Motorcycle Accidents Caused by Road Defects

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On the whole, motorcyclists are much more vulnerable than are drivers of other motor vehicles. Motorcyclists are directly exposed to the ground as well as to hazardous road conditions around them. Moreover, motorcycle operators must constantly use their balance in order to keep their motorcycles under control and move them forward.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has found that poor road conditions and maintenance are serious contributing factors to motorcycle accidents today. Road defects, including grooved pavement and potholes, can pose significant hazards to motorcycle operators and their passengers. These defects can cause motorcyclists to fall from their bikes, strike the ground (or another vehicle), and sustain serious injuries and damages.

If you have suffered serious injuries and other losses in a motorcycle accident that was caused by a defective road condition, you may be able to pursue monetary compensation. The Indianapolis motorcycle accident lawyers at The Law Office of William W. Hurst will review your case for free and advise you as to whether we believe you have a claim. If you choose to let us represent you, we will never collect legal fees unless we get you the compensation you deserve.

Roadway Hazards That Can Lead to Motorcycle Accidents

A variety of roadway hazards can lead to Indianapolis motorcycle accidents. Some of these common hazards include the following:

  • Hazardous road conditions at construction sites. Dangerous and defective road conditions are oftentimes prevalent around construction sites. These defects can include potholes, grooved pavement, and uneven pavement. Any of these defects can cause motorcycle operators or their passengers to fall from their motorcycles, strike the ground, and sustain serious injuries.
  • Defective road conditions. Motorcycle operators are oftentimes susceptible to poor road conditions. Poor road conditions can include not only potholes and other obvious roadway defects, but also unreasonably sharp curves, overgrown vegetation, and faded lane markings.
  • Debris on the roadway. Debris on roadways can include garbage, as well as larger pieces of debris like blown out tires or other discarded vehicle parts. When a motorcycle collides with a large piece of debris on the roadway, a serious collision with equally serious injuries can result.
  • Slick roadway conditions. Oftentimes, slick roadway materials, such as sealers for crack repairs, have the potential to decrease roadway traction. When these slick materials are used, they can lead to serious motorcycle accidents.
  • Roadway spills. When slippery substances are spilled onto the roadway, they can decrease roadway traction and lead to a serious motorcycle accident. These spills sometimes occur as part of another motor vehicle collision and are not cleaned up following the collision.
  • Missing road signs and signals. When road signs and signals are missing or defective, motorcyclists may not be able to anticipate or appreciate a hazard on the roadway, leading to a serious accident.

An experienced motorcycle accident lawyer at The Law Office of William W. Hurst can discuss how your accident occurred and determine your right to monetary recovery under the law.

Who Can Be Held Liable for Accidents Caused by Road Defects?

In some cases, motorcycle operators themselves and/or other motor vehicle drivers may be held responsible for motorcycle accidents. In road defect accident cases, however, other individuals or entities can share in some or all of the blame.

Indiana roadways are maintained by local, state, and federal governmental agencies. In some cases, motorcycle accident victims may be able to file a claim or lawsuit directly against a governmental entity, such as the City of Indianapolis, or the State of Indiana, for negligence. However, in cases filed against governmental entities, it is important to keep in mind that certain notice requirements may need to be met prior to filing a lawsuit. If you go ahead and file a lawsuit without following the proper protocol, your lawsuit could be subject to a dismissal.

In order to prove that a governmental entity was negligent, you must be able to show that it failed to reasonably maintain the roadway or failed to timely repair a defective road condition—and that this failure led to the subject motorcycle accident.

In addition to governmental entities, a construction company may also be held responsible for a single-vehicle motorcycle accident. This is especially true if the accident results from poorly performed construction work or inadequate signage around a construction site.

The skilled motorcycle accident lawyers at The Law Office of William W. Hurst can review your case and make sure that all of the proper defendants are named in any claim or lawsuit that is filed with the court system.

Recovery in a Motorcycle Accident Case

When road defects cause serious motorcycle accidents, the results can be catastrophic and deadly. Accident victims are often forced to undergo long and painful periods of medical treatment, physical therapy, and surgeries—all of which are compensable under Indiana law.

If you have sustained injuries in a motorcycle accident that resulted from a road defect, you may be able to recover the following types of monetary compensation:

  • Payment of all related medical, surgical, and physical therapy bills
  • Payment of all lost wages
  • Compensation for all of the pain and suffering associated with your injuries and medical treatment
  • Compensation for all related emotional distress, mental anguish, and psychological or psychiatric harm
  • Compensation for loss of use of a body part and loss of enjoyment of life caused by the motorcycle accident
  • Compensation for loss of spousal companionship and consortium resulting from injuries sustained in the accident

If you or a loved one suffered injuries and damages as a result of a serious motorcycle accident, the Indianapolis motorcycle accident lawyers at The Law Office of William W. Hurst can pursue all available forms of economic recovery on your behalf.

Call an Indianapolis Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Today for a Free Consultation and Case Evaluation

At The Law Office of William W. Hurst, our experienced attorneys understand the pain and inconvenience associated with injuries sustained in a serious motorcycle accident. We can help you prove fault in your accident case and assist you with pursuing every available avenue of damages.

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

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