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Warm Weather: Collision Course for Motorcycles?

Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Indianapolis

With warm weather beckoning, roads are busier than ever. While there are more people out and about generally, warmer temperatures are particularly appealing to motorcyclists. Unfortunately, that increases risks for riders, drivers, passengers, and pedestrians. With National Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month coming up in May, now is a great time for both riders and drivers to focus on safety.

If you ride a motorcycle, you know how much fun riding can be: cruising the highway, feeling speed and power underneath. But you also know how dangerous motorcycling is, for riders and others. Safe motorcycling takes skill, balance, coordination, and good judgment. It’s a lifelong learning process.

Sobering Facts

Renegade Motorcyclists? Not Always. Car Drivers Bear Responsibility Too

Most vehicles on the road are not motorcycles: they are cars, vans, and trucks. Most drivers do not think about or notice motorcycles. Why not?

  • Compared to other vehicles, motorcycles are small and not easily seen
  • The driver can’t easily see the motorcycle, due to obstructions, blind spots or other vehicles
  • Drivers aren’t expecting the motorcycle’s movements
  • Driver distractions

No Surprise, Cell Phones Are Distraction #1

Cell phones are a significant source of rider and driver distraction. They’re everywhere, nearly all of the time. Interestingly, we all notice other drivers distracted from talking or texting while driving. But not surprisingly, most drivers don’t recognize when they are the culprits.

Interesting, new technology gives drivers a false sense of security and causes more distractions than ever before. You know those “infotainment” dashboards with hands-free technology? Most drivers assume that manufacturers install them for safety. False: they are for convenience, for slick marketing, and to sell more cars.

Helpful Tips for Motorcyclist Safety

These may seem like common sense, but they are important reminders. To stay safer:

  • Wear a helmet! Even if your state doesn’t require a helmet, wear it. Helmets save lives
  • Make sure your bike fits
  • Don’t drink and ride
  • Take courses. Keep learning
  • Watch out for road hazards (gravel, potholes, oil, puddles, debris)
  • Know weather conditions
  • Watch out for other drivers (drive defensively)
  • Be extra careful with a passenger
  • Use headlights
  • Assume you can’t be seen
  • Be courteous
  • Wear bright, easily visible clothing, and goggles

Schedule a Free Case Evaluation with an Indianapolis Personal Injury Attorney Today

If you’ve been injured in a motorcycle accident, you should speak to an attorney as soon as you can. At The Law Office of William Hurst, we are committed to helping injured victims obtain justice and know how to deal with insurance companies who only care about their bottom line. To schedule a free case evaluation with one of motorcycle accident lawyers in Indianapolis, call our office today at (317) 636-0808 or send us an email through our online contact form.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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