Minnesota's Motorcycle Accident Lawyers
The personal injury attorneys at Hall Law are experts in handling motorcycle accident cases. Every year thousands of Minnesotans are injured as a result of motorcycle crashes. According to the department of public safety, in 2005 there were 1,431 motorcycle crashes in Minnesota. Those crashes resulted in injuries to 1,357 motorcyclists and 61 fatalities. The attorneys at Hall Law have years experience obtaining full, fair compensation for persons injured in motorcycle accidents. As a result, we are well acquainted with the unique issues presented by such claims and are well positioned to ensure our clients receive the best possible result for their individual circumstances.
Motorcycle accidents can result from any of a number of negligent acts. Causal factors reporting officers cite most include: (1) unsafe speed, (2) driver inexperience, (3) driver inattention or distraction, and (4) failure to yield right of way.
Most motorcycle accident claims are based on negligence law. “Negligence is the failure to exercise such care as persons of ordinary prudence usually exercise under similar circumstances.” Mingo v Extrand, 230 N.W 895, 896 (1930). Generally, where a driver operates his or her vehicle in a negligent manner, he or she may be required to pay for any damages resulting from such negligence.
Alcohol plays a significant role in fatal motorcycle accidents. Pursuant to state law, drivers who die in traffic collisions must be tested for blood alcohol content. In 2005 forty five percent of the motorcycle drivers killed in traffic collisions tested positive for alcohol, and nearly one third of those tested had blood alcohol levels which exceeded the legal limits.
Motorcycle accidents carry a much higher risk of severe injury and death than automobile accidents. In 2005, 4.3 percent of all Minnesota motorcycle crashes were fatal and nearly one out of every five injuries was defined as a severe injury.
Preserve Your Rights
Where you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident, it is important to act swiftly in order to preserve evidence and to ensure other key aspects of your case are not neglected. If you or one of your loved ones has a potential motorcycle accident claim, please call for a free consultation with one of our experienced personal injury attorneys.