While the weather is warm, it is a safe bet that you will see many motorcycles on our roads and highways. While motorcycle riding can be an enjoyable way to commute or spend free time, these vehicles can be dangerous and accidents involving motorcycles can cause serious injury and may even be fatal. Motorcycle riders are much more vulnerable to injury in the event of a collision than passenger vehicle occupants, due to the lack of a vehicle body surrounding the rider as well as the lack of restraints. According to recent reports, there were 3,551 collisions involving motorcycles in Indiana annually. Out of these, 2,421 involved injury and 117 were fatal. People who are involved in motorcycle accidents may be entitled to recovery through an Indiana negligence lawsuit.
Anyone involved in a motorcycle accident should contact an experienced Hammond, IN motorcycle accident attorney in order to determine whether they may have a claim. Possible damages in a motorcycle accident include medical expenses, loss of wages, pain and suffering, or property damage, just to name a few.
Despite efforts to increase motorist awareness and other public safety initiatives, the number of collisions involving motorcycles has remained relatively constant. The same is true for the proportion of these crashes that were fatal, caused injury, or property damage. Statistics show that female riders have a lower proportion of fatalities as a result of motorcycle accidents, but a higher proportion of injuries. When broken down by age, the most common age group to be involved in fatal motorcycle accidents are people age 40 to 49.
The good news for riders is that are specific steps a person can take in order to reduce their risk of being involved in a motorcycle accident. Some of these steps include the following:
If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, you should contact an experienced Indianapolis motorcycle accident lawyer as soon as possible. You should be sure to undergo a complete medical evaluation after an accident, to make sure your injuries are both properly treated and documented. Depending on the circumstances of your accident, another person or a company may be responsible for your injuries. If this is the case, you may be able to recover through an Indiana personal injury lawsuit.
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Don is a founding partner and one of the nation’s top-ranked personal injury litigators. He is a member of the Multi-million Dollar Advocates Forum, which includes less than 1% of the nation’s trial lawyers, and awarded the highest ranking given by Martindale Hubbel and AVVO.
More importantly, Don understands representing personal injury victims is about more than recovering the best settlement: it’s about helping clients get back on their feet and supporting them in every aspect of their recovery.
In nearly all cases, our clients seek compensation from the wrongdoer’s insurance company. Before forming Wruck Paupore, Jason worked for a prominent law firm representing some of the world’s largest insurers. This experience gives Jason a deep understanding of the insurance industry and the strategies it uses to pay injury victims as little as possible.
Jason -- and our entire team -- put this inside knowledge to work to force insurance companies to pay what is actually owed. Often, we use the insurance company’s own tactics against them as we fight for the full compensation our client deserves.
For more than four decades, Keith has been fighting for injury victims. During that time, he’s watched the insurance industry change, with insurers now more interested in protecting their stock price than treating injury victims fairly.
Since the beginning, Keith has put people first. From his childhood in Gary, Indiana during the 1960’s and working his way through law school, Keith has risen to become one of the Midwest’s most respected trial lawyers. He has never forgotten that being a lawyer is about helping people -- and seeing injury victims through struggles in a way that could change their lives forever.
Over the decades, Keith, Don and Jason have fought relentlessly for clients, even when other lawyers have said the case was impossible to win.