Hit by a Truck While Riding a Motorcycle

Our law firm represents clients in cases where a commercial truck driver has hit a motorcycle and severely injured or killed the cyclist. Our experience is that many of these cases the driver was distracted or driving recklessly. Two of our recent settlements include:

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Common distractions include the following:

  • fatigue (driving while fatigued is as dangerous as driving drunk)
  • texting while driving
  • talking on cellphone
  • reading
  • eating
  • picking something up off of the floor.

There is never an excuse for distracted driving, and it is against the law.

Truck Driver Extra Duty of Care

A commercial truck driver has a higher level of duty of care. As a professional driver, he/she is required to be alert and maintain control of his/her rig at all times. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration regulations, § 392.3:

No driver shall operate a commercial motor vehicle, and a motor carrier shall not require or permit a driver to operate a commercial motor vehicle, while the driver’s ability or alertness is so impaired, or so likely to become impaired, through fatigue, illness, or any other cause, as to make it unsafe for him/her to begin or continue to operate the commercial motor vehicle. However, in a case of grave emergency where the hazard to occupants of the commercial motor vehicle or other users of the highway would be increased by compliance with this section, the driver may continue to operate the commercial motor vehicle to the nearest place at which that hazard is removed.

Pain and Suffering Compensation

In cases where a commercial driver is at fault, the driver of the motorcycle and his or her passenger, if there is one, have the right to sue for compensation.

Semi-Truck Accident InspectionPain and suffering damages is a major component of an accident settlement or verdict and generally includes amounts for physical pain, permanent disability, disfigurement, loss of quality of life and emotional distress. The emotional distress or mental anguish following a crash can be debilitating. Accident victims may suffer from panic attacks and nightmares.

It is important to accurately assess future pain and suffering when determining fair compensation. We work with medical experts to build our case. If the motorcyclist suffered a traumatic amputation in the crash, these experts can testify as to phantom pain in addition to other pain issues.

Learn more: How Much is My Truck Accident Case Worth?


Semi Truck’s Failure to Yield Noted in Student’s Motorcycle Death

A Buena Vista, Georgia, woman is dead after the motorcycle she was riding crashed into a tractor-trailer truck at Macon and Lynch Road in Midland, the Muscogee County Coroner’s Office said. Early reports said the semi-truck failed to yield. The 22-year-old woman was pronounced dead of blunt force trauma.

Motorcyclist Killed by Semitrailer Pulling into Traffic

A 28-year-old motorcyclist from Merritt Island was traveling in the eastbound lanes of State Road 520 near Cocoa, Florida, when an 18-wheeler, driven by a man from Cleveland, Ohio, pulled into his lane. The big rig had been stopped in a closed lane. The motorcyclist collided with the trailer. Tragically, the cyclist did not survive.

Cyclist Impacted by Unsecured Load

The man thrown from his motorcycle in this video was not seriously injured. We show it here because it demonstrates how dangerous loose loads are.

Car Rear Ends Cyclist in Waseca County, Injuring Motorcyclist

A BMW bike and a Buick Lesabre were traveling westbound on U.S. Highway 14 at MN Highway 13 at milepost 161 in Waseca County. The Lesabre rear ended the motorcycle, injuring the cyclist, of Owatonna, Minnesota.

2 Cyclists Killed

Two people died in a crash involving a motorcycle and a tractor trailer in West Knoxville. The accident happened at about 3:37 a.m. on Interstate 40 westbound. The driver and a passenger on the bike were found dead at the scene. The driver had no apparent injuries.

Fatal Crash Involving Minneapolis School District Vehicle 

Around 12:30 Monday afternoon a collision occurred near the intersection of 7th Ave and University Ave. The cyclist was traveling in the southbound lane of University Ave when she collided with the side of a Minneapolis Public School District vehicle that had pulled out from Seventh Ave. The cyclist, whose name has yet to be released, was taken to Hennepin County Medical Center, where she died as a result of injuries sustained in the accident.

One Fatality in Head-on Collision in Wabasha Involving Suspected Drunk Driver

On Sunday afternoon, the driver of a Ford Edge traveling north on Highway 42 swerved into the southbound lane, striking the driver of a Harley Davidson and a Chrysler PT Cruiser,  whose passengers presented no apparent injury.  The Minnesota Sate Patrol reports that alcohol was present in the system of the driver of the Ford Edge, who was taken to St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester, Minnesota, with non life threatening injuries. The cyclist, a man from Eyota, Minnesota, tragically passed away. Though no specifics about the cause the accident have been released, it appears alcohol may have contributed to this fatal accident.

Motorcyclist Killed in Crash with FedEx Truck

On Thursday afternoon, a FedEx truck and a cyclist collided at the intersection of Burnsville Parkway and 143rd Circle in Burnsville, Minnesota. The cyclist was pronounced dead at the scene.

Read about a lawsuit against FedEx for personal injury or wrongful death.

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