Providing Skilled Legal Help with Motorcycle and Moped Accident Claims in Indianapolis
Attorneys who are passionate about protecting cyclists’ rights
Indiana summers are great for motorcycle rides, something hundreds of thousands of people across our state enjoy. However, this does come with some risks, because motorcyclists have substantially less protection than the average vehicle if an accident occurs. If another driver or poor road conditions caused your crash, a knowledgeable motorcycle accident attorney in Indianapolis can help. Attorneys Don and Charlie of Ward & Ward Law Firm can help you determine if you have a case against another driver, an insurance company, a government agency or other parties.
Risk factors for motorcycle riders
Generally, the risks for motorcyclists are higher than for drivers of most other motor vehicles. Other drivers often fail to consider a cyclist’s potential exposure to bodily injury due to lack of protection, and some people improperly harbor negative perceptions of bikers, which in turn makes them less tolerant of sharing the road with them. The number of accidents involving motorcycles in Indiana decreased by 5.9% between 2013 and 2014, although motorcycle collisions with fatalities increased by 8 percent. The following are some of the biggest risk factors for motorcycle riders:
Gender. Male fatalities were up 7.8% between 2013 – 2014 while female fatalities were reduced by 11.8% during the same period of time.
Age. Motorcyclists over the age of 30 have more accidents annually, and those 60 and over have the most.
Helmet. 38.4% of riders involved in collisions between the ages of 55 – 64 reported wearing helmets in 2014. Only 36.1% of those older than 64 reported wearing helmets. Fatalities were up an astounding 42.1% for those cyclists wearing helmets.
Alcohol Related. Operator fatalities with blood-alcohol between 0 .08 but less than 0 .15 were up 100% from 2013 – 2014.
Motorcyclists have to deal with bias
One issue motorcycle riders have to overcome is inherent bias against them from other drivers, witnesses, law enforcement officials, attorneys and courts. Whether they realize it or not, many people naturally want to blame the motorcyclist for an accident, because there’s a perception that they take unnecessary risks and are reckless. At Ward & Ward Law Firm, we know that’s not true. Even safe riders need to account for other drivers on the road. Taking every precaution possible can prevent an accident and demonstrate to others that motorcyclists in Indiana take safety seriously. Negative perceptions of cyclists are difficult to overcome, but a skilled personal injury lawyer can help keep the focus on the party at fault for an accident, performing thorough investigations and fighting for your rights at every turn.
Meet with an experienced Indianapolis motorcycle accident attorney to get started
Have you or a loved one been injured in a motorcycle accident? Don’t wait to call personal injury attorney, “Charlie Ward” at Ward & Ward Law Firm at 317-639-9501. We provide free initial consultations and are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week for emergency situations. Our office is located on South Meridian Street near Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. Ward & Ward Law Firm728 S Meridian StIndianapolis, IN 46225317-639-9501888-639-9501