Our Kentucky Motorcycle Accident Attorney Fights for Compensation
MOTORCYCLE WRECKS CAN RESULT IN SERIOUS INJURIES FOR BOTH OPERATORS AND PASSENGERS. KNOW WHO TO CALL.
Motorcycles are fun to ride, but they are no match for larger vehicles and offer little protection, so a motorcycle crash often results in serious injury and death to operators and passengers. Survivors may be left dealing with pain, increasing medical and rehabilitation bills, and loss of income from being unable to work. Costs keep mounting and life may never be the same, and it is difficult to know where to turn.
If you or a loved one has been injured or someone has died in a motorcycle accident due to another party’s negligence or fault, you may be entitled to compensation for the damages you received. However, Kentucky laws are complicated, there is a bias against motorcyclists to begin with, and insurance companies are out for profit and will do everything they can to try to pay out as little as possible. They have high powered lawyers on their side, working to deny or minimize your claim, so it is difficult to go up against them without having the help of an attorney who can fight for your rights and the compensation you deserve.
Kentucky motorcycle accident lawyer Billy Johnson has been riding motorcycles for years and understands the obstacles you face. He has fought for compensation for numerous motorcycle accident victims and can do the same for you. With a team of seasoned injury attorneys with deep ties to the local community, Billy Johnson fights hard for maximum compensation for every client. Our firm offers a free consultation to discuss the circumstances of your accident and determine the best way to move forward.
If you have suffered a motorcycle accident injury, call our office at (606) 437-4488 today to have a Kentucky motorcycle accident lawyer review your case for free.
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Our Motorcycle Accident Lawyers Work for You
Why Choose Us
There are many lawyers out there, and it is important to find one you feel comfortable with and who also has the experience and record of success you need. Here are some reasons why we feel you should choose the Johnson Law Firm:
- We know motorcycles. Kentucky motorcycle accident lawyer Billy Johnson has been an avid motorcycle enthusiast his whole life. He received his first motorcycle at the age of 5 and has been riding ever since. Billy has ridden all across the United States and has hands-on experience with a wide variety of motorcycles, although most of the time he prefers his Harley.
- We are experienced. Billy has handled all types of motorcycle injury claims, including wrongful death cases, in Kentucky and in other states.
- We know how to fight for our clients and hold negligent parties accountable and have won millions for our clients. Since 1998, we have handled thousands of difficult injury cases throughout Kentucky. We have a long record of success, including a $9 million negotiated pre-trial settlement in a truck accident case.
- We have helped many satisfied clients. You can read their testimonials here.
- We are local and have many offices throughout Kentucky, including one in Kentucky.
- We offer free consultations, and there are no fees to you unless and until we win a settlement.
At the Billy Johnson Law Firm, our track record demonstrates that we don’t settle for low-ball offers from insurance companies and will fight for the full compensation you deserve.
How Our Motorcycle Accident Attorneys Help You
When you hire our Billy Johnson Kentucky motorcycle accident attorneys, we will get to work for you immediately. We will:
- Meet with you to discuss how your accident happened, who the at fault parties may be, and determine how much compensation your case may be worth.
- Gather evidence, such as from accident scene photos and videos and police and medical records.
- Interview eyewitnesses, medical providers, and first responders.
- Utilize experts to reconstruct the accident as well as medical, life-care, disability, and rehabilitation experts to provide testimony as to your costs and the negative effects your injuries have on your life.
- File all paperwork and make court appearances.
- Handle dealings and negotiations with insurance companies and attorneys to reach a fair settlement.
- Build a case on your behalf and take it to court and present it in front of a jury if necessary.
Attorney Billy Johnson is committed to each one of his clients and their families, and he knows their future is at stake. Our firm has the legal knowledge and financial resources to build a powerful case on your behalf.
