Riding a motorcycle can be exhilarating, but it can also be extremely dangerous. One of the primary reasons for that danger is other drivers. From 2016 to 2017, Indiana motorcycle fatalities increased by 44%, one of the highest motorcycle-crash related fatality increases reported in the nation. Not every motorcycle accident ends in a fatality. The crucial factor in determining whether a motorcycle accident results in an injury or fatality is whether or not another driver is involved.
While nearly 50% of all motorcycle accidents are single-vehicle crashes, collision reports show that motorcycle crashes involving other vehicle drivers are responsible for more than half of all motorcycle-crash related fatalities. Additionally, vehicle drivers colliding into motorcyclists are responsible for more than 25% of all motorcycle-crash related property damages.
Police reports show that two of the primary reasons for motorcycle-crash related fatalities are vehicle drivers driving while intoxicated or while distracted. In fact, in the hopes of minimizing the number of motorcycle-crash related fatalities, the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute spent nearly $100,000 on an awareness campaign to persuade vehicle drivers from driving distracted. In 2017, 144 people died in motorcycle crashes, the highest reported in Indiana since 2012.
The 2016 Indiana State Highway Safety Fact Book illustrates that the probability of a fatality is increased by more than 100% when another vehicle is involved in a motorcycle crash. Additionally, the 2016 Indiana State Highway Safety Fact Book shows that despite what some may be led to believe, the overwhelming majority of motorcycle crashes are not weather related as 89% of all fatal motorcycle crashes in 2016 occurred on a clear day. In other words, it was neither cloudy nor rainy.
Injuries from a motorcycle accident can be painful, emotionally scarring, and financially debilitating. Financial losses from a motorcycle accident can extend well beyond medical bills. Loss of work and a reduction in future earning potential can also result. Additionally, insurance may not cover the full costs of property or vehicle damage repairs. Also, given that suffering through a motorcycle crash can be a traumatic experience, counseling or mental therapy may be needed in addition to any other costs related to pain and suffering.
Contact Blackburn & Green following your Motorcycle Accident
Motorcycle accident cases can be complicated, and having an experienced lawyer in your corner can be the difference between getting the compensation you deserve or accepting an under-calculated settlement. Luckily, you have options. Blackburn & Green has 27 offices across Indiana. The attorneys at Blackburn & Green understand the uphill battles victims of motorcycle collisions face in court due to personal biases and stereotypes against motorcyclists.
Motorcyclists are perceived as reckless and dangerous, even though the research consistently states otherwise. As a result of this prejudice, vehicle drivers who are at fault for accidents may have their responsibility overlooked, and it is you who could end up paying the price. The attorneys at Blackburn & Green understand this and may be able to quickly establish who the appropriate negligent driver is, so call today and schedule your free case review.
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