Schuler Law Office
Motorcycle Accident Claims in Kentucky & Indiana
Aggressive pursuit of compensation for catastrophic injuries in Kentucky and Indiana
If you or a loved one has been involved in a motorcycle accident in Kentucky, you need effective legal representation to get the compensation you deserve. The Schuler Law Office in Louisville is determined to fight for injured motorcycle riders and their passengers. We have the skill and experience to challenge the biases of insurers and the general public who see motorcycle riders as irresponsible and at least partially to blame for their accidents. We understand the effect of your injury on your life and how important full and fair compensation is for you and your family. An accomplished and effective attorney at our firm can help you recover the costs of current and future medical care, rehabilitation expenses, your lost earnings, and compensation for your pain and suffering.
Common causes of motorcycle accidents in Kentucky
In 2015, there were 1,778 collisions in Kentucky involving motorcycles and 299 involving motor scooters, resulting in a total of 93 fatalities. According to the Kentucky State Police, the leading contributing factors for motorcycle accidents in 2015 were:
- Vehicle not under proper control
- Failure to yield right of way
- Following too close
- Exceeding the stated speed limit
- Misjudging distance
- Excessive speed for conditions
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, one-third of all motor vehicle crashes involving other vehicles result from motorists turning into the path of the motorcycle at intersections. In particular, drivers making left turns often fail to see motorcyclists, and that failure can lead to severe injuries and death.
Serious injuries require strong representation
Since motorcycle operators and their passengers are exposed to contact by vehicles and secondary impacts with hard surfaces, they are at greater risk of serious injuries than passengers in auto accidents are. Common motorcycle crash injuries include:
- Broken bones
- Concussion and traumatic brain injury
- Internal organ damage
- Skin lacerations and road rash
- Spinal cord injuries, including partial and complete paralysis
- Wrongful death
We thoroughly investigate the facts of your motorcycle accident to preserve evidence and witness accounts. We may also consult highly qualified accident reconstruction experts when necessary to determine who is liable for your injuries. We fight aggressively to get you fair compensation, especially for catastrophic injuries that require a lifetime of care.
How Kentucky’s helmet law affects accident cases
Because of the inherent danger of riding a motorcycle, accidents involving one can lead to serious injury or even wrongful death. Often, the only protection a motorcycle rider has is a helmet, but Kentucky law does not require every rider to wear a helmet. Those required to do so are:
- Anyone under 21 who is either operating or a passenger on a motorcycle
- Anyone riding with a “motorcycle instruction permit”
- Anyone riding who has had a motorcycle license for less than one year
While older and more seasoned bikers are not required to wear a helmet, failing to do so can reduce their recovery for injuries if they’re involved in an accident. That’s because Kentucky operates under a comparative negligence rule, which allows the court to reduce a victim’s recovery for injuries in proportion to that victim’s share of fault for the crash. Strictly speaking, not wearing a helmet does nothing to cause the crash, so for some injuries, such as a broken leg, failure to wear a helmet would be irrelevant. But if an injured rider is claiming a head injury, the defendant can point to the rider’s failure to wear a helmet as a reason why the injuries were so severe.
The interplay between Kentucky’s helmet law and comparative negligence rule is a major reason to choose an experienced personal injury attorney who can fight for the maximum amount of compensation possible.
Speak to a dedicated motorcycle accident attorney in Louisville
The Schuler Law Office in Louisville provides aggressive and effective motorcycle accident representation throughout Kentucky and Indiana. You pay no attorney fees until you recover through a settlement or verdict. To schedule a free initial consultation, call 502-568-9000 or contact us online.