Motorcycle Injury Attorneys in Rapid City, SD
An estimated 4 million motorcycles are registered in the U.S., and every year, thousands of motorcyclists are killed and many more seriously injured in traffic accidents. A motorcycle or vehicle accident can have long-term consequences for your health and quality of life. If you weren’t at fault, you may be entitled to damages that can help you cover the costs of your medical bills, lost wages, personal injury, and related damages. Our motorcycle and auto accident attorneys in Rapid City, SD can help. Many tourists and motorcycle enthusiasts come to the Sturgis® Motorcycle Rally™ and enjoy the "Land of Infinite Variety." Sometimes tragedy strikes.
At Whiting Hagg Hagg Dorsey & Hagg, LLP, we firmly believe in the rights of motorcyclists, and we understand the difficulty victims and surviving loved ones can have in securing adequate compensation from insurance companies.
Motorcycle accidents are often the result of the other driver’s negligence. Some of the most commonly-cited causes include:
- Cutting off a motorcyclist at an intersection
- Failure to yield
- Following too closely
- Swerving in front of a motorcyclist
- Driving under the influence
- "I just didn't see him coming."
Too often, many drivers are not paying proper attention and watching out for motorcyclists, who have as much right to the road as those in four-wheeled vehicles.
Insurance companies complicate the process of collecting damages in a motorcycle accident far too often.
By contacting an experienced motorcycle attorney like the ones at Whiting Hagg Hagg Dorsey & Hagg, LLP, you will have the leverage you need when it comes to negotiating with insurance companies. Often, insurers will attempt to contact victims immediately following a crash, in an attempt to strong-arm a low-ball settlement deal. It is wise to not talk with any insurance companies until speaking with an injury lawyer.
Damages in Motorcycle Accident Lawsuits
Injuries that result from motorcycle accidents are often severe, largely because a person on a motorcycle simply has less protection than someone in a motor vehicle, even if the operator or rider is wearing a helmet.
Additionally, the impact of a two-ton mass of metal on a lightweight bike tends to result in the rider being ejected. This is when the most serious injuries occur.
Among those injuries most often seen in motorcycle crashes are:
- Road rash
- Severe lacerations, bruising and cuts
- Facial injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Internal injuries
- Fractured bones
- Spinal cord injuries
Those who survive often require extensive medical care, including surgery, medication and rehabilitation. In some cases, injury may be disabling and permanent. Life care plans are sometimes required for the rest of an injured person's life.
In addition to a rider’s hospital records, your attorney will want you to complete a full medical evaluation by medical experts who will be prepared to testify regarding the short-term injuries and long-term prognosis and the future cost of care with substantial medical certainty.
You Are Entitled to Fair Compensation
The team at Whiting Hagg Hagg Dorsey & Hagg, LLP, has experience representing motorcyclists injured in vehicle crashes. We’ll help you fight for fair compensation. When negotiating your case, we consider more than just your medical expenses. We also include:
- Future medical expenses, reasonably certain
- Lost wages & impaired earning capacity
- Pain & suffering
- Temporary or Permanent Disability and Impairment
- Loss of Enjoyment of Life
- Scarring and Disfigurement
Your Injury Claim
After a motorcycle or auto accident, you need an attorney on your side as soon as possible. Insurance adjusters do not always have your best interest in mind. To protect yourself, contact the motorcycle attorneys at our firm. Our lawyers can help guide you through the process of filing and pursuing an injury claim due to a motorcycle accident.
Call us at 605-348-1125