash

  • Lacerations

  • Road rash

How to Reduce the Risk of a Motorcycle Crash

The NHTSA says that 80 percent of all reported motorcycle accidents result in injury or death, which is why it is imperative for motorcyclists can do everything they can to stay safe and prevent a crash and injuries.

Here are five safety tips to reduce the risk of a motorcycle accident:

  1. Wear a full-face helmet – Bikers are twice as likely to suffer a traumatic brain injury from an accident without a helmet, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Wear a helmet that perfectly fits the shape and size of your head, as well as ensure that it has the Department of Transportation (DOT) symbol on the outside of the back because that meets federal safety standards.

  1. Gear up – Wear long pants and jackets comprised of protective material such as leather. Also wear durable gloves, boots that cover your ankles, and eye protection.

  1. Be easily seen by drivers – Wear bright-colored or reflective clothing to be easily spotted by others on the road. No matter what time of day, always have your headlights on.

  1. Be alert – Whether a driver fails to check his/her blind spots and mirrors, or he/she is operating a vehicle while distracted, you need to always practice defensive driving and be prepared for any sudden lane changes or swerves. Intersections are also another common location for accidents, so be alert when drivers are turning left at an intersection. Lastly, bikers should keep an eye out for road hazards, such as potholes.

  1. Do not ride in bad weather – Motorcyclists are more vulnerable to rain, wind, and other inclement weather conditions compared to other drivers. Since motorcycles are less stable than other vehicles, a slippery road or wind gusts can easily cause a motorcycle accident.

What to Do When You Are in a Motorcycle Accident

A crash of any kind is an emotionally overwhelming and traumatic experience. However, there are certain steps you must take to protect your health and your right to file a claim and recover financial compensation for your losses.

The following are the steps you must take immediately after a crash:

  1. Get to safety but leave your motorcycle and remain at the crash location

  1. Call the police and emergency medical services (especially if you suffered a serious injury)

  1. Leave your helmet and safety gear on

  1. Collect information about the other driver(s) and vehicle, as well as any witnesses who are willing to cooperate with the investigation

  1. Gather evidence by taking pictures—with your cell phone—of the crash site and involved vehicles, as well as take note of any odd behavior from the other driver(s)

  1. Call your insurance company to get started on the claims process and only provide the agent with basic information about the accident

  1. Contact a motorcycle accident lawyer to help you avoid any mistakes and guide you through the legal process

Schedule a Free Consultation

Our legal team can investigate the accident, collect and analyze evidence, negotiate with the insurance company, and help you obtain the most favorable outcome in your case. We are ready to fight for you from start to finish to ensure you make the best possible recovery from injury.

Contact us today at (612) 200-1526 to discuss your case with our Minneapolis motorcycle accident lawyers.

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