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- We Will Be Advocates for You After a Motorcycle Accident
- Get VIP Service From Our Attorneys Today
- We Know Motorcycle Accidents Are Different
- Seeking Compensation Ohio Motorcycle Accident Victims Deserve
- Comparative Negligence and Ohio Motorcycle Accidents
- Contact Our Columbus Motorcycle Accident Lawyers Today
The motorcycle accident lawyers of Lindner Law LLC., in Columbus, Ohio, offer experienced, competent and caring legal assistance for motorcyclists who have been injured in motorcycle crashes caused by other people. We can work on your behalf to recover compensation for your medical expenses, motorcycle repair or replacement, lost wages, pain and suffering.
Motorcycle riders have the same rights to Ohio’s public roads and to restitution when they are injured in accidents as other motorists do. We’ll work to stop insurance companies from denying your claim or short-changing you. We’ll do all the legwork necessary to file and pursue your motorcycle accident claim, and provide other assistance so you may concentrate on recovering from your injuries.
We help motorcycle accident victims in Columbus, Franklin County and throughout Central Ohio get their lives back in order. Our firm employs 16 personal injury lawyers and 100 investigators, damage specialists, paralegals, legal secretaries, and additional support staff. We have the depth of resources required to develop a successful motorcycle accident claim for you while placing as little burden on you as possible.
Contact Lindner Law LLC., in Columbus, Ohio, today. We want to help you recover physically, emotionally and financially from your motorcycle accident injuries.
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We Will Be Advocates for You After a Motorcycle Accident
If you’ve been seriously injured in a motorcycle accident that was someone else’s fault in the Columbus, Ohio, area, you may be able to obtain compensation for your losses. But what you need to be focused on is your physical and emotional recovery from your crash.
As your attorneys, Lindner Law LLC., will concentrate on your financial recovery and take care of the numerous inconveniences of dealing with insurers, creditors and others that you don’t need while you are injured.
Our staff will treat you with the compassion and respect you deserve, including responding to your emails or phone calls the day we receive them, even on weekends. We want to ask as little of you as possible as we pursue your claim and the compensation you deserve.
When you first reach out to Lindner Law LLC., we will schedule an initial legal consultation with you in our downtown Columbus offices or, if you prefer, at any of our four other Ohio offices, or your hospital room, home, office, or elsewhere in Central Ohio.
We will not charge you for this discussion of your motorcycle accident and legal options, and there will be no other strings attached, even if you don’t retain Lindner Law LLC., as your attorneys.
If you do retain Lindner Law LLC., as your attorneys, all of our services will be provided on a contingency-fee basis. This means you will not pay us anything unless and until we recover a monetary payment to you.
We will immediately have one of our investigators inquire about the location of your bike, and arrange to have it delivered where you specify. We will initiate a property damage claim, and obtain any damage estimates required by the insurance company. We will arrange repairs by the shop you specify or, if necessary, work with you to replace your bike. We offer these services at no charge.
We’ll also do the legwork and paperwork required to develop and file your claim. We will obtain any police reports, medical records and other information available about your accident, including all applicable insurance policies.
As your legal advocates, we will prepare notice of representation letters on our letterhead for you. This will advise insurers, creditors and other recipients that Lindner Law LLC., represents you in a motorcycle accident claim, and that payment to you is anticipated. This will satisfy creditors and others who have their hands out, and tell them to come to us with questions or concerns, not to you.
When you engage Lindner Law LLC., we will provide comprehensive legal services to you. We expect you to rely on us for answers to any questions about your motorcycle accident or the legal claims growing out of it. And to others, we hope you will feel at ease to say, “Please speak to my attorneys.”
We Know Motorcycle Accidents Are Different
We recognize that some motorcyclists feel as though they are a breed apart. They balance the independence of riding a bike and their love of the open road against an increased risk of injury or death in a motorcycle accident.
But there’s more that makes it different to be in a motorcycle accident. Lindner Law LLC., has represented injured motorcyclists over several decades. We want to help motorcyclists because we know what you face.
First, in addition to a greater risk of death in a motorcycle accident, bikers are about five times more likely than car occupants to be injured in a crash. Motorcyclists are more likely than motorists to suffer certain serious injuries, including:
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI), brain damage caused by a blow or sudden jolt to the head, which can lead to life-long disability and premature death.
- Facial injuries, including broken jaw, lost teeth, facial fractures, and permanent scarring or disfigurement.
- Spinal cord injuries, which can lead to paraplegia or tetraplegia (paralysis).
- Damage to vital organs caused by blows to the chest or abdomen or crushing injuries.
- Lower-extremity injuries, including broken hips (pelvis), legs and ankles; damaged knees (torn ACLs or smashed kneecaps); and groin injuries.
- Loss of limbs or other body parts through traumatic amputation during the accident or the necessary removal of body parts too torn or crushed to save (surgical amputation).
A well-regarded study called the “Motorcycle Accident Cause Factors and Identification of Countermeasures” or “The Hurt Report” for its principal author Harry Hurt, tells us more about the risks motorcyclists face:
- 75 percent of motorcycle accidents involve collisions with other vehicles, most often passenger cars.
- 66 percent of collisions between cars and motorcycles happen because another motorist violates the motorcyclist’s right of way.
- In most motorcycle accidents, a motorist makes a left turn into the path of a motorcycle.
- Motorcycle accidents happen most often at intersections, where a motorist is violating the motorcycle’s right-of-way, often by ignoring a stop sign, red light, yield sign, or another traffic signal.
