Motorcycle Accident Attorneys in Bloomington, MN
Experienced Personal Injury Lawyers Serving the Twin Cities & Nationwide
Due to their very nature, motorcycle accidents are potentially more harmful to riders than car accidents are to drivers. The absence of a protective shell around riders leaves motorcyclists vulnerable to direct impact and severe, sometimes fatal, injuries.
This vulnerability, coupled with high speeds and less visible presence on the road, increases the risk and severity of potential motorcycle accidents.
Motorcycle accidents are associated with a certain stigma as well, so if you were hit and it wasn’t your fault, competent legal representation is critical. Bikers are often stereotyped as reckless or risk-takers, which can influence perceptions and judgments in the aftermath of an accident. This bias can manifest differently, impacting your ability to seek justice.
Law enforcement, insurance companies, jurors, and the public may prematurely attribute fault to you based on preconceived notions rather than the facts. This can lead to unjust allocation of blame, lower settlement offers, and unfavorable court decisions.
At JD Haas & Associates PLLC, we aren’t just credible and experienced – we genuinely care about our clients. Our legal team is motivated to do the work needed because it allows us to help people during the worst experiences of their lives. When we take on a new client, we build a relationship. Everything you have to say is important to us, no matter when you call, for whatever reason.
Overview of Motorcycle Accidents in Minnesota
Motorcycle injuries can vary widely but can often be severe, given the relatively unprotected state of riders.
Common injuries can include:
- Head injuries: These can range from minor concussions to severe traumatic brain injuries, particularly in cases where the rider was not wearing a helmet.
- Spinal cord injuries: These can result in partial or complete paralysis, permanently impacting a rider's life.
- Broken bones and fractures: Arms, legs, ribs, and wrists are particularly susceptible.
- Road rash: This occurs when a rider slides across the road surface, leading to severe skin abrasions.
- Biker's arm: This term refers to the severe nerve damage that occurs when a biker instinctively uses his arm to break a fall.
Various factors can cause accidents, leading to injuries such as those above. These include negligent driving behavior by other motorists, such as distracted driving, driving while texting or using a cell phone, running stop signs and traffic lights, speeding, tailgating, and other violations, defective motorcycle parts, and poor road conditions.
Helmet Usage Effects on Motorcycle Accidents
Per Minnesota’s helmet laws, only riders under 18 or those with instructional permits are legally required to wear helmets.
However, studies have shown that helmets can reduce the risk of head injuries by nearly 70% and the risk of death by almost 40%. Helmet usage, therefore, plays a significant role in minimizing the severity of injuries in the event of an accident.
What to Do After a Motorcycle Accident
After a motorcycle accident, the first step is to seek immediate medical attention, even if no injuries are apparent. Next, if possible, document the accident scene, collect witness information, and report the accident to law enforcement. Lastly, contact a trusted personal injury lawyer to guide you through the legal steps.
The Value of Personal Injury Representation
Motorcycle accident cases can be complicated due to specific laws relating to motorcycle operations, bias against motorcyclists, and the severe nature of injuries that can affect the determination of damages. Insurance companies may also employ tactics to devalue your claim.
JD Haas & Associates PLLC can guide you through these complications. Our experienced team will thoroughly investigate the circumstances of the accident, determine liability, and strive to secure maximum compensation for your injuries.
We understand the unique challenges in these cases and can work to protect your rights and ensure fair treatment. With over 45 years of experience, we have navigated the complexities of numerous motorcycle accident cases, helping injured riders get the justice they deserve.
Our commitment to understanding the unique challenges our clients face sets us apart.
Our legal team is recognized and respected by peers, judges, and the broader legal community. Fellow lawyers routinely refer their friends and families to our firm.
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With over four decades of experience, JD Haas & Associates brings a wealth of legal knowledge to every case.
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