According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), almost 5,000 motorcyclists were killed on US roadways in 2018. The NHTSA reports that motorcycle riders are 28 times more likely to suffer a fatal accident than passenger car occupants, in part because of the lack of protection motorcycle riders have. In addition to wrongful death cases, motorcycle accidents can lead to serious and life-altering injuries, substantial medical care bills, and an inability to work after the accident.
If you were involved in a motorcycle accident, you are not alone. A Cincinnati motorcycle accident lawyer with the Fitch Law Firm may be able to assist you. Navigating the complexities of insurance law, medical coverage policies, and local state accident statues can be difficult for anyone, especially someone trying to recover from accident injuries. The Fitch Law Firm can handle these tasks, and more, when we represent you. We also represent families whose loved ones were killed in Cincinnati motorcycle accidents in wrongful death lawsuits.
To learn about your rights after a motorcycle accident in a free consultation with a member of our team, please call the Fitch Law Firm today at (513) 407-4521. We may be able to represent you on a contingency fee basis with no advanced payments necessary.
Motorcycle Accident Injuries
Motorcycle accidents can lead to catastrophic injuries that can incapacitate the victim. Even mild or moderate injuries can have a substantial impact on the financial stability of the victim and his or her family. Motorcycle riders have much less protection and insulation from the blunt force trauma and impact of an accident than vehicle occupants.
Some common types of motorcycle accident injuries include:
- Head and brain trauma
- Back and spinal cord injuries
- Road rash
- Lacerations and bruising
- Broken and fractured bones
- Nerve injuries
- Internal organ damage
We recommend seeing a doctor as soon as possible after a motorcycle accident so that you can receive a diagnosis and treatment for your injuries.
Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
Because of the small size of motorcycles in comparison to other road vehicles, inattentive car and truck drivers may be unaware of the presence of a motorcycle on the road until it is too late. An additional issue is the fact that many car and truck drivers are unfamiliar with driving rules relating to sharing the road with motorcycle riders.
Common causes of motorcycle accidents include:
- Aggressive or reckless driving
- Distracted driving
- Damaged roadways
- Driver inexperience
- Sudden lane changes
- Blindspot issues
- Poor lighting or poor weather conditions
- Inadequate or missing road signage
- Unfamiliarity with road-sharing rules
A Cincinnati motorcycle accident lawyer from the Fitch Law Firm can investigate your case and determine who is liable for your injuries when we represent you. The liable party may include a driver, mechanic, or municipality whose negligence caused your accident. Medical records, evidence from the accident scene, and eyewitness testimony can be used in support of your case, so be sure to hold on to any evidence you may have for use in your claim.
If you believe another party’s negligence caused your motorcycle accident, call the Fitch Law Firm at (513) 407-4521. A representative is standing by to offer you a free consultation on your case.
Damages in a Motorcycle Accident Case
Depending on how your accident was caused, who was at fault, and the extent of the damages you suffered, you may be able to file a claim for the following:
- Medical care and treatment costs, including the costs of medications, surgery, therapy, and diagnostic tests
- Long-term therapy and rehabilitation costs
- Lost income if you were unable to work due to your accident
- Vehicle and property damage
- And more
If you are filing a wrongful death lawsuit, a different set of damages may be available to you, such as:
- Burial and funeral expenses
- Medical costs prior to your loved one’s death
- Wages and benefits provided by the deceased before they passed
- And more
The Fitch Law Firm can help you determine which costs, damages, and losses you may be able to file a compensation claim based on the unique circumstances of your case.
Working with a Lawyer on Your Case
When you work with the Fitch Law Firm on your case, you can concentrate on your treatments and your healing while we provide you with a variety of legal services. These may include:
- Handling all communications and paperwork on your behalf
- Collecting evidence to support your case
- Obtaining CCTV, dashcam, or surveillance footage of the accident, if available
- Evaluating your losses
- Putting together a claim on your behalf
- Making sure your case complies with all applicable Ohio laws
- Negotiating with your insurance provider and the at-fault parties involved in the accident
- Taking your case to trial, if necessary
Our team will also be there to answer your questions and keep you informed about your case throughout the duration of our work together.
Contact the Fitch Law Firm for a Free Consultation on Your Case
Motorcycle accidents can be traumatic, and they can forever alter the course of your life. If you are a motorcycle accident victim, it can be difficult to handle insurance paperwork and file a claim for damages while you recover from your injuries. A Cincinnati motorcycle accident lawyer from the Fitch Law Firm may be able to manage these tasks on your behalf when we represent you.
Call our team at (513) 407-4521 to discuss your case in a free consultation. It may be possible for us to represent you on a contingency fee basis. In this arrangement, you would not owe us attorney fees unless you recover compensation in a settlement offer or court award.