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.
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
Want to know more? Read our free White Paper: The Attorney You Choose Impacts the Settlement or Verdict of Your Motorcycle Accident Case. 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?
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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