Helping Victims of Head-on Motorcycle Accidents Recover Compensation

Head-on motorcycle accidents can result in catastrophic injuries that can often lead to long-term consequence. These accidents frequently produce catastrophic injuries because motorcycle operators and their passengers are directly exposed to the ground and the rest of the world around them. They have no protective covering surrounding them except for their helmets, which offer only limited protection.

When the front end of a high-speed car or truck collides with the front end of a motorcycle, the massive amount of force can kill the motorcyclist instantly or cause him or her to fall from the motorcycle. In some cases, the collision may cause the motorcycle to flip over, resulting in serious injuries or death.

If you or a loved one has sustained injuries in a head-on motorcycle accident, you need experienced legal representation on your side. The skilled Indianapolis head-on motorcycle accident lawyers at The Law Office of William W. Hurst can help you pursue monetary recovery in your personal injury case.

Common Causes of Head-on Motorcycle Accidents

Head-on motorcycle accidents oftentimes occur when drivers operate their passenger vehicles in a careless and reckless manner—or while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Some of the most common causes of head-on motorcycle accidents in Indianapolis include:

  • Drunk and drugged driving – Instead of using the phrases “driving under the influence”—or DUI—when referring to drunk driving, Indiana uses the term “operating while intoxicated,” or OWI. Indiana drivers may not operate their motor vehicles with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08 percent or higher, with a schedule I or schedule II controlled substance of any amount in their systems, or while intoxicated by alcohol or drugs. When drivers operate their motor vehicles while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, they significantly increase their chances of causing a head-on collision. This is primarily because alcohol can slow a driver’s reaction time and significantly impair their vision while driving.
  • Violating traffic laws – Speed limits and other rules of the road are in place for one reason: to keep motor vehicle drivers (including themselves) and pedestrians safe. When motor vehicle operators violate these traffic laws, they are more likely to cause motor vehicle accidents, including head-on motorcycle accidents.
  • Fatigued driving – When drivers (especially tractor-trailer drivers) operate their motor vehicles while fatigued, they increase their chances of causing a serious accident. If a driver falls asleep at the wheel he or she may veer across the double line and into opposing traffic, causing a head-on collision with a motorcycle.
  • Distracted driving – Distracted driving can take a variety of forms, including cell phones and other electronic devices in the vehicle, small children in the vehicle, and loud music playing in the vehicle. Making phone calls and texting while driving are especially dangerous, since these activities can easily shift a driver’s focus away from the road, potentially resulting in a head-on collision with another vehicle.

The Indianapolis head-on motorcycle accident lawyers at The Law Office of William W. Hurst can review the circumstances of your accident with you and determine whether you are eligible for monetary compensation.

Injuries Sustained in Head-on Motorcycle Accident Cases

Head-on motorcycle accidents can result in serious injuries and damages to motorcycle operators and their passengers. These accidents usually occur at high rates of speed, and the force of the impact can cause a motorcycle operator or passenger to fall to the ground hard. Common injuries sustained in head-on motorcycle accidents include the following:

  • Fractures and broken bones
  • Spinal cord injuries (often resulting in paralysis)
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Soft tissue injuries
  • Death of a motorcycle operator or passenger

The skilled Indianapolis head-on motorcycle accident lawyers at The Law Office of William W. Hurst can review your case with you and help you seek monetary compensation for your injuries and damages.

Legal Liability in Head-on Motorcycle Collision Cases

When a driver engages in drunk or drugged driving, distracted driving, fatigued driving, or some other negligent act, he or she can be held accountable for a head-on collision with a motorcycle. In addition, the offending driver can be held responsible for any injuries (or deaths) which occur and which are related to the accident.

In order to show that another driver was negligent for causing a head-on collision, the motorcycle accident victim must show that the driver behaved unreasonably and that this violation of the standard of care directly resulted in the motorcycle accident. The accident victim must also be able to show that the head-on collision resulted in all of the injuries and damages complained of. Compensable damages available to victims of head-on collision cases include medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, emotional distress, mental anguish, and loss of enjoyment of life.

The Indianapolis head-on motorcycle accident lawyers at The Law Office of William W. Hurst may be able to help you prove fault and damages in your personal injury case.

Wrongful Death Arising out of a Head-on Motorcycle Collision

In some cases, head-on motorcycle collision cases can result in the death of a motorcycle operator or passenger. In that case, the decedent’s family members may be able to pursue a wrongful death claim against the owner or operator of the motor vehicle. In a wrongful death case, the surviving family members may be able to recover damages for the decedent’s funeral expenses, as well as damages for all of the pain and suffering which the decedent experienced up until the time of his or her death.

Contact an Indianapolis Head-on Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Today to Discuss Your Case

Head-on motorcycle accidents can result in a lifetime of pain, suffering, and inconvenience. If you have sustained injuries in an Indianapolis head-on motorcycle accident, the lawyers at The Law Office of William W. Hurst can negotiate with the insurance company on your behalf. If your case does not settle, our attorneys can aggressively litigate your case to a conclusion.

To schedule a free consultation and case evaluation with an Indianapolis head-on motorcycle accident lawyer, call us today at (317) 636-0808, or contact us online.

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