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Indiana Motorcycle Accident Results in Loss of Life

Steve Wagner

A North Manchester man was killed while riding his motorcycle on Saturday. Jeff D. Gable was southbound on State Road 15 when a pickup truck pulled onto northbound SR 15, directly into his motorcycle’s path. The driver of the pickup truck did not sustain injury, but the passenger was hospitalized in serious condition after complaining of chest pain. This two-vehicle crash is under investigation, and we will continue to monitor it for updates.

Fifty-five percent of motorcycle deaths occur in multi-vehicle crashes. Though serious injuries are certainly possible in single-vehicle motorcycle accidents, these incidents are far less likely to result in death. Two-thirds of motorcycle accidents involving another vehicle are caused by the driver of the other vehicle and his or her violation of the motorcyclist’s right of way.

Protecting Yourself and Others

Obviously, two of the best ways for auto and motorcycle drivers to protect motorcycle drivers from injury are for the auto driver to be highly aware of the possible presence of motorcycles on the road and for the motorcycle driver to wear a helmet. Motorcyclists may be less active on the roads during the winter months, but the difficulty of seeing them in early-arriving darkness and low-visibility
weather conditions may increase risk.

Despite the known risks of riding unhelmeted, forty percent of motorcycle accident victims still ride without head protection. These riders are at nearly double the risk of sustaining a severe traumatic brain injury. With motorcyclists being nearly thirty times more likely to die in a crash than one driving or riding in an automobile, there is simply no excuse for failing to protect one’s self in this simple way.

Impact of Riding Unhelmeted on Claims for Damages or Wrongful Death

As mentioned above, it makes good sense (and is legally required in Indiana for riders under 18 and instructional permit holders) to wear a helmet when riding a motorcycle. Many victims of accidents believe their claim may be invalid or impacted negatively by the fact that they were not wearing a helmet. This is NOT true. Failure to wear a helmet does not contribute to the causation of the crash, and therefore the motorcyclist bringing a lawsuit for damages or a family member suing for wrongful or accidental death of a loved one is eligible for full recovery of his or her losses. Do not be intimidated by defendants or insurance companies who imply you are not entitled to compensation—you are.

If you have recently lost a loved one or are watching someone you love suffer as a result of serious and traumatic injuries resulting from a motorcycle accident, Wagner Reese can help. Our Indianapolis wrongful death and vehicular accident attorneys may be able to help you by working for you and your family or your loved one for the heartbreak caused by another’s negligent behavior. Call Wagner Reese now for a FREE consultation: (888) 204-8440.

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