$5 million settlement
We recently won a $5 million settlement for a wrongful death & injury case to survivor due to car crash.
Experienced Indianapolis Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
Our Indianapolis motorcycle accident lawyer knows from experience that the most common cause of motorcycle accidents is negligence by the other driver. Drivers who should be paying attention to the road are instead texting on a cell phone, distracted by talking to a passenger, or operating their vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs. You won’t know the causes until we investigate!
A thorough motorcycle accident investigation is necessary to secure the best possible outcome for any injury claim. We can answer any questions you have on the settlement process. While the police department will conduct its own investigation, be aware that law enforcement is primarily concerned with criminality – not liability.
You need an motorcycle accident attorney and investigative team on your side working to secure the evidence needed to prove your claim.
Our thorough investigative process includes securing the right experts for your bike wreck case. Did a traffic signal malfunction? Did all safety equipment perform up to standards? What was the other driver actually doing at the time of the accident? Did the engineering of the highway contribute to the motorcycle accident?
Read more about how our crash investigation team and lawyers were able to discover critical evidence initially overlooked by law enforcement and even other attorneys.
You won’t know unless an Indianapolis motorcycle accident attorney takes a closer look.
We were defense attorneys… now we use what we learned to help our clients prove their cases. We know that expert witnesses matter. Attorney Mike Stephenson is committed to bringing together the most qualified experts available (irrespective of cost) to uncover what happened. Knowing the truth and being able to prove it are not the same thing. We put the experts, our experience, and financial resources to work to prove your case.
If you are online researching the legal rights and resources available in the aftermath of a motorcycle accident, consider reaching out to us and call Indianapolis motorcycle accident attorney Mike Stephenson to talk about your questions, 317-680-2501. In his career spanning more than 30 years, Mike has litigated accident claims in 18 states and served as lead trial counsel in more than 100 civil jury trials.
Motorcycle Injuries in Our State
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that over 80,000 motorcyclists are injured annually, while over 4,500 are killed in accidents.
Although any vehicular accident has the potential to be serious, those involving motorcycles can result in particularly devastating injuries. Motorcyclists are especially at risk due to the lack of protection inherent in motorcycle design and the size of other vehicles on the road. Additionally, a motorcyclist may be thrown to the ground or into traffic.
It is common for accidents to leave the motorcyclist with severe or life-threatening injuries, including:
- Broken bones / fractures
- Severe burns
- Severe skin abrasions (road rash)
- Internal bleeding
- Organ damage
- Spinal cord & neck injuries
- Closed head injury / traumatic brain injury.
And Remember – the Other Driver is Usually at Fault.
We appreciate the freedom and spirit of the motorcycle community. Let’s keep it going by being certain to practice safety first:
- Wear a helmet and safety gear.
- Wear brightly colored or reflective clothing.
- Don’t operate your motorcycle after drinking alcohol.
- Avoid the blind spots of other vehicles.
- Ride with your headlight on.
- Take a safety course and encourage others to as well.
Even the most cautious motorcyclist cannot control other drivers.
When considering hiring an Indianapolis motorcycle accident lawyer, you should receive competent and compassionate representation with a “client first” approach. That’s exactly what you’ll get with proven advocate Attorney Mike Stephenson. His entire legal team is committed to doing whatever is necessary to achieve the best possible outcome in your case.
Contact Stephenson Rife today by calling 317-680-2501 for a free accident consultation.
Motorcycle Accident FAQs
As we said, the numbers have been increasing. In 2012, there were more than 4,000 motorcycle collisions in Indiana; 151 were fatal and 614 caused incapacitating injuries.
Parke County has the highest rate of motorcycle collisions. Other counties with dangerous traffic safety environments for motorcyclists are Brown, Carroll, Dubois, Franklin, and Martin. The area near Gary and Chicago is reported to be more dangerous than many other areas of the state.
It is true that controlling a cycle on wet roads presents a challenge. Interestingly, however, the statistics show Indiana motorcycle collisions in 2012 occurred predominately under clear weather conditions, on straight and level city roads, and during daylight hours.
Believe it or not, the likelihood of alcohol use/impairment has been higher for motorcyclists involved in collisions than for drivers of other types of motor vehicles. For the years of 2009 to 2011, they were twice as likely to be impaired; the numbers for 2012 showed an improvement, however.
Motorcycle drivers can be guilty of distracted driving just as drivers of trucks and cars can be. It’s easy to get lost in enjoying the scenery and daydreaming, but that lack of focus on the demands of safe riding can lead to loss of control or even collision with a stationary object like a mailbox or signpost. For the most part, however, distracted driving is a problem for motorcyclists primarily when it happens on the part of a car or truck driver who looks away from the road – perhaps to use a cell phone or send a text message – and strikes the cycle. It only takes a few seconds of inattention for a driver to swerve into a vehicle in the adjoining lane, and when that vehicle is a motorcycle, the collision is likely to result in serious injuries.
Only for riders age 17 and younger. The law requiring motorcycle operators of all ages to wear a helmet was repealed in 1977.
Statistics show that to be true. The U.S. General Accounting Office has said that “laws requiring all motorcyclists to wear helmets are the only strategy proven to be effective in reducing fatalities.” Helmets are 37% effective in preventing fatal injuries to motorcycle operators and 41% effective for passengers. Sadly, in Indiana, 80 percent of the motorcyclists killed in 2012 were not wearing a helmet.
The factor most often contributing to an Indiana motorcycle crash is some type of unsafe action on the part of the motorcycle operator. That could be following another vehicle too closely, traveling at an unsafe speed, failing to yield the right of way, or making improper lane changes or passing.
But aren’t motorcyclists sometimes hit by negligent drivers, even when they are following the rules of the road and driving their cycle safely?
Absolutely. And at Stephenson Rife, we carefully examine the facts of the accidents in which our clients were involved, to determine whether another driver, a dangerous road condition, or even a manufacturing defect contributed to or caused their accident. Other motor vehicles are supposed to share the road with motorcycles and bicycles, but that doesn’t always happen.
According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, motorcycle riders are 30 times more likely to die in a crash than people involved in car accidents. Their risk of injury is five times greater. Motorcycles travel at speeds just as great as cars and trucks, but their occupants lack the protection of those vehicles’ steel frame, airbags, size and weight.
The area of the body most likely to be injured in a motorcycle crash is the lower part, i.e., the foot, ankle, leg, knee, thigh, hip or pelvis. Bone fractures are common. Injuries to the upper extremities — the head, chest and abdomen – are less common but are typically severe. Traumatic brain injury is the leading cause of death in motorcycle crashes. You may have heard the term “road rash.” This is the term given to skin abrasions caused by scraping the road when the cycle falls and slides. Road rash can be mild, causing discomfort, or it can be severe, requiring surgical intervention.
How Our Motorcycle Accident Lawyers Help People Injured in a Motorcycle Crash
Mike Stephenson of Stephenson Rife is an Indianapolis motorcycle accident lawyer who has been helping accident victims for more than 30 years. If you have been hurt in a motorcycle crash, hand the worry over to us and let us put the resources of our firm to work for you. Call 317-680-2501 to schedule a free consultation.