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Weekend rides through the small communities throughout Nebraska is something every rider has done. The company of friends while making new ones using the 'biker wave' are just a few of the joys of riding a motorcycle around Omaha. Even with the beautiful scenery, riding a motorcycle requires a high amount of focus and skill.
On the road, riders need to have a heightened awareness of other vehicles around them, the road and weather conditions, and so much more. A motorcycle accident attorney from Metier Law Firm understands this because we are proud motorcycle riders.
Due to the simple fact that passenger vehicle drivers are looking for other vehicles, not motorcycles, it’s easier for drivers to not see bikers, and accidents involving motorcycles are, unfortunately, more common. Because motorcycle riders lack protective cages and frames, the injuries suffered in these collisions are often devastating.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that in 2020, motorcyclists were 28 times more likely to die in an accident, as well as 4 times more likely to be injured than those riding or driving other types of vehicles.
Even if protective gear is worn, injuries can be severe and have long-lasting effects. This is where our motorcycle accident lawyers in Omaha help. We’re riders and know the freedom only two wheels can bring and will fight to get that freedom back for you.
Hire a Omaha motorcycle accident attorney with Metier Law Firm today that has the resources, experience and knowledge to maximize your compensation.
Motorcycle crashes in Omaha or anywhere in Nebraska are terrifying - especially when there are severe injuries. Under these conditions, it can be difficult to think clearly, and mistakes after any sort of accident might prevent you from recovering as much as you could from the insurance company.
The best things you can do after an accident are to:
Nebraska's normal statute of limitations for a motorcycle crash injury victim is four years to file an accident claim and just two years to file a wrongful death claim. That means you must file a claim or a lawsuit within this timeframe to receive compensation for any losses you've suffered. If you wait beyond this time, you may be unable to file a claim and receive compensation at all.
You may think you have a lot of time to worry about filing your claim. Yet, the longer you wait to take action, the higher the risk is of missing key opportunities. Instead, hire a Nebraska motorcycle accident attorney who will begin working on your case right away.
Every motorcycle rider must maintain the minimum liability coverage limits and must also be able to provide proof of insurance when you ride or when requested to do so by the Department of Motor Vehicles.
Liability coverage kicks in when you are at fault for a collision or found liable in a motorcycle accident that results in injuries or property damage. Liability coverage includes limits per person, per accident, and separately for property damage liability.
In Nebraska, the minimum liability coverage limits are as follows:
You'll often see the Nebraska liability limits written as: 25/50/25 (bodily injury per person, per accident/total, and property damage liability).
Many of the crashes we see involve a driver without insurance or enough insurance to pay for the medical expenses of our injured motorcycle client. Be sure to add uninsured and underinsured motorist coverage to your policy.
No two motorcycle accidents are exactly the same - the injuries, insurance coverage, liable parties, etc… are all different. While you can’t prevent every collision or crash, knowing the most common causes of motorcycle crashes could help riders mitigate their risks while on the road. Our Omaha motorcycle accident attorneys have identified a handful of similar causes and prevalent injuries:
Motorcycles are harder to see than cars or trucks, and riders have little protection in the event of a collision. While driver inattention or error can cause a fender bender with minor injuries to another car driver, in motorcycle crashes, the results are often more tragic. Our Omaha motorcycle accident attorneys compiled a list of the types of motorcycle accidents they see often:
If a vehicle contacts a motorcycle rider – even at parking lot speeds - there is little to no protection for the rider from a catastrophic crushing injury. At higher rates of speed, the rider will also be subjected to the injuries from impacting the pavement and other objects.
Although no two motorcycle crashes are the exact same, there are a few common injuries that appear to be widespread among many of our clients.
It's not uncommon for a witness to a motorcycle crash to describe the motorcycle rider's behavior to the police leading up to the collision - erratic swerving is an example. Even if these details didn't attribute to the collision with the other vehicle, the insurance company may use them to paint a believable picture of a careless rider reducing a settlement or verdict amount.
If we can win compensation for your case, then your compensation will fall into two categories:
An attorney who rides motorcycles will investigate the crash scene and understand that the “erratic swerving” in the police report were deliberate actions by a safety conscious rider. Avoiding potholes, loose gravel or positioning the motorcycle within the lane that gives him/her the most visibility to other vehicles are all actions we take to stay safe.
The dangers aside, people who have never ridden also don’t understand the joy and therapeutic benefits riding can bring a person. They don't understand what it feels like to have the warm Nebraska summer air on your skin on a seemingly endless cruise or the comradery of fellow riders pulling over to help a complete stranger on a motorcycle.
You deserve to have a motorcycle accident attorney fighting for you who shares your love of riding and can properly tell your story to a jury.
Do I have a case?
How much should I be offered?
Do I need an attorney?
If these questions have crossed your mind, let us help. You may need a little direction or may not need an attorney at all, but you deserve to be confident knowing your options. Your confidential consultation with us is totally free.