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For many, riding around town on a motorcycle can be incredibly cathartic. From the thrill of the open road, enjoying the company of friends, and making new ones using the ‘biker wave’, to honing your riding skills, the benefits are endless. It’s no surprise then that driving a motorcycle requires a high amount of focus and skill. On the road, riders have to have a heightened awareness of other vehicles around them, road and weather conditions, and more. Due to the simple fact that motorcycles are a great deal smaller than a car, truck, or SUV, it’s easier for drivers to not see bikers, and accidents involving motorcycles are, unfortunately, more common. Add in the fact that motorcyclists are fully exposed, collisions involving motorcyclists are some of the most dangerous types of vehicle accidents.

Oftentimes, motorcycle accidents can result in a serious injury or even death for the rider involved. According to the NHTSA, in 2019 motorcyclists were 29 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.

Nearly all motorcycle accident injuries have long-lasting effects. Even if protective gear is worn, injuries can be severe.  This is where our motorcycle accident lawyers come into play.  We ride and know the freedom that only a motorcycle brings and will fight to get that freedom back for you.

Metier Law Firm is excited to use SafeRider® accident investigation and legal services nationwide.  Hire a Metier Law motorcycle accident attorney today in Washington, Colorado, Oregon, Nebraska, or Wyoming to work with a legal team that has the resources, experience and knowledge to maximize your compensation.

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What are the Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents?

Even the best rider can fall victim to a motorcycle accident. As we’ve seen time and time again, most motorcycle accidents involve other vehicles, such as cars or commercial trucks. Since riding a motorcycle can put you in a vulnerable position, it’s important to plan ahead and be prepared for any possibility while on the road. Some important factors that can lead to a motorcycle crash can include:

Some important factors that can lead to a motorcycle crash can include:

Oftentimes, drivers and passengers are unaware of motorcyclists around them, which can result in serious injury for the rider. Whether it’s the motorcyclist or another driver that’s at fault, some examples of negligence include: speeding, open doors, unsafe lane changes or merges, sudden stops, and left turns.

This occurs when a motorcyclist drives between established lanes of traffic that are both going in the same direction. This practice is currently illegal in many states, including Colorado, Oregon, Nebraska, Washington, and Wyoming.

Drinking while under the influence of drugs or alcohol leads to impairment, resulting in catastrophic results. In 2019, 42% of motorcyclists who died as a result of a single-vehicle accident were alcohol-impaired.

It’s easy to get distracted while on the road. Whether it’s from eating, drinking, talking on the phone, or texting, taking your eyes off the road for just a split second can have disastrous results.

From potholes, cracks or broken pavement, to unsafe weather conditions such as snow or heavy rains, all poor weather conditions can lead to a life-altering accident. It’s important to plan ahead and be aware before hitting the road.

A rider may not know it at the time, but their bike could have a design or manufacturing defect that could pose issues in the future. Faulty installation can lead to an accident or injury as well.

Types of Injuries Sustained in a Motorcycle Accident

When you’re the victim of a motorcycle accident, chances are you’re now having to deal with life-altering, catastrophic injuries. The following days, months, and even years will be spent on the road to recovery at the expense of your bank account. From cuts and bruises to more serious medical conditions such as traumatic brain injury, medical treatment and therapy can lead to a growing pile of unexpected medical expenses.

Minor to severe motorcycle accident injuries can include:

Cuts and bruises

Neck & Spinal cord injuries

Burn injuries

Head injuries, Traumatic brain injury

Internal damage

Broken bones

Wrongful death

Loss of limbs

Being involved in a car accident or motorcycle accident can be jarring.

In addition to sustaining injuries, you could also be facing property damages to your bike. During this stressful time, it’s important to remember that you aren’t alone. Let our motorcycle accident lawyers help you get compensation for your injuries. Call our law firm today for a free consultation.

