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"M.A.," a 30-year-old man, was driving to work in New Mexico. Suddenly a commercial truck veered across the center line and struck his vehicle head on. M.A. died at the scene. The McNeely Stephenson firm was hired shortly after the crash to represent the family of the deceased.

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Indiana Motorcycle Accident AttorneyIt’s no secret that riding a motorcycle (or any two-wheeled motor vehicle) can be a dangerous activity, but nobody gets on their bike with the expectation that they’re going to be injured in an accident. Unfortunately, in the state of Indiana, motorcycle and related accidents are not uncommon. In fact, it’s estimated that more than 3,500 motorcycle accidents occur across the state each year, with 70% of those accidents resulting in personal injury.

If you ride a motorcycle, moped, or other two-wheeled vehicle, it’s important that you understand your rights in the event that you end up injured in an accident.

Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents

There are several leading causes of motorcycle accidents in the Indianapolis area and across the state of Indiana. The most common cause is that of drivers failing to yield right of way to motorcyclists. This often occurs when the driver of a vehicle is looking to turn left at an intersection and does so without seeing an oncoming motorcyclist traveling straight through the same intersection. Unfortunately, there may not be enough time for the motorcyclist to stop, and the results can be devastating when a motorcycle or moped goes up against a full-sized vehicle.

Another common cause of motorcycle accidents is that of vehicles following too closely. Drivers should always give at least a few seconds’ worth of space in between vehicles, and this is especially important when following behind a motorcycle. Unfortunately, if a cyclist hits the brakes and the following car doesn’t have enough distance to stop, serious injury or death can result.

Distracted driving is becoming another leading cause of motorcycle accidents in the state of Indiana, despite the state’s strict laws against distracted driving. Examples of distracted driving that often lead to motorcycle accidents include:

  • texting while driving
  • being distracted by other passengers
  • attempting to multitask (eat, apply makeup, etc.) while driving.

Finally, cognitive impairments are also a leading cause of motorcycle accidents. Common examples of impaired driving include driving while under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol, though fatigued driving can also apply here.

Common injuries related to motorcycle accidents include:Indiana Motorcycle Accident Attorney

  • road rash
  • broken bones and fractures
  • lacerations
  • organ damage and internal injuries
  • head and brain damage

Safety Tips for Motorcyclists

It’s important to remember that motorcyclists and drivers alike share a responsibility to be safe on the roads. If you’re planning on riding a motorcycle or moped in the state of Indiana, there are several tips worth keeping in mind to reduce your risk of being involved in an accident.

First and foremost, wear a helmet! Even though Indiana doesn’t by law require riders to wear helmets, doing so is the best way to avoid head and brain injuries in the event of an accident. This, in addition to wearing other gear that will protect your skin from road rash, is highly advised every time you hit the road on your bike.

Indiana Motorcycle Accident AttorneyDefensive driving techniques are also good to know and implement while sharing the road with other drivers. Essentially, the main principle of defensive driving is to always assume the worst of other drivers. For example, you might think that an approaching car will see that you’re about to merge and will slow down to let you in. But the rules of defensive driving tell you to assume otherwise and to slow down until the vehicle has passed and you can safely merge with no other vehicles around.

Finally, always exercise safe driving practices on the road. This means obeying all posted traffic signs and avoiding dangerous maneuvers, such as weaving in and out of traffic or attempting to pass in between lanes (which, by the way, is illegal in Indiana).

Been Injured in a Motorcycle Accident?

If you’ve recently been involved in a motorcycle accident and were injured as a result, you may be wondering whether you have grounds to take legal action against the other party. The best first step you can take is to consult with an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer who knows the relevant law and will be able to apply it to your specific situation. McNeely Stephenson has been representing victims of Indiana motorcycle accidents for more than three decades. We offer free case evaluations and initial consultations with no obligation. Our skilled attorneys will work hard to protect your rights and best interests while pursuing compensation for your medical bills and other expenses related to your injury.

Don’t face the complicated Indiana court system alone. Instead, reach out to our team of professionals today so we can set up your free consultation. Call 317-825-5200 or use the convenient on-line contact form to start the conversation.

real-life cases

“B.K.” was driving on a two-lane road one Sunday afternoon with his mother in the front seat and his brother and sister-in-law in the back seat when his life was forever changed. B.K. was struck head on by D.C.

D.C. had spent the day drinking with a friend and had stopped at a restaurant less than five miles from the point of the accident where D.C. had been served several drinks. D.C.’s blood alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit.

As a result of the terrible wreck, B.K. received devastating injuries, which included multiple broken bones, facial fractures, and loss of vision. B.K.’s mother, brother, and sister-in-law were all killed in the accident.

As one would anticipate, D.C. had virtually no insurance. Stephenson, through his thorough and detailed investigation, was able to prepare claims against the restaurant and those that provided the alcohol.

Stephenson pursued dram shop claims against those responsible CASE SUMMARY

D.H. was a competitive bicyclist who was riding in preparation for a cross-country fundraising ride. In the spring of 2010, D.H. was riding across an old steel-grated deck bridge in Shelby County when he hit a hole in the bridge and flipped over the handlebars of his bike. The impact to the bridge decking caused severe injuries to his face, teeth, tongue, and elbow.

Through the investigation, they were able to learn as early as 1998, the bridge inspection reports showed the bridge in question needed to be replaced. The county never authorized additional inspections. The county obtained $844,000 in funding for the replacement of the bridge in 2000, but the Historical Society and adjacent property owners wanted the bridge repaired rather than replaced.

This crash could have been avoided if the inspectors and county had done their jobs. CASE SUMMARY

Our client (“D.W.”) was a front-seat passenger in a vehicle that was struck by a UDF truck making deliveries. D.W. received broken arms and legs, as well as internal injuries. Stephenson was retained by D.W.’s personal counsel to prepare and try the case. Discovery determined that the UDF driver had multiple driving violations. Stephenson retained numerous experts to show the jury the devastating effects of the injuries. Before trial, the defendant’s company stated that a jury in a small southern county in Indiana would never return a verdict for $1 million in this case.

The defendant was correct; the verdict was twice that amount. CASE SUMMARY

Trusted advisors. Proven advocates.

Even the most cautious motorcyclist cannot control what others do on the road. If you believe your motorcycle accident was caused by another party or parties, consider hiring an Indiana motorcycle accident lawyer who will provide you with competent and compassionate representation with a “client first” approach. That’s exactly what you’ll get with attorney Mike Stephenson. His entire legal team is committed to doing whatever is necessary to achieve the best possible outcome in your case. Mike and his team will help you recover the funds you need for medical bills, repair costs, lost wages, as well as compensation for disability and for pain and suffering.

Don’t lose the opportunity to obtain the money you need to put your life back on track and to make your family’s future financially secure. Contact Mike Stephenson today by calling 1-855-206-2555 for a free accident consultation, or use our online contact form. At McNeely Stephenson, we believe justice matters.

Updates
Personal Injury Lawyer
November 12, 2018 / Distracted Driving, Motorcycle Accidents
Motorcyclists Using Cell Phones???

Indiana saw the nation’s steepest spike in motorcycle-related deaths between 2016 and 2017. Early indications appear to point toward another increase in deaths among motorcyclists in the state. According to Will Wingfield of the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute, “That’s something we don’t want to see.” Wingfield suggests that the increase in motorcycle deaths can be traced to an increase in the number of inexperienced drivers and a...

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