A law firm that fights for injured bikers
Many people love taking their motorcycles on the roads in Muncie and throughout Delaware County. In Indiana, bikers have every right to be on the road, just like motorists. But some drivers don’t see it that way and their negligent behavior causes motorcycle accidents that leave motorcyclists seriously injured.
Whether you were rear-ended on Jackson Street or hit by a car door on Main, if negligence led to your crash, you deserve financial compensation. Insurance companies, however, often don’t treat injured motorcyclists fairly. That’s why you need an experienced Muncie personal injury lawyer who can help you fight back. Vaughan & Vaughan has been fighting for the rights of the injured since our founding in 1913.
Recovering compensation after a Muncie motorcycle accident is difficult. Negligent drivers often don’t admit to doing anything wrong and refuse to accept responsibility for what happened. Insurance companies don’t take your claim seriously and try to pressure you into settling for much less than you should be receiving. Our attorneys can help.
Our motorcycle accident lawyers hold negligent drivers accountable
All drivers have a responsibility to share the road and follow traffic laws. When a biker gets seriously hurt, many times it’s because a driver was careless or reckless. Our attorneys fight for the rights of bikers in all types of crashes, including:
- Left turns at intersections: When motorcyclists take a left turn, too many drivers fail to yield. They either weren’t looking for the motorcycle, or just didn’t care.
- Rear-end crashes: There are some drivers who follow motorcyclists too closely. The problem is that this leaves them with a much shorter stopping distance. If the motorcyclist has to brake, the driver may be unable to stop in time to prevent a crash.
- Blind spot accidents: Motorcycles can easily slip into a car’s blind spot. If a driver changes lanes or turns without carefully checking, there can be a collision.
- No-contact accidents: A biker may be forced off the road or into an obstacle in order to avoid a collision with a car whose driver was not paying attention.
Many motorcycle accidents in Muncie are caused by negligent drivers. Drivers who text behind the wheel or are distracted by some other behavior. Drivers who speed, run through yellow lights or aggressively change lanes on the highway. Drivers who are under the influence or nod off because they are too tired to drive.
Bikers also are required to be responsible operators on the road and to follow traffic laws. The vast majority of them do. But that’s not how insurance companies look at it. They hold onto stereotypes of motorcyclists as reckless and irresponsible. The way they see it, an injured motorcyclist must have been responsible for the crash. This makes recovering compensation more challenging.
You need a lawyer who knows how to win cases in Delaware County
Motorcycle crashes in Muncie can cause a wide range of injuries. These include broken bones, road rash, disfigurement and injuries to the head, neck or back. You may need surgery, hospitalization, medication, physical therapy and months of follow-up care. Medical expenses can add up quickly and soon become overwhelming.
The insurance company may offer you a settlement shortly after your crash. As your medical expenses start adding up and there is less money coming in because you can’t work, it may be tempting to accept their offer. The problem is it will fall far short of covering all of your damages. Their lowball offer is just a way for them to save money.
We think you deserve better. That’s why our legal team investigates your crash to get the facts that help us build a strong case for compensation. We gather evidence, carefully review accident reports and medical records and interview witnesses. If needed, we consult accident reconstruction experts and other specialists.
Our lawyers determine the total damages you have suffered in your Muncie motorcycle accident. These include all current and future medical expenses for treating your injuries. They include lost wages if you couldn’t work and other damages such as pain and suffering.
Then we demand appropriate compensation. Many times, when insurance companies see we have prepared a strong case, we are able to negotiate a settlement that meets your needs. But if they won’t negotiate, we are fully prepared to fight for you in court.
If you were hurt in a motorcycle crash in or near Muncie, it’s important to get trusted legal advice as soon as possible. Contact us to schedule a free consultation.