If you were the victim of a motorcycle accident, you might be able to recover monetary compensation for your injuries and for any expenses you incurred as a result of the accident.
When you hire our firm, we can provide you with a motorcycle accident lawyer in Columbus, Ohio. This attorney and our entire team can help you start the process of fighting for the compensation you need and deserve from the liable party.
What Damages Can I Recover Following a Motorcycle Accident?
If you are a motorcycle accident victim, you may be entitled to recover compensation for a variety of economic and non-economic damages. Economic damages can directly compensate you for financial losses. Non-economic damages are compensation for your bodily injuries.
Examples of the types of damages you could qualify for include (but are not limited to) the following:
- Loss of quality of life: You can no longer perform certain tasks (e.g., a sport, or getting dressed) that you used to. Perhaps you need another person’s help to get through the day.
- Any type of disability: If the accident caused or worsened a physical or intellectual disability, you could collect damages. This is true even if the disability is only temporary.
- Pain and suffering: This may include both physical and emotional distress stemming from either the injuries suffered or the accident itself.
- Lost income and loss of future earnings: For instance, if you missed work due to the accident, or if a permanent disability prevents you from working as much as you used to, you could seek compensation for these lost wages.
- Property damage: The most common example of property damage includes motorcycle replacement or repairs.
- Past and future medical bills: This may include rehabilitative therapy, reconstructive surgery, medical consultation, prescription drugs, and mobility equipment.
The team from the Fitch Law Firm LLC believes personal injury victims should not bear the financial burden of injuries that were caused by someone else. Let us help you pursue fair compensation so that you have one less thing to worry about as you recover.
What About Wrongful Death Damages?
In 2019, 5,014 motorcyclists were killed in traffic accidents, and motorcyclists accounted for 14 percent of all traffic-related fatalities. This is according to Pages 4-5 of a report issued by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
Additional damages may be available to those who lost a loved one in a motorcycle accident. In this case, you could file a wrongful death suit. A lawyer from our Columbus team can provide you with the compassionate yet professional service your family needs to get through this difficult time.
For a free legal consultation with a motorcycle accidents lawyer serving Columbus, call 614-545-3930
Pursuing Legal Action After a Motorcycle Accident
We believe that motorcycle accident victims deserve the chance to recuperate in peace without having to worry about a lot of cumbersome, challenging legal tasks. The Fitch Law Firm LLC can ease your legal burden and fight hard to protect your interests by:
- Evaluating your case for free: At no cost or obligation to prospective clients, our team is always happy to assess callers’ cases and explain to them how we can help.
- Building a case: A motorcycle accident lawyer from our Columbus office can investigate the accident to verify your story and collect evidence that may help to strengthen your case.
- Identifying and notifying liable parties: Through our research, we can figure out who is financially liable for your injuries and tell them that you are suing for damages.
- Negotiating a settlement: A pretrial settlement is usually a faster way to get money than a trial. We can meet with the liable party’s insurer and try to persuade them to pay what you need.
- Preparing for court: If a trial is unavoidable, we can make all the necessary preparations and even present your case before a judge and jury.
In exchange for these services, we charge a contingency fee. This means that you only pay our attorney’s fees if and when we get money for you. You pay no such fees up front, and you do not have to pay them at all if we cannot recover damages.
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What Causes Motorcycle Accidents?
There are many natural conditions or negligent actions and inactions that may lead to motorcycle accidents, including:
- Distracted driving: Inattentiveness by motorists can easily lead to a motorcycle accident. All a driver has to do is take their eyes off the road for a moment to cause a potentially serious crash.
- Head-on collisions: Head-on collisions may occur if a motorist turns in the path of a motorcycle, or if the driver runs a red light and fails to yield the right of way.
- Road conditions: Poor road conditions caused by ice, rain, loose gravel or debris, potholes, road construction, and poorly maintained roads may cause a motorcyclist to lose control and crash.
- Drunk drivers: A driver who is under the influence of drugs or alcohol may fail to see a motorcyclist or have a delayed response to an impending collision.
- Left turns at an intersection: If a motorist turns left at an intersection and fails to register an oncoming motorcycle, an accident may occur. Motorcyclists may be in special danger in such situations, as they are smaller and often less visible than passenger vehicles.
- Defective equipment: If a defective part, such as a damaged tire or unresponsive brakes, contributed to the accident, then you may have a product liability case.
When filing a lawsuit, it matters less what caused the accident than whether or not you have proof that someone else’s negligence was to blame. Depending on the details of your case, one or more parties may be responsible for your injuries. Some common parties who may be liable include:
- A motorist: The driver of the vehicle that collided with your motorcycle or caused the accident in some other way can be held responsible for your injuries.
- A municipality: Some motorcycle accidents occur due to poorly maintained roads or poor road conditions. In this case, the party responsible for keeping the roads in good condition may be liable for your injuries and property damage.
- The motorcycle manufacturer: If your accident was caused by a defective part, the manufacturer may be held liable. Under some circumstances, the case could become a class action lawsuit, if the manufacturer has faced similar lawsuits from other riders.
- A mechanic: The mechanic or company entrusted with maintaining your bike may be held liable for your injuries and property damage if they provided negligent service.
Generally speaking, as stated at Ohio Revised Code Section 2305.10, motorcycle accident victims have two years from the date of the crash to file a lawsuit. The sooner you contact the Fitch Law Firm LLC, the sooner we can go to work to defend your rights against all negligent parties.
Let Our Team Help You Fight for Compensation
If you were injured in a motorcycle accident, it may be in your best interest to hire a motorcycle accident lawyer from our office. Call the Fitch Law Firm LLC at (614) 545-3930 to discuss your case and receive legal advice on the best way to move forward. We are proud to serve Columbus, Ohio and other cities throughout the state.