June 29, 2016 | Motorcycle Accidents
If you are a passenger on a motorcycle that gets into an accident, you likely sustained some serious or even life-threatening injuries. Depending on the specifics of the crash, a passenger might have the ability to recover accident damages against the motorcycle operator or other vehicle that was involved.
Where the motorcycle is the only vehicle involved in the accident, the passenger’s claim is typically against the motorcycle operator. However, it could also be against the motorcycle maker and/or a governmental agency.
As in any negligence case, the individual bringing the insurance claim needs to be able to show two things in order to win the case: who was at fault (liability) and how badly they were injured (damages).
There are two primary causes of one-vehicle motorcycle mishaps:
A two-vehicle motorbike accident can occur even when the motorbike does not really hit another vehicle such as when a vehicle cuts off the path of the bike in traffic and causes the motorcyclist to crash. In that case, the car driver is most likely liable for any damages owed to the motorcyclist and any traveler.
Due to the severe nature of motorcycle accidents, a passenger will likely sustain severe injury even in a small accident including:
On a per mile basis, motorcyclists are around 16 times more likely than the passengers of an automobile to suffer deadly injuries in an accident, reports the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration  (NHTSA). According to the Centers for Disease Control  (CDC), nearly 200,000 people are treated in emergency centers each year for injuries suffered while riding a motorcycle. Motorcyclists have a 4 times higher risk of suffering injuries. Head injury is the leading reason for disability or casualty in motorbike crashes, highlighting the importance for both a motorcyclist and their passenger to wear a helmet while riding.
If you were a passenger who was injured in a motorcycle accident, it is important to speak to an Indianapolis motorcycle accident attorney as soon as possible. Any motorcycle accident can result in serious and life-long injuries making it important for the victim to receive all of the compensation to which they are entitled. At the Fountain Law Firm, P.C., Merry Fountain has helped many victims obtain the recovery they deserve for their injuries and related losses. Lawyer Merry Fountain is an experienced Indianapolis motorcycle accident lawyer who is ready to help you today by meeting in her office or in your home. Call Merry Fountain anytime at 1-888- 242-HURT (4878) for a free consultation.