Pendleton is one of many stops along Indiana’s I-69. Drivers going to and from Ohio can travel through the area and, on a bad day, endanger local motorcyclists. What are you supposed to do if one of these passersby hits your motorcycle? When in doubt, you can call on Vaughan & Vaughan to help you explore your legal options.
While you can’t assume a criminal case against an offending party, you can take civil action against them. Our Pendleton personal injury attorneys can help you demand crash compensation from the party responsible for your collision. Vaughan & Vaughan will always advocate for your right to the most possible support following a dangerous accident.
You can learn more about the civil process during an initial case evaluation with Pendleton’s personal injury lawyers.
How Can You Respond to a Motorcycle Accident?
There’s no single road to recovery following a motorcycle accident. You can take a few different roads to financial support, some of which may overlap with one another. These can include:
Going to Court
As mentioned, you cannot open a criminal case against the party liable for your motorcycle accident. If you want to take legal action against an offending party, you need to open a civil case against them. This process requires you to bring forward evidence indicating that the offending party caused your accident and thus bears responsibility for your financial recovery.
Once you open a civil case against an offending party, you can either negotiate for a fair motorcycle accident settlement or take them to trial. Neither process is better than the other. Instead, the merits of each process vary depending on the nature of your case and the willingness of the liable party to take on fault.
You can discuss which path to compensation suits your best interest when you first meet with a motorcycle accident lawyer in Pendleton.
Having an Attorney Talk With an Insurance Provider
You can alternatively or additionally request that a personal injury lawyer have a conversation with the offending party’s insurance provider on your behalf. This process allows you to file an insurance claim and receive coverage for some of your most immediate losses.
We recommend that you have an attorney with you throughout this process because insurance providers can have biases against motorcyclists. Some insurance providers may try to deny a reasonable motorcycle accident claim. Others may try to offer you vastly insufficient settlements. In either case, an attorney can step in and attempt to correct the process on your behalf.
We can even take an insurance provider to civil court if we find that their team acts in bad faith in response to your request for support.
Do You Need to Work With an Attorney to Recover from a Motorcycle Crash?
You are not obligated to work with a Pendleton motorcycle accident attorney in the wake of a crash. Doing so can make your life easier, though. Trying to sort through Indiana civil law while contending with injuries or getting back to work isn’t easy. If you have an attorney spearheading your case, you can put the responsibility of research and representation onto them.
Are you worried about legal fees? Vaughan & Vaughan can mitigate those concerns. Our attorneys establish contingency fee agreements with our clients. These agreements state that you, as a client, will not receive a bill from our team while your case is in progress. Vaughan & Vaughan’s attorneys only receive payment for services rendered if we win your case.
When do You Need to File a Motorcycle Accident Claim?
If you want to take legal action against the party liable for your motorcycle accident, you must do so within Indiana’s personal injury statute of limitations. This statute, Indiana Code section 34-11-2-4, dictates that you must complete your investigation and file your claim by the second anniversary of your accident.
Filing within that deadline also gets easier when you have an attorney on your side. Our team can stay on top of your filing deadlines while completing a comprehensive investigation of your losses. You, in the meanwhile, can get back on your feet without compromising your right to legal action.
What’s the Average Value of a Motorcycle Accident Claim?
Many accident survivors want to know what the value of their motorcycle wreck case may be before they pursue legal action. Unfortunately, no Pendleton, IN, motorcycle accident lawyer can offer you a generalized estimate of your case’s value. Each case is different. We need to assess your case’s unique factors before estimating its total worth.
What does that mean for you? It means that you can turn to our team and request that we assess what economic and non-economic losses you endured due to someone else’s negligence. We can establish the value of these losses and subsequently calculate the sum total of the compensation you might receive from a liable party.
The damages that you might specifically have a right to after a motorcycle accident can include the following:
- Medical expense support
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Lost wages
- Lost opportunities for alternative employment
- Property damage and repair
- Property rental
- Mental anguish
Contact Vaughan & Vaughan for a Free Case Consultation
Vaughan & Vaughan offers motorcycle accident survivors and their families the opportunity to participate in a free case evaluation following a dangerous accident. You can meet with our team on your schedule to learn more about your right to compensation.
Our team operates on contingency, meaning that our representation costs you nothing. Our team does not get paid unless we win you a fair motorcycle accident settlement.
Ready to discuss your right to civil action? Contact our Pendleton motorcycle wreck lawyers today.