According to recent data released by the Indiana University Public Policy Institute, 2,322 motorcyclists sustained injuries and 100 motorcyclists died in collisions in 2016. Motorcycle accidents often leave victims with extremely serious injuries, largely because riders lack the protections offered by the body of a car or truck. When motorcyclists are involved in a crash, they are often thrown from their bikes and slammed into the ground, other vehicles, or even trees or buildings in the vicinity.
When Are Motorcyclists Entitled to Compensation?
If you were hurt in a motorcycle accident, you may wonder whether you may recover compensation for the injuries you suffered. This is completely understandable, since motorcycle accidents can leave a person with significant medical expenses, vehicle repair bills, pain and suffering, and lost income.
Under Indiana law, people who are hurt in accidents that are caused by the negligence of others are typically able to recover compensation for these and other losses they suffer. Negligence refers to a person’s failure to act with the degree of care that would ordinarily be used by a person in the same or similar circumstances. A variety of people, agencies, and business entities could potentially be held responsible for serious, injury-causing motorcycle accidents; examples include the following:
- Other motorists: Other motorists are perhaps the most common cause of motorcycle crashes. This is the often the result of the other motorist speeding, driving distracted, driving impaired, or failing to follow traffic laws. Drivers of vehicles frequently do not see them because they aren’t paying attention. Insurance companies frequently try to blame the collision on the motorcyclist.
- Motorcycle manufacturers: In some cases, motorcycle accidents are caused by problems with the motorcycle itself or the way it was built and marketed. Typically, these problems involve defects in the motorcycle’s design, manufacture, or safety warnings. When these defects cause injuries, victims can often hold manufacturers liable for any losses they experienced.
Call Attorney Merry Fountain Today for a Free Consultation About Your Indiana Motorcycle Accident
If you were injured in a motorcycle accident and are unsure about whether you have a legal case, a FREE consultation can provide you with peace of mind. As an experienced Indiana motorcycle accident lawyer, Merry Fountain will personally ensure that you understand your rights, your options, and the legal consequences of your decisions before proceeding. She is a skilled advocate for motorcycle accident victims. There is no fee until you receive your personal injury settlement, and she will help you with your separate claims for your motorcycle and damaged gear free of charge.
If you are looking for an Injury Law Attorney in the greater Indy area—Indianapolis, Carmel, Fishers, Westfield, Zionsville, Brownsburg, Avon, Kokomo, Lebanon—Merry Fountain is here to help! You can call her anytime at 1-888-242-HURT (4878), or simply click Tell Us About Your Case for a free consultation.