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Motorcycle Accidents - Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Who can be held responsible for injuries or death to motorcycle operators and passengers?
  2. How long do I have after my accident to file my motorcycle injury case?
  3. What if I am involved in an accident that was not my fault?
  4. I did not carry insurance on my motorcycle. Can I still sue the driver who hit me?
  5. An unidentified car cut me off, and caused my cycle to veer off the road. Do I have a case through my uninsured motorist policy?
  6. I was injured in a motorcycle accident, but I wasn't wearing a helmet. Can I still recover damages from the other driver?
  7. Is it important to retain an attorney for my motorcycle accident case?
 

Who can be held responsible for injuries or death to motorcycle operators and passengers?

Anyone who was at fault in contributing to causing the crash. In motorcycle cases involving injury, typically it is the driver of a car or truck that is found to be at fault. If a motorcycle operator is at fault, he can be responsible for the injuries caused to his passenger.

How long do I have after my accident to file my motorcycle injury case?

In Minnesota an injury case must be in suit within six years of the date of the accident. If the accident resulted in a death, the case must be in suit within three years of the date of the accident.

What if I am involved in an accident that was not my fault?

Motorcycles are at a higher risk than most vehicles of being hit by another vehicle. Motorcycles can be difficult to see because of their size, particularly for drivers of larger vehicles such as trucks and buses. There are many other situations that can result in an accident occurring through no fault of your own. After seeking medical assistance and getting the other driver's insurance information, you should seek legal assistance, as you may be entitled to claim compensation for your injuries.

I did not carry insurance on my motorcycle. Can I still sue the driver who hit me?

Lack of insurance on your motorcycle does not prevent you from filing a claim against the driver who was at fault for your accident.

An unidentified car cut me off, and caused my cycle to veer off the road. Do I have a case through my uninsured motorist policy?

Yes. If an unidentified vehicle causes a crash, or if a hit and run vehicle causes a crash, you can file a claim under your own uninsured motorist policy for your injuries.

I was injured in a motorcycle accident, but I wasn't wearing a helmet. Can I still recover damages from the other driver?

The fact that you were injured while not wearing a helmet does not affect your rights to file a claim against an at-fault driver.

Is it important to retain an attorney for my motorcycle accident case?

It is important to hire an attorney in a motorcycle injury case to make sure that you are treated fairly by the insurance company. An attorney will be responsible for ordering a complete investigation of the accident and will also make sure that the injuries you suffer are adequately documented so you receive adequate compensation.