Omaha Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
If you or someone you love has been involved in a motorcycle accident, there are a few legal items you should be aware of.
Motorcycle accidents are treated no differently than car accidents in the eyes of the law. Motorcycles and cars must both obey the rules of the road. When the rules of the road are violated, and the motorcycle rider is injured, the laws are the same. It does not matter if you were involved in an accident as a motorcycle rider instead of being in a car (surrounded by metal); the consequences are the same.
According to Nebraska and Iowa Law, a motorcyclist has the absolute right to assume that the other motorists around them will behave reasonably. That car and truck drivers will not violate the rules of the road and commit a negligent act, therefore causing an accident or crash.
Unfortunately, motorcyclists are uniquely vulnerable. And if you’ve been in a motorcycle accident, it takes a lawyer like Steve to handle a motorcycle accident case. He has handled a sufficient number of motorcycle accident cases to manage this type of case successfully. Steve communicates with insurance company representatives. They unequivocally understand Steve knows how to take a motorcycle accident case to court. Steve brings skills, abilities and his past experiences to the case and into court. As a former motorcycle rider himself, Steve has plenty of hours of riding experience.
There is an assumption on the part of other drivers that Motorcyclist are fair game. That it was the choice of the person driving a motorcycle not to drive a car and therefore garner the protection a vehicle affords the driver of a car over a motorcycle. If riding a motorcycle were against the law, then there would be no motorcycles on the road.
Motorcycle Accident Damages
The damages in a motorcycle accident are the same as damages from a car or truck accident. The damages include past and future medical expenses, past wage loss, future loss of earning capacity, and conscious physical pain and mental suffering. The law does not state that just because a person chooses to ride a motorcycle, they are treated differently.
As an experienced motorcycle attorney, one of the first things Steve will do is make sure a potential jury member is not biased against motorcycles and motorcycle riders. Questions such as “do you have a personal view that would prevent you from awarding the same damages to a motorcycle driver as you would a car driver?” And although jurors are entitled to their personal opinions, if they hold a biased against motorcycles or motorcycle drivers, then they shouldn’t be sitting on a jury in this particular case.
An experienced motorcycle lawyer is crucial if you are involved in an accident as a motorcycle driver. You need a lawyer with the skills to manage the unique challenges of a motorcycle accident.
A motorcyclist isn’t necessarily the one in an accident who has taken more risks. As a motorcycle rider, you were entitled to your lane of traffic. Although there are fewer motorcycle accidents on average than car accidents, there is a greater likelihood that a motorcycle accident will end up in court. A motorcycle accident also lends itself more to catastrophic, life-altering injuries.
Steve Howard is an experienced Motorcycle Accident Attorney
The statute of limitations in Nebraska for a motorcycle accident is four years. In Iowa, it is two years. The statute is the same for general negligence. If the accident involves a government vehicle, there is a two-year statute of limitations to file a claim. There is a difference between a tort claim and a lawsuit, and a complicated procedure that goes along with it. There are also political subdivisions for federal, state, city, county, and school district issues.
If you are involved in a motorcycle accident through no fault of your own, we urge you to call Steve Howard immediately for a consultation to ensure you make the best choices moving forward. Call Steve, even if you don’t believe you are injured.
On average, the likelihood of a motorcycle accident ending up in court is greater than a car accident. The severity of injuries resulting from a motorcycle accident is usually worse with short and long-term consequences. Be a responsible rider. If you are in a motorcycle accident, call Steve Howard. He is an experienced rider and motorcycle accident lawyer. Call for a no-fee consultation today.