Indianapolis Motorcycle Accident Attorneys
You’ve just been involved in a motorcycle accident. You probably have a lot of questions:
- How did this happen?
- Am I ok?
- How bad am I injured?
- Am I going to be able to recover from my injuries?
- Am I going to miss work, am I going to lose my job?
- I’ve been in a motorcycle accident, what do I do now?
- I had a motorcycle accident, do I need a personal injury lawyer?
While these are all normal and common questions, the last is the most important thing to think about after thinking about your health and well-being, and that is, “I had a motorcycle accident and I need a personal injury lawyer.”
Wondering if you need a personal injury lawyer after a motorcycle accident is normal. With all of the options for travel; cars, SUVs, pick-ups, hybrids, buses, and motorcycles, motorcyclists are at a greater risk of injury or death when they are on the road because they are smaller than the average vehicle, and are extremely hard to see. They are also exposed, with no exterior of a car to protect them in the case of an accident. Although motorcycles are becoming ever-more popular, accident rates are rising as our roads become busier and busier.
If you or a loved one were among those injured or tragically killed, you may be eligible to receive compensation for your injuries if the accident was the fault of another driver. Give the motorcycle accident lawyers at Wagner Reese a call to find out more information.
INDIANA MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT STATISTICS
- Between 2001-2008, almost 1.25 million individuals had to seek medical treatment due to a motorcycle accident.
- Over 34,000 individuals died during that same time period due to motorcycle accidents.
- The age group with the largest reported injuries and death attributed to motorcycle accidents is 20yr to 24yr group.
- The death rate and injury rate increased from 2001 to 2008. The death rate rose 55 percent, and the injury rate rose almost 46 percent.
- The most common injury was to the leg and foot, followed by head and neck, upper body, and arm and hand.
With more and more individuals getting behind the handlebars of motorcycles, both the motorcyclists and the drivers need to be watchful of one another, and share the road.
There are certain steps that motorcyclists can take to help ensure that when they share the road with other vehicles, that they facilitate safe riding. These steps include measures such as never riding after drinking alcohol or using drugs- illegal or prescription, wear protective and reflective clothing, ride responsibly, and always wearing a helmet that is Department of Transportation approved. Helmets save lives isn’t just a slogan, it’s a fact. According to the NHTSA, helmets have a more than 35% efficiency rate in preventing motorcyclists from sustaining fatal injuries. In 2008, the NHTSA estimations show that over 1,800 lives were saved as a result of helmets.
STEPS TO TAKE WHEN YOU ARE INJURED
- Call 911 immediately or get to a hospital
- Contact Wagner Reese for assistance with your personal injury case
- Never sign or agree to anything without the assistance of a lawyer
- Make sure you get as obtain as much information as possible that is applicable to your accident- names and numbers of witnesses and those involved, insurance information and more.
Indiana Motorcycle Accident Facts:
- The majority of motorcycle injuries are inflicted on legs and feet, with the second highest location of injuries being the head and neck.
- According the most recent data, motorcycle injuries increase every year.
- More than 42% of all motorcyclists killed in 2011 were involved in two-vehicle crashes. 38% of those accidents were the result of a vehicle turning left in front of a motorcycle it didn’t see.
A Note About Recovery Limits
In 2012, Indiana put a compensation cap on non-economic based damages. For personal injury cases in the state of Indiana, any case paid by the government may not exceed an award of $5,000,000. The Indiana Supreme Court is currently contesting this cap as unconstitutional, so these limits may soon be abolished.
About the Lawyers
Stephen Wagner and Jason Reese can handle your personal injury or motorcycle accident claim with years of experience and proven results. Call the law firm of Wagner Reese today 888-710-9377 for your FREE consultation!