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How can I support myself if I am unable to work after a motorcycle accident amputation injury?
Right now it might seem like your choices are very limited. You can’t go back to the job that you held prior to your motorcycle accident injury. You can’t earn the same amount of money that you did prior to the crash, but you need that money to pay your bills.
You Have Options If You Take Action
If you fail to take any action and just let the bills pile up then you may not have many options. You may be forced into bankruptcy. You may lose your home. You may be unable to feed your family.
However, if you decide to take action then your future may be very different. You may be able to maintain the standard of living you enjoyed prior to your accident by:
- Filing a lawsuit. If someone else caused your accident then you may be able to recover money for your medical expenses, lost income, diminished future job prospects, pain, suffering, and other damages.
- Finding different work. You may be able to do a different kind of job and continue earning an income. You may be able to recover money to help you get the education or training that you need for a new job.
- Pursuing any disability insurance money available to you. This may make a difference to your bottom line.
All of this can be overwhelming, but you don’t have to do it alone. Your doctors, lawyers, therapists, family, and friends can all help you. To learn more, we encourage you to fill out our online contact form to schedule a free consultation with our experienced lawyers. We also invite you to browse our free video library and other web resources for additional information about your rights and possible recovery.
I was in a motorcycle accident after dark. Is that a defense for the driver who hit me?
No, it is not a defense for the driver who hit you. As a motorcyclist, you have every right to be on the road after dark and other drivers must use reasonable care to avoid hitting you. The legal standards are not dependent on the time of day when the accident occurred.
Instead They Apply to All 24 Hours of the Day Equally
The questions that will be asked and the standard for recovery damages will remain the same regardless of when you were hurt on I-80, I-280, or another Quad Cities road. While the specific facts of the case may be different, you will need to prove that:
- The driver who hit you owed you a duty of care. Drivers have a duty of care to other motorists on the road with them.
- The driver who hit you breached that duty of care by failing to act as a reasonable driver would under similar circumstances. Distracted driving, speeding, drunk driving, drowsy driving, and other driving errors may all breach the duty of care.
- The breach of the duty of care caused your injuries. In other words, your injuries would not have occurred but for the negligent actions of the other driver.
- You are legally entitled to damages. You have standing to sue and can recover pursuant to Iowa law.
The law makes no mention of the time of day at which the accident occurred.
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If you’ve been hurt then you need to take action now to protect your possible recovery. Please start an online chat with us today to find out more information and to get your questions answered.
I’ve handled a property damage accident claim on my own before. Why should I hire a motorcycle accident lawyer if I’m hurt?
As you’ve probably already realized, your recent motorcycle accident is different from the one you were in previously. Not only did this crash happen in a different location, such as US-41, US-10, or another Appleton road, but the damage done by this crash was more significant. It was after this accident that you ended up in the emergency room. It was after this accident that you suffered physical pain, considerable medical bills, and time lost from work.
It Is After This Accident That You Need Professional Help
The insurance company may have been willing to give you a fair recovery for your property damage claim. The damage may have been easy to quantify and low enough that the insurance company did not fight you. However, the same might not be true now. Typically, insurance companies try to get personal injury victims to settle for less than their cases are worth. This allows the insurance company to maximize its own profits.
The insurance company is not on your side, and it is usually unwilling to provide fair damages in a motorcycle accident injury case unless it is forced to do so. Often, this happens when an injured rider is represented by an experienced attorney. Then the insurance company knows that the rider means business and then the insurance company may be willing to settle for a fair amount.
To learn more about your rights, please read our FREE book, The Ultimate Guide for Motorcycle Accident Victims, and please start an online chat with us today.
I suffered an eye injury in a recent Iowa motorcycle accident. I wasn’t wearing goggles at the time of the crash. Is it my fault?
No. However, you should be prepared to hear an insurance adjuster argue that your eye injury was your fault because you failed to wear goggles. The insurance adjuster may be trying to get you to accept a settlement that is lower than you deserve.
Do Not Negotiate With This Insurance Adjuster
Instead, contact your own lawyer to find out the truth about your potential claim and to have a lawyer negotiate with the insurance company on your behalf. The truth is that:
- Iowa law does not require motorcyclists to wear goggles. Thus, you were doing nothing wrong by failing to wear them.
- You suffered the eye injury because of the accident and not because of the lack of goggles. It was not the absence of goggles on your face that caused your eye injury. Instead, it was the negligent actions of the other driver. Don’t let the insurance adjuster confuse this point.
- You deserve fair compensation for your eye injury, and any other injuries you suffered, if you were hurt because of another driver’s negligence.
The truth is that you might have to fight for a fair recovery if you suffered an eye injury in a Des Moines motorcycle crash on Interstate 80, 8th Street, or any other road. The truth is also that this is a fight worth waging.
You Don’t Have to Do It Alone
You have the right to hire a lawyer to represent your interests. Please read our FREE book, The Ultimate Guide for Motorcycle Accident Victims, and please sign up to receive rider Newsbrief to learn more about your rights and about how to protect them.
I was injured in a Wisconsin motorcycle accident and I’m getting nowhere with the insurance company. What should I do?
