Motorcyclists are some of the most vulnerable motorists on Indiana’s roads. Not only do they face the same hazards as other vehicles, but motorcycles are also more prone to certain types of accidents. Their small size and low profile make motorcycles less visible to other drivers—particularly when those other drivers aren’t paying attention like they should.
Attorney Randall “Randy” Sevenish understands the accident risks bikers face. This is because he not only represents victims of motorcycle accidents, but he is also an avid motorcyclist himself. He is a “Real Motorcycle Lawyer and Real Rider.” Bikers know they can trust him when they get hurt in an accident that was caused by someone else’s fault.
Have you been hurt in a motorcycle accident in Indianapolis or elsewhere in Indiana? Find out now how Mr. Sevenish can put his experience to work for you. Contact Sevenish Law Firm to tell us about your accident and how it happened. We will review your situation and give you advice about your legal options. Our consultations are always free and geared toward answering all of your questions.
Common Types of Motorcycle Crashes in Indiana
Different types of accidents threaten the health and safety of motorcyclists every time they get on the road, but one particular type of collision is especially frightening. Motorcycle broadside accidents often occur when the driver of a car, truck or SUV just doesn’t see a motorcycle at an intersection, merge ramp or other high-traffic area. Many times, when a driver doesn’t see someone on a motorcycle, it’s due to a general lack of awareness or care. Motorcycle broadside accident collisions are extremely dangerous because the impact throws the bike out of control, and the rider is very unlikely to come out of the accident without injury.
It’s common for motorcycle broadside or “T-bone” collisions to happen at intersections with posted signs. Drivers just don’t take the necessary time to spot oncoming vehicles before blowing through a stop sign. At stop lights, some drivers try to cross late during a yellow light or just ignore a red light altogether. Wrong-way accidents and other extremely hazardous situations can also cause broadside collisions. Some lower-speed broadsides even happen in today’s crowded, chaotic parking lots.
Bike accident awareness groups realize that while there are things that motorcycle riders can do to protect themselves, driver inattention is still at the core of this accident risk, and good enforcement of traffic laws will help lower the rates of broadside accidents.
As for bikers, motorcycle accident activists promote the use of headlights and good protective gear, as well as bright color choices for bikes. Motorcyclists should also engage in defensive driving so that they may be able to spot signs of inattention, carelessness or aggression in other drivers at intersections. Looking out for the risks of broadside collisions is necessary, and taking a few moments of precaution can save lives.
If you have been the victim in a motorcycle accident in which a driver broadsided your bike, call Sevenish Law Firm Our experienced Indiana motorcycle injury lawyers have been assisting bike accident victims for years. With attentive and professional legal assistance, Sevenish Law Firm will put together a strong motorcycle accident claim involving all of the key documentation and causal factors.
Motorcycle Accidents Caused by Hazardous Roads
Experienced motorcycle riders know there are many situations in which a road becomes hazardous for a bike. Although some accidents are a result of driver error, dangerous roads are the real cause of a lot of accidents. When considering whether unsafe roads contributed to a motorcycle accident, it’s helpful to understand that various parties, including states and municipalities are responsible for keeping roads in safe condition for all who use them. Issues such as poor maintenance, insufficient safeguards and other kinds of negligence could make roads hazardous for not just motorcycles but other drivers as well.
At Sevenish Law Firm, we're experienced with looking at the nuts and bolts of a motorcycle accident case. Our professional and investigative attorneys look for the wide spectrum of hazards that may be present at an accident site. We can research to determine whether sight distances or uneven grading were a factor in a crash.
We’ll look for conditions where a lack of signage may have kept drivers in the dark about hazards like lane transitions or curves. We’ll also consider surfacing problems like loose gravel or hazardous potholes that can affect a bike and cause a wreck.
If you have sustained injuries in an Indiana motorcycle accident that you believe was beyond your control, call Sevenish Law Firm, and we’ll look into the facts surrounding your case. We have a solid record of settlements and verdicts, and our clients have direct contact with an attorney, not a paralegal.