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Compensation Kentucky Motorcycle Accident Lawyers May Recover
In a successful case, our Kentucky motorcycle accident attorneys can win an award that compensates for all your “damages,” which are the losses you experience due to an injury. Negligent defendants can be held liable for both your economic or monetary losses and your noneconomic damages that do not have a specific dollar value but negatively impact your life. These may include:Economic damages for:
- Costs of medical and rehabilitative treatment and equipment such as wheelchairs, etc.
- Lost income, including loss of future income
- Transportation expenses and costs for medical care
- Funeral and burial costs in cases of wrongful death.
Non-economic damages for:
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish and emotional trauma
- Loss of quality and enjoyment of life
- Loss of consortium.
Although calculating non-economic damages presents challenges, our skilled Kentucky motorcycle accident lawyer knows how to help ensure their client’s losses are fully represented.
Kentucky Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Must Prove Negligence
Negligent Parties Could Owe You Compensation
Proving another party’s negligence is an essential part of any personal injury case. After an accident, no-fault personal injury protection (PIP) insurance may cover your losses up to the policy limit — if you have insurance. You can sue the driver or other negligent party who contributed to the accident (the defendant in the case), if you have greater damages than the policy limits or don’t have insurance.
Proving negligence legally means showing the existence of the following elements:
- Duty: The defendant had a duty of care not to cause harm.
- Beach; The defendant breached this duty by actions or failure to act.
- Cause: This breach caused the accident that resulted in your injuries.
- Damages: You suffered damages as a result.
Your motorcycle accident lawyer in Kentucky will collect the appropriate evidence for your case and analyze every piece to determine fault. In some cases, there may be multiple parties involved in the accident, complicating the case. We will look to name them all as defendants as they all may have insurance and assets that can go toward a settlement.
Our Motorcycle Lawyer Answers Your FAQs
After a serious motorcycle accident, it is natural to have many questions and concerns. While these are best addressed at your free consultation, our lawyers provide some answers to FAQs to get you started:
What Is the Statute of Limitations for Motorcycle Accident Claims?
Under Kentucky law, there is a time limit to file a personal injury claim after a motorcycle accident occurs. A person must file a lawsuit within two years of when an accident occurred. This deadline is a strict time limit, and filing beyond this statute of limitations will greatly inhibit the likelihood of your claim’s success. That’s why it is critical to speak with a Kentucky motorcycle accident lawyer as soon as you can after your accident.
What Are Some Common Injuries Following a Motorcycle Crash?
Following a motorcycle accident, riders and passengers can experience serious injuries. By design, motorcycles cannot offer much protection in a crash. They don’t have seatbelts or airbags, and their riders are often thrown off. The most common injuries include head injuries, broken bones, skin abrasion (also known as road rash), internal bleeding and trauma, and back, neck, and spinal cord injuries. While any motorcycle accident can cause traumatic injury and brain injury, wearing a helmet can reduce your likelihood of brain injuries and concussion.
Is Lane Splitting Legal in Kentucky?
Lane splitting describes the practice of driving a motorcycle between lanes of stopped or slowed cars. When traffic is heavy or stopped on a highway, for example, a motorcycle can fit between the two lanes of slowed cars in order to zip past congested traffic. Lane splitting is prohibited by law in many states. Kentucky traffic law does not specifically mention lane splitting. However, a police officer can still stop and cite any motorcyclist who’s driving in an unsafe manner. Lane splitting is dangerous because it limits the space for bikes and cars to maneuver. Drivers are also not expecting a motorcycle to pass between them.
What Motorcycle Equipment Is Required in Kentucky?
Under Kentucky law, all motorcycles must possess certain basic parts and safety equipment in order to drive on roads. Additionally, riders must carry registration and proof of liability insurance while riding. Motorcycles must have:
- Rearview mirror
- Muffler and tailpipe
- Front and rear brakes
- Brake light
- Turn signals.
Do Kentucky Motorcyclists Need to Carry Liability Insurance?
