Motorcycle accidents can cause catastrophic damages. Randy Sevenish, the founder of the Sevenish Law Firm, P.C., is a “Lawyer Who Rides” and understands the dangers and injuries that can occur from a motorcycle accident.
Contacting the Sevenish Law Firm, P.C., at (317) 636-7777 can help give you answers regarding your motorcycle accident in Indiana and help you with your next steps.
Common Concerns of Motorcycle Accident Victims
With the Indiana University Public Policy Institute reporting more than 70 motorcyclists injured in Indiana accidents in 2017, the risk of becoming a motorcycle accident victim is real. If you were in a motorcycle accident, you may feel overwhelmed with questions relating to both the car accident and also your injuries. Here are the most commonly asked questions after a motorcycle accident.
Recovering Compensation When the Other Driver is At Fault for a Motorcycle Accident
Each motorcycle accident is different, with a different set of circumstances. Drivers are oftentimes unaware of their surroundings and simply fail to see a motorcycle rider before the accident. Failure to yield, tailgating, speeding, driving while distracted, driving while intoxicated, or simply failing to follow basic traffic rules can all cause a catastrophic motorcycle accident.
To recover compensation for your motorcycle accident injuries, we must prove the following:
- The other party owed you a duty of care. Drivers owe other road users a duty to drive in a safe manner that does not place other road users in harm’s way.
- The other party breached their duty. All of the examples of reckless driving listed above are examples of a breach of duty.
- The breach of duty caused your accident and injuries. We must be able to prove that the breach was the cause of your accident.
- You suffered damages. Damages can include lost wages, medical bills, pain and suffering, and mental anguish, among others.
Each motorcycle accident is different, and liability is not always clear cut. At Sevenish Law Firm, P.C., a motorcycle accident lawyer can help you with a thorough investigation of your case done by a motorcycle accident lawyer to determine fault.
Receiving Damages After a Motorcycle Accident
Depending on the circumstances of your motorcycle accident, you may be able to receive compensation for your:
- Medical bills
- Physical pain and suffering
- Lost wages
- Future loss of income
- Emotional distress
- Physical rehabilitation
- Damage to the motorcycle
While each circumstance is different, visiting with a motorcycle accident lawyer can help you determine what compensation you are owed.
Settling with the Insurance Company after your Motorcycle Accident
The other driver’s insurance company may offer you a quick settlement soon after the accident. This offer is typically for much less than you deserve. If you accept the offer, you cannot recover more compensation later.
For this reason, we recommend that accident victims run any settlement offers by us to ensure they are getting every cent they deserve.
Keep in mind that the insurance company wants to pay out as little as possible. To do so, they may attempt to get you to say something that jeopardizes your claim or sign away your medical records. Our team can handle all communication with the insurer on your behalf.
How Long You Have to File a Personal Injury Claim Related to Your Motorcycle Accident
Indiana law (IC43-11 Ch.2) allows you approximately two years from the date of the motorcycle accident to file a lawsuit regarding your personal injuries in Indiana. However, there are some circumstances that reduce or expand that time frame. Our motorcycle accident lawyers can help you determine your deadline to file a personal injury claim under Indiana’s statute of limitations laws.
Why You Should Not Represent Yourself
Many accident victims believe they should just represent themselves when they file a claim. This is often a mistake. Most accident victims do not know the ins and outs of the claims process—dealing with insurers, determining a value for a claim, gathering evidence, and negotiating. This inexperience can lead them to leave thousands or more on the table.
We also recommend against hiring a discount or “jack of all trades” firms. While these firms may have a lower rate, they often handle all types of practice areas. This means they likely know a little bit about everything, but do not have a focus on any specific area.
Our team only handles injury cases, including those deemed most common by the Bureau of Justice Statistics, so our entire focus will be on your case. Let us put our experience on your side. Call the Sevenish Law Firm, P.C., for a free consultation today: (317) 636-7777.
Contact a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer in Carmel, IN
If you have suffered injuries, loss of wages, or pain and suffering related to a motorcycle accident, you are likely terrified and overwhelmed. Randy Sevenish of the Sevenish Law Firm, P.C., understands your fears and anger because he is a motorcycle rider just like you. The legal team at Sevenish Law Firm, P.C., at (317) 636-7777 is here to protect your rights and help you build a strong case.