Omaha Motorcycle Accident Attorney
Riding a motorcycle is inherently risky business. In 2015, motorcyclists in the United States were five times more likely than passenger car riders to be injured in an accident, and 29 times more likely to die as the result of a crash.
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The state of Nebraska has laws against driving between lanes, called "lane splitting," as well as laws for safely carrying cargo or another passenger. Following the rules of the road establishes you as a responsible driver and keeps you and your passenger safer overall. However, following the rules yourself will not stop a careless or aggressive driver from causing a crash.
If you were injured after a wipeout due to another person’s actions, or lost a loved one to a motorcycle crash in the Omaha area, please contact an attorney at Bottlinger Law L.L.C. at (402) 505-8234 to set up a free consultation. We will investigate what happened and determine if you are owed compensation from the at-fault party and insurance company.
In our experience, other drivers tend to:
- Drive distracted
- Drive drunk or drugged
- Drive drowsy
- Fail to check their mirrors and blindspots before merging or turning
- Fail to come to a complete stop before proceeding through an intersection
- Make left turns without checking for oncoming motorcyclists
- Tailgate motorcycles
- Perform aggressive maneuvers that bikers have to avoid, sometimes by laying the motorcycle down in the road.
If any of these scenarios sounds familiar to you, you probably have a claim for compensation. Speak to our legal team right away to get the help you deserve.
Because bikers do not have steel cages surrounding them, they tend to suffer catastrophic injuries, such as:
- Road rash and other skin abrasions are caused by contact and friction with roads and other surfaces, scraping away layers of skin and in some cases other tissues. While rarely fatal, road rash is extremely painful, and if not treated properly can result in infection.
- Broken bones are a frequent injury in motorcycle crashes. Age is also a factor in bone injuries. Riders over the age of 40 tend to sustain more injuries to their arms, legs, and ribs than younger riders, owing to the changes in bone density that come with age. A 2008 study reported that the most common sites of fractures from motorcycle accidents in the U.S. were:
- Foot and lower leg (30%)
- The face and skull (22%)
- Forearm, hand, and wrist (19%)
- Chest and ribs (16%)
- Head injuries are the most frequently fatal in car-motorcycle collisions. Concussions are among the most common internal injuries.
- Internal and soft tissue injuries are caused when the inner parts of the body are wounded, whether or not the bones are affected. Broken bones can also puncture internal organs such as the lungs, causing internal bleeding or hemorrhaging. Injuries to the muscles, ligaments, and tendons throughout the body are also common. Once again, motorcyclists age 40 and over have an increased risk for such injuries.
Helmets do reduce the amount of deaths associated with motorcycle accidents, but they cannot prevent every one. Not all states have laws requiring motorcycle riders to wear helmets, though the state of Nebraska has a universal helmet law. Other protective gear, such as gloves, padded jackets, pants, and body armor are not legally required while riding a motorcycle, but do a great deal to prevent bodily injury and reduce medical costs.
However, what you were wearing at the time of the crash does not excuse an at-fault driver from liability for your medical bills, lost work, and other losses related to the accident. Seriously injured bikers often require reconstructive surgery to repair their shattered limbs, as well as skin grafts and other invasive treatments. After a motorcycle collision, you may be in the hospital for months, unable to work, and have limited mobility when you do get out and require full-time assistance. These are all costs that the negligent driver should be required to pay.
- Document your injuries. Go to the emergency room or see your doctor as soon as you can after the wreck. Not only will you get treated sooner, this allows you to get the most accurate documentation of any injuries you have. If you have preexisting injuries from before the accident, your doctor can confirm if those injuries have gotten worse.
- Document details of the accident. Memory is notoriously unreliable, and can be severely impacted following a traumatic event such as a motorcycle collision. When you are physically able, take notes on what you can remember about the incident. Take photographs of the scene, your injuries, and any physical evidence such as damaged item as soon as possible. If there are any witnesses, get their contact information and their written testimony. Documenting evidence will establish your claim that you were not at fault.
- Obtain additional records to corroborate your story. Filing a police report of the accident can be an important step in pursuing a personal injury claim, as it will contain important details of the incident. Additional documents such as proof of days and wages lost as a result of the accident are also crucial.
Few auto insurance companies are eager to pay in the wake of a crash in which their client was at fault. No matter how bad your injuries are or how clear-cut the liability appears, you may still have trouble getting the compensation you are rightfully owed. The insurer may try to blame you for what happened, or try to talk you into accepting a quick settlement, even though they know you’ll need more money for medical care in the long run.
That’s why working with an experienced Omaha motorcycle injury lawyer is vital in these cases. Protect yourself, and protect your family. The worst has already happened – don’t be victimized again by a greedy corporation.
Most motorcyclists ride alone, but you don't have to. If you have been in a motorcycle accident, our Omaha personal injury legal team will fight to ensure you gain the maximum compensation to cover your losses. At Bottlinger Law L.L.C., we offer a free initial consultation with no obligation and we work on a contingency-fee basis - you don't pay a fee unless we win your case. Call our Omaha office at (402) 505-8234 to speak with a Omaha auto accident attorney today. If you are too injured to travel to us, we can send a car to pick you up, or drop by the hospital ourselves. Just let us know!
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