A Motorcycle Accident Attorney Can Help Your Case
The personal injury attorneys with The Advocates have been representing motorcycle accident victims for decades. We understand how disastrous motorcycle collisions can be, particularly for bikers and their families.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle crash in Omaha, Lincoln, or elsewhere in Nebraska and need a competent, caring attorney for your personal injury claim, contact The Advocates for a free consultation. We are standing by, ready to help you get on the road to recovery.
Frequently Asked Questions
Not every accident requires an attorney. However, if the accident resulted in injuries or significant property damage, it is a good idea to contact a lawyer. An experienced personal injury attorney can help you navigate the claims process, which can be lengthy and complex. Your attorney will build your case, keep track of your medical records, negotiate with insurance companies, and represent you in court if necessary. Studies have shown that accident victims who hire a personal injury lawyer can receive settlements up to 3.5 times larger than if they settled on their own.
The best way to know if you have a case is to speak with an attorney. The Advocates offer free consultations—you can speak with a qualified legal team to understand what your case is worth without paying a dime. Once you have decided to hire an Advocate, we will investigate your accident to firmly establish liability.
Your initial consultation with us is always 100% free. There are never any upfront costs or hidden fees when you hire The Advocates.
Our attorneys work on a contingency basis, which means that our attorney fees are calculated as a percentage of your settlement. You will not pay us unless we win your case, and you receive a settlement.
Every personal injury case is different. There is no one-size-fits-all solution to accident claims. The length of the claims process will depend on the severity of your injuries, the willingness of the other party to settle, the court’s caseload, and more.
In general, personal injury cases can take anywhere from several months to a few years. It’s important to contact an attorney as soon as possible to get your case started. Each state has a statute of limitations for personal injury cases, after which you will lose your right of action.
When you hire The Advocates, we will begin investigating your accident immediately while you finish medical treatment. Once all evidence and medical records have been compiled, your attorney will send a demand letter to the other party’s insurance company. At this point, negotiations will begin.
In many cases, a settlement can be reached during negotiations. If the other party refuses to make a fair offer, you may choose to file a suit. In the litigation phase, your attorney will represent you in court in front of a judge, jury, and/or arbitrator.
A Team of Legal Professionals Assigned to Your Case
For nearly 30 years, The Advocates have helped thousands of personal injury victims receive the compensation and care they deserve after their accidents, and we are prepared to do the same for you.
We can help you:
- Investigate your accident
- Gather evidence, police reports, and medical records
- Negotiate with insurance companies
- Take your case to court if necessary
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- No need to schedule an appointment
- No need to wait for an email response
- Free online consultation
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My experience with the advocates was a good one. After being hit by a car on my motorcycle they helped me with a settlement with the insurance company to get the hospital bills paid. They were extremely helpful. They always answered any questions I had with in a day. Every email I sent was always responded to. If you unfortunately has to go through a injury by another person I would recommend them in helping you resolve any debt you have because if that injury. The Advocates were great to work with and help me get this unfortunate event behind me.
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Nebraska Motorcycle Accident Statistics
Where do motorcycle deaths occur?
- The highest numbers of accident fatalities occur in Lancaster, Douglas, and Sarpy counties
- The large majority of motorcycle accidents occur June-September, as there are more motorcycle riders on the road during these months
- Most fatal accidents in Nebraska occur in rural areas
- Over the last two decades, the number of motorcycle accident fatalities in Nebraska has more than doubled
Nebraska motorcycle accident statistics
- Motorcycle crashes make up less than 1% of all motor vehicle accidents in Nebraska, but they represent more than 10% of fatal accidents
- Over 80% of motorcycle accident victims are male
- Around 30% of motorcycle crashes happen at intersections
- According to the NHTSA, nearly 40% of motorcycles killed in accidents in Nebraska have a BAC of 0.08 or greater
Common causes of motorcycle accidents
- Failure to see the motorcyclist: After many accidents, drivers of passenger vehicles claim they did not see the motorcycle rider in the moments leading up to the crash. Motorcyclists should be sure to stay out of blind spots, and drivers should always look twice for bikers
- Distracted driving: Drivers of motor vehicles become much more dangerous and unpredictable when using a cell phone, eating, or participating in any other activity that takes focus away from driving
- Impaired driving: Accidents are far more likely to happen when the driver or motorcycle rider is under the influence
- Failure to yield the right-of-way: Motorcycles have all the same rights and responsibilities as other motorists, and should be treated accordingly
- Speeding: When drivers or bikers are traveling too quickly for conditions, it gives them less time to react to hazards. Accidents that occur at high speeds are far more likely to lead to serious injuries or death
Common motorcycle accident injuries
Depending on the nature of your accident and the protective gear you were wearing at the time, motorcycle crashes can lead to catastrophic injuries, or even fatalities. Some common injuries after motorcycle accidents include:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Broken bones
- Broken or missing teeth
- Ligament tears or strains
- Lacerations and bruising (“road rash”)
Nebraska Motorcycle Laws
What is a “motorcycle” under Nebraska law?
In the state of Nebraska, a motorcycle is defined as a vehicle that:
- Is powered by a motor
- Has a seat or saddle for the operator
- Travels on not more than 3 wheels in contact with the ground
This definition includes autocycles, but does not include mopeds, e-bikes, or tractors.
Is lane splitting legal in Nebraska?
Lane splitting, or the practice of motorcycles sharing lanes with passenger vehicles to reduce traffic congestion, is illegal in Nebraska.
Are helmets required for motorcyclists in Nebraska?
Any operator or passenger of a motorcycle must wear a helmet while riding in Nebraska. The helmet must have the following features:
- A chin strap
The helmet must also meet or exceed the US Department of Transportation’s standards for motorcycle helmets.
What licenses must a motorcyclist have to ride on public roads?
A motorcyclist must obtain a Class M motorcycle license in order to operate a motorcycle in Nebraska. To obtain the license, a rider must:
- Pass a vision test
- Hold a Provisional Operator’s Permit OR pass both written and skills tests
- Pay a $24 fee every 5 years
What equipment must a motorcycle have to be street legal?
A motorcycle must be equipped with the following in order to ride on Nebraska roadways:
- At least one, and not more than two, headlamps visible from at least 500 feet
- Tail light visible from at least 500 feet
- A horn audible from at least 200 feet
- Working turn signals
- A lighted license plate
- A muffler
- Footrests for passengers
What is the number of persons allowed on a motorcycle?
A motorcycle may only carry as many passengers as it was designed to seat. This means that the operator and passenger must both sit astride a permanent, regular seat. Passengers must also have footrests.
When Should I Hire a Motorcycle Injury Attorney?
If you were injured in a motorcycle accident, you will need to prove liability in order to obtain a settlement. Nebraska is a comparative negligence state, meaning that both drivers may be found partially responsible for the accident. You may not be more than 50% at-fault in order to file a claim. Your claim will be reduced according to the level of responsibility you had in causing the accident.
The at-fault driver’s insurance company will do whatever they can to keep you from getting a fair settlement offer. They may fight you at every turn, refusing to compensate you for the damages you incurred after your accident.
The Advocates’ personal injury law firm understands that when recovering from injuries, the last thing you want to do is fight with insurance adjusters or worry about whether your bills will get paid. We have decades of experience helping accident victims obtain fair settlements, and we are ready to help you too.
We are here for you every step of the way, from helping you get your motorcycle repaired to explaining your medical bills. The Advocates truly care about you and your recovery, and our goal is the same as yours: a successful motorcycle accident claim. Contact us today for a free case evaluation. You deserve personalized legal help that is based on your needs. You deserve an Advocate.
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