When a negligent motorcyclist violates traffic laws or behaves recklessly on the road, it can put others at risk. Even though their vehicles are small compared to cars, trucks, or SUVs, a motorcycle can still cause significant damages in a collision with a passenger vehicle. Other times, a driver may collide with multiple vehicles, hit a median, or drive off the road in an accident caused by a negligent motorcycle rider.
The Fitch Law Firm, LLC, defends the rights of car and motorcycle accident victims in Marion, Ohio. If you qualify, a Marion negligent motorcycle rider accident lawyer from our firm can build your case and defend your rights while you focus on your recovery. We may be able to help you recover compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages.
Our team handles everything from filing insurance claims to taking personal injury lawsuits to trial for our clients. We operate on a contingency fee basis, so you do not have to pay any attorney’s fees upfront to get started on your case.
To discuss your accident and your injuries in a free consultation with a member of our team, call the Fitch Law Firm, LLC, today at (740) 212-1686.
Motorcycle Accident Negligence and Liability
Just because a motorcycle rider may be more exposed in an accident than other drivers, it does not mean that all motorcyclists use good judgment and obey the rules of the road.
A motorcyclist can cause an accident through a number of negligent actions, such as:
- Running a red light or stop sign
- Making an illegal turn or lane change
- Failing to yield
- Splitting a lane
In some cases, we may discover that your accident was due to a non-driver third party’s negligence. This may include a negligent mechanic or component manufacturer who caused a mechanical failure in the motorcycle that resulted in your crash, or a negligent municipality that left a hazard in the road.
A Marion negligent motorcycle rider accident lawyer from the Fitch Law Firm, LLC, may investigate your accident to determine who was liable for your injuries.
Collecting Evidence in a Motorcycle Accident Case
After we determine who caused your accident, your legal team may gather evidence to demonstrate the at-fault party’s liability to support your personal injury claim or lawsuit. Supporting evidence may include things, such as:
- Videos, photos, or dashcam footage from the accident scene
- Police reports or any traffics citations issued by responding police officers
- Evidence from your medical records
- Testimony from accident reconstruction experts
- Statements from witnesses who saw the crash
Make sure to retain any documents, photos, or records you have of the accident. This evidence may be helpful in building your case.
To learn more about your accident and your legal options, call the Fitch Law Firm, LLC, at (740) 212-1686. A member of our team is standing by to provide you with a free, no-obligation consultation on your case.
Contributory Fault in Ohio
If you are found partially at fault for the motorcycle accident, you may be subject to contributory fault laws, and this could affect how a judge determines liability in your case.
Per the Ohio Revised Code (ORC) §2315.33, Ohio lets accident victims recover compensation for their damages so long as they were less than 50 percent responsible for the accident. In other words, if you were partially at fault for the accident, you may still be able to receive a payout. However, the court may reduce your compensation by your percentage of fault.
For example, if a judge deemed you 30 percent responsible for the accident and assigned your damages a value of $100,000, you may still be able to collect $70,000.
With contributory fault in mind, your legal team may collect evidence that shows the extent of the other party’s liability for your accident.
Recoverable Damages in a Motorcycle Accident Case
Ohio personal injury law may allow motorcycle accident victims to recover compensation for damages, such as:
- Current and future costs of medical care
- Lost wages for time missed at work
- Reduced earning capability
- Property damages
- Pain and suffering
- Other noneconomic damages
Your legal team may collect evidence of your damages and their value when building your case. This may include documents, such as medical bills, pay stubs, and auto repairs receipts. Your lawyer may also retrieve testimonies from medical experts about your future costs of care.
How Our Legal Team May Work on Your Case
When you hire legal representation from the Fitch Law Firm, LLC, a Marion negligent motorcycle rider accident lawyer from our firm can start working for you. They may answer your questions, provide legal advice, and design a legal strategy for your case. While you focus on your recovery, our firm can:
- Communicate with all other parties on your behalf
- Take care of the deadlines and legal paperwork in your case
- Assign a value to your damages
- File an insurance claim
- Negotiate with the responsible party’s insurance company for a settlement offer
- Bring your case to trial, where we can defend your rights before a judge or jury, if necessary
- Update you on any changes to your case
There Is a Deadline to Sue in Ohio
When weighing your legal options after a motorcycle accident, it is important to know about Ohio’s legal deadlines for suing. Per the ORC § 2305.10, Ohio imposes a general two-year statute of limitations on personal injury lawsuits. If you do not take legal action within this timeframe, the court may dismiss your lawsuit.
The Fitch Law Firm, LLC, can help you meet the legal deadlines in your case when we represent you.
The Fitch Law Firm, LLC, Wants to Work on Your Case
If you are interested in working with a Marion negligent motorcycle rider accident lawyer from the Fitch Law Firm, LLC, call us today at (740) 212-1686. A representative will be happy to discuss your accident and our services during a free case review.
Because we take cases on a contingency fee basis, our clients are not obligated to pay our attorney’s fees unless they recover compensation in a settlement offer or court award. No out-of-pocket payments are required to begin.