Lafayette Motorcycle Accident Attorneys Assert Riders’ Rights
Trustworthy advocates for bikers throughout Indiana
In recent years, motorcycles have gained popularity in Indiana and throughout the country. They are now standard modes of transportation for many average Americans. Yet, if you get into an accident, you may be accused of being a reckless driver rather than an innocent victim of someone else’s negligence. At Cooke Law Firm in Lafayette, we have wide experience helping motorcyclists get fair treatment in lawsuits seeking damages. We will work tirelessly to help you obtain the compensation you deserve.
What are common causes of motorcycle accidents?
Statistics show that riders’ lack of skill is a major factor in motorcycle crashes. According to the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute’s Traffic Division, 92 percent of motorcyclists involved in crashes are self-taught and more than half of the bikers in these accidents had been riding for less than five months at the time.
Fatal motorcycle accidents in Indiana in 2020 were caused, in the following percentages, by motorcyclists who:
- Lost control and ran off the road — 34 percent
- Failed to yield the right of way — 29 percent
- Traveled at an unsafe speed — 15 percent
Alcohol is also a factor in many crashes. Approximately 28 percent of fatally injured motorcyclists had blood alcohol content above the legal limit of 0.08 percent.
However, three-quarters of motorcycle accidents were multi-vehicle crashes. Two-thirds of these accidents involved other vehicles violating the motorcycle’s right-of-way. Other causes included:
- Bad weather
- Aggressive driving
- Unsafe lane changes
- Poor road conditions
Determining the cause of the accident is one of the most important aspects of securing compensation for an injured victim. We will thoroughly investigate your crash, consulting with certified accident reconstruction specialists and other experts.
Severe injuries from motorcycle crashes
Because motorcyclists have very little protection, their injuries tend to be more severe. Bikers may suffer:
- Head and traumatic brain injuries
- Neck, back and spinal cord injuries
- Broken bones
- Road rash
The worst accidents may result in death. It is estimated that 81 percent of motorcycle or moped riders who were involved in fatal collisions in 2020 were not wearing helmets. However, Indiana requires helmets only for riders under the age of 18. If you lost a relative who was not wearing a helmet in a fatal accident, you may still be able to recover compensation in a wrongful death suit.
Who can be held liable for your motorcycle accident injuries?
Depending on the facts of the accident, various parties could be held liable for negligence, including:
- Another driver
- The manufacturer of the motorcycle or a component
- A mechanic or parts supplier
- A government agency responsible for road maintenance
Despite the liability of other parties, your compensation may be limited. Under Indiana’s comparative negligence rule, your recovery will be reduced by the percentage of your fault. If you are 51 percent or more responsible for the crash, you cannot receive any compensation at all. Protecting you from allegations of negligence is an important part of our job.
As your counsel, we will focus on proving the extent of your injuries so we can obtain full compensation for your present and future medical bills, lost earnings and pain and suffering.
Indiana law allows you two years from the date of your motorcycle accident to file a claim. To improve your chances of success, you should immediately contact our office so we can begin investigating and preserving evidence.
Contact a trusted Indiana law firm for motorcycle accident representation
Cooke Law Firm in Lafayette represents Indiana clients who have been injured in motorcycle accidents. We do everything possible under the law to obtain fair and complete compensation for the damage you’ve suffered. To schedule a free initial consultation at our Lafayette office, call 765-423-5628 or contact us online.