Motorcyclists are at a significant risk of injury every time they ride. Unlike a car or truck, motorcyclists are completely exposed to the elements and do not enjoy the increased safety that is afforded by features like airbags, seat belts, and crumple zones.
As a result, other than riding safely, the only thing that motorcyclists can do to reduce their risk of injury is to wear appropriate equipment, the most important of which is a Department of Transportation- approved helmet. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), helmets saved the lives of 1,772 motorcyclists in 2015 alone.
Unfortunately, even the best safety equipment prevent injuries in every motorcycle accident case, and each year thousands of motorcyclists are injured by the negligence of other motorists. When this occurs, injured victims can often recover compensation for the losses they sustain, including medical expenses, lost income, loss of quality of life, and physical and emotional pain and suffering. There are many forms of driver negligence that have the potential to result in serious motorcycle accidents, including the following:
- Distracted driving
- Drunk Driving
- Poor vehicle maintenance
- Drunk driving
- Following too closely
- Failure to signal turns or lane changes
- Weaving in and out of traffic
- Aggressive driving
- Road rage
After an accident, it is important for victims to take steps to ensure their rights are protected. If you are physically able to do so, you should take pictures of the aftermath of your accident and make note of anything that seems out of the ordinary. Look for damage to the other vehicles involved that seems likely to have existed prior to your accident. In addition, be sure to go see your doctor even if you do not think that your injuries are particularly serious. Finally be sure to speak with an attorney before you accept any settlement offers made by the insurance company or the other driver or drivers involved in your accident.
Contact an Indianapolis Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Today to Schedule a Free Case Evaluation
At the Fountain Law Firm, P.C., we have successfully helped many motorcycle accidents victims obtain the compensation they deserve for their injuries and related losses. To make sure that you receive all of the compensation to which you are entitled, it is important to have an experienced motorcycle accident attorney handling your case. Attorney Merry Fountain can help you today by meeting in her office or by meeting in your home. Call Merry Fountain anytime at 1-888-242-HURT (4878) for a free consultation.