Cincinnati Motorcycle Accident Lawyers
Motorcycle injury cases should never be treated like typical auto accident claims. Trauma suffered by motorcyclists and their passengers is much more likely to result in lifelong health problems or wrongful death. Your quality of life — and your family’s well-being — may depend on your successful recovery of compensation for the total harm the motorcycle crash has caused you.
To recover maximum compensation in an Ohio motorcycle accident, a victim or family needs to prove more than the fault of another person — which can be surprisingly difficult. The victim, or plaintiff, must provide convincing evidence regarding the extent to which the crash has impacted his or her life. While damages for past medical expenses and lost wages may be relatively straightforward, future costs and noneconomic harms are difficult to value and prove.
The attorneys at Rittgers & Rittgers have an excellent track record of getting motorcycle accident victims and their families compensated for all damages recoverable under Ohio law. Our Cincinnati lawyers treat clients like they are our own family members. We help bikers overcome the unfair biases they routinely face. We are not afraid to take your case to trial if the at-fault motorist and insurer refuse to pay the full value of your claim.
Proving Fault: Overcoming Denials of Responsibility
Our job as motorcycle accident attorneys is to help our clients prove how an accident happened and hold the at-fault driver and his or her insurance company accountable. Too often, the reason motorcycles are cut off or hit is because other drivers do not look for motorcycles. Even in situations where the car driver’s negligence is obvious, defendants and insurers will lowball the claim or completely deny wrongdoing.
At Rittgers & Rittgers, we will use our network of resources to strengthen your motorcycle injury claim:
- We will use experts for accident reconstruction.
- We will use our network of reliable medical expert witnesses to prove the extent and effect of your injuries.
- We will leverage our success as trial lawyers to help ensure that you receive a fair settlement offer. If your claim is not treated fairly, the opposition knows that we will gladly take your case to trial if that is what it takes to get you fully compensated.
- We understand there is an unfair bias against motorcyclists. We excel at eliminating this bias on a case-by-case basis so our clients can get what they are rightfully owed.
A Record of Success and Satisfied Clients
Rittgers & Rittgers is a family-founded law firm serving southwestern Ohio and Greater Cincinnati. We deliberately keep our staff small and customer-focused. Read what our clients have to say about our attorneys.
Although our firm is selectively small, we have the accolades and accomplishments of a large law firm, including:
- The highest professional and ethical rating possible under Martindale-Hubbell’s peer review rating* system for some of our staff
- Several attorneys recognized as Ohio Super Lawyers, an honor given to less than 5 percent of Ohio attorneys
- Numerous multimillion-dollar recoveries
- Numerous successful arguments before the Ohio Supreme Court
- Experience handling high-profile cases, including those with national media coverage
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
What To Do After A Motorcycle Accident
Every biker knows he or she is vulnerable to injury, but motorcyclists still do not expect to become victims of a motorcycle accident. A motorcycle accident can be devastating and disruptive.
We have assembled a checklist of things to address after a serious motorcycle crash.
Seek Medical Treatment
The most important issue after a motorcycle crash is your health. Do not let an attorney or insurance adjuster determine whether you should seek treatment or what type of treatment you should seek. Despite all the insurance and legal issues that arise after an accident, you need to focus on your recovery.
Some injuries do not appear to be severe at first. After your crash, you may have gotten up and walked away. Do not let this fool you; you may still need treatment. Adrenaline often masks serious injuries, which could become more pronounced in the hours or days following the accident. If you fear you suffered trauma to your head, spine or internal organs, you should seek medical attention immediately.
Medical treatment documents your injuries and establishes evidence for your injury claim. Be sure to be honest when discussing your pain and symptoms after an accident. Do not exaggerate, but also be thorough and discuss all your symptoms with your doctor.
If you unnecessarily delay treatment or downplay your injuries, the defendant’s insurer or attorneys will use it to attempt to refute the extent or nature of your injuries.
Contact an Attorney
Seek medical attention first, then contact an attorney. It is never too early to contact an attorney. The sooner you do, the better chance the lawyer has to recover and preserve valuable accident evidence.
A skilled motorcycle accident attorney will act as your adviser by helping you avoid making crucial mistakes. Do not deal with the insurance company prior to speaking with an attorney.
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Be Aware of Social Media and Your Own Insurance Adjuster
Even your own insurance adjuster is not your friend. He or she has only the best interests of the insurance company in mind.
You should be careful what you say, write or do after your accident. The insurance company and defendant’s lawyers are constantly looking for evidence to attempt to discredit your injuries and claim.
Defense lawyers are using Facebook, Twitter and other social media platforms to collect evidence damaging to the plaintiff’s claim.
Refer Insurance Agents to Your Lawyer
Do not speak with insurance adjusters about your accident; they are trained to settle claims as quickly and cheaply as possible. Insurance adjusters are taught to be extremely nice to injured persons in an attempt to settle the claim before an attorney is involved. It is in their best interest to minimize their payout. Give them your attorney’s contact info and refuse to engage in conversations with insurance representatives. Words are critical and can be used against you at later proceedings.
Follow Doctors’ Orders
Physicians know how to help you heal; obviously, it is in your best interest to follow their orders and recommendations. Additionally, your compliance can have a serious impact on the value of your personal injury claim.
If you ignore a doctor’s advice, it could later be used against you in court. The defendant’s attorneys will say it is evidence that your injuries aren’t bothersome enough for you to care about following orders. Further, the insurance company may argue that you unnecessarily let your condition worsen.
Miss a Step or Make a Mistake? Do Not Panic, But Call Now.
A motorcycle accident is an unnatural and traumatic event. In the moments or days after a crash, people do or say things they wish they could take back. If you did something regrettable, don’t panic, but it is important to immediately speak with a skilled Ohio motorcycle wreck attorney.
Free Resources For Motorcycle Crash Victims and Families
Because Rittgers & Rittgers routinely helps injured Ohio motorcyclists, we assembled a variety of resources to educate bikers after an accident:
- What to do after a motorcycle accident
- Guiding you through an Ohio motorcycle accident
- Failure to yield motorcycle accidents
- Motorcycle road hazards
- Motorcycle accident injuries
- Head injuries caused by motorcycle accidents
- Motorcycle passenger injuries
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“I would definitely recommend Matt Nakajima and the team at Rittgers & Rittgers. I reached out to Matt after a motorcycle accident, and before we even discussed any legalities of my situation, his first and foremost concern was my health and well-being. He and his team did a great job of educating me about the process, and keeping me up to date and in the loop about my case. Matt was very transparent, diligent and aggressive, in making sure I was being treated fairly!” – Jeriel Bishop