Kentucky Motorcycle Accident Lawyers
Experienced representation in Lexington and Louisville for injured motorcyclists
As a motorcyclist, you are automatically at an increased risk of suffering catastrophic injuries if your bike crashes. Without the protection of a vehicle frame surrounding you, it is not uncommon for motorcyclists to endure loss of limbs, traumatic brain damage, spinal cord injuries, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), among other serious injuries.
If you suspect that someone else is to blame for the injuries you sustained in your motorcycle accident, you may be entitled to financial compensation for your suffering and losses. Your Kentucky motorcycle accident lawyer at Wilt & Associates, PLLC will work diligently to see that you are not taken advantage of by the insurance company and that you are awarded fairly for the losses you’ve been forced to cope with. Let us help you hold the at-fault party accountable. Contact us in Lexington or Louisville today.
How can we help today?
- What are common motorcycle accident injuries?
- How do you establish fault in a Kentucky motorcycle accident?
- What is comparative negligence in Kentucky?
- What if my passenger caused my motorcycle accident?
- What are Kentucky’s motorcycle helmet laws?
- What is the value of my Kentucky motorcycle accident claim?
- Do you have a motorcycle accident attorney near me?
What are common motorcycle accident injuries?
According to the Kentucky Office of Highway Safety, 88 fatal motorcycle accidents occurred here in 2021, up from 74 in 2020. Seventeen of these accidents happened in Louisville, and six in Lexington. Further, 65 of the motorcyclists killed were not wearing helmets.
Because of the nature of motorcycles and their lack of protection, riders often suffer catastrophic injuries in an accident. They can be thrown from their bikes into traffic or under their own motorcycles, causing severe physical trauma including:
- Traumatic amputations and limb loss
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Lacerations and cuts
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Bone fractures and breaks
- Severe burns and road rash
- Spinal cord injuries and paralysis
- Back, shoulder, and neck injuries
Our attorneys work with your physicians and our network of professionals to determine how your injuries are affecting your life, and how they will continue affecting your life in the future.
How do you establish fault in a Kentucky motorcycle accident?
Establishing fault is paramount to the success of your Kentucky injury claim because without it, there will be no one to compensate you for your losses. In motorcycle accidents, figuring out who is to blame can often prove to be a challenge. Many times, it is due to unsafe driving practices, such as driving aggressively, being too tired to drive, distracted driving, or operating a vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
However, the driver of the vehicle that hit you isn’t always the one responsible for causing the collision. In some cases, you may have wrecked your motorcycle and no other vehicle was even involved.
Our Kentucky personal injury lawyers can talk about your situation in more detail in a free consultation at one of our offices in Louisville or Lexington.
What is comparative negligence in Kentucky?
Motorcycle accident survivors who think they may have contributed to the cause of their accident may be reluctant to sue. They often believe that they simply don’t have a case if they are partially at fault. However, this is untrue – here’s why.
Here in Kentucky, the civil law system operates under something called “comparative negligence,” which means you can still file your claim and receive compensation for your losses, but the amount you receive will take into account your portion of shared fault. Let’s take a closer look at an example of Kentucky comparative negligence in action:
James took his bike out for a ride one sunny afternoon when he was suddenly struck by a driver who was speeding. James wasn’t wearing a helmet when he suffered a traumatic brain injury, so the judge found him to be 25% to blame for the cause of his injuries. When the jury awarded him $1 million for his losses, his award was reduced by 25%, and his final injury settlement totaled $750,000.
As you see, the greater your award, the more shared fault laws will influence the outcome of your case. However, do not let this stop you from seeking the repayment you may be entitled to, as many awards are often still sizable after the shared fault deduction. You can speak with your attorney in greater detail about the individual details of your Kentucky case and how your award could be affected by shared fault. Our attorneys do everything they can to maximize the amount of compensation to which you are entitled.
What if I’m a passenger injured in a motorcycle accident?
Passengers on motorcycles may also be entitled to compensation if they are injured in a wreck. Depending on who caused the accident, you may be able to recover damages from the operator (of the bike you were on) and/or any drivers involved. If you have Personal Injury Protection (PIP) in your own policy, you can use that money to pay your bills while we work to establish liability.
Your driver, we know, is likely a friend or family member, and the last thing you want to do is rock the boat with your civil claim. However, if you are entitled to compensation, their relationship with you should not limit the amount you are able to recover. Our Kentucky motorcycle accident attorneys will do everything possible to secure the best possible outcome for you. Talk to a member of our team today to find out how we can help with your situation.
What are Kentucky’s motorcycle helmet laws?
As long as you are 21 years of age or older and have had your motorcycle license for at least one year, you are under no legal obligation to wear a helmet when operating your bike in Kentucky. With that being said, making the decision to not wear a helmet means you will likely have your award reduced proportionally, as per the state of Kentucky’s comparative fault laws.
What is the value of my Kentucky motorcycle accident claim?
We are champions for victims of motorcycle crashes and we will stand by your side from the beginning until the end. Our attorneys will jump through the hoops insurance companies make you go through and build a bulletproof case to obtain the best possible outcome.
We do not hesitate to stand up to insurers and fight for benefits. As former defense attorneys, we know how to obtain the compensation you are entitled to receive and cover expenses related to:
- Property damage
- Medical bills
- Wage loss
- Rehabilitation services and equipment
- Miscellaneous expenses related to your injuries
- Pain and suffering
In some cases, our attorneys also seek punitive damages. Punitive damages are an award issued by the court to the injury victim that go above and beyond their damages. Their purpose is to punish the liable party, set an example for the public, and prevent similar instances from occurring in the future.
Do you have a motorcycle accident attorney near me?
Wilt & Associates has offices in Louisville and Lexington:
If you or your loved one are too injured or ill to travel to us, we can arrange a phone or video conference. We also make hospital visits when necessary.
Trustworthy Kentucky motorcycle lawyers on your side
The injuries from a bike crash can permanently impact your life. If you’ve been dealing with the consequences of a motorcycle accident and are interested in discussing your legal options, talk to the Kentucky attorneys at Wilt & Associates today. Former and current clients can attest to our track record of favorable results. There is a reason we are the go-to law firm for motorcycle accident victims. We will always put your needs, goals and future first. Please call 502-253-9110 or fill out our contact form to schedule a no-fee consultation. We maintain offices in Lexington and Louisville, and proudly serve clients throughout Kentucky.