You are not alone. Many insurance companies play games and try to minimize an injured party’s recovery in order to maximize their own profits. Unfortunately, this can happen even when a rider has been really hurt on I-794 or the North South Freeway.
You Don’t Have to Play the Insurance Company’s Games
The first thing that you should do is to stop talking to the insurance company. This may sound counterintuitive since you are looking to negotiate a settlement with the insurance company. However, it is important to recognize that the insurance company goals are different than yours and that they have experienced adjusters and attorneys working for them. What you say to the insurance company may be misconstrued or later used against you in a way that you did not intend.
Don’t Let That Happen
Instead, you have the chance now to level the playing field. You have the opportunity to hire a lawyer who knows how insurance companies work and who can provide the evidence and arguments that may persuade the insurance company to provide you with a fair settlement for your motorcycle accident injuries.
Do not accept less than fair damages for your injuries just because the insurance company wants you to do that. Your future is too important. Instead, please learn more about your rights by reading our free book, The Ultimate Guide for Motorcycle Accident Victims, and start a live chat with us now by clicking on the icon.
How old do I have to be to ride a motorcycle?
There is nothing like riding a motorcycle. The motorcycle lawyers at Hupy and Abraham understand your eagerness to get on a bike, but you can’t just save up and buy a motorcycle. You need to have a license.
Each state has its own motorcycle license requirements.
If you are age 14 to 17, you may obtain a motorcycle instruction permit. To get the permit, you must pass a written test and pay an $8.00 fee. Once you have the permit, you can ride a motorcycle with your parents or any member of your family who is over 21 and has a license with a motorcycle endorsement. You can ride with a non-related adult, if the adult is over age 25, has a license with a motorcycle endorsement, and has your parent’s written permission to ride with you.
In order to get your license and be able to ride on your own, you must complete an Iowa Motorcycle Rider Education (MRE) course. The MRE course costs $115 to $245 and includes five hours of classroom instruction and ten hours of riding time. Courses are available at most Iowa community colleges. You must complete a written test and a skills test to receive your certificate of completion. Once you complete the course, you will qualify for an Iowa motorcycle license.
You must be at least 16 to ride a motorcycle in Illinois. Sixteen-year-olds and 17-year-olds must complete an approved driver’s education and pass a written exam before applying for the 24-month instruction permit. The permit costs $20.
Teens with a permit may operate a motorcycle during daylight hours when accompanied by an adult over age 21 who has a valid Class M license and at least one year of riding experience.
Before you can get your license, you will have to complete a 20-hour Basic Rider Course (BRC). You must have your parent’s permission to take this class. Most courses are free, but you may need to pay a registration fee. Once you complete the course, you are eligible to take the Secretary of State's written and riding tests for a class "M" motorcycle endorsement.
You must be 16 to obtain a motorcycle license in Wisconsin. If you are under 18, you must also show proof that you have completed a driver’s education class and a basic rider course before applying for your Class M license. The course costs about $250. However, you do not have to take the class if you live more than 50 miles from a basic rider course site.
You will need to complete the required courses and taken a written test in order to qualify for a Cycle Instruction Permit. The permit costs $32 and is good for six months.
Permit holders may ride a motorcycle during daylight hours, but need to be supervised by a licensed motorcyclist after dark. The motorcyclist must be over age 25 and have at least two years of cycling experience. Permit holders must wear helmets and may only carry Class M license holders as passengers.
You must pass a skills test and bike inspection to get your Class M license. The license costs $22.
Hupy and Abraham represents victims of motorcycle accidents in Wisconsin, Illinois, and Iowa. Although you may never be in a motorcycle crash, you want to be prepared just in case. We’ve written a book just for motorcyclists. Simply fill out the contact form to request your free copy of The Ultimate Guide for Motorcycle Accident Victims.
If you or someone you know has been injured while riding a motorcycle, please contact us online or call us diectly at 800.800.5678 for a free consultation.
The weather is finally warm enough to take my bike out of winter storage. What should I do to get my motorcycle ready for spring?
It’s been a long, cold winter, but the snow is finally melting and spring seems to be on its way. We may still get another storm, but you’ll soon be able to enjoy your bike on a regular basis.
If your bike has been put away all winter, it may need some maintenance before your first ride. Follow these tips to get your motorcycle ready for spring. Your owner’s manual will contain guidelines for your particular bike.
Spring Motorcycle Safety Checklist
- Visually inspect your tires. If you winterized your bike, your tires will probably be fine. But you should check the tires for flat spots, dry rot, and cracks. Check your tire pressure. Molecules move closer together as air cools, so cold weather can cause tires to lose pressure.
- Check for fluid leaks. Check all hoses and cables and refill fluids. Do another check after your first ride.
- Change your oil. Check the oil filter.
- Check your lights. Check your high beams, low beams, tail lights, and brake lights to make sure they are in good working order. Replace any dim bulbs.
- Check your battery. Make sure the battery is fully charged. If you have a wet cell battery, top it off with distilled water. Make sure all terminals and leads are secure, clean, and free from corrosion.
