Motorcycle Accident: Get the Help of an Experienced Personal Injury Law Firm



If you or someone you love has been involved in a motorcycle accident, you must speak with a skilled personal injury lawyer. At the law firm of Malzahn Law, Ltd., we take your injuries seriously. Whereas insurance companies may view your injuries as just another liability, we actually do everything in our professional and ethical power to seek justice on your behalf.

Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents

Motorcycle accidents are responsible for approximately 50,000 injuries and 3,000 deaths every year in the United States. Of all the types of motor vehicle accidents, motorcycle accidents are the most likely to result in fatalities, in which case a wrongful death claim will need to be made.

The Serious Nature of Motorcycle Accidents

Due to the sheer size of a motorcycle and its rider, motorcycle accidents have the potential to result in some of the most devastating injuries imaginable. Most motorcyclists are aware of the uphill battle that they must endure on a daily basis just by sharing the road with other motorists.

Common motorcycle accident injuries include:

● Road rash
● Broken bones, fractures, and joint dislocations
● Soft tissue damages
● Loss of limbs or amputation
● Swelling, bruising, bleeding, and scarring
● Head trauma, including traumatic brain injuries
● Neck, back, and spinal cord injuries
● Fatality

Motorcyclists may take the proper precautions by wearing protective helmets, shields, and boots. Unfortunately, there is no safety net to protect a motorcyclist from the impending damages after a collision involving any type of car, truck, or commercial vehicle.

Why You Should Never Sign the Dotted Line

Insurance companies and healthcare providers are merely cogs in a billion-dollar industry. Do not expect your insurance company to be looking out for your best interests after an accident. Many companies and insurance adjusters will try to get you to settle for money that is far less than what you are actually entitled to – forcing you to pay additional out-of-pocket expenses after an accident.

Head Injuries Can Double the Risk of Death Within 15 Years


Head injuries, including concussions and traumatic brain injury (TBI) can have lingering effects long after an initial impact. According to a new UK study, individuals who have been hospitalized for a mild head injury have nearly double the risk of dying within the next 15 years. This indicates that an injury can have an even more serious and deadly impact that first believed. The research, as published in The Guardian, indicates that individuals who suffered even a mild head injury were at a significantly higher risk of death than those with no history of head injury.

There may be a number of contributing factors to the results and researchers are not clear about exactly what links head injury to the increased risk of death. It is possible that the lingering impact of a head injury creates additional risk, rather than simply lifestyle before or after an injury. The law firm of Malzahn Law, Ltd. is dedicated to helping clients protect their rights and recover maximum compensation after an injury. With significant experience handling complex brain injury cases, we understand the importance of a thorough review and analysis in every case.

According to the research, some evidence points to lifestyle and health factors that may have contributed to the initial head injury. While there were high rates of death in the year following a head injury, doctors and researchers have not concluded why the risk of death persists, even in the long-term. Researchers were interested in studying not just the initial risk of head injury, but the long-term consequences and associated risks.

An initial study of disability after mild head injury led them uncover a high rate of deaths. Analyzing this data, scientists determined that the head injuries were extremely common and 95 percent of these injuries are labeled “mild.” The researchers tracked medical records of 2,428 adults admitted to hospitals with what was considered mild head trauma between February 1995 and 1996. They then compared records to individuals in a similar age and health bracket with those who were admitted to the hospital without a head injury. Then the researchers followed both groups over the course of 15 years to determine the rates of injury or death.

According to the findings, individuals who suffered from head injuries died at a rate of 2.42 per year compared to 1.34 percent per year for those who did not suffer a head injury. The results were more severe among younger patients who suffered a head injury when under the age of 55. These patients were four times more likely to die than their counterparts who did not suffer a head injury. Researchers stated that having a head injury itself is a risk factor for having another head injury. Those who have repeat head injuries have an additional risk of early death.

The results of this study underscore the reality that a head injury may have lasting implications and create additional risks of injury for a patient. In the event of an accident or injury, you should have your case reviewed by an experienced advocate to ensure you are fully compensated for your immediate and long-term losses.

Call the Law Offices of Mark W. Malzahn for a free and confidential appointment at 763-421-2160.

Texting and Driving


Distracted or inattentive driving is when a driver engages in any activity that might distract them from the primary task of driving — and increases their risk of crashing.

Each year in Minnesota, distracted or inattentive driving is a factor in one in four crashes, resulting in at least 70 deaths and 350 serious injuries, according to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety’s Office of Traffic Safety.

In Minnesota, it is illegal for drivers to read, compose or send text messages or emails, and access the Internet on a wireless device while the vehicle is in motion or a part of traffic. It also is illegal for drivers under age 18 to use a cellphone at any time, even to make or receive calls.

Driver distractions also include reaching for items, fiddling with radio, music or vehicle controls, eating and drinking, dealing with rowdy passengers and grooming.

Police gave the following tips to minimize distractions:

• Turn off cellphones or place them out of reach to avoid the urge to dial or answer a call or text. If a passenger is present, ask them to handle the calls and texts.

• Program favorite radio stations and arrange music in an easy-to-access spot. Adjust mirrors and air conditioning or heat before traveling or ask a passenger to assist.

• Designate a passenger to serve as a co-pilot to help with directions. If driving alone, map out destinations in advance, and pull over to study a map or program the GPS.

• Try to avoid food and drinks.

• Teach children the importance of good behavior in a vehicle; do not underestimate how distracting it can be to tend to children while driving.

•  Passengers should speak up to stop drivers from distracted driving behavior.

•  If making or receiving a call from someone driving, ask them to call back when they are not driving.


Have you been injured or lost a loved one due to an accident? Our law firm represents clients throughout Minnesota. If you or someone you know has been seriously injured, contact Mark W. Malzahn today for a free case consultation. With offices in Anoka and Elk River, we have a location near you. Call our Anoka office at 763-421-2160 or our Elk River office at 763-441-4040 and speak to attorney Mark W. Malzahn.

Motorcycle Accident Prevention: Being a responsible Motorcyclist


There are steps that every motorcyclist should take before getting on the road. First, it is important to make sure the tires on the motorcycle are in good condition. Then, check the controls to be sure the lights and turn signals are working properly. Be sure that you are current with maintenance for the oil, fuel and coolant. As you are about to get on the road, double check that your brakes are working properly. Do not get on the road until you are sure that your bike is ready to go. While on the road, it is important to drive defensively in order to avoid accidents. Being aware of your surroundings and driving accordingly is key to staying safe. Some other tips to avoid accidents on the road include:

• Using turn signals whenever necessary
• Not speeding
• Not tailgating
• Not weaving in and out of lanes
• Staying out of blind spots of trucks and other vehicles
• Being cautious on turns and curves in the road
• Avoiding lane sharing with other motorcycles

There are countless ways to lower the likelihood of an accident, but the risk is always present. Even the most cautious riders can get in an accident that is caused by another person’s negligence. If you are involved in an motorcycle wreck, you may be able to hold the negligent party responsible. Motorcycles are not cheap to repair and hospital bills can be very expensive after an accident. Team up with a Minnesota personal injury lawyer from Malzahn Law, Ltd. for help fighting for compensation. We fight to recover damages for our client’s physical, emotional, and financial hardships following an accident. We have more than 30 years of experience.