Motorcycle Accident FAQ

Providing Answers to Questions About Your Motorcycle Accident

At Rittgers & Rittgers, we offer clear, experienced representation to individuals who have been injured in motorcycle accidents throughout Butler, Warren and Hamilton counties and the surrounding areas of southern Ohio. We can provide you with the in-depth, personalized answers you require to understand your situation and your options.

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The following are the types of questions we commonly receive from individuals hurt in motorcycle accidents. Reach out to our Ohio personal injury law firm for more information and answers to other questions.

Do I need an attorney for a motorcycle accident?

Technically, no. Ohio allows crash victims to represent themselves, known as pro se litigation. However, motorcyclists often face an unfair bias and need a skilled attorney to ensure they are compensated at full value. Charles H. Rittgers provides an in-depth answer to the question, " Do I need an attorney for a motorcycle accident in Ohio?" hosted by Ask Super Lawyers.

Our White Paper, The Attorney You Choose Impacts the Settlement or Verdict of Your Motorcycle Accident Case , can help you. Also, the pros and cons of hiring a personal injury attorney are examined in our article, " Dollars and Sense: Is Hiring an Injury Lawyer Worth the Money?"

How long do I have after my accident to file a personal injury claim?

As with all motor vehicle accident claims in Ohio, you have two years from the date of your accident to file a personal injury lawsuit. This is called the statute of limitations. Please do not wait until the statute of limitations deadline to seek legal counsel. The earlier you hire an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer, the better. Your lawyer needs time to thoroughly investigate your case prior to preparing a lawsuit. Additionally, your lawyer can guide you through the insurance claims process in the aftermath of a motorcycle accident to make sure your rights are protected. Please do not trust your insurance adjuster.

For more details, read Charles H. Rittgers' answer to the question, " How long after a motorcycle accident do I have to file a claim in Ohio?" hosted by Ask Super Lawyers.

Is my case worth less because a motorcycle was involved?

In the eyes of the law, a motorcycle accident is no different from any other motor vehicle accident. In fact, motorcycle accident injuries are often severe and require more compensation than other motor vehicle accidents. Lawsuits involving motorcycles, however, often raise stereotype concerns. It is your lawyer's job to address these concerns and focus the case on your injuries and the fault of the other driver.

The at-fault driver claims that he never saw me. Does this mean I cannot bring a claim against him?

Excuses by the at-fault driver are no protection against a lawsuit. Car drivers often fail to take the necessary precautions to protect motorcyclists. Drivers often do not give motorcycles enough space. More frequently, drivers often fail to yield to motorcyclists either because they fail to pay attention or they are distracted by other things such as their cellphones, radios, or passengers. Drivers have a duty to look for motorcycles on the roadway.

Do I still have a motorcycle accident claim if I was not wearing a helmet?

Yes, you do. Talk to us to learn more.

What do I do if I was a passenger on a motorcycle and was injured in an accident?

Not only do you have a potential claim against the at-fault driver, you may also have a potential claim against the person driving the motorcycle. There are many insurance issues involved in this situation and there are multiple insurance policies that should be analyzed. We can help you understand your options and guide you through the claims process. You may also visit our motorcycle passenger injuries page.

Ohio Motorcycle Accident eBook

Seeking more motorcycle accident information?

The attorneys at Rittgers & Rittgers recently created a comprehensive motorcycle eBook discussing legal aspects of a crash. Freely download and share our eBook, " Guiding You Through an Ohio Motorcycle Accident."

Contact Our Cincinnati Personal Injury Attorneys for More Information

To obtain answers about your motorcycle accident, contact our Ohio law firm at one of our three locations (Lebanon, West Chester and downtown Cincinnati) today. We will use more than 30 years of experience to provide you with the comprehensive answers you need.

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"Rittgers & Rittgers is a great resource if you are in need of representation. Specifically, Charlie was a tremendous help to me and my family when we needed assistance. Everyone I interacted with made me feel welcome and comfortable; they also did not hesitate to explain what was going on or why they were proceeding in a specific manner. When you're in need, you can't find a better firm than Rittgers & Rittgers. I was so grateful for Charlie's help, along with the rest of the firm. I cannot think of anyone or any firm better."

Date published: 01/19/2017