More and more people are riding motorcycles these days. Part of the reason is the increase in gas prices. At the same time, according to the Indiana Bureau of motor vehicles, people are not taking the time to get the proper training and licensing they need to ride.
Not surprisingly , then, the number of motorcycle accidents are up. In 2012 (the latest year in which complete statistics are available), there were 2935 crashes, compared to 2850 the year before.
The number of Indiana people who were killed by motorcycle and moped accidents was up to 152 in 2012, compared to 118 in 2011. This is the most fatalities in almost 40 years.
Many of these cyclists were not wearing helmets. The Indiana criminal justice Institute says wearing helmets reduces fatality rates by more than 30 percent. In fact, not wearing a helmet is one of three things that are the main cause of motorcycle collisions. Another is drivers who are impaired by drugs or alcohol. Finally, about half of the fatalities were drivers who were not even legally allowed to drive. Too many more of these accidents and fatalities are caused by the negligence of another driver who collides with a motorcycle. This is where an Indianapolis motorcycle accident attorney can help.
If you were involved in a motorcycle accident, it’s likely you suffered devastating injuries. Because motorcycles offer little protection, a rider can incur numerous physical injuries to all parts of the body, including broken bones, amputations, severe skin abrasions (commonly known as road rash), brain and spinal injuries, and even death.
A motorcycle accident lawsuit is complex and requires an experienced personal injury attorney. The Fountain Law Firm is experienced in representing bikers and the unique difficulties that their cases present.
How Motorcycle Injuries Can Affect Your Life
Any type of traumatic injury can disrupt your life and cause pain and financial losses. Even injuries that heal relatively quickly can result in substantial losses and catastrophic injuries can change the quality of your life forever. The following are only some of the many ways that severe injuries can affect you:
- Create an overwhelming pile of medical bills
- Require you to undergo ongoing medical treatments
- Cause you to miss work and lose wages
- Permanently impact your earning potential
- Cause physical pain and suffering
- Leave you with permanent disfigurement or scarring
- Cause long-lasting cognitive or physical impairments
Some losses from motorcycle accident injuries can be proven by presenting medical bills, pay stubs, and other documents. However, other losses are not so concrete and can be more difficult to evaluate. For example, determining the costs you will incur for a lifetime of medical treatment for a permanent injury will require the analysis of medical experts. In addition, occupational and financial experts may be needed to determine the amount of compensation you deserve for lost earning power, permanent disabilities, and more.
Fountain Law Firm has all the resources needed to determine the value of your case and to seek the maximum amount that you deserve after a motorcycle crash and a serious injury.
Holding Negligent Drivers Liable for Motorcycle Accidents
Many motorcycle accidents happen because a driver was negligent in some way. Negligence occurs when a driver violates the duty of care they have to drive their vehicles in a safe manner. This includes drivers of passenger cars, commercial vehicle drivers, and also motorcyclists.
Immediately following a motorcycle accident, the insurance company will begin their investigation by obtaining recorded statements, interviewing witnesses, photographing the scene, obtaining a copy of the police report – typically within the first week of the accident. This may not be in your best interest.
While an insurance adjuster may be friendly and appear helpful, remember that the adjuster works for the other person’s insurance company. Establishing the appropriate value of your claim for personal injury involves evaluating the nature and extent of the injury, the losses that are recoverable and the liability issues related to the accident.
Preserving evidence after an accident is crucial, especially after a motorcycle accident. Reconstructing the scene can be difficult and requires an experienced professional. Proper reconstruction can mean the difference between winning and losing a case.
You can help by preserving vital information. If possible:
- Take pictures of your injuries…. BEFORE you begin healing.
- Take pictures of and keep your helmet and motorcycle gear.
- Take pictures of the accident scene – road shot, skid marks, broken glass, various angles, including close-ups.
- Do NOT fix your motorcycle.
The Fountain Law Firm can help you obtain the maximum amount available by law in Indiana for:
- Damage to your motorcycle and Gear
- Lost income and potential future income
- Funeral expenses relating to the loss of a loved one
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
As an accident victim myself, I know what you’re going through and that you may feel lost and unsure of whom to trust. I know it’s overwhelming — where do you even start? Before I was an attorney, I was injured in an auto accident. My hand was broken and I had facial scarring and neck pain from the accident. It seemed natural to work with the insurance company. I thought they would keep my best interest at heart and help me. Unfortunately, I quickly learned that was not the case and I promptly hired an attorney to protect me.
Indianapolis Motorcycle Accident Attorney Merry Fountain Can Help
If you’re unsure about your case, a FREE consultation can provide you with peace of mind. As an experienced Indianapolis motorcycle accident lawyer, I will personally ensure that you understand your rights, your options, and the legal consequences of your decisions before proceeding. I am committed to obtaining the best possible settlement for you.