Indianapolis Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
In 2017, motorcycles were involved in just one percent of all traffic collisions in Indiana, yet motorcycle accidents accounted for 11% of fatal crashes in the state. Riding a motorcycle is exhilarating and economical, and more than a quarter-million Hoosiers own a motorcycle for everything from weekend rides to daily commutes. Experienced riders are practiced in the art of safe riding, yet they know the risks they face every time they get on their bikes from negligent, aggressive, and distracted drivers. Indiana sees several thousand motorcycle accidents every year, and far too many of these crashes cause severe or fatal injuries to the rider.
As former prosecutors who investigated and charged drunk drivers involved in fatal crashes in Indianapolis, attorneys Bradley Keffer and Tom Hirschauer have been on the scene of the most serious collisions imaginable. Now, as plaintiff’s personal injury attorneys, the Indianapolis motorcycle accident lawyers at Keffer Hirschauer LLP use that high level of expertise to help motorcycle crash victims and their families get the compensation they need to deal with their significant injuries, damages and the harm to their lives caused by another driver’s negligence or misconduct.
Why are motorcycle accidents so dangerous?
Occupants of motor vehicles benefit from improvements in safety technology every year, yet little changes in the way of safety for a motorcycle rider. Motorcycle riders are almost completely exposed in a crash, with little more than a helmet, riding leathers and the bike itself offering any protection from contact with the road or another vehicle. Studies have found that motorcycle riders are 26 times more likely to die in a crash than the occupant of a passenger car. Even in non-fatal accidents, motorcycle riders are subject to traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, and other catastrophic injuries.
What are the common causes of motorcycle accidents in Indianapolis?
Motorcycle accidents happen for a number of reasons, including, at times, speeding or reckless driving by the motorcycle operator or roadway hazards due to defective design or improper road maintenance. In most other situations, several behaviors of car drivers are to blame for causing a crash leading to severe injuries or wrongful death of the rider. These negligent driving behaviors include:
Left-turn accidents – The most frequent motorcycle accident in Indianapolis happens when a motorcycle is approaching an intersection, and a driver in the opposite lane executes a left turn across the motorcycle’s path. These drivers misjudge the speed or distance of the oncoming bike, or they make an ill-timed and aggressive maneuver that all too often results in the motorcycle having no opportunity to avoid crashing into the car.
Blind spots – Every car has blind spots, and every driver has a duty to visually check out their blind spots before turning or changing lanes. Unfortunately, many drivers ignore this habit if they don’t “sense” a vehicle around them at the time. Now, with the advent of blind-spot monitoring systems, drivers are even less likely to bother checking their blind spots. This is bad news for motorcycles that may be in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Drunk driving – Motorcycles are harder to spot than other vehicles due to their size, and since there are fewer of them on the road, even sober drivers don’t always see motorcycles on the road around them. This situation is even worse for drunk drivers who tend to drive with “tunnel vision,” ignoring objects in their peripheral vision. Other drunk driving behaviors, such as weaving and drifting out of the lane, are especially dangerous for motorcycle riders in the midst.
Distracted driving – Texting while driving, talking on the phone, checking social media updates, tuning the radio and other distracted driving behaviors take a driver’s eyes or attention off the road long enough to get into a crash when traffic ahead slows down or another vehicle makes an emergency maneuver. As noted, motorcycles are harder to detect in the best of scenarios; a driver’s distraction puts motorcycle riders in the vicinity especially at risk of a collision.
How does Keffer Hirschauer LLP help after an Indianapolis motorcycle accident?
Motorcycle accidents can be especially challenging cases for the injured motorcycle rider. If a case goes to trial, juries are often likely to place at least some of the blame for the accident on the rider. Most jury members have no personal experience with motorcycles. Many engage in stereotyping motorcycle riders as dangerous, reckless or aggressive drivers. Insurance companies are aware of this bias and exploit it to their advantage, whether in court or during settlement negotiations. At Keffer Hirschauer LLP, our attorneys have a large amount of expertise and experience investigating crashes. We put forward the facts and can present a strong case that convincingly proves when the other driver is responsible for the collision. With the facts in front of them, jury members don’t have an excuse to unfairly blame the motorcyclist, and insurance companies can’t bully our clients into accepting less than their claim is worth. We are the team you need in your corner after an Indianapolis motorcycle accident.
Experienced and Successful Indianapolis Motorcycle Accident Lawyers
If you have been hurt in an Indianapolis motorcycle accident or a negligent driver has taken the life of a loved one, contact Keffer Hirschauer LLP for a free consultation with an experienced, dedicated and successful Indianapolis motorcycle accident lawyer.