A Motorcycle Accidents Lawyers Indianapolis, IN Trusts Provides Skilled Legal Help with Motorcycle and Moped Accident Claims
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.
When a Motorcyclist Is Hit by a DUI Motorist
Motorcyclists are vulnerable enough to negligent drivers, but when the other driver is driving under the influence (DUI) they may be at high risk for getting into an accident through no fault of their own. Our motorcycle accident lawyers at Ward & Ward Law Firm focuses a great deal on helping bikers who are victims of DUI motorist-caused collisions.
Catastrophic injuries for motorcyclists are more common than many people realize, even among those who enjoy riding. If you were injured while on your bike and you have reason to believe it wasn’t your fault, our motorcycle accident lawyers in Indianapolis, IN may be able to help you collect a substantial settlement for your damages. Call us for a free case review to find out more.
What Is a DUI?
A DUI is a criminal offense and if a law enforcement officer believes that a driver is in violation of the law which requires less than a certain percentage of alcohol, narcotics, or marijuana in the bloodstream, they can be pulled over. The officer may request the driver to submit to a field test to determine if they are impaired.
If an officer arrives at the scene of a collision and suspects that a driver was DUI, and if that driver is physically capable of doing so, the officer might perform a field sobriety test on that driver. However, the sad fact is that the damage by that driver is already done to the motorcyclist. In this scenario, our motorcycle accident lawyers can include positive results from any DUI tests in a claim against that driver to recover your damages.
If it is proven that the passenger vehicle driver was drunk, that in itself is not enough to prove that the driver was 100% responsible for causing the accident and your resulting injuries. To definitively prove negligence, additional evidence may be necessary. No two accidents are exactly alike and so our Indianapolis, IN motorcycle accident lawyers will consider the factors that make your accident unique. In response to what is necessary to build a solid personal injury claim, your lawyer may pursue the following evidence:
- Eyewitness statements about how the crash occurred.
- Physical evidence at the accident scene such as skid marks, damaged curbs and signage, etc.
- Medical diagnosis of your injury and a medical professional’s opinion as to how you likely incurred your injury.
Recovery of Damages
If you were hit by a car while riding your motorcycle, or you were forced to lay it down or drive into an object such as a concrete barrier, it’s likely totaled and beyond repair. This type of damage falls under the category of property damage. It’s usually a straightforward process to file a property damage claim with the other driver’s insurance company once their negligence is established.
What is more difficult, almost impossible in some cases, is to recover damages for your injuries. This is because the total dollar amount can be astronomical and insurance companies are notorious for trying to dodge their responsibility to pay out on a large claim. Our motorcycle accident lawyers can help you with this. If you would like to know more about how we can do this, and about the high dollar settlements we have negotiated for clients in the past, call our office without delay. Learn how motorcycle accidents lawyers Indianapolis, IN clients trust can make all the difference when it comes to recovering your damages.