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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.

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.

Seat belt Reminder Systems Help Prevent Accident Injuries

 

Approximately 50% of people who die in traffic accidents every year are not wearing seat belts at the time of the accident.  This is in spite of the fact that national seat belt usage rates are currently at a record 86%.  Car accident lawyers believe that more people could be encouraged to wear seat belts through the wide spread use of seat belt reminder systems in automobiles.

A new study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety finds that there is growing public support for the expanded use of seatbelt reminder alerts. In the 1970s, when these technologies were first introduced, there was a widespread backlash against the technology.  In 1973, the administration passed a mandate that required all new automobiles that did not come with airbags, to come with a built-in lock system that would not allow the car to start until the front seat occupants wore seatbelts.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found that the reaction to the mandate requiring such systems was so negative, that it eliminated the requirement altogether.  In fact, the criticism was so great that Congress actually passed a law that banned the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration from requiring belt interlock systems.

Now however, the attitude is very different.  The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety surveyed as many as 1,200 drivers and passengers about seatbelt use.  Approximately 91% of the people in the survey said that they always wear seat belts while driving, while 8% said that they wore seat belts most of the time.  Approximately 1% said that they did not buckle up while driving.

Most importantly, more than 50% of the respondents in the survey said that they would be much more likely to wear a seat belt if the car came with an audible reminder system that included a buzzer, a chime or some other voice alert.  However, nearly 3 times as many respondents said that they would be much more likely to support a seat belt reminder system that continues indefinitely, or grows even more intense and loud till the front seat occupants buckle up.