What to Do After You’ve Been in a Motorcycle Collision

If you or a motorcycle rider you know has been involved in a motorcycle wreck, it’s important to get everyone involved to safety. Once you and everyone involved are a safe distance away, take these next steps to protect yourself and your legal rights:

Contact emergency responders to get help for those who have been injured, as well as law enforcement so that they can conduct an investigation into the accident. Having this investigation on record can be invaluable if your motorcycle accident claim ends up going to court.

Exchange contact and insurance information for all parties involved. Be careful and protect yourself by not oversharing or talking about the accident.

If you can, document and take pictures or videos of the accident. Gathering documented evidence of bodily harm and damage to property is paramount when it comes time to file an insurance claim.

Even if it doesn’t look like you’ve sustained any injuries, it’s important to go see your doctor and get checked out. Over the next few days, you may start to develop aches and pains that weren’t present before, but it’s important to have these injuries well-documented for your motorcycle accident case!

In the midst of all this pain and suffering, the last thing you are going to want to do is fight the insurance companies to get the compensation you deserve. Our motorcycle accident lawyers have the experience, skills, and tools to get you the justice you deserve. Contact our injury attorneys today to get help.

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Why You Need a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer

When you’ve been hurt in a motorcycle collision, you need someone on your side who has your back and is willing to fight for your rights and go to court for you.

Our accident attorneys at Metier Law are ready to help you get the compensation you deserve. Our team knows how invigorating and freeing it is to ride your motorcycle out on the open road, and we are dedicated to helping you feel better again so you can go back to doing what you love! 

Metier Law Firm is experienced in motorcycle accident claims and motorcycle law. We know that if you’ve been hurt in a wreck, the path to recovery can be a long one and with bills piling up, you’ll need all the help you can get. 

With the proper tools, detailed investigations, and established relationships with expert witnesses, our attorneys will carefully put together a winning case to get you the justice you deserve. 

Injured riders could be eligible for the following compensation claims:

Lost wages

Lost earning potential

Pain and suffering

Lost quality of life

Property damage

Call Our Motorcycle Crash Attorneys Today

Having a motorcycle accident lawyer on your side is vitally important to get just and fair compensation. Experience is key to ensuring that your needs are met, and at Metier Law, we let our results speak for themselves. With millions won in settlements for our clients, you can rest assured that you’ve got the most passionate and dedicated team fighting for you. Give us a call today for a free consultation, and let us get to work for you. We have offices located in Colorado, Nebraska, Oregon, Washington, and Wyoming.

Frequently Asked Questions

As a motorcyclist, it is important to remember that you are entitled to the same rights and protections as any other driver on the road. However, many people — including bystanders, authorities, and insurance companies — view motorcycles as inherently dangerous and are inclined to blame the rider as soon as an accident occurs.

At Metier Law Firm, we do not make assumptions and know that there is almost always more to the story. Distracted drivers, hazardous road conditions, faulty parts, and other factors can all injure even the most diligent riders.

Following an accident, you may be facing high medical bills, lost wages, emotional trauma, and other economic and non-economic burdens that make it difficult to pursue the compensation you need to recover.

Hiring a motorcycle accident attorney who can help you understand your rights and advocate on your behalf could be the difference between a settlement that relieves much of the financial burden caused by the accident, and receiving only a fraction of what you need.

Our attorneys offer free, no-risk consultations to motorcycle accident victims and will help you understand your options so that you can make an informed decision for yourself and your loved ones.Learn more about why you should contact a motorcycle accident attorney.
We recommend contacting an attorney in your home state as soon as possible to discuss your options. In some cases, a motorcycle injury attorney in your home state may be licensed to practice in other states as well. Even if an attorney in your home state is not licensed to practice in the state in which you were injured, they may be able to refer you to skilled motorcycle accident attorneys in that state. In either case, contacting an attorney in your home state provides you with easy-to-access guidance as you pursue compensation for your injuries.
 

