Advocates for Motorcycle Crash Victims
The same scenario plays out time and again — the driver of a car turns left, pulls out, or changes lanes without seeing the rider. Most automobile drivers simply are not expecting motorcycles, with disastrous results for motorcycle operators and their passengers.
An Attorney Who Rides. . . And Understands
If you were injured or a loved one killed in a motorcycle collision or crash because of the negligence of others, contact our law firm for a free case evaluation about a personal injury or wrongful death claim. Based in Winchester, our firm represents victims throughout central Kentucky and eastern Kentucky.
We know motorcycles. We’ve been an avid rider for more than four decades, even owned and ran a bike shop once upon a time. We understand the physics of how cycles work. As a personal injury trial lawyers for 21 years, we’re familiar with the common causes of motorcycle accidents. As a former rehabilitation counselors, we understand the debilitating, often permanent injuries suffered:
- Head injury and brain damage
- Damage to bones, muscles and connective tissues
- Paralysis, neck and back injuries
- Severe “road rash” and burns
Educating the Jury
Often the public has unfavorable misconceptions about motorcycles and the people who operate them. Eyewitnesses frequently claim the motorcyclist was speeding, while crash investigation statistics show this is not the case in the majority of collisions. Jurors (most of whom don’t ride) frequently presume that the cyclist must have been doing something wrong, when actually the driver of the car was at fault.
In a claim for damages, an attorney who rides can explain exactly what happened so that the jury understands. We put a lot of time and resources into educating juries — and insurance company representatives — about the facts. For example, a motorcycle turns by counter-steering (the wheel actually points momentarily away from the direction of the turn), which might be misconstrued by observers. And a majority of the braking capacity is in the front of the bike, with heavy skid marks from the rear wheel perhaps indicating an inexperienced or panicky reliance on the less effective back brake. Thus, a lack of skid marks may actually indicate the cyclist was taking the appropriate action to avoid or minimize an accident. You get the idea — and so do our juries.
We will often visit the crash scene ourselves, knowing that time is of the essence in preserving evidence. We photograph the site, analyze skid marks and the debris field, identify witnesses, and, if necessary, make sure that the vehicles are examined by experts. We can employ accident reconstruction specialists to determine the driver error and/or road conditions that led to the crash.
Mile for mile, motorcyclists are six times more likely than auto drivers to be involved in a crash, often because of other motorists’ failure to see or account for motorcycles. There aren’t really “fender-benders” in motorcycle accidents — 80 percent of accidents result in serious injury to the motorcycle operator.
We are also knowledgeable about all insurance and liability issues relating to cycle accidents, including PIP coverage, uninsured motorist (UM/UIM), and comparative negligence (limited recovery of damages if you were partially at fault).
To secure the full compensation to recuperate as much as medically possible, you’ll want an attorney who rides and has the proven experience, through settlement and at trial, to prevail on your behalf. Contact us today to discuss your case in a free consultation. You can call us too.