How to File a Motorcycle Claim in Toledo, Ohio
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Legal Help for the Injured.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident, you need representation from a skilled Ohio personal injury attorney. The driver at fault and their insurance company will look to reduce what they owe and put the blame on you.
At Kisling, Nestico & Redick, we have the experience, skill, and resources to hold the right party accountable and obtain maximum compensation after a motorcycle accident.
Many of our lawyers have worked in the insurance industry or defending insurance claims and have a comprehensive understanding of how motorcycle accident claims work and what strategies insurance companies will use to try to fight your claim. That means our lawyers can anticipate the arguments the insurance companies and their lawyers will make and use that knowledge to build a strong case in your favor.
At KNR, we ask, “what more can we do?”
Motorcycle accidents can be very traumatic for the riders involved. Injuries can be catastrophic — or fatal — and families can be left shattered in the wake of a motorcycle crash. If you or a loved one was hurt in a motorcycle crash, you likely have many questions about your legal options and your future.
Ohio law provides motorcyclists with the same rights as other drivers on public roads. However, certain situations are highly dangerous for motorcycle riders. Careless or reckless drivers can easily cause a horrible accident with significant ramifications for motorcyclists.
If you have been hurt because another driver forced you to lay your bike down, you have the right to seek compensation from the negligent party. However, Ohio Revised Code section 2305 only allows for legal claims to be filed within two years.
If you or a loved one were hurt in any of the following, we can explain your options.
Our statewide practice is designed to make going through an injury claim more convenient and accessible for motorcycle injury victims. With 12 Ohio locations, KNR is a call or click away.
*KNR also serves Ohio’s rural counties & conducts consultations via Zoom.
Scenarios where drivers may fail to notice motorcycles include:
Lane splitting, on the other hand, is the act of driving in the middle of two lanes as you pass slow or stopped traffic. This is very dangerous and completely prohibited on Ohio roads. Lane splitting is not illegal in every state in the United States, and for this reason, some bikers traveling through Ohio will split two lanes of opposite traveling vehicles, unaware that they are breaking the law. Lane splitting often results in accidents such as head-on collisions, side-swipes, and being struck by opening car doors.
Of the many things that a lawyer would review to support a defective motorcycle liability case, some would include:
Never assume you don’t need medical attention if you are involved in a wreck. You should go to the hospital and see a doctor, even if you feel fine. Injuries, especially internal ones, tend to show up hours or even days later. It may be too late to file an insurance claim to cover your medical bills by that time.
Fight for Everything You’re Owed
You shouldn’t be forced to bear the financial cost of someone’s reckless or negligent behavior. Nor should you blindly accept a low-ball insurance offer. These companies only have their interests in mind. By accepting too little or forgoing your rights, you may suffer unnecessary stress and pain long after a motorcycle wreck.
When a motorcycle rider is seriously injured or killed because of the negligence of the driver of a passenger car or commercial truck, the rider, or his or her surviving family, may have a claim for compensation. In Ohio, compensation may include payments for:
In the event of a motorcycle-related death, a family may be able to recover wrongful death benefits including:
Our attorneys at Kisling, Nestico & Redick can help assess the factors that caused your accident, investigate the crash scene, and help you pursue max compensation, whether through negotiation with an insurance company or by taking your personal injury case to court.
Insurance companies often treat bikers unfairly in a blatant attempt to maximize profits by delaying or denying authentic claims for compensation. We will help determine and fully document what ta motorcycle crash cost you and what you will need to recover. This includes money for ongoing medical care, your pain and suffering, and any damage to your ability to earn a living.
Once we know what your injury and experiences are worth, we’ll aggressively pursue a motorcycle accident settlement that covers all of it.
While most motorcycle accident claims settle, sometimes victims are best served by filing a lawsuit and going to court. A lawsuit not only puts pressure on insurers to take your claim seriously. It also strengthens your argument by collecting evidence during discovery, depositing, and presenting expert testimony.
Our client was stopped on his motorcycle at a four-way stop, waiting for a school bus to turn…
What Makes KNR Special?
Devastating motorcycle accidents happen every day, and the victims need to recover the compensation they need to move on with their lives. Perhaps another driver was distracted, intoxicated, or speeding and failed to notice your bike. Regardless, you deserve legal representation that makes the process as easy for you and your family.