Motorcycle Accident Attorney Louisville
Call for Help Following a Serious Collision
If you or someone you love was injured in a motorcycle accident, the biggest challenge is the long road to recovery. Your health is the most important aspect, and as you recover, you deserve to have an attorney who is going to fight for compensation that can help you get the treatment you need for your injuries.
At Grossman Green PLLC, we are committed to protecting your rights and fighting for a fair and favorable resolution. Our attorneys are committed to your case and improving the lives of the people in our community.
Steps to Take After a Motorcycle Accident
Seek Medical Attention
If you or a loved one were injured in a motorcycle accident, the first step is to seek immediate medical attention. If necessary, don’t hesitate to go to the hospital to get the treatment you need for any injuries you sustained in the accident. Continue getting treatment after the accident, including any rehab or physical therapy, if you have lingering symptoms. This can not only help you on the road to recovery, but it can also be helpful to document your injuries and experience.
As you go to the hospital and see various doctors, be sure to document everything that happens and to obtain physical copies of those documents. This not only includes any medical records but also important paperwork such as police reports and any insurance forms.
Contact an Attorney
The most crucial step you can take is to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible. Our attorneys will take over matters with your own insurance company, as well as the insurance provider for any other drivers involved in the accident. Our attorneys can answer any questions that insurance adjusters have and ensure that your rights are protected throughout the process.
Kentucky Motorcycle Laws
Whether you’re sharing the road with motorcyclists or if you are a motorcyclist yourself, Kentucky’s motorcycle laws are something that you should always be aware of.
Some of the most important motorcycle laws in the state of Kentucky include the following:
Lane splitting is the concept of driving a motorcycle between two lanes of traffic, and it’s an issue that often causes strife between motorcyclists and other vehicles on the road. Some states like California have made it legal, while others have explicit laws that prohibit lane splitting. The state of Kentucky remains a bit of a gray area. While Kentucky law does not explicitly state that lane splitting is legal, it has not been explicitly prohibited either. This unclear status can make it difficult to establish fault in an accident that involves a motorcyclist who was lane splitting ,and any analysis will be highly fact specific. If this situation arose in the wreck in which you were involved, be sure to explain the specifics to our attorneys.
Kentucky Helmet Laws
When it comes to motorcycle helmets, the laws are much clearer. Kentucky law requires any person under 21 who operates or rides on a motorcycle or rides in an attached sidecar to wear a helmet. In addition, helmets are also required to be worn by drivers who have a motorcycle instruction permit, as well as those who have held their motorcycle operator's license for less than one year. Everyone, no matter what age, must wear eye protection.
Kentucky requires every motorcyclist to have insurance, similar to regular drivers. In Kentucky, you must have $25,000 in bodily injury liability coverage per person per accident, $50,000 in bodily injury liability coverage per accident, and $10,000 in property damage liability coverage per accident.
Kentucky requires car owners to have no-fault coverage (Personal Injury Protection "PIP" coverage), which provides $10,000 in benefits for medical expenses and lost wages, regardless of fault. However, Kentucky does not require PIP coverage for motorcycles, although motorcyclists can opt-in for PIP coverage. We recommend that all motorcyclists opt for this extra coverage, as it can be extremely beneficial if you are hurt in a wreck.
How to Determine Fault
Whenever an accident occurs, whether in a car or motorcycle, fault gets allocated between the parties. Kentucky is a pure comparative fault state, meaning the amount that you can receive in damages will be proportionate to the percentage of fault you are assigned. For example, if you are in an accident and a jury finds you to be 10% at fault because you were speeding, any settlement that you win will be reduced by 10% to account for your fault. So, if a jury determined that $100,000 would compensate you for your injuries but also found that you were 10% at fault for causing the accident, you would only collect $90,000.
Can I File a Claim on Behalf of a Loved One?
Ordinarily, the person who is injured pursues their personal injury claim. However, if your loved one was killed in a motorcycle wreck, you may be able to pursue a wrongful death action on their behalf and may be eligible to pursue your own loss of consortium claim (a claim for the loss of love and affection).
At the end of the day, having an attorney advocate for your needs in the legal process means you can focus more on what matters most — your recovery. Our attorneys at Grossman Green PLLC are here to do all that we can to help you pursue the compensation you need to recover from your injuries and move forward with your life. Our experienced attorneys are proud to protect the rights of injury victims.
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