Kentucky requires all drivers to carry at least $10,000 of Personal Injury Protection (PIP) insurance. But this is not mandated for motorcycle riders, because Kentucky is a no-fault state. If you get into an accident, your insurance company is the one that pays your medical bills. However, motorcycle riders who don’t have PIP coverage are generally prohibited from collecting the basic $10,000 PIP coverage from any other parties who may be at fault for their motorcycle accident, even if those parties are proved to be negligent.
Can a Motorcycle Passenger File a Claim Following an Accident?
Yes. You can usually file an injury lawsuit against the driver of the motorcycle, or the driver of the vehicle that hit you, or maybe even both if each is responsible for a percentage of the accident. If you have PIP protection on your insurance, the amount of damages you are permitted to collect is not limited. Check with a Kentucky motorcycle accident lawyer during your consultation for a more detailed answer.
What Are Some Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents?
Distracted drivers, drivers who fail to yield the right of way, and intoxicated or impaired drivers can all cause motorcycle accidents. Motorcycle accidents can also occur due to hazardous weather and unsafe road conditions caused by debris, blind corners, loose gravel, and potholes. Motorcycles are susceptible to being rear-ended because they are able to stop more quickly than other motor vehicles. Crashes might also result from defective equipment or mechanical failure.
When you have Billy Johnson on your side, we will be there for you throughout the entire legal process, answering your questions and addressing your concerns.
WHAT SHOULD I DO AFTER A MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT?
If you’ve been involved in a motorcycle accident in Kentucky, there are several important steps to take. Ensuring that you and everyone involved in the accident is safe is the first step. Then, if possible, take steps toward improving your motorcycle accident claim.
- Seek emergency medical assistance.
- Collect driver information.
- Document accident damage.
- Receive a medical evaluation.
- Talk to your insurance company.
- Consult a motorcycle accident lawyer in Kentucky.
After a motorcycle accident, you or a witness should call 911 and get emergency medical assistance. A police officer should also file an accident report. As you’re able, collect the other driver’s contact information and insurance details and contact info from any witnesses.
Photos or video of the accident scene can be used to support your claim. Call your insurance company to report the accident. Even if you had no apparent injuries after the crash, a prompt medical evaluation could detect underlying injuries. Further, medical evaluation provides important documentation for your case. Before sharing details about your accident with insurance companies or other parties, call a Kentucky motorcycle accident lawyer. An experienced motorcycle accident attorney can guide you through the claims process and help secure your compensation.
An experienced motorcycle accident lawyer in Kentucky knows how to negotiate to recover fair and full compensation for your accident claim. Still, if an insurance company and its attorneys refuse to provide a fair settlement, taking your case to court could be necessary.
If this occurs, having a seasoned and resilient motorcycle accident lawyer on your side will be invaluable. Representing yourself in court is not recommended, as Kentucky motorcycle accident laws and personal injury laws can be complex. The other side will use its knowledge and experience to discredit your case. Instead, let a Kentucky motorcycle accident lawyer fight for you.
What Are the Helmet Laws In Kentucky?
Helmet laws vary among the states. Kentucky law requires helmets only for those riders age 21 and younger, riders who possess an instruction permit, and riders who have had their license for less than one year.
Wearing a helmet while riding a motorcycle is always recommended for both riders and passengers, regardless of the laws. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that, since 2002, more than 25,000 lives have been saved by motorcycle helmets.
Contact A Motorcycle Accident Lawyer In Kentucky Today
Attorney Billy Johnson has made it his life’s work to help people in Pike County and throughout Kentucky. A proven advocate with over 15 years of experience, Billy has handled litigation in state courts as well as the United States Court of Appeals, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky, the United States District Court for the Western District of Kentucky, and the United States Bankruptcy Court.
The Kentucky laws relating to motorcycle wrecks and other vehicle accidents are complex and can be confusing. You need a highly qualified and experienced motorcycle accident lawyer to protect your rights.
Get started today with a free, no-obligation case review by calling a motorcycle accident attorney at 606-437-4488. If you have a claim, you can trust that you have a knowledgeable attorney on your side.
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