Indiana has a robust motorcyclist community, but too many motorcycle accidents occur in Indiana each year. In recent years, thousands of accidents and over 100 fatalities have occurred. If the community is going to thrive, the number of accidents will have to decrease.
Victims of motorcycle accidents and the families of deceased victims can help decrease the number of accidents by holding the responsible parties accountable. If you (or a family member) are a motorcycle accident victim, our firm can help you file legal action for accountability and compensation.
Statistics of Indiana Motorcycle Accidents
In 2019, Indiana University released motorcycle accident statistics for recent years. The stats show 2,681 collisions and 101 fatal collisions in 2018, the most recent year when accounting was completed. This is tragic, but these numbers are generally fewer than in prior years. Crashes involving fatalities and injuries have declined about 7 percent yearly since 2014.
The decline in numbers is encouraging for the motorcyclist community. However, there are still thousands of accidents each year, so more must be done to prevent them.
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Common Causes Motorcycle Accidents in Indiana
Generally, among different age groups, older riders are involved in the highest number of fatal motorcycle accidents in Indiana. This might be due to a slower reaction time, overconfidence that comes with years of riding, or less helmet use since riders over 18 are not legally required to wear a helmet.
However, much of the time, car drivers and other vehicle drivers are to blame for accidents. These drivers may have been negligent by:
- Driving while intoxicated/impaired: This is a leading cause of fatal accidents in the U.S. Thousands of people die each year in the country due to intoxicated or impaired driving.
- Driving while distracted: Many drivers use the internet, text, or use a navigation system while driving, despite how it distracts them.
- Driving aggressively: Speeding, running red lights, and ignoring the right of way are all examples of aggressive driving.
- Inattentional blindness: This occurs when a driver does not notice and react to a motorcyclist in plain sight, possibly because the driver is used to checking for larger vehicles, like cars, and not smaller vehicles, like motorcycles.
Other Potential Causes of Motorcycle Crashes
It is not just drivers who can be responsible for motorcycle accidents. It can also be corporate or even government entities. For example, a company may be responsible for an accident if a truck driver hits a motorcyclist and the trucker is an employee. Alternatively, the local government may be responsible for your accident if they neglected to clear the road of debris, and this debris caused you to wipe out.
What Can Be Done to Prevent Motorcycle Accidents in Indiana?
The government of Indiana and local governments can help prevent motorcycle accidents throughout the state, but accident victims, families of victims, and motorcycle accident attorneys can also help.
For example, you can file a personal injury or wrongful death claim or lawsuit to hold the responsible party in your case accountable, which may help prevent further accidents. A motorcycle accident lawyer from our firm can help you with your claim or suit.
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What Can a Lawyer Do for My Motorcycle Accident Case?
You do not have to pursue an action and compensation on your own. Instead, you can leave your entire case to a motorcycle accident attorney from our firm. Your attorney will take on each task in your case, including:
- Investigating your accident
- Uncovering evidence for your case
- Corroborating your evidence with witness/expert testimony
- Identifying the responsible party (or parties)
- Establishing the responsible party’s negligence and liability
- Determining what your damages are, such as your medical bills and your pain and suffering
- Valuating your damages, including your financial and non-financial damages
- Negotiating your settlement with the party’s insurance company
- Litigating your case if the insurer does not make a fair settlement offer
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About Our Indiana Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
Randy Sevenish is the Lawyer Who Rides. He is an Indiana personal injury attorney, so he knows how to handle motorcycle accident and other personal injury cases. He is also an avid motorcyclist, so he knows about the common obstacles motorcyclists face during the insurance claim process and how to navigate those obstacles. He has helped many clients like you, so he has the experience you would want in an attorney.
Additionally, Randy knows the many advantages of working with a motorcycle accident attorney in Indiana. You may struggle to represent yourself and recover a fair settlement on your own, and you have nothing to lose by working with Randy since he will work for you on contingency. This means you will not have to pay him anything unless he is successful with your case.
Get Help Today by Contacting Our Firm’s Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
Sevenish Law Firm, P.C. has Randy Sevenish for Indiana residents looking for a personal injury lawyer near me. Contact us today if you want to learn more about working with him. We will provide a free consultation and case review and tell you more about how Randy will help you file legal action for accountability and compensation in your (or your loved one’s) motorcycle accident case.