Indiana motorcyclists have certain obligations to fulfill on the road. Motorcyclists have to protect themselves from harm and behave within the boundaries set by the state’s roadway laws. That said, the Hoosier state recognizes that its motorcyclists are more vulnerable to accidents than its motorists. That’s why Indiana motorcyclists benefit from a heightened duty of care.
Parties who violate that duty of care can find themselves financially responsible for an injured motorcyclist’s recovery. What does that mean for you? If you can bring forward evidence of another party’s negligence following a motorcycle wreck, Greenfield, IN, motorcycle accident attorneys can advocate for your right to compensation before a judge.
You can connect with Vaughan & Vaughan’s personal injury lawyers in Greenfield today to learn more about your post-accident rights.
What to Do After a Motorcycle Crash
In the immediate aftermath of a motorcycle wreck, you and your loved ones can:
Get Medical Attention
It’s in your best interest to contact emergency responders after a motorcycle accident, even if you don’t have any visible injuries. There are some injuries that can make themselves known in the hours or days following your accident. If you work with emergency responders, you can get ahead of the worst of these conditions’ effects.
What’s more, working with emergency responders allows you to begin developing a paper trail of your losses. If you choose to take legal action against the party liable for your accident, you can call on emergency responders, your general practitioner, and other parties. You can then request that these parties elaborate on your injuries as they saw them.
Document the Accident Scene
If you’re not severely injured and feel comfortable walking around the scene of your accident, document what you see. Get witnesses’ contact information and communicate with any police responders. You should also exchange insurance information with the party liable for your losses.
That said, you should not pursue a liable party if they attempt to flee the scene. You do not have an obligation to chase them down. Doing so may even put you in danger. Instead, communicate with police officers and let law enforcement do their job. You, in the meanwhile, can continue to take photos and statements from the scene to use in a civil lawsuit.
Contact an Insurance Provider
If the liable party remains on the scene and gives you their insurance information, you’re in luck. You can reach out to a liable party’s insurance provider and demand compensation for your losses.
That said, you need to stand your ground when you’re working with an insurance provider. Many insurance claims adjusters want to save their employers money instead of supporting you throughout your recovery. With that in mind, consider bringing in an expert to help represent you in conversations with a provider.
Greenfield, IN, motorcycle wreck attorneys can stand with you throughout these proceedings. In doing so, we can ensure that insurance providers recognize the full extent of your motorcycle accident losses. We can appeal a denied claim and challenge bad faith behavior in civil court, should the need to do so arise.
Consult With a Greenfield Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
If you don’t have a liable party’s insurance information, or if you feel like an insurance provider didn’t offer you enough support, there are other options available to you. You can consult with an attorney to discuss your right to legal action in Indiana’s civil courts.
Vaughan & Vaughan can specifically help you bring forward the data you need to prove your right to a civil lawsuit. We can then submit your findings before your statute of limitations, Indiana Code section 34-11-2-4, expires.
In doing so, we help you win the right to either negotiate with the liable party or win damages via a civil trial.
Finding the Value of Your Possible Economic and Non-Economic Damages
Whether you’re working with an insurance provider or taking your claim to court, you need to know the value of your motorcycle accident. Our team establishes this value by finding the sum of your motorcycle wreck’s economic and non-economic expenses. The expenses that you may have the right to include in your report can encompass your:
- Emergency medical care
- Long-term recovery
- Pain management and mobility aids
- Lost wages
- Lost opportunities to work in particular industries
- Emotional distress
- Mental anguish
- Property damage, repair, and replacement services
Our team can bring forward the evidence you need to prove your right to the damages you need to recover. You can always count on a Greenfield motorcycle crash lawyer to advocate for your right to the most possible compensation.
Let Vaughan & Vaughan Look Into Your Losses
Are you ready to take legal action against a negligent party? Let the motorcycle accident attorneys in Greenfield represent your best interests. Vaughan & Vaughan can stand by you as you go to civil court or negotiate for support. Thanks to our contingency policy, our services won’t cost you a dime while your case progresses. We only get paid if you win.
You can learn more about your right to civil action during a free case consultation with our team of experienced lawyers. Contact us by phone or online today to book your initial evaluation. We’re prepared to investigate your losses so that you can more effectively recover from the wrongs done to you.