- Two less-frequent but very real causes of motorcycle accidents are roadway defects (pavement ridges, potholes, etc.)or animals in the road, including domesticated animals allowed to run loose.
You may recognize the cause of your motorcycle accident above. You may also already know from experience what Hurt said was the most frequent cause of motorcycle accidents.
It is “the failure of motorists to detect and recognize motorcycles in traffic.” Drivers ether don’t look and see motorcycles in traffic, or don’t see the motorcycle until it is too late to avoid the collision.
Too often, injured motorcyclists and emergency responders hear the same old excuse: “I didn’t see her” or “He came out of nowhere.”
The motorcycle accident attorneys of Lindner Law LLC., can help you hold the negligent driver responsible for your motorcycle accident accountable. We won’t let a driver who has been careless or reckless make excuses or blame you. We won’t let insurance companies deny you compensation you are legally entitled to receive.
Seeking Compensation Ohio Motorcycle Accident Victims Deserve
Anyone driving a motor vehicle on a public road has a legal duty to exercise reasonable care toward others. If they breach that duty and cause an accident that results in harm, Ohio personal injury law allows the injured to recover their losses from the negligent party.
Under the law, a motorist who has caused a motorcycle accident by such negligence or reckless driving as drunk driving, distracted driving, fatigued driving, speeding, aggressive driving, or other carelessness has breached their legal duty to the motorcyclist.
Because accidents happen, Ohio, like most U.S. states, requires motorists to obtain auto liability insurance, which is designed to pay for losses the policyholder has caused.
Ohio requires motorists to obtain auto liability insurance with coverage of at least:
- $25,000 in Bodily Injury Liability Coverage per person injured in any one accident,
- $50,000 for all persons injured in any one accident; and
- $25,000 in Property Damage Liability Coverage for injury to or destruction of property of others in any one accident.
Most car owners buy only minimum liability insurance, but when a motorist has additional coverage, an accident claim may seek that additional compensation. Depending on the circumstances of your motorcycle accident, there may be compensation available through other coverage, such as business liability insurance or your own uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage (UM/UIM).
Unfortunately, insurance companies’ business model is to pay less for accident claims then they collect from insurance premiums. Obtaining a proper insurance settlement almost always requires a fight, particularly after a motorcycle accident has caused serious, and therefore more expensive, injuries.
As your attorneys pursuing a motorcycle accident claim on your behalf, we would:
- Investigate your accident and identify all legally responsible (liable) parties, such as:
- The drivers who caused the accident.
- The driver’s employer, who may be liable if an at-fault driver was driving as part of their job duties at the time of the accident.
- The owner of a bar or store where an underage or noticeably intoxicated driver bought alcoholic beverage(s).
- A state or local government entity responsible for defective road conditions that contributed to a motorcycle accident, and/or contractors they employed.
- The manufacturer and/or distributor of a defective motorcycle or automobile, or a part that caused your accident.
- Identify all applicable insurance coverage held by all liable parties.
- Account for all costs and losses you have incurred. In Ohio, a personal injury claim may seek compensation for:
- Compensatory damages, or reimbursement for actual expenses, such as:
- Medical bills
- Vehicle repair bills
- Lost income
- Compensation for intangibles, such as:
- Mental anguish
- Compensatory damages, or reimbursement for actual expenses, such as:
- File claims with responsible insurance companies to seek the maximum payment possible payout to you.
Once insurers have received an accident claims from us, we work to negotiate fair and appropriate settlements. If a settlement agreement cannot be reached, as is typical with initial claims, we file a personal injury lawsuit (or multiple suits) on your behalf.
Filing a lawsuit starts the process of taking an accident claim to court. As work during a lawsuit’s discovery proceedings unfolds, newly uncovered evidence can prompt insurers to offer to settle instead of going to court.
We bring all settlement offers to our clients, and give them our best advice. But it is always the client’s decision whether to accept a settlement offer.
Although Lindner Law LLC., works as efficiently as possible, we don’t rush through claims just to settle and move on to the next case. Our Columbus motorcycle accident lawyers are committed to fighting for every bit of compensation you deserve.
Comparative Negligence and Ohio Motorcycle Accidents
When considering a motorcycle accident claim, it is important to recognize that damages awarded to the plaintiff in a motorcycle accident may be reduced because of the state’s adherence to the doctrine of comparative negligence.
If the plaintiff bears some responsibility for an accident, the jury will assign a proportion expressed as a percentage (10%, 20%, etc.). Damages awarded would be reduced by the proportion of blame assigned. If the plaintiff is found to bear a majority of responsibility for the accident (51% or more), no damages are awarded.
Regardless of any potential fault that could be assigned to you in a motorcycle accident, we would like to discuss the circumstances of your crash and a potential claim with you. Even if you are partially at fault, you may be able to obtain compensation.
As your legal advocates, Lindner Law LLC., would work to lessen the impact of any evidence indicating you are at fault for a motorcycle accident or subsequent injuries. We would also strongly rebut any false or exaggerated claims or allegations designed to reduce the compensation you were to be awarded.
Contact Our Columbus Motorcycle Accident Lawyers Today
Call Lindner Law LLC., in Columbus, Ohio, for attentive and dedicated legal services if you have been injured in a motorcycle accident that was someone else’s fault. We provide turnkey legal representation in motorcycle accident claims so injured motorcyclists can focus on recovery instead of fighting for insurance payments.
Contact us today for a free, no-obligation initial discussion of your motorcycle accident and how we can pursue compensation for you. We handle motorcycle accident claims on a contingency-fee basis. You will not pay us unless we recover money for you. We can also help people injured in car accidents.