Many motorcycle accident claims are brought by riders who were injured in single-bike accidents. Some of these accidents are due to defective parts and hardware, and an experienced product liability attorney can help you understand why the crash occurred and how to attribute liability to the responsible party.In other cases, accidents are often caused by hazardous road conditions. These conditions include, but are not limited to:

  • Improper signage
  • Construction debris
  • Potholes
  • Grading highways
  • Damaged or uneven pavement
  • Gravel, sand, rocks, and loose dirt
  • Trees and vegetation that block or obscure the road

Far too many injured riders receive little, or no compensation because they are unable to identify what caused their accident after it occurred. No matter what contributed to your accident, it is important to contact an experienced motorcycle injury attorney as soon as possible so that they can begin investigating the cause of the accident.

At Metier Law Firm, we have access to premier investigative resources that have helped our clients recover hundreds of millions in settlements and verdicts.

The damages involved in a personal injury case typically include economic and non-economic damages.

Economic damages are easily calculable such as:
  • property damage
  • medical expenses
  • lost wages
  • lost economic opportunity
  • future losses that can be reasonably expected as a result of the injury

Non-economic damagers are losses or burdens incurred by the accident that are not as easily calculated. Such as:
  • pain and suffering
  • emotional trauma
  • disfigurement
  • and other serious repercussions a victim would not have otherwise experienced.
A report from Thomson Reuters Jury Verdict Research evaluating cases from 1994 to 2006 states that the average motorcycle accident claim is approximately $73,700.

Keep in mind that this number has likely increased due to inflation and that some cases can be worth much more, depending on how severe the accident was and to which degree each party is held responsible. Although no two cases are exactly alike, the motorcycle accident attorneys at Metier Law Firm can help you understand how much you could receive from a claim.
Some of the most common mistakes riders often make following an accident include:Leaving the scene without calling the police and informing them that a crash occurred.
  • Failing to collect insurance and contact information from any drivers involved in the accident.
  • Assuming that no injuries occurred. In many cases, injuries manifest days or even weeks after an accident.
  • Seeking medical care immediately after an accident will provide you with valuable evidence as you pursue your case.
  • Assuming responsibility for the accident prematurely. Accidents happen quickly and it takes time to determine who is at fault. Even if you believe that your actions may have played a role in the accident, you should not assume responsibility until you and your attorney have all of the facts.
  • Giving a statement to an insurance company. While you should report your crash so that you can claim the coverage to which you are entitled, speaking with a motorcycle accident attorney can help you avoid saying something that could negatively affect your case.
Learn more about what you should and should not do after a motorcycle accident, and always consult with your attorney if you have a question about something that could potentially compromise your case.
The answer to this question can quickly become complex and nuanced depending on the state in which the accident occurred and the circumstances that led to it. 

Generally speaking, failing to wear a helmet is more likely to negatively affect your case if the accident occurred in a state that requires riders to wear protective headgear. Violating the law by failing to wear a helmet while operating a motorcycle is likely to be considered negligence on your part, which could reduce the compensation you receive or bar you from recovering it altogether.

In states like Wyoming, however, riders over the age of 18 are not required to wear helmets while operating a motorcycle. If you were to sustain an injury from an accident in Wyoming, you may be assigned a degree of blame for the damages you sustained if it can be shown that a helmet would have reduced the severity of the injuries or prevented them altogether.

Even if you were injured in a state with mandatory helmet laws while riding without one, you should still discuss the circumstances of your accident with an experienced motorcycle accident attorney to become fully informed about your options.
Unfortunately, thousands of motorcycle accidents result in deaths that could have been avoided. In cases in which it can be shown that the negligent actions of another party caused the wrongful death of a motorcycle rider, the victim's family members may be able to pursue a wrongful death claim to recover damages.  Each state has different restrictions and timeframes in which a victim's next of kin can take legal action.

At Metier Law Firm, we provide families across the nation with comfort, safety, and strength as we fight to secure the justice and compensation they deserve. Learn more about wrongful death claims, and contact our office to speak with a motorcycle accident attorney who will put you and your family's interests first.

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