As a motorcycle rider, you love the long, open roads across Nebraska. Whatever your motorcycle of choice is—sport bike, power cruiser, or touring bike—you ride to enjoy the journey as much as the destination. However, as an experienced rider, you also know that other motorists aren’t thrilled with having to share the road with you. When the thing you have feared finally happens and you are seriously injured in a crash with a car or truck, you need an attorney who will go to bat for you. Attorney Matt Lathrop represents motorcyclists and stands up for your right to the same duty of care as other motorists. Don’t trust your serious personal injury claim to just any lawyer. Trust our experienced motorcycle legal team to fight for the compensation you deserve from the at-fault driver’s insurance company.
How Drivers Cause Motorcycle Crashes in Nebraska
Motorcycles are clearly smaller and harder to see than full-sized cars and trucks, but that does not excuse drivers from keeping an eye out for them. Sometimes, crashes are caused by driver inattention and negligence, and sometimes they are caused by driver aggression and resentment. Here are a few of the common causes of motorcycle crashes in Omaha:
- Driver mistakes. When a driver fails to check his blind spot before changing lanes, runs a stop sign, makes a turn without looking for through traffic, or does not allow enough following distance in front of him, he is more likely to cause an accident with a motorcycle than with another vehicle. The biker is also more likely to be seriously injured than the occupant of another car would be.
- Driver distraction. Glancing down at a text, reaching to adjust the GPS, eating a meal out of your lap, and talking to passengers instead of watching the road are all common ways distracted driving can lead to a crash with a motorcycle.
- Drunk driving. Impaired drivers are less attentive, have slower reaction times, and are less likely to see a motorcycle—particularly at night when most drunk driving crashes occur.
- Speeding & reckless driving. If a speeding or reckless driver hits a motorcycle, the force of the impact is likely to cause serious and potentially fatal injuries to the rider. Driving at a high rate of speed also makes it less likely that the driver will see a motorcycle and stop before a collision occurs.
- Fatigued driving. Drowsy drivers have no idea what’s happening around them. They may doze off and cross the center line or veer into another lane. If a motorcycle happens to be in the path, the rider is at great risk of a serious injury.
- Aggressive driving & road rage. Aggressive drivers follow other vehicles too closely, weave in and out of traffic, and sometimes purposely target motorcycles because they see them as an annoyance. These dangerous actions can cause catastrophic crashes.
No matter what kind of negligent actions on the part of the driver caused your motorcycle crash, Matt Lathrop will investigate and prepare your case for trial to get you the compensation you deserve.
Matt Lathrop Is Always Prepared for Trial
When it comes to taking a negligent driver and his insurance company to court, Matt’s philosophy is Test, Never Guess. That means he will test out evidence, testimony, medical records, and potential exhibits with focus groups multiple times before he ever goes to trial to build the most convincing case. Because of this meticulous preparation, he is often able to negotiate the maximum possible settlement without ever going to trial. Not many personal injury attorneys in Nebraska are trial attorneys, but we are not like other personal injury law firms. When you are injured in a motorcycle crash that was not your fault, our team will give you the time, attention, and fearless work ethic your claim deserves.