In Mendota Heights and Eagan, motorcyclists are five times more likely to be injured in an accident than are passengers riding in a car and 26 times more likely to die as a result of a collision with another vehicle. So, it is especially important for motorcycle riders and their passengers to protect their rights and recover damages following an accident. That’s why the motorcycle crash personal injury lawyers at Sieben Edmunds Miller are dedicated to helping to recover damages when you are involved in an accident.
Who’s to Blame in a Motorcycle Accident in Minnesota?
Let’s face it: There remains a stigma attached to people riding a motorcycle. This is true even though crashes involving a motorcycle are rarely the fault of the operator of the motorcycle. The most common cause of a motorcycle accident is that another driver failed to see the motorcyclist before causing the crash. Yet in the courtroom, many of these outmoded and outdated views of who rides a motorcycle remain. There is little doubt that, often, cyclists get treated differently than do victims of other accidents. Having attorneys fighting for you is crucial in receiving the compensation you deserve.
There are situations where a motorcyclist is partially at fault, even if it is rare. Here at Sieben Edmunds Miller, we can approach motorcycle personal injury cases using the legal concept of “comparative fault” if necessary. The amount of responsibility of each party involved in the accident can be determined and the damages divided by the percentage of fault that is applied. Again, it is much more likely that someone else was negligent and caused the motorcycle collision, usually because they failed to see the motorcyclist before the crash, however when two or more parties are negligent, you need someone to fight for your rights.
Manufacturer Recalls and Defects can Play a Part in a Motorcycle Accident
When an automobile is recalled, it can be irritating and even frightening. But a motorcycle recall is even scarier because there is a higher risk of somebody being hurt or killed as a result of the defect. In our experience as motorcycle accident personal injury lawyers, we see that many accidents might be caused by a defect in the design or manufacture of a critical part. The potential danger could have been foreseen by the company. There are even manufacturing defects that occur when, during assembly, something is done differently than how the engineers intended and this creates a risk for the eventual driver and the passenger.
The manufacturer has an obligation to inform the public of a recall and repair it free of charge. Yet it can be difficult to reach every owner because the motorcycle may have been purchased used or from a third party not connected to a dealer. It’s important for every motorcycle owner to provide the manufacturer with their contact information so they can be notified in the event of a recall.
When You’re Hurt in a Motorcycle Accident with Another Vehicle, Call Our Accident Injury Lawyers
If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident with a motor vehicle, don’t wait to call the motorcycle accident attorneys at Sieben Edmunds Miller.
We will discuss the specifics of your case on a non-obligation basis and help determine the extent to which the other driver may be responsible. We’ll review police reports and interviews with any witnesses, as well as check weather and road condition reports at the time of the accident. Then we can help you decide whether you have the right and opportunity to recover damages for things such as out of pocket medical expenses, lost income, and other damages. Here in Minnesota, we are the lawyers to contact when you’ve been injured in a motorcycle accident.