Lincoln Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
Motorcycles are a popular method of hitting the road in Lincoln, whether zipping to class at UNL or hopping on the Cornhusker Highway for a scenic ride to Omaha. According to data from the NE Office of Highway Safety (NOHS), 2012 was the record year for licensed motorcyclists in the state, with a total topping 92,000. There have also never been so many registered motorcycles in the state – a whopping more than 55,000!
Unfortunately, 18 licensed Nebraska motorcyclists were killed in 2012 and 4 more died in NE motorcycle crashes. According to the NOHS, nearly 550 people were injured in a total of 588 motorcycle accidents.
If you have been injured or lost a loved one in a motorcycle accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for the damages you have suffered. At the Lincoln motorcycle accident law firm of Inkelaar Law, we relentlessly pursue justice for those who have been wronged in auto collisions.
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Causes of Lincoln Motorcycle Collisions
Here in Nebraska, 36% of the motorcycle fatalities in 2012 were alcohol-related. While alcohol and drug use is a big contributor to motorcycle deaths, there are many other causes of motorcycle accidents here in Lincoln, including:
- Negligent motorists failing to yield to motorcycles
- Failure to check blind spots
- Inexperienced motorcyclists
- Failure to signal a turn
- Lane splitting
- Failure to obey traffic signals
- Biker error
- Road debris
- Poor weather
- Defective auto parts
- Bad roads
In many motorcycle accidents, fire is a very real danger. Many bikers suffer burns if fuel or the bike itself catches fire. If the vehicle combusts, very grave injuries can occur.
Common Injuries in Motorcycle Accidents
Unfortunately, the rate of fatality in motorcycle accidents in Nebraska is higher than any other body style of vehicle categorized. In fact, the fatality rate is over 2.5 times that of Nebraska semi-truck accidents!
However, some bikers are able to walk away from a crash unscathed. For the rest, the injuries from a collision can range in severity and may include:
- Head injuries
- Road rash
- Broken bones
- Spinal cord injuries (SCI)
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
- Loss of limb
- Brain damage
- Wrongful death
Over 475 motorcycle crashes ended in injury in Nebraska in 2011, according to data from the Nebraska Department of Roads (NDOR). Wearing a helmet is essential to preventing severe and fatal injuries in motorcycle crashes. If you have been hurt or lost a loved one in a motorcycle accident in the Lincoln area, a seasoned personal injury attorney can help explain your legal options.
How a Personal Injury Attorney Can Help
Not only can a personal injury attorney explain the legal options available to you, but guide you through the entire litigation process. Pursuing compensation following an accident, especially from an insurance company, can be frustrating and downright difficult without legal counsel. If you choose to hire a motorcycle accident law firm, you can expect their resources to be used to build a powerful case on your behalf. Some things your attorney may do include:
- Collect accident and police reports
- Collect and analyze medical records
- Collect statements from witnesses
- Communicate with insurance carriers
- Hire experts in accident reconstruction
- Hire experts in accident recreation
- Hire other specialty experts
- Investigate the driving history of other involved motorists
- Take photographs of the scene
Your personal injury attorney will explore all possible sources of evidence that could strengthen your claim. Another advantage of hiring a Lincoln motorcycle accident law firm is that most, like us, operate on a contingency fee basis, which means you don’t pay unless you win.
Contact Our Lincoln Motorcycle Accident Law Firm
The aftermath of a motorcycle accident can be devastating for all involved. If you have been injured in a wreck that was due to someone else’s negligence, you deserve justice. Aside from your pain and suffering, a motorcycle accident can be extremely costly. If someone else caused your accident, they should be held responsible for your medical bills, repair costs and lost wages.
Inkelaar Law is a Lincoln motorcycle accident law firm you can trust to fight for the justice you deserve. Our attorneys have a reputation for high-quality, aggressive litigation. We pursue the MAXIMUM settlement amount for every client – and we go to trial if we can’t obtain a fair and just settlement. We put our vast resources and experience to work for you. We are proud to serve the Lincoln, NE area, including the following neighborhoods:
- Arnold Heights
- College View
- Downtown Lincoln
- East Campus
- Fox Hollow
- Near South
- …and areas throughout the Lincoln metro area