Indianapolis Motorcycle Accidents
Don’t get blamed for an accident that wasn’t your fault. Get Vaughan & Vaughan
With the 500 and Motor Speedway nearby, Indianapolis is closely associated with race cars, but the city has a rich biker history and culture, too.
Indy is home to one of the longest-running motorcycle clubs in the nation as well as the established Indiana Motorcycle Historical Society. The city has also seen its share of biker gangs.
Many people in Indianapolis are used to watching out for motorcycles, but accidents still happen. One of the most dangerous intersections in the city is 38th Street at Guion Road.
The Indianapolis Metro Police and Indiana State Police responded to about 250 motorcycle accidents in just one year.
Founded in 1913, Vaughan & Vaughan has been fighting for bikers’ rights since around the time the U.S. started manufacturing motorcycles. Our firm understands the complexities of motorcycle accidents and the substantial compensation injured bikers need to recover from a crash.
If you were injured in a motorcycle accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you are most likely owed money for your pain and losses. You may be able to claim compensation to pay for:
- Doctor appointments
- Loss of income
- Consultations with medical specialists
- Diminished earning potential
- Disability equipment
- Motorcycle repairs or replacement
- Lowered quality of life
Vaughan & Vaughan offers free case consultations to motorcycle accident victims. We will listen to the details of the accident and the extent of your damages. A member of our team will explain your legal options, in plain English, and help you decide your next course of action.
Who is at fault in a motorcycle accident?
Motorcycle accidents are usually the other driver’s fault.
When an unsafe action factored into a motorcycle crash, 60% of the time the flaw was committed by the person driving a car or truck. In a state study, the most common factors leading to Indiana motorcycle crashes were:
- Ignoring traffic signals and signs
- Failure to yield the right of way
- Following too closely
- Improper lane usage
- Improper passing
- Improper turning
- Unsafe backing up
- Driving distracted
If the accident wasn’t my fault, why do I need a lawyer?
Even though a motorcycle accident is usually the other driver’s fault, you will still need to prove liability if you want to file a successful claim.
Determining fault in Indiana gets technical. Indiana is a “modified comparative fault” state with a 51% rule.
Basically, this means that the responsibility for a crash is divided among those involved and determined in negotiations with the insurance company or by verdict. If you are found to be 51% or more responsible for an accident, you cannot claim damages.
The insurance companies have lawyers and will do their own investigation into the accident. They’re looking for anything they can use to blame you for the accident and minimize or reject your claim.
Therefore, it is crucial that you have a lawyer on your side, too. You don’t want to get blamed for an accident that wasn’t your fault because everyone lawyered up but you.
You need a lawyer who can push back against attempts to pin you with the blame. At Vaughan & Vaughan, we work hard so our clients don’t take the fall for someone else’s negligence.
Our legal team knows how to conduct thorough investigations and find evidence that other lawyers might miss. When we negotiate for you, our demands are backed by hard facts the insurance companies find nearly impossible to deny.
Can I really afford to hire a successful, experienced Indianapolis lawyer?
Vaughan & Vaughan represents most motorcycle accident victims on contingency. This means that there is no retainer or hourly rate for you to pay for our services. Our fee is calculated into the final settlement or verdict and paid for by the insurance companies. If we don’t win, we don’t get paid.
What do I do after a motorcycle accident?
If you or a loved one was injured in a motorcycle accident, it is important that you do what you can to strengthen your case. The following are some best practices to follow after a crash.
Call 911. If you can, and emergency responders have not yet arrived, call 911. Even if you feel the accident was minor, police reports are important documents to present to support your claim.
Take photos and video. If you can safely move around, start collecting evidence at the scene of the accident by taking photos and videos on your phone. Focus on injuries and the position of the vehicles involved. Take photos and videos from multiple angles and distances.
Witnesses. Find witnesses to the accident and write down or otherwise record their names and contact information.
Seek medical attention. Obtaining medical records can be vital to your claim. See a doctor even if you were examined at the scene of an accident. The sooner you see a doctor, the more difficult it will be for the insurance company to argue that your injuries stem from another incident and not the crash.
Just the facts. Until you have consulted a lawyer, do not provide details about the accident or your injuries to the police, insurance adjusters, family, or friends. Stick to the objective facts like time, place, and location. A single misinterpreted statement can ruin your claim. Loved ones and friends with whom you’ve discussed your accident could be made to testify against you.
Contact a lawyer. Vaughan & Vaughan has a long track record of success in securing maximum compensation for motorcycle accident victims. Over the last few decades, our legal team has secured sizable settlements and verdicts for our clients - many in excess of $1 million.
Our motorcycle accident lawyers will stand up for you
In pain and unsure of what to do next, many motorcycle accident victims try to handle their injury claims alone.
The days and weeks after a serious motorcycle crash are not the time to learn the nuances of Indiana insurance law. It’s also not the time to drive around the city collecting documents, witness statements, and consulting with experts.
Your focus should be on healing and spending time with supportive friends and family. Let Vaughan & Vaughan handle your claim for you.
It can be a relief knowing you have an experienced attorney building a solid strategy to get you the money you need to make a full recovery. It feels great to refer questions and demands from pushy insurance agents to your lawyer.
You can rest easy knowing that Vaughan & Vaughan will accept nothing less than the best possible outcome for your claim. If the insurance companies won’t make you a reasonable offer, our firm is ready to take them to court.
Attorney Charles V. Vaughan is certified in civil trial law by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. This certification is only awarded to experienced attorneys who have demonstrated skill and expertise in the courtroom and have passed a rigorous testing process.
You have virtually nothing to lose by hiring a lawyer to fight the insurance companies for you.
Contact Vaughan & Vaughan now to schedule a free consultation. We will help you understand the value of your claim and how the law applies to your case. Call or email us to get started on your claim now.