Minneapolis Motorcycle Accident Lawyer

Every day, hundreds of unsuspecting motorcyclists get into accidents. Motorcycle crashes can cause serious head injuries, neck and back injuries, broken bones, and road rash. A portion of these motorcyclists never recovers from their injuries. On average, per mile traveled there are about 35 times more deaths per year from motorcycle accidents than car accidents. The majority (56%) of motorcycle accident deaths involve other vehicles. One person’s momentary lapse in judgment can mean another person’s catastrophic injury or death. If you were recently involved in a motorcycle accident in Minneapolis, contact Knutson + Casey.

Can You File a Claim?

Not all motorcycle accidents result in personal injury lawsuits. Many accidents involving motorcycles are single-vehicle crashes, in which the motorcyclist is at fault for his or her injuries due to speeding or reckless driving. Poor weather is another example of a cause that wouldn’t enable a motorcyclist to sue. However, many accidents do stem from someone else’s negligence. To bring a successful claim, you must have four elements:

  1. The defendant owed you a duty of care. First, identify the defendant or party allegedly responsible for your accident. This party must be one who owed you a duty of care at the time of the crash.
  2. The defendant failed in his or her duty of care. You must show that the party acted in a way that deviated from the accepted standards of care. For example, a driver was texting and driving or driving while intoxicated.
  3. The defendant’s breach of duty caused the accident. It is not enough to have proof that the defendant was negligent. This negligence must have been the proximate, or main, cause of the motorcycle accident.
  4. You suffered real damages because of the accident. Real damages include personal injury, property damage, pain and suffering, and other economic and noneconomic loses.

These four elements make up almost every personal injury case, but they look different based on the circumstances of the accident. Another driver, poor roadway maintenance, or a malfunctioning traffic light could all be grounds for a personal injury lawsuit. Defective products, such as faulty motorcycle brakes, could also lead to a suit. Speak to an attorney to learn the potential merits of your case.

Why Speak to Knutson + Casey After a Motorcycle Crash?

After a frightening motorcycle crash, the last thing you may want to think about is bringing a lawsuit. As the medical bills start coming in, however, consider what a claim could do for your future. If the other party’s insurance company refuses to settle your case or is offering an amount you believe is less than what your case is worth, retain a personal injury attorney. An attorney is on your side during the fight for justice and can help you win fair compensation for your losses.

Most motorcycle accidents stem from another driver’s negligence. The most dangerous situation for motorcyclists is when other vehicles are making left-hand turns. Too often, motorists do not check carefully enough for oncoming motorcyclists. They may turn too soon or directly on top of a passing motorcyclist, striking the biker head-on or causing a T-bone accident. Both can lead to serious injury or death for the motorcyclist.

Whether your motorcycle crash only caused property damage or if it left you with a permanent disability, speak to an attorney. Knutson + Casey offers free consultations so you can discuss your accident with a legal professional at no risk. We also work on a contingency fee basis, meaning you won’t pay our attorney’s fees unless we secure a settlement or verdict on your behalf. Call (763) 259-3642 to talk with one of our lead attorneys today.