Why do motorcycle accidents happen?
Our lawyers explain the reasons why and the options available to you
Motorcycle accidents in Indiana caused by other drivers happen for many different reasons. Often, it’s because the other driver was doing something they should not have been doing at the time of accident.
Whatever the cause of your crash, it’s important to take strong legal action right away to protect your rights. Otherwise, you might not get the compensation you deserve from the driver’s insurance company for your injury claim.
Our dedicated team of trial lawyers at Glaser & Ebbs can help you every step of the way. We know what to do because we have more than 100 years of combined legal experience fighting for the rights of injured motorcyclists in Fort Wayne and throughout Indiana.
As your lawyer, we can thoroughly investigate your crash and find the evidence you need to demand the money you deserve. Many injury claims involving bad motorcycle accidents can be challenging legal cases. We welcome the opportunity to tackle tough cases. And we fight to win.
What are common causes of motorcycle accidents?
Motorcycle accidents caused by other drivers happen for many different reasons. In many cases, it’s because the driver wasn’t sharing the road and was behaving in a reckless or negligent manner. Specific examples and reasons why include:
- Distracted drivers (including texting drivers) not paying attention to other motorists on the road, particularly motorcyclists
- Drivers turning left at an intersection who don’t look to see if there’s a motorcyclist before turning left
- Drivers who change lanes without looking, resulting in a sideswipe accident with a motorcyclist
- Speeding drivers who can’t stop in time to avoid a collision with a motorcyclist
- Reckless drivers who drive too close to motorcyclists or run a red light or a stop sign, causing a collision
- Drunk drivers not paying attention who crash into a motorcyclist
- Tired drivers or drivers asleep at the wheel who strike a motorcyclist, including many head-on collisions on rural roads at night
Whatever the cause of your collision, don’t simply assume your case will be straightforward. In many cases, drivers wrongly blame motorcyclists for causing collisions. That’s why it’s critical that you have a lawyer on your side, standing up for your rights.
Who determines who’s at fault?
When collisions occur involving motorcyclists and other motorists in Indiana, local police and the Indiana State Police are often the first ones to investigate the accident. They also often create an official accident report based on their investigation.
Insurance companies for the motorcyclist and other drivers involved in the crash then often get involved in the investigation. Insurance company investigators also often decide who was at fault in the crash. This is important since the at-fault driver’s insurance company is responsible for compensating everyone else injured in the crash. This is due to Indiana’s at-fault insurance-based system.
Because the at-fault driver’s insurance company often stands to lose thousands of dollars or significantly more if their client is found to be at fault, the driver’s insurance company often does everything it can to blame the motorcyclist for causing the crash. That’s why it’s critical that injured motorcyclists have an attorney on their side looking out for their best interests.
How can a lawyer help?
When you have an attorney working for you, your lawyer can thoroughly investigate your crash in support of your claim. Remember, law enforcement officials only care about determining who was at fault. They’re not focused on how much money you get for your injury claim. That’s your lawyer’s job.
Your attorney can also negotiate on your behalf with the at-fault driver’s insurance company. Sometimes, they agree to cooperate and negotiate in good faith, but in many cases, some insurance companies do everything they can to pay injured motorcyclists as little as possible or nothing at all.
When this happens, your lawyer can file a lawsuit on your behalf in pursuit of the money you deserve for medical bills, replacement income if you cannot work while recovering from your crash and other accident-related expenses.
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Experience matters when it comes to bad motorcycle accidents. That’s why many injured motorcyclists in Indiana choose our law firm to represent them. We know the law and understand how the legal system works here. We know which strategies can often be the most effective. That’s why we have such a strong track record of success in Indiana.
Put your trust in the law firm that puts your needs first. Contact us and schedule a free consultation with one of our lawyers. We can meet with you in our Fort Wayne office or one of our other Indiana locations.