Motorcycles are fun to ride. The wind is blowing through the rider's hair and they feel free on the roadway. However, motorcycle accidents can cause significant injuries and death because there is not much physical protection for the rider or passenger. The number one cause of a motorcycle accident is the failure of the other driver to actually see the bike. This usually happens when the driver of a car or truck is making a right turn out of Side Street or shopping center or a left turn across the right of way. Typically, these drivers look right past or through the motorcycle driver and the crash occurs.
In 2011, Indiana had 2,850 people involved in motorcycle moped crashes. Of these, almost 2000 people were injured and 96 people died. Additionally, Indiana saw 959 people injured on mopeds with 22 people dying from their injuries.
Why It's Important to see an Indiana Motorcycle Accident Attorney Immediately
If you or a family member has been injured in a Northwest Indiana motorcycle accident because the other driver did not paying attention or was otherwise careless or negligent, you should consult with one of our attorneys as soon as possible. Motorcycle accident cases are not car accident cases and an injured motorcyclist has their back up against the wall from the time of the accident because of negative stereotypes that go along with motorcycles. The typical Indiana juror equates a motorcyclist with a “biker”, the young kid on the crotch rocket weaving in and out of stop and go traffic on Interstate 80 or Interstate 65, or simply somebody who is reckless. The truth is most motorcyclists are conscientious drivers who have much greater defensive driving skills than 95% of the people on the road. However, insurance companies do not treat motorcyclists fairly because of these unfounded stereotypes.
Injuries Following Motorcycle Accidents
Motorcycle accidents typically have higher rates of death and serious injury than other traffic accidents because of the lack of physical protection. These injuries include broken bones in the arms, legs and pelvis, facial injuries, road rash, head injuries, brain injuries including fracture skulls and bleeding on the brain, spinal cord damage, injuries to the internal organs including the heart, lungs, liver and spleen, and sometimes death. Medical costs in motorcycle accident cases can range from the 10s of thousands to a couple hundred thousand dollars. Because of these issues, it is important to consult one of our Indiana motorcycle attorneys ASAP. The sooner we are retained, the sooner we can preserve the evidence, speak to witnesses and assist the client in getting the appropriate medical care.
Our Indiana motorcycle accident lawyers have the experience to sort through these complicated issues and stand up to the insurance companies and fight for a fair and equitable settlement. If you or someone you know has been injured in a motorcycle accident, call us at (219) 874-4878 to speak to a Michigan City Indiana lawyer experienced in handling motorcycle claims. Fill out the internet consultation box to the right if you have any questions.