Kansas Motorcycle Accident Lawyers
Kansas Motorcycle Accident Claims
Motorcycle accidents often result in severe injuries or fatalities. When these accidents happen, injured victims and their families need to do everything they can to make sure they receive the compensation they rightfully deserve for their related losses, including medical bills, lost income, and pain and suffering. You and your family's future depend on it.
Your recovery can be a long and difficult process; getting justice shouldn't be. The problem is many insurance companies blame motorcyclists for causing accidents involving other vehicles, even when the evidence shows that this isn’t the case. These companies cling to an outdated—and false—perception of motorcyclists as reckless drivers who put themselves and others at risk. What's frustrating is many people in Kansas who do not ride motorcycles share this stereotypical and incorrect belief that all or most motorcyclists are daredevils. The insurance companies will try to use that to their advantage when dealing with accident claims.
At Bretz Injury Law, we know the truth. We know that most motorcyclists are safe, law-abiding citizens who obey the rules of the road. That is why our Kansas motorcycle accident attorneys vigorously fight for the rights of injured motorcyclists throughout the state. With offices in Hutchinson, Salina, Wichita, Garden City, Dodge City, Liberal, and Hays, we are ready to meet with you and discuss your rights and legal options.
Bretz Injury Law has successfully handled many notable cases, including a $50 million wrongful death settlement and a $23 million settlement in an injury case involving a motorcycle accident. In total, our firm has recovered more than $300 million in settlements and verdicts on behalf of our clients.
Ways to Prevent a Motorcycle Accident
- Wear visible gear
- Don't drink and drive
- Don't speed
- Avoid bad weather
- Don't lane split
What to do After a Motorcycle Accident
- Contact the police
- Report all injuries
- Take photos if possible
- Seek medical treatment
- Never sign anything without talking to a lawyer
- Obtain a copy of a police report
- Keep good records after the accident
- Contact Bretz Injury Law
Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
Most people automatically blame motorcyclists when they are involved in collisions with other vehicles. At Bretz Injury Law, we know that this isn’t always the truth. In fact, most motorcycle accidents happen because another driver didn't see the motorcyclist or simply wasn't paying attention. That's no excuse—just because a driver doesn't see someone on a motorcycle, this does not excuse their reckless driving. Motorists need to be held responsible for their actions.
Some of the most common causes of motorcycle accidents include:
- Aggressive driving
- Distracted driving/inattention
- Dangerous turns
- Unlawful passing
- Drunk driving
- Following too closely/tailgating
- Failing to yield the right of way
- Merging in front of a motorcyclist
- Opening a car door into a motorcyclist’s path
- Reckless driving
- Road rage
- Disobeying stop signs, signals, and other traffic control devices
If you were injured or a lost a loved one in a motorcycle accident and you believe someone else was to blame, contact our law firm right away. In Kansas, it may be possible to step outside the no-fault system and bring a lawsuit against the at-fault driver, but it is important that you have an experienced personal injury attorney by your side who can protect your rights and best interests.
Common Motorcycle Accident Injuries
Because motorcyclists are relatively unprotected, even when they wear safety gear like helmets and heavy clothing, motorcycle accident-related injuries are often extremely severe and sometimes even fatal. Statistically, motorcyclists are hundreds of times more likely to be injured in an accident than someone in a passenger vehicle.
Some of the most common injuries caused by motorcycle accidents include:
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
- Road rash (scrapes, cuts, and bruises caused from sliding on the road)
- Broken bones
- Spinal cord injuries
- Internal bleeding and organ damage
The cost of treating these injuries can easily exceed hundreds of thousands or even millions of dollars. On top of this, catastrophically injured victims will likely be unable to return to work for weeks, months, or even the rest of their lives.
At Bretz Injury Law, we fight to help motorcycle accident victims recover fair compensation for all of their physical, emotional, and financial losses. Our Kansas motorcycle accident lawyer knows how to build powerful claims and aggressively negotiate with insurance companies for fair settlements, but when this is not possible, we are fully prepared to represent our clients at trial.
Why Hire a Motorcycle Accident Attorney?
Even if the other driver clearly caused your accident, there is no guarantee that you will receive the compensation you rightfully deserve for your motorcycle accident. The other driver might try to blame you for causing the accident or the insurance company may offer a lowball settlement that fails to consider your ongoing and future losses. Additionally, if you cannot prove that your injuries meet the state’s “serious injury threshold,” you will not be able to recover for non-economic damages, such as pain and suffering and diminished quality of life.
When you have an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer on your side, you can take an aggressive approach right from the start. Your attorney will begin gathering evidence and challenging accusations against you or a loved one who has been injured or killed in a motorcycle accident. Throughout the process, your attorney will be there to provide answers to your questions and advice regarding your next steps. At Bretz Injury Law, we take a personalized approach to every case, offering attentive legal services and innovative strategies aimed at securing the best possible outcome in your unique case.
What Kind of Compensation Can Be Received?
- Compensation for medical expenses
- Compensation for income lost after the accident
- Compensation for repair or replacement of your motorcycle
- Compensation for pain and suffering
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Injured in a Motorcycle Accident? Contact Bretz Injury Law for a Free Consultation
We understand the challenges you are up against, as well as the many that still lay ahead. With our team by your side, you can focus on what matters most—healing and moving forward with your life. Our attorneys will work with the insurance company on your behalf, negotiating for a fair settlement under your PIP coverage. If necessary, we are prepared to file a lawsuit against the at-fault driver and seek full and fair recovery for your damages at trial.
Throughout the process, we will be there for you every step of the way. We strive to remain accessible to our clients and attentive to their unique needs. Our compassionate team can answer your questions and address your concerns 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We provide free initial consultations and contingency fees, meaning you do not owe any out-of-pocket expenses when you work with our firm. Our attorneys are only paid if you are.
Do motorcyclists in Kansas have to wear helmets?
Motorcyclists under 18 years old in Kansas must wear a helmet. Motorcyclists over 18 years old are not required to wear a helmet in Kansas.
Should I contact my insurance company after my motorcycle accident?
Yes, but stick to the basic facts when talking to your insurance company. Tell them things like who was involved and when/where the crash happened. Do not get into issues of fault. If you say the wrong thing—even to your own insurance company—you may harm your chances of getting a fair settlement.
What should I do if an insurance company offers me money for my accident?
Do not accept an offer without first discussing the details of the proposed agreement with our law firm. We can examine the proposal and help you decide if a financial offer for your motorcycle accident makes the most sense in your specific case.
Should I file a lawsuit if I'm injured in a motorcycle accident?
That depends. Filing a motorcycle accident lawsuit might be the best way to recover compensation for your accident. Most cases, however, can be settled. Many victims prefer a fair settlement over going to court. To learn more about all the legal options available to you, contact Bretz Injury Law to arrange a free consultation. We are available to discuss the details of your situation over the phone, meet at our office, or set up a time to meet at your home, in the hospital, or another location that is convenient for you.
How Long Do You Have to File a Motorcycle Accident Claim in Kansas?
You have a limited amount of time to take legal action after your motorcycle accident. In most situations, the statute of limitations for taking legal action in Kansas after a motorcycle accident is two years. There are some exceptions that allow you even less time to act. It is important that you act quickly so that you do not lose your right to seek compensation for your damages. Contact Bretz Injury Law in Hutchinson, Salina, Wichita, Garden City, Dodge City, Liberal, or Hays right away to learn how our lawyers can help you protect your rights and fight for the maximum compensation you are owed.