Trusted Minnesota Motorcycle Accident Lawyers
Accidents are particularly dangerous for motorcyclists. While cars and other motor vehicles have safety features like airbags, steel frames, and seatbelts, motorcycles leave their riders exposed and vulnerable. As a result, motorcycle accidents often result in severe injuries or death.
At Nicolet Law Office, our compassionate attorneys handle motorcycle accident claims for clients across Minnesota. With over 100 years of combined legal experience, our lawyers are prepared to pursue maximum compensation for our clients’ injuries.
We also understand that many of our clients are concerned they cannot afford legal representation. We are proud to offer free initial consultations to our personal injury clients so that they can explore their legal options without committing to a payment plan.
Severe Injuries from Motorcycle Accidents in Minnesota
Most motorcycle accidents result in some kind of injury, and those injuries tend to be severe. Although a minority of motorcycle accident injuries resolve quickly without medical treatment, other conditions have lifelong consequences.
If you or a loved one have been injured in a motorcycle accident, we strongly recommend that you seek medical treatment as soon as possible. Obtaining early medical care increases a victim’s chance at a swift, complete recovery.
- Head and brain injuries: Motorcyclists are advised to wear a helmet or face shield on every ride. Those who do not significantly increase their chances of sustaining a serious head or brain injury.
- Back and neck injuries: Injuries to the spinal cord often lead to full or partial paralysis, though they do not always appear immediately after an accident. Other common injuries include cervical fractures, crushed disks, and whiplash.
- Broken bones: Because so much of a motorcyclist’s body lacks protection in an accident, motorcycle accidents often result in broken or fractured bones. The legs, arms, and wrists are particularly susceptible to fractures.
- Lost limbs and amputations: If a severe injury to a limb compromises a victim’s recovery, the damaged part of the body may need to be removed.
- Severe emotional trauma: Accidents are traumatic events for everyone involved. Many victims experience emotional distress during the healing process.
At Nicolet Law Office, our primary goal is ensuring our clients have access to the resources they need to recover from their injuries. While some law firms are not prepared to bring cases to trial to pursue the best outcomes for their clients, we will go the extra mile. We are committed to taking on the insurance companies—even if it means taking the fight to court.
Minnesota Motorcycle Laws and Safety Tips
Minnesota has a number of laws governing motorcycle use across the state, which all drivers are required to know and obey.
For example, all motorcyclists are required to carry liability insurance, which covers bodily injury and property damage sustained by another person in an accident. Motorcyclists must carry proof of this insurance whenever they ride.
Minnesota law states that motorcyclists under the age of 18 and permit operators must wear a helmet that complies with the state’s safety standards. Additionally, all motorcyclists, regardless of age or licensure, are required to wear some form of eye protection. Examples of appropriate eye protection include a face shield, goggles, or glasses.
In Minnesota, if someone has been injured in an accident and wants to file a lawsuit, he or she must file that suit within six years of the accident date. If a victim fails to file before the deadline, he or she may lose their right to bring the case to court.
To help mitigate the risks of riding a motorcycle, riders are encouraged to keep these safety tips in mind:
- Don’t drink and ride. According to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, one-third of motorcycle fatalities involve alcohol use.
- Wear protective gear. While protective gear won’t prevent an accident from occurring, it may protect victims from the worst outcomes. We recommend that all motorcyclists wear helmets, armored jackets, long pants, boots, and gloves.
- Take extra precautions with a passenger. When motorcyclists ride with a passenger, the extra weight and motion will affect the vehicle’s handling. For example, drivers may need to brake sooner, be extra cautious around corners, and use more throttle when starting the bike. Passengers are advised to copy the driver’s movements as much as possible.
- Check your vehicle before each ride. Motorcycles typically require more frequent inspections and maintenance than other vehicles. It is good practice for motorcyclists to check their vehicle’s tires, brakes, headlights, and fluid levels before they ride.
Major Contributing Factors in Minnesota Motorcycle Accidents
Every motorcycle accident is unique and can involve numerous factors. Some of the most common contributing factors to motorcycle accidents include:
- Poor road conditions: Road hazards pose a threat to motorcycles, which tend to be smaller and lighter than other vehicles. Common dangers include potholes, wet pavement, snow, ice, and construction debris.
- Lane splitting: Illegal in the state of Minnesota, lane splitting is when a motorcyclist rides between lanes of slow or stopped traffic.
- Defective motorcycle: Design or manufacturing defects with a motorcycle can lead to serious accidents. Defects often occur with brakes, steering systems, and tires.
- Failing to follow traffic laws: Drivers of all vehicles have a duty to obey traffic laws. Those who do not increase their likelihood of being in an accident.
- Distracted driving: Drivers who are distracted by their phones, food, drink, or vehicle controls will have a harder time noticing motorcycles, which are less conspicuous than larger vehicles.
- Drunk driving: Driving under the influence of alcohol is a leading cause of motor vehicle accidents nationwide.
If you or a loved one have sustained injuries in a motorcycle accident, we encourage you to contact a local attorney as soon as possible. There is no risk to a free consultation with one of our skilled lawyers, and there is no replacement for quality legal representation.
Schedule a Free Consultation with Nicolet Law Office
When you work with us, we will stop at nothing to secure just compensation for your injuries. At Nicolet Law Office, we are prepared to take on the insurance companies so that you can focus on what’s really important—your health and well-being. Furthermore, we represent personal injury clients on a contingency basis, which means that you don’t pay us unless we win your case.
We have skilled accident lawyers ready to help you with your case. To find out how Nicolet Law Office can support your recovery, call us toll-free at 1-855-NICOLET or fill out our secure online form.