Skilled Jackson Motorcycle Accident Attorneys Fighting for Fair Compensation
Protecting the rights of injured Mississippi riders and passengers since 1982
Motorcycles represent an intriguing paradox. For the rider, they represent a sense of freedom and adventure on the open road. But the same vehicle that can provide an exhilarating experience, is unable to protect the rider if they should end up in a crash with another motor vehicle. Again, the rider might desire the feeling or riding down the highway with the sun on their face and the wind in their hair, but without the protection of a DOT-approved helmet, they could suffer serious and often life-threatening head injuries if they get into a collision. Without the protection afforded to passenger vehicles or trucks, motorcyclists are vulnerable to serious injuries and they are more likely to be hurt than the occupants in a car in a collision.
At Merkel & Cocke, P.A., we understand the different challenges motorcycle riders face when pursuing compensation for an injury in an accident that was no their fault. We know that insurance companies do not always have an open mind when it comes to motorcycle accident cases. Our Jackson injury lawyers come in armed with the facts, with a thorough investigation and with solid evidence of the defendant’s fault in your case. You never pay for a consultation with us and you never pay attorney fees until we are successful at recovering compensation for our clients who have been injured.
Am I required to wear a motorcycle helmet in Jackson, MS?
Some people bristle at the idea that the law can infringe on their happiness and require that they wear a motorcycle helmet. Mississippi has a universal helmet law, which requires all motorcycle riders to wear a helmet. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that universal helmet laws are effective at increasing helmet use, and that motorcycle helmets are effective in protecting motorcycle riders’ heads in a crash. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) reports that there were 4,976 motorcyclist deaths in the U.S. in 2016, which is up from 4,736 deaths the previous year and 13% of all motor vehicle deaths.
Examples of motorcycle accident injuries
Given that motorcycles provide no protection for the rider, when they end up in a crash the injuries can be devastating. Some of the typical injuries that motorcycle rider suffer in a crash might include:
- Head injuries
- Traumatic brain injury
- Back and neck injury
- Road rash
- Leg, foot and ankle injuries
- Strains and sprains
How can I tell what a good settlement amount for my motorcycle accident?
It is impossible to know what your motorcycle injury case is worth at the beginning. Every case is different, and until a full investigation has been completed and until your medical treatment has been completed, you will not be able to get a valid number. Some of the factors that go into determining the estimated value of your claim include:
- The extent of your injuries
- The duration of medical treatments
- How much time you have lost at work
- The emotional impact of the accident and injuries
Working with a skilled motorcycle accident attorney can give you the confidence that comes from knowing that you have a strong advocate by your side who will fight for the compensation you need.
Schedule a consultation with a Jackson motorcycle accident lawyer today
If you have been injured in a motorcycle crash because of another driver’s negligence, the skilled team of Jackson motorcycle accident attorneys at Merkel & Cocke work together to create the best strategy for your case. With our legal team, you benefit from more than 200 years of collective legal experience and insight on your case. From our office in Jackson, we serve injured clients throughout Mississippi, Tennessee and Arkansas. Call us at 662-799-1633 or complete our contact form to schedule a free initial consultation right away.