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How Can I Avoid Injuries In a Motorcycle Accident?

William W. Hurst, Indianapolis Motorcycle Accident Lawyer

Motorcycle accidents are always serious and generally involve an increased risk of death and serious injury. The operator of a “bike” is much more “at risk” than the operator of 4-wheel vehicles.  Motorcycle accidents average Indianapolis Motorcycle Accident Lawyerabout 5,000 accidents per year according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The most recent statistics indicate that there are annually over 80,000 recorded injuries from crashes involving motorcycles. While motorcycles make up only 3% of all registered road vehicles in the United States.

It is documented by recent statistics that motorcycle riders are 30 times more likely than a passenger car occupant to die in a motor vehicle traffic crash, and 5 times more likely to be injured while riding a motorcycle than in a car crash.

Tragically 42% of motorcycle riders who died in a single vehicle crash in the United States in 2011 had illegal blood alcohol levels.  Almost 1 in 3 fatal motorcycle accidents are attributed to drinking and riding.

Helmets

There are several things that can be done to lessen the risk of injury while riding a bike.  One, of course, is helmet use.  Helmet use has been increasing slowly but steadily.  NITSA estimates that helmets saved the lives of 1,823 motorists in 2008 which means that if everybody had worn helmets an addition 1,823 lives could have been saved. Unfortunately most states, including Indiana, do not have helmet laws. For more information on why it is important to wear your motorcycle helmet follow the link.

Elimination of Rider Inexperience

1 out of 4 riders involved in fatal crashes in 2008 according to NITSA were driving with invalid licenses at the time of the accident.  There is no doubt that the more experienced the rider, the less likely it is that they will be involved in an accident. Both Skill of the motorcycle driver and his/her willingness to obey the laws affect the likelihood that they will Indianapolis Motorcycle Accident Lawyerbe involved in an accident.

Some states do have requirements and laws to mandate a rider education course and require special endorsements on driver’s licenses.  Various states have programs to increase motorist awareness of motorcycles and increase helmet use through education.

It has been recommended that all states should require motorcycle operator training for minors, novice and re-entry riders by qualified instructors.  GHSA urges states to support the use of DOT-certified helmets by motorcycle riders of all ages and oppose efforts to repeal or even reverse their helmet laws and adopt motorcycle helmet laws for all riders.  All states should require motorcyclists to obtain a motorcycle operator license endorsement before they ride on a public highway.

Avoid Drinking and Riding

The statistics show us that a huge percentage of all fatal accidents involving motorcycle riders involve alcohol as mentioned above. Not only does drinking impair your motor skills and reaction time, it also tends to make you take risks you would not otherwise take. Because of this, drunk riders are much more accident prone. DON’T DRINK AND DRIVE.

Speeding

While most bike riders will tell you that everyone thinks they’re speeding when they’re not, NITSA’s statistics claim that in 2008 35% of all motorcycle riders involved in fatal crashes were speeding compared to 23% for passenger car drivers.

Wear the Right Gear to Reduce Injuries

Riders wearing jeans, T-shirts and sandals are recipes for disaster.  You want to wear gear that will protect you from windchill, flying bugs, debris and road rash should you “slide out”.  Go for a leather or reinforced jacket, gloves, full pants and over-the-ankle footwear.

Always Ride Defensively

You need to be extra alert particularly watching for cars suddenly changing lanes and pulling out of side streets.  Never tailgate!  The majority of automobile drivers striking motorcycles claim they never saw the motorcycle until impact.  Wear clothes that  render you more visible and stay vigilant.

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Our Fees

It cost $0 up front to hire our office. We work on a contingency fee basis, which means you only pay us if we settle your case or obtain a verdict on your behalf.

If we’re unable to obtain a settlement of verdict for you we eat the costs we’ve advanced to litigate your case, which includes costs for ordering medical records, filing your case, hiring experts, deposing witnesses, and many other things.

If we do settle your case or obtain a verdict for you our standard rate is 33% of the settlement or verdict, plus reimbursement for the expense we’ve previously advanced. Our fee never increases like some personal injury attorneys, even if we have to take your case to trial.

Case Worth

As a victim, establishing damages, negotiating with the insurance company, or filing a lawsuit can be daunting and next to impossible without the assistance of an experienced lawyer. As a result, if you have been hurt in an accident, it is important that you contact an attorney as soon as possible to help you recover the compensation to which you are entitled under Indiana law.

Why Hire?

Choosing an attorney that has experience dealing with personal injury law is important to protect your legal rights. If you are trying to recover damages from a business or other type of organization, you can bet that they are going to have a legal team on their side.

Medical Bills

If you were injured by an accident you may be struggling to determine who is responsible for paying your medical bills and holding them accountable. Speak to an experienced personal injury lawyer at The Law Office of William W. Hurst and learn if we may be able to help.

Recovery

After you have been injured, you are entitled to compensation. The type and amount of compensation depends on the injury, bills, the cause of the injury, negligence/bad faith of the defendant, etc. The attorney you retain can also heavy influence your recovery through knowledge, experience, and dedication. Legal terms and phrases can be confusing even after you retain an attorney. If you have been injured, you may wonder how much your case is worth or what your “damages” are. The worse the injuries, the higher the value of the case and the greater need for an experienced attorney