Motorcyclists Injured in Hit-and-Run Accidents
When motorcycle riders take their bikes out of the garage and onto the road, they often have some idea of the risks that bikers face on the open road. National and state statistics demonstrate some of the ways in which riders are vulnerable in traffic. Regardless of how much any rider prepares for the road, no one can predict what will happen, and one of the things that often takes drivers and police by surprise is a hit and run. When drivers cause accidents based on their own actions, some of them decide to flee the scene of the accident rather than face the consequences of driver inattention, negligence or other factors in a collision. When this happens, a terrible event gets worse as all parties involved struggle to deal with a legal situation in which the defendant is not present, or even identified.
Sometimes people injured in motorcycle accidents and other hit-and-run accidents don’t understand that although the hit-and-run driver might not be found, victims can still benefit from personal injury or wrongful death lawyers who will help them seek compensation for medical bills, lost wages and other costs of an accident.
Experienced motorcycle accident lawyers can explain whether a victim can access uninsured/underinsured motorist insurance for a particular accident or whether other parties have responsibility, such as an accident in which unsafe roads or bike defects were a contributing factor. A professional and knowledgeable attorney can guide a client through every step of a complicated motorcycle hit and run accident case.
At Sevenish Law Firm, we focus on helping motorcycle accident victims as well as other personal injury victims. Our motorcycle hit and run attorneys use knowledge of Indiana law, the details and documentation of your case and other tested strategies to help you build a solid injury claim.
Sevenish Law Firm has years of experience helping victims take on insurance companies and other parties to get the compensation they deserve. Helping people is the foundation of our firm. If you’re a victim of a motorcycle hit and run accident, contact us today to schedule a consultation to discuss your case.
Rear-End Collisions Involving Motorcycles
Rear-end accidents are one of the most dangerous types of collisions for motorcyclists who don’t have the same protections that they would inside a car or truck. Also, most state laws consider someone who rear-ends another vehicle to be at fault, and this is a common determination when insurance companies consider the facts of an accident. Nevertheless, negotiating a potentially complex motorcycle rear-end accident case often requires key documentation and an aggressive attorney who is not afraid to go up against insurance lawyers who may not have the best interests of the accident victim in mind.
When a motorcycle rider gets hit from behind, it’s not uncommon for that individual to sustain injuries, including spinal cord injuries, brain injuries or other severe injuries. Serious bodily harm like this can lead to lost wages or loss of livelihood while medical bills can pile up.
Professional personal injury law firms work with accident victims to help them get what they deserve under the law. Compensation often includes reimbursement for hospital bills, time away from work and pain and suffering. At Sevenish Law Firm, we have a solid record of settlements and verdicts for our clients. We will work proactively and with determination to help you get the damages to which you’re entitled under the law.
We’ve been protecting the rights of Indiana victims since 1985. If you experienced an injury in an Indiana motorcycle rear-end accident, contact us at Sevenish Law Firm today so we can schedule a consultation to discuss your case.
Motorcyclists Hurt by Drunk Drivers
Motorcycle riders who suffer injuries in accidents caused by drunk drivers face some of the worst risks of fatality or serious and disabling injuries. An impaired driver, whether due to alcohol or drugs, is more dangerous than almost any other hazard, not just for bikers, but for everyone else on the road. Professional drunk driving accident lawyers help clients deal with every factor in a motorcycle injury situation, including whether drunk driving plays a role in a motorcycle accident injury claim. At Sevenish Law Firm, we provide attention to detail and an examination of your case from all angles, including looking at whether another driver was inebriated or under the influence at the time of the accident.
We have experience dealing with comparative fault and other complicated insurance and legal issues that determine the outcome of a motorcycle accident case. We also know how to use all of the documentation from your accident, including the reported blood alcohol levels of each driver involved.
Even though a DUI accident can be a clear case of wrongful death or injury, the details of a case can be complicated. Lawyers representing motorcycle accident victims must provide clear documentation of an accident, and this may involve an independent medical exam that will become part of the case record. Here at Sevenish Law Firm, we will keep you informed throughout every step of the process, and we’ll advise you on the best ways to bring a motorcycle accident case. Helping people is the foundation of our firm.
We Can Help
If you or a loved one has been in a motorcycle accident in Indiana, call Sevenish Law Firm for a free consultation to discuss your rights under the law and what you should expect from your personal injury claim. We have a solid record of winning settlements and verdicts for our clients. Let us handle your motorcycle accident case and help you get the compensation you deserve.