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Toledo Motorcycle Accident Lawyers

With increasing traffic, bigger vehicles, and more distractions than ever before, it’s a wonder that bike crash statistics haven’t grown exponentially as well. Motorcyclists who want to stay on the road have to be more aware of what’s happening around them than other drivers. That may not be fair, but it is a reality that most people who love to ride put up with in exchange for the pleasure they get from their motorcycles.

At Lafferty, Gallagher & Scott, LLC, we take a hands-on approach to helping motorcycle accident victims and grieving families in the Toledo area and throughout Ohio obtain compensation for what are often tremendous losses. We handle claims based upon:

What do we mean by the words “hands-on approach?” Simply put, we do the work we claim to do. Many firms have neither the experience nor the resources to handle their clients’ needs. We have been serving the people of Ohio since 1973 and we’re not going to stop now. Our motorcycle accident attorneys work with clients, getting to know who they are and how these injuries or losses have affected their lives — critical facts that can make all the difference to a jury, and allow you to obtain the results you deserve.

Throughout the process, our lawyers will keep the lines of communication open and keep you as involved in the case as you want to be. Major decisions regarding the case will always be yours to make. Whatever the decision, we will spare no effort or resource in seeking to resolve the matter fairly and in the most efficient way.

Types and Causes of Motorcycle Accidents

Our personal injury attorneys consult with qualified experts to reconstruct motorcycle accidents. We have experience with a wide array of accident scenarios, including:

  • T-bones — These violent accidents occur when two vehicles collide at a 90-degree angle. These types of accidents usually happen at intersections when one vehicle runs a red light or stop sign. When a motorcycle “tees up” against the side of a car, the rider can be catapulted over the car and sustain serious injuries upon hitting the road surface. If a motorcycle “tees up” against a truck, the rider can either be pinned beneath the undercarriage or slam violently against the sidewall. If another vehicle “tees up” to a motorcycle, the bike and rider can be knocked across the intersection or pinned under the front end of the vehicle.
  • Rear-ends — A distracted or inattentive motorist may not notice a motorcycle in time, or may misjudge the stopping distance, striking the rear of the bike when the rider slows down.
  • Sideswipes — Inattentive drivers may not notice a motorcycle in an adjacent lane and may brush the bike while making a lane change, especially when attempting to pass another vehicle. Sideswipes can also occur when riders split lanes, especially in traffic jams when impatient motorists make abrupt lane changes without signaling.
  • Wipeouts — A rider can lose control because of rider impairment or abrupt maneuvers by motorists. Inclement weather, road conditions, and hazards created by slick metal, such as metal plates, train tracks or manhole covers, painted letters and directional arrows, or oil slicks can also be factors.
  • Failure to yield — One of the most common causes of a motorcycle accident is a driver’s failure to yield the right of way to a bike. Hasty and inattentive motorists making right turns onto freeways often do not see a motorcycle coming until it is too late.

Commonly Asked Questions

If you sustain an injury that is the result of a motorcycle accident, it is important to actively seek answers to your legal, financial, and medical questions. Frequently asked questions that bikers have regarding motorcycle accidents include the following:

Is it important that my motorcycle accident case is investigated?

An immediate investigation is essential because insurance companies usually try to prove that the motorcycle driver was at least slightly at fault for the accident in order to lower the value of his or her claim.

What is the difference between uninsured motorist coverage and underinsured motorist coverage?

Uninsured motorist coverage is the aspect of your policy that covers the medical expenses of your injuries when a driver with no coverage is at fault for injuring you. Underinsured motorist coverage pays for your medical expenses when the at-fault driver has coverage, but the limit is not adequate to fully compensate you for your suffering.

Can I still recover damages from the other driver if I was not wearing a helmet at the time of my motorcycle accident?

It is possible. Not wearing a helmet does not change your right to file a claim against a negligent driver. A skilled personal injury attorney can explain any questions you have regarding who is at fault.

Should I retain a lawyer for my motorcycle accident case?

Yes. Hiring a qualified Toledo motorcycle accident lawyer is crucial to ensure that your insurance company treats you fairly. An attorney can conduct an investigation of the crash and properly document your injuries.

Contact a Toledo motorcycle accident attorney at Lafferty, Gallagher & Scott, LLC to find out how you can retrieve compensation for your damages.

Trial Lawyers Since 1973

For more information about motorcycle accidents, Ohio helmet laws, or how our lawyers can help — call our Toledo, Ohio, law offices or contact us online for a free consultation. We handle motorcycle accident claims on a contingent fee basis — you will pay no attorney fees unless we obtain a verdict or settlement in your case.

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All of our partners are AV Peer Review Rated* through Martindale-Hubbell. Out-of-state referrals are welcome for all
areas of practice we handle, including personal injury, workers’ compensation and insurance claims issues.

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