Indianapolis Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
The top rated law office of William “Bill” Hurst, located in downtown Indianapolis, can provide you with an experienced Indianapolis motorcycle accident lawyer. These experience Indianapolis motorcycle accident lawyers are experienced in pursuing claims for seriously injured or killed “bikers.” They will do all things necessary to achieve the best possible results.
As a result of our experience in representing injured bikers in Indiana, we know that the vast majority of motorcycle accidents are not caused by the motorcyclist, but by inattentive drivers who say they didn’t see the motorcycle. When you combine auto driver inattention with a bike’s lack of protection, you have a recipe for disaster. If you or a loved one has been involved in this type of accident contact an experienced Indianapolis motorcycle accident lawyer immediately.
According to Indiana State Police statistics, motorcycles comprised 1.3% of total vehicles involved in all collisions in 2012, but 13% of vehicles involved in fatal collisions and had the highest rate of fatal crashes for any category of vehicle at 35.4 fatalities for every 1,000 collisions. Collisions involving motorcycles increased 15.6 percent in 2012 while fatal collisions involving motorcycles increased 24.8% to 146, leaving 151 “bikers” dead. Riders with incapacitating injuries rose 11% in 2012, to 614. Additionally, the serious injury percentage in single vehicle motorcycle collisions has been increasing since 2008 and is reached a 5 year high in 2012, with 21.3% of all riders involved in collisions receiving serious injuries. Overall more than 3,400 cyclists involved in collisions experience some sort of injury or death in 2012. It is important to contact an experience Indianapolis motorcycle accident lawyer right away if you or a loved on are injured in one of these devastating accident.
Common Causes of Motor Cycle Accidents:
- Poor weather conditions;
- Not utilizing a turn signal;
- Lane splitting, i.e. when a motorcyclist drives between two lanes;
- Ignoring traffic conditions;
- Ignoring traffic signs;
- Disobeying speed limitations;
- Driving on the wrong side of the road;
- Not seeing a motorcyclist due to glare or other view obstructions;
- Inexperienced motorists;
- Driving while under the influence of drugs;
- Vehicle defects;
- Roadway defects;
- Intentional hostile actions.
There are a number of ways to reduce or prevent injuries if you are involved in a motorcycle accident. Check out some helpful resources regarding motorcycle riding and the Indiana BMV Motorcycle Operator Manual. If you would like information on training courses, visit the Motorcycle Safety website or find a rider course in your state.
Wear a Helmet to Help Prevent Motorcycle Accident Injury
Did you know that according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration study DOT-compliant motorcycle helmet use decrease from 67% in 2009 to 60% in 2013? This decrease in helmet usage may help to explain the rising fatality rates in motorcycle crashes. In 2012 only 29 people in Indiana who were wearing a helmet died as a result of a motorcycle collision, while 116 who were not lost their lives.
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According to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration a motorcyclist not wearing a helmet is 40% more likely to die of a head injury and 15% more likely to suffer a nonfatal injury than one who wears a helmet. It is estimated that helmets reduce the likelihood of a crash fatality by 37 percent.
Indiana, like a number of other states, has a helmet requirement law on the books, but it only applies to those under 18 years of age. Indiana Code Section 9-19-7-1-1 states: “An Individual less than eighteen (18) years of age who is operating or riding on a motorcycle shall do the following: (1) Wear protective headgear meeting the minimum standards set by the bureau and (2) Wear protective glasses, goggles, or transparent face shields.” If you would like to know more about these laws contact an experience Indianapolis motorcycle accident lawyer.
Common Serious Motorcycle Crash Injuries
Injuries from motorcycle accidents are often more severe and debilitating than those suffered by the driver of the car or truck. Leg, ankle, and foot injuries are the most common; brain injury, spinal cord injury and wrongful death are the most severe. Premature death is all too common, tragically depriving families of riders who are often in the prime of life.
Victims of motorcycle accidents face unique challenges when they try to get the compensation they deserve. An experienced Indianapolis motorcycle accident lawyer will know how to handle these cases. We know how to overcome these obstacles to see you that receive the compensation you need for your injuries and financial loss:
- Most motorcycle insurance policies severely limit medical coverage.
- The dynamics of motorcycles are different from other types of vehicles so conditions that a car or truck might be able to maneuver can be deadly for a motorcycle.
- The public’s misconceptions about motorcycles and motorcyclist can make a jury trial for an injury case more difficult (another good reason to work with a lawyer who has extensive trial experience).
Seek Help from an Experienced Indianapolis Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a motorcycle accident, contact a top rated Indianapolis motorcycle accident lawyer at the Law Office of William Hurst for a free consultation and case evaluation orcall us toll free at 1(800)636-0808. We have been helping Indiana family members and victims of motorcycle accidents and ATV (all-terrain vehicle) accidents recover fair financial settlements for over 35 years. Put our skill and experience to work for you and your family.¡Hablamos Español!
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