McGlone Law helps motorcyclists injured in accidents to seek compensation for their injuries. Because of their small size and low profile, motorcycles are generally less visible to drivers, making them more prone to certain types of accidents. In addition, more than seven out of ten motorcycle accidents in 2017 resulted in some sort of injury, and major factors in these accidents included unsafe speed, following too closely (“tailgating”), and improper passing.
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It's worth mentioning that every precaution should be taken to avoid a motorcycle accident in the first place, such as wearing the proper protective gear: a full-coverage helmet, leather jackets, chaps, long sleeves and pants, and boots. However, if you do get into a motorcycle accident, it's pertinent to your injury case that you collect all the evidence you can at the scene of the accident. First, seek immediate medical attention. Even if you don't feel injured, do not refuse a medical exam. Accident injuries can very easily present themselves in the days and weeks after the incident.
If you are not seriously injured and able to stay at the scene, collect the following information:
Depending on the circumstances of the incident, several parties may be liable. If the motorcycle had defective parts, such as brakes, gears, or tires, the manufacturer could be liable. Also, in cases that involve unsafe road conditions, the government entity responsible for maintaining the road could be liable. In motorcycle accidents involving alcohol impairment, motorcyclists are generally more likely to be impaired than other involved drivers. The motorcycle accident attorneys at McGlone Law can investigate the incident to determine the facts, and we charge no fees unless we win.
After assessing liability and determining the amount of damages needed, we can evaluate available insurance coverage. The policies may include bodily injury and property damage liability, underinsured motorist coverage (UIM), and uninsured motorist coverage (UM). Having proper coverage for yourself can minimize your financial losses if the at-fault party’s insurance does not adequately cover the damages. At McGlone Law, we can build your case and represent you in court to fight for the compensation you deserve.
If you have been involved in a motorcycle accident in Indiana, there are several laws that are important to keep in mind when it comes to trying to collect compensation for your injuries.
Indiana's Motorcycle Helmet Law
According to Indiana Code 9-21-10-9, all motorcycle passengers or drivers under the age of 18 are required to wear a helmet. Additionally, any riders who only hold a learners permit must also wear a helmet while riding.
While it is wise for all motorcyclists to wear a