Motorcyclists face serious dangers if involved in a motorcycle crash with another vehicle, often leading to serious or catastrophic injuries or death. The statistics, as reported in the State of Indiana’s 2012 Traffic Safety Facts, reveal that:
- Approximately 3,600 motorcycle or moped accidents occurred in 2011, with 118 fatalities, 553 incapacitating injuries, 1,944 non-incapacitating injuries, and 222 other injuries.
- Roughly 7 out of 10 motorcycle accidents resulted in some level of injury.
- Over 17 percent of injuries sustained were categorized as serious.
The number of motorcyclists that died as a result of their injuries increased 4.5 percent from the prior year, and the number of riders that sustained incapacitating injuries also increased. There were 1,466 single-vehicle motorcycle accidents, and 1,985 multi-vehicle accidents.
Unsafe driver actions that led to these accidents included:
- Failure to yield right of way (1,609 other drivers involved)
- Following too closely (899 other vehicles involved)
- Distracted drivers (82 accidents)
- Cognitive impairments from alcohol, illness, sleep or fatigue (15 accidents)
- Loss of control of the vehicle (22 accidents)
Unsafe driver actions were responsible for 78.7 percent of all motorcycle accidents. Nationwide, 4,957 motorcyclists were killed in 2012, up seven percent from 2011.
Types of Motorcycle Accident Injuries
The numbers reveal the staggering percentage of motorcycle accidents that have resulted in severe injuries. Essentially, if you ride a motorcycle in Indiana, the likelihood of suffering serious or fatal injuries is far higher than in any other type of vehicle accident.
The various types of motorcycle accident personal injuries range from severe abrasions (road rash) to permanent impairments. A rider hit by another vehicle, even at lower speeds, is thrown off the motorcycle onto the roadway, with the potential of being hit by another vehicle and suffering a secondary impact. The rider’s body, when thrown onto the street or highway, is heavily impacted, frequently leading to broken bones, severe head and brain damage, as well as internal injuries.
An injured rider who can no longer function in daily life, and who suffers from permanent cognitive impairment will never again lead the life enjoyed prior to the collision. The driver responsible must be held accountable for the long-term consequences to the motorcyclist. The accident may have occurred due to driver distraction, inattention, speeding, drunk driving, or another form of negligence, and these conditions don't excuse the driver of responsibility. The family will often be left with the task of caring for a loved one who has lost abilities, whether physical, cognitive, or both. The costs of treatment can range into the hundreds of thousands of dollars in a few short months, with emergency medical care, surgeries, and the need for a long rehabilitation.
Recovering Compensation for Damages in Motorcycle Accidents in Indianapolis
If you were seriously injured while riding, or your loved one was injured or died in a motorcycle accident, it's imperative that you seek the help of an experienced Indianapolis motorcycle accident lawyer to assist you with the legal matters surrounding compensation. At Sevenish Law Firm, we have a personal dedication to assisting the injured and their families to get justice in motorcycle accident cases.
Our firm’s founder, Randy Sevenish is a former police captain, police academy instructor, and SWAT team commander—all while attending law school. As a dedicated motorcyclist, he's personally committed to pursuing justice for motorcyclists who have been the victim of a negligent driver or who have had a vital safety system on the motorcycle fail.
Both Randy and his wife, Regina, have been avid motorcyclists for 40 years. He is a “Real Motorcycle Lawyer and Real Rider®.” You can trust Randy and his legal team to be professional, compassionate, and effective. The firm is the only law firm recommended by the national Road Guardians organization.
You can trust the firm to serve you with dedication, commitment, and an exceptional level of legal skill. Our goal is to achieve justice for you, and the highest compensation possible. Call us toll-free at 1-800-278-9200 to arrange a free, no-obligation consultation.