If you or a loved one sustained injuries in a motorcycle accident, contact Slater & Zurz. Our firm offers skilled, experienced, and aggressive legal representation. We will work diligently to protect your rights and pursue the compensation you deserve. If you lost a loved one in a motorcycle accident, know that we will advocate tirelessly in their honor in a wrongful death case. Our firm handles all personal injury cases, including motorcycle accident lawsuits, on a contingency fee basis, meaning you don’t pay any fees until and unless we recover compensation on your behalf.
Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
Motorcycle accidents are alarmingly common in Cleveland and across the entire state of Ohio. Every day, riders are injured through no fault of their own, because of the careless disregard shown by many motorists. Below, are common factors that contribute to motorcycle crashes.
Motorcycles are generally more challenging to see than other cars. When a motorist isn’t paying attention, they may not notice the rider until it’s too late. A head-on collision most often occurs in a lane departure incident caused by unsafe passing on a two-lane road, distracted driving, speeding, or driving under the influence.
One of the most common causes of Cleveland motorcycle accidents is unsafe left-hand turns. These collisions typically occur when a motorist turns left into the path of an oncoming motorcycle. Motorcyclists are at a much higher risk of being involved in a left-turn accident because they are not as visible as larger vehicles
Unsafe lane changes
Unsafe lane changes are a frequent cause of motorcycle crashes. When a motorist changes lanes quickly, fails to look in his or her blind spot, or fails to signal, the driver may collide with a motorcycle. The rider may be side-swiped or forced to veer out of their lane into another vehicle, a fixed object, or oncoming traffic.
Failure to yield
Failure to yield motorcycle accidents generally happen when a motorist is simply not paying attention and fails to yield the right of way to the rider. However, aggressive driving, driver impairment, distracted driving, can also contribute to a failure to yield crash.
Driving under the influence (DUI)
When a motorist is under the influence of alcohol or drugs, their vision, judgment, coordination, and reaction time are impaired. Drunk drivers pose a grave threat to motorcyclists due to the rider’s lack of protection and often cause catastrophic, sometimes fatal, injuries.
Cleveland Motorcycle Accident Injuries
Motorcyclists are at risk of being injured every time they ride because Of the negligence of others on the road. Injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident can range from minor to disabling. Common injuries include:
• Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
• Road rash
• Fractured or broken bones
• Spinal cord injuries
• Neck injuries
• Internal organ damage
• Loss of limb
Although some injuries are immediately apparent, some may take days, weeks, and even months to present themselves. That is why we strongly recommend seeking medical attention immediately after being involved in any motorcycle crash.
Recovering Damages for Your Cleveland Motorcycle Accident
Not only can a motorcycle accident leave you with serious, life-long injuries, but it can also leave you in considerable financial turmoil. if another party’s actions caused your injuries, you can pursue compensation for your losses. Although the circumstances of every motorcycle accident case are different, you may be entitled to compensation for the following:
• Medical expenses (past and future)
• The cost to repair or replace your motorcycle
• Lost wages
• The loss of your future earning capacity
• The costs for rehabilitation, including physical therapy
• Assistive care or long-term facility costs
• Physical pain and suffering
• Emotional trauma
• Loss of consortium
• Funeral and burial costs (in a wrongful death case)
Slater & Zurz’s, No Fee Guarantee
At Slater & Zurz, no one is turned away because they can’t afford quality legal representation. Our firm believes a victim should never let their financial situation stand in the way of pursuing justice. That is why we offer every injured victim our services on a contingency fee basis. That means you are never asked to pay any out-of-pocket fees. we are only paid when we recover compensation for you.
Contact a Cleveland Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
Motorcycle crashes are known to frequently result in catastrophic injuries. Unfortunately, in many cases, the injured motorcyclist does not survive. Those who do make it through often face a lifetime of pain, impairment, and financial hardship. We have seen first-hand the devastating effects a motorcycle accident can have on its victim and their family. That is why our compassionate attorneys fight tirelessly to pursue justice on behalf of those who have been severely injured in a motorcycle accident. We work to hold the responsible party accountable for their careless and reckless actions and recover maximum compensation for our clients.
If you or a loved one has been involved in a motorcycle collision caused by another party’s actions, you have the right to pursue damages. The dedicated and experienced legal team at Slater & Zurz will thoroughly investigate the circumstances of the crash and identify all of the responsible parties. We will compile evidence supporting our findings, show the nature and extent of your injuries, and provide an accurate assessment of your past and future damages. Our Cleveland motorcycle accident lawyers will then fight with the insurance company to obtain full compensation. If an acceptable agreement cannot be reached out of court, we will skillfully represent your best interests at trial.
Our firm wants you to know you do not have to go through this challenging time alone. Let us utilize our knowledge, skills, and resources to bring you justice and the maximum recovery for your losses. To learn more, contact us to schedule your free consultation by calling 888.534.4850 or filling out our online form.