- If you plugged your air filter intake and exhaust to keep rodents out, unplug them.
- Check your bike’s tool kit. Make sure you have everything you need for a roadside emergency.
- Check your chain tension. Make sure that the chain is clean and well-lubricated.
- Check your brakes. Make sure that your brakes work and that your brake pads are in good condition.
- Check that the gas supply is turned on. Replace the gas in your bike as the quality may have deteriorated over the winter.
Once you’ve checked your bike, check your riding skills. It’s been a while, and even the most experienced riders may need to brush up before taking a long trip. Before getting on the road, practice braking and maneuvering in an empty parking lot.
The motorcycle accident attorneys at Hupy and Abraham wish you a safe riding season. If you plan to do a lot of riding you may want a copy of our rider’s Rights card. Just fill out the contact form, and we’ll send you one at no charge.
What is the best way to prevent motorcycle accident injuries in Iowa?
Some people will tell you that the best way to prevent Iowa motorcycle accident injuries is to wear a helmet. We disagree. Helmets (or no helmets) do not cause motorcycle crashes. Drivers cause motorcycle wrecks.
Our motorcycle injury attorneys have handled hundreds of motorcycle accident cases. And we have heard hundreds of drivers say, “I never saw the rider.” We believe that the best way for you to stay safe is to stay visible while you ride. These tips can help.
Ten Tips to Help You Prevent Iowa Motorcycle Crashes
- Check your headlight, taillight, and turn signals every time you get on your bike.
- Use your headlight every time you ride—day or night.
- Add reflective strips and decals to both your bike and your clothing. This will help you to be seen at night.
- Add reflective tape to your black motorcycle jacket, or wear a reflective vest over your jacket while you ride.
- If you use a helmet, choose a helmet that is light colored and reflective.
- Light-colored bikes are easier to see. If you have a dark-colored bike, make sure you have plenty of reflective trim and plenty of lights.
- Choose your lane position carefully. Ride where you can see and be seen.
- Avoid vehicle blind spots; you will not be seen.
- If you must stop on the side of the road, stay as far away from traffic as possible and use your flashers.
- Always drive defensively and watch for drivers.
You can reduce your chances of injury, but you can’t protect yourself from every possible accident. There are simply too many drivers who don’t pay attention to motorcycles. Help Hupy and Abraham show support for motorcycle safety in Iowa with a free “Watch for Motorcycles” window cling. Just fill out the online request form or call us at 888-807-2752.
I was involved in a motorcycle accident and may have broken my rib. How will a doctor diagnose me for a broken rib?
Suffering from a broken rib is painful and frustrating. Unfortunately, many times there is little that can be done to alleviate the pain that comes along with a broken rib. A broken rib can also cause secondary injuries such as a punctured lung. The broken rib and the complications it can cause can lead to long-term complications.
If you believe that you have suffered from a broken rib, you should take the time to seek the care of a medical professional. She will be able to determine the severity and prescribe any medications that may be needed. She will also be able to tell you what you need to do in order to heal properly.
The first step the doctor will need to take is to determine whether or not a rib bone is broken. She will do this by:
- Pushing on your chest. One of the common ways to determine whether a rib bone is broken is to push on the chest to find out where the pain is coming from.
- Examining your breathing. The doctor may examine your breathing pattern. She will also listen to your lungs to make sure that the air is entering and exiting the lungs properly.
- X-rays. If your doctor is unsure about your symptoms, you may need x-rays or other types of diagnostic imaging. Unfortunately, rib fractures do not always show up on x-ray films.
If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident you should hold the responsible party accountable for his negligence. To do so, simply call 800-800-5678 and let us guide you through the legal process.
- Pushing on your chest. One of the common ways to determine whether a rib bone is broken is to push on the chest to find out where the pain is coming from.
I was injured in a Wausau motorcycle accident. My wheel lost pressure right before the crash, but my motorcycle was in good shape. How do I prove a defective motorcycle caused the accident?
Reckless drivers cause most motorcycle accidents. But defective parts or equipment sometimes cause motorcycle accidents.
Defective Parts That May Cause a Wisconsin Motorcycle Crash
- Shock absorbers
If you believe your accident was caused by a defective part, you should contact an experienced motorcycle accident attorney immediately. There are three things that you will need to prove in order to win your case:
- The motorcycle was manufactured with a defective part or had a design that was inherently unsafe.
- The defect was not caused by poor maintenance or improper usage and existed at the time that you purchased the bike.
- The defective motorcycle caused or contributed to your motorcycle accident and your injuries.
It is very difficult to prove that an accident was caused by a defective motorcycle part. Your attorney will need to obtain expert testimony that shows that there is no doubt that a motorcycle defect caused the crash. He will hire an expert who is able to determine if there is a defect and if it was present when the bike was manufactured. The expert will also be able to describe the defect’s role in your wreck. Other evidence that can help prove your case includes recall notices, your bike’s manual, mechanic reports, and photographs of your bike’s condition after the crash.
Hupy and Abraham has helped injured riders for over 40 years. Call us at 800-800-5678 to schedule a free consultation and learn how our experience can help you.