Providing Skillful Representation To Motorcycle Accident Victims
Motorcycle riders may face the greatest risk of any type of motorist on the road. Inattentive drivers fail to see them and cut them off. Motorcyclists do not have the protection of a car body, which leaves them vulnerable to life-altering injuries.
At Hoy Law, our Sioux Falls motorcycle accident attorneys have represented riders throughout South Dakota in a wide variety of claims.
The Sturgis Motorcycle Rally is a huge part of our tourism, and when a rider’s safety is violated, they deserve justice. We work together with attorney Mike Strain of Sturgis, South Dakota, on a multitude of serious injury claims. We have a substantial background with these cases, and we understand the treatment that is required to facilitate recovery from traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), spinal cord injuries and other types of injuries common to these types of accidents.
Answering Your Questions About Motorcycle Accidents
While you’re recovering from your motorcycle crash, you have a lot of time to think about your situation. It’s natural to have a lot of questions, such as those below.
What Are The Most Common Causes Of Motorcycle Accidents?
It is difficult to truly calculate the most frequent cause of a motorcycle accident because there are so many accidents and so many possible scenarios. That said, while there are many causes of crashes, those usually have one thing in common: Driver inattention.
Because motorcycles are open-air vehicles, the greatest danger to them are cars and trucks driven by people who do not notice them on the road.
The Sturgis Motorcycle Rally draws hundreds of thousands of bikers to South Dakota each summer. Unfortunately, some people are injured in motorcycle accidents coming to or leaving the rally. We are a South Dakota-based personal injury firm that is available to help victims of motorcycle accidents throughout the state.
What Steps Should I Take After A Motorcycle Accident To Safeguard My Legal Rights?
When you’ve had an accident involving a motorcycle, one of the most important steps in protecting your legal rights is securing representation, as motorcycle accident cases are extremely uphill legal battles that you may lose control of quickly without adequate advocacy.
What Damages Are Available For Motorcycle Accident Victims?
The damages available to motorcycle accident victims are largely the same that would be available to those in other motor vehicle accidents. They include:
- Hospital bills
- Lost wages
- Property compensation
- Transportation costs (in some cases)
However, motorcycle accident victims often have much more severe injuries that require a greater level of treatment than other types of accidents. For this reason, your representation may aggressively pursue a higher amount of compensation for you.
What Are My Legal Options As A Family Member Who Lost A Loved One In A Fatal Motorcycle Accident?
If you’ve lost a loved one to a fatal accident, you may file a wrongful death suit, provided that you have standing under South Dakota law. This means that you must be a close relative of the deceased, such as:
- A spouse
- A child
- A parent
- A rightful heir
If you are not closely enough related to the deceased to fall under one of those descriptions, you cannot file suit. But if you do, you have all the right to aggressively pursue justice for what you’ve lost.
Seeking Justice For All Your Losses
The injuries that motorcycle riders suffer can be life-changing if not fatal. Whether you have been seriously injured or your loved one has been taken in a motorcycle accident, you can rely on us to provide the representation you need for the losses you have suffered.
We work with a trusted group of doctors, life planners, economists and others who can help us present a more compelling case in support of your claim for damages. We determine the impact that your injuries have on you over both the short and long term, identify the necessary treatment potentially needed throughout your life and determine the scope of associated costs. We use that information to either negotiate with the insurance company or fight for you at trial.