Serving Clients Throughout Covington and the Surrounding Areas
Motorcycle riding has become an increasingly popular way of getting around in Kentucky. But, the fact is, motorcycle riders must share the road with cars, trucks and other vehicles, which can be dangerous. In fact, thousands of motorcyclists are injured in collisions each year, sometimes with devastating consequences. Some injured motorcycle riders may be unable to work for an extended period of time while those who sustain catastrophic injuries may require lifelong care. If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident, you may be entitled to significant compensation.
Located in Covington, Kentucky, Dickman Law Office has decades of experience handling motorcycle accident claims. As an avid motorcyclist for over 30 years, personal injury attorney Paul J. Dickman understands the unique issues involved in motorcycle injury cases. Like many riders, Paul has undergone extensive training and preparation through motorcycle training courses such as Balanced Dynamics. He knows that minimizing your danger on the road is essential to the motorcycling experience.
Although most riders exercise extreme caution while out there on the roads and highways, they must contend with motor vehicle drivers who may be texting, talking on the phone, speeding, or not paying attention to their surroundings. We believe that injured motorcycle riders should not be forced to suffer because of negligent drivers.
Leading Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
Motorcycle accidents are frequently caused by drivers making left-hand turns, failing to yield at intersections, distracted driving, unsafe lane changes, driving under the influence or reckless driving. All drivers in Kentucky and Ohio have a duty to operate their vehicles in a safe manner and avoid causing injuries to others. A motor vehicle driver who breaches this duty and causes a motorcycle accident that results in injuries may be held legally liable.
Additionally, motorcycle accidents can be caused by potholes, gravel, oil spills, uneven road pavement, or other debris on the road. When road defects contribute to a motorcycle accident, a lawsuit can be brought against the city, county or state agency responsible for highway maintenance, as long as the necessary notification procedures are followed. Finally, when motorcycle accidents are caused by mechanical defects, the manufacturer or distributor may be held legally responsible.
Motorcycle Accident Injuries
Many motorcycle accidents often result in riders being thrown from or trapped beneath the vehicle, resulting in serious injuries such as:
- Broken bones
- Road rash
- Head and neck injuries
- Back injuries
- Spinal cord injuries/paralysis
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Fatalities (wrongful death)
Any of these injuries can have long-lasting consequences. Many victims must contend with large medical and rehabilitative bills, for instance, which can quickly exhaust their health insurance. Moreover, an injury vicitm’s income may be significantly reduced if he or she cannot return to work or must find a different line of work.
Unfortunately, few individuals are prepared to cope with all the emotional, physical, and financial ramifications of an accident. Some injured riders are left wondering if they will ever ride again. One way to minimize the risk of injuries is to wear protective gear such as helmets, leather jackets, heavy pants, motorcycle boots, and gloves. Nonetheless, motorcycle accidents can still lead to injuries which makes having aggressive legal representation crucial.
It is worth noting that motorcycles are insured differently than automobiles. Motorcycle insurance rarely includes Personal Injury Protection or Med-Pay Coverage, for example, meaning that an injured motorcyclist may have trouble getting his medical bills paid upfront. Since many motorcycle injury cases involve extreme and serious injuries, this can become a significant burden. While you may ultimately recover a substantial award from the person or persons that caused your injuries, it may take some time to receive it.
Without such coverage, an injured motorcycle rider may also have difficulty getting the proper medical treatment, especially if he or she doesn’t have health insurance. Dickman Law Office has established relationships with the area’s top medical providers. We can help you get the medical attention that you need to move on with your life following a motorcycle accident. We also arrange for vocational and rehabilitation experts to help you get back on your feet, as well as to document any injuries, lost wages, and other losses to support your injury claim.
Covington Motorcycle Accident Attorneys
Dickman Law Office is dedicated to helping injured motorcycle riders obtain the compensation they deserve. We handle cases in Kentucky, as well as the Greater Cincinnati area, and are highly adept at handling motorcycle accidents. We are keenly aware that there are unique and specific facts involved in these cases. What was the other driver doing? Was he/she texting? Were they drinking? Speeding? Did they run a light or stop sign?
When another driver’s negligence results in serious injuries to you or your passengers, we will aggressively fight for your rights. Attorney Paul Dickman is an avid motorcyclist who understands the passion our clients have for the open road. This is more than just work for our firm – we are personally involved in each case.
By collaborating with a team of medical and engineering experts, we conduct a thorough investigation of the facts. Then, we assess the short- and long-term effects of the accident. How serious are the injuries? Will the injured person require long-term physical therapy? Will he or she be able to work? Were wages lost during recovery? If the accident resulted in wrongful death, what were the funeral expenses?
By gaining a thorough understanding of the current and anticipated effects of an accident, we work to obtain compensation that will allow a client to make a financial recovery. By providing a superior level of personal service, we are better able to help our clients make an emotional recovery.
When you’re injured in a motorcycle accident, don’t call an attorney who has never even been on a motorcycle. Call the real deal — Paul J. Dickman, the Lawrider!