Motorcycle accidents require special attention. Typically, a motorcycle accident involves a seriously injured plaintiff with one or more surgeries and an insurance company who is quick to offer a less than mediocre settlement.
If you or a family member has been involved in a motorcycle wreck, you need an injury attorney. Motorcycle accidents are more complicated than a typical car accident claim and require the help of a skilled motorcycle accident attorney. A couple of items must be established to paint a clear picture regarding the motorcycle accident: 1) was the at-fault driver insured and how much were they insured for; 2) does the client have uninsured or underinsured motorist coverage (once we have content on this practice area, we should link) on his own insurance policy, motorcycle or automobile policy, that we can recover from; and finally, 3) does the client have no-fault, med-pay or health insurance coverage to address their medical bills. Uncovering the answers to these questions requires the help of an experienced motorcycle accident attorney. Let Crossen Kooi Law help you and your family while you get busy recovering from your injuries.
In Indiana, a driver must have less than 50% of the fault in an accident in order to claim anything in their personal injury lawsuit. Crossen Kooi Law is experienced in handling claims like these and hiring the necessary experts to recreate an accident. These experts, known as an accident reconstructionist, will work on your side, after gathering the necessary facts, to establish liability for the motorcycle accident.
Most importantly, it is imperative that you do not hesitate to seek qualified legal advice. The insurance companies will do their best to call you and request recorded statements. You should NEVER agree to take a recorded statement without first consulting an experienced personal injury lawyer. Whether you talk to our firm or another office, we highly recommend that you have a Personal Injury attorney on your side prior to speaking to the insurance company, especially if you believe the liability will be disputed.
You might be wondering what the value of your case is. You should keep in mind that insurance companies will fight to compensate you and your family for as little as possible. Insurance companies profit by limiting their exposure on valid claims. Crossen Kooi Law will give you an honest and straightforward assessment of your claim, and fight on your behalf until you receive just compensation.
Motorcycle Accident Indiana FAQs
Does Indiana state law require motorcyclists to wear a helmet?
No. If you are over 18, you don’t need a helmet. If you are under 18, yes you have to wear a helmet that has a protective face shield. The specific statute is IC 9-19-7 and it states:
IC 9-19-7-1 Minors; protective headgear and face shields Sec. 1. An individual less than eighteen (18) years of age who is operating or riding on a motorcycle on the streets or highways shall do the following: (1) Wear protective headgear meeting the minimum standards set by the bureau. (2) Wear protective glasses, goggles, or transparent face shields.
How long do I have to file a Personal Injury claim from a motorcycle accident in Indiana?
The statute of limitations for a motorcycle accident happening in Indiana is generally two years from the date of the accident. The relevant statute is Indiana Code 34-11-2-4. Statute of limitations issues are very fact sensitive; therefore, an injury victim should always consult with a qualified attorney to determine this date. It is insufficient to rely on published information, as there are numerous facts or issues which could shorten or lengthen your statutory filing deadline.
I was injured in a motorcycle accident in Indiana. I cannot work due to my injuries. How am I going to get my medical bills paid?
In Indiana, settlements are inclusive of the medical expenses and liens. As a result, the at-fault carrier is legally responsible for your medical bills in Indiana, assuming you can show that they were at fault in causing the motorcycle crash and they have enough insurance coverage to pay your medical expenses. However, the at-fault driver is not going to settle any part of your claim or pay any part of your medical expenses until your entire personal injury claim is resolved. You have to use either med-pay coverage or your health insurance to pay for your medical bills. If you don’t have either, then our attorneys will do the following: 1) try to get a doctor to treat you on the condition that he will be paid out of your settlement and; 2) try to negotiate down your medical bills to put more money in your pocket from your settlement.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident, call us right away! We are here to help.