Our motorcycle accident lawyers help crash victims and their families get answers, compensation and justice. They have won many multimillion-dollar cases, including recent $6 million and $5 million settlements. Our law firm has a craftsman approach to representing injury victims and their families. We take the time to learn about our clients and understand the unique challenges each of them has to overcome. We believe this investment results in higher recoveries for our clients.
Motorcyclist Hit by a Commercial Truck
Attorneys Fred Pritzker and Eric Hageman are two of our lead lawyers. In one case, Fred represented a woman who was a passenger on a motorcycle when a drunk driver hit the bike from behind, crushing her leg, which later had to be amputated. In another case, Eric represented a man who was hit by a turning 18-wheeler. His leg was badly injured and had to be amputated. Fred and Eric won multimillion-dollar settlements for their clients.
Our lawyers have also represented clients who suffered severe traumatic brain injury. Because of their experience in this area, our lawyers are frequent speakers on obtaining compensation for head injuries. These are complex cases that require an understanding of the medical science involved with diagnosis, treatment and recovery.
When a cyclist is hit by a semitrailer or other truck, deciding where to file the lawsuit is critical for several reasons. One of the most important reasons is because some states limit recovery for pain and suffering, and something you need to discuss with your lawyer, who should have a national practice and able to handle cases throughout the United States pro hac vice, meaning “for this particular occasion.” Learn more: Hit by a Truck while Riding a Motorcycle.
What is My Motorcycle Accident Case Worth?
It is your legal right to seek compensation for your personal injury or wrongful death claim. You may be able to sue the negligent driver who hit the motorcycle and others, including a bus or truck company, manufacturer of defective part and/or dealership. To determine the value of a motorcycle accident case, your motorcycle accident lawyer will look at many factors, including the parties who can be sued and how much insurance coverage they have.
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Before your motorcycle accident lawyer can determine how much your case is worth, he or she will have to obtain evidence regarding who was at fault for the crash. Any percentage of fault (up to and including 50%) placed on you reduces the value of your case by that percentage.
Another factor is the severity of your injuries. Information about the severity of your injuries usually comes from your doctor in a medical report in which he or she comments on your injuries. Doctors usually wait at least a year after the accident to issue a final medical report.
Another important factor is how your injuries affect you. For example, a broken finger to most people is not that severe an injury. If you happen to be a concert pianist, however, a broken finger can be a terrible loss. Thus, it’s important that your motorcycle accident lawyer know a lot about you and how your injuries have impacted your life. Our lawyers take time to thoroughly interview our motorcycle accident clients. This is particularly important in a motorcycle accident case because there are usually traumatic brain injuries.
Other factors include the amount of your medical bills, the amount of your wage loss, whether you have any scars, what impact your injuries will have on your future earning capacity and a host of other issues.
Every motorcycle and dirt bike injuries case is different and it depends on the skill and experience of your lawyer to know what is fair compensation for your losses.
In cases where a motorcyclist was killed in a crash, the family has a wrongful death claim if the driver who hit the cyclist was more than 50% at fault. Wrongful death laws provide a spouse and other family members the right to sue for compensation. Although a child, parent and other family members may also have a claim, the spouse generally gets the bulk of any money won in a settlement or verdict.
These laws were enacted to help families who suffer financially and emotionally when a loved one is taken from them. In some fatal motorcycle accident lawsuits, the family can recover millions from the driver, and possibly others.
We understand that no amount of money can make it right. However, our experience is that these lawsuits provide families a legal means of obtaining evidence that helps determine how why the accident happened. This is particularly true if a bus, semitrailer, dump truck or other commercial vehicle is involved. Analyzing “black box” data and digging through corporate documents can lead to evidence of violations of state and federal laws and patterns of negligence.
Our lawyers have won millions for clients in personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits against drivers, bus and truck companies, manufacturers of defective products, dealerships, auto service companies and others. We are a national law firm.
Our lawyers have handled cases in the following states:
Arizona AZ, California CA, Colorado CO, Connecticut CT, Delaware DE, Florida FL, Georgia GA, Iowa IA, Illinois IL, Indiana IN, Kansas KS, Massachusetts MA, Maryland MD, Maine ME, Michigan MI, Minnesota MN, North Carolina NC, North Dakota ND, Nebraska NE, New Hampshire NH, New Jersey NJ, New York NY, Ohio OH, Oklahoma OK, Oregon OR, Pennsylvania PA, Rhode Island RI, South Carolina SC, South Dakota SD, Texas TX, Virginia VA, Washington WA, and Wyoming WY.