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Motorcycles and Labor Day Traffic: What to Do When the Last Ride of Summer Turns Tragic

Labor Day Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Indiana

Labor Day weekend marks the end of summer, and motorcycle rides are a great way to celebrate. Joining in a scheduled ride on Labor Day can provide a final opportunity for a summer ride, while also benefiting local charities. Last Labor Day weekend, 25 percent of Americans took a vacation, and 86 percent of them traveled by cars.

With this increased number of drivers on the roads, the risk for motorcycle accidents is high. If you plan to ride your motorcycle this holiday weekend, make sure to take extra precaution. However, if you do sustain any injuries due to the negligent or reckless behavior of another driver, contact the Law Office of William W. Hurst as soon as possible to speak with one of our experienced personal injury attorneys. You may be entitled to compensation.

Common Reasons for Motorcycle Accidents

Motorcycles constitute a small minority of vehicles on America’s roadways. In fact, motorcycles make up only 3 percent of all registered vehicles in the United States. Along with being outnumbered, motorcycle riders suffer from a disadvantage due to a variety of contributing factors, including:

  • Size – Motorcycles are small, generally much smaller than other vehicles.
  • Blind spots – When a driver’s view is obstructed, either by blind spots or other vehicles.
  • Movements – When a driver doesn’t anticipate a motorcycle rider’s movements.
  • Distraction – When drivers are distracted by smartphones, eating, or other activities.
  • Drunk driving – Labor Day weekend, along with Memorial Day and the Fourth of July, ranks among the deadliest holidays for traffic accidents.

Most accidents occur when a driver fails to yield the right-of-way to a motorcyclist. Regardless of the cause, a majority of motorcycle accidents are preventable. When a driver fails to safely share the roads or use caution when around motorcycles, that driver is negligent and should be held accountable.

Common Types of Injuries

A motorcycle is no match for a car, truck, or other full-sized vehicle. During a collision, the motorcycle rider usually experiences the most severe injuries due to limited protection. The most common types of injuries that occur during a motorcycle accident with another vehicle are:

  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Back and neck injuries
  • Bone fractures and breaks

In some accidents, a rider may be killed instantly, or die later as a result of injuries sustained in the accident. If you’ve lost a loved one in a motorcycle accident that was due to someone else’s negligence or reckless behavior, you may be eligible to file a wrongful death claim. Contact us right away to discuss your options.

An Indianapolis, Indiana, Motorcycle Injury Lawyer

Whether riding alone or with a large group, motorcycle riders enjoy the same rights as other drivers. During busy holiday weekends, like Labor Day, increased traffic often leads to road rage, distracted driving, and more opportunities for accidents.

Motorcycle rides provide a relaxing way to unwind and enjoy the scenery of Indiana. However, when a driver fails to share the road and causes an accident, your relaxing adventure can turn tragic. If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident, you should contact a personal injury attorney immediately. Contact the Law Office of William W. Hurst today at (317) 636-0808, or online, to schedule a free consultation with one of our experienced attorneys. Don’t delay—the sooner we are able to evaluate the validity of your case, the sooner we can begin to develop the appropriate case strategy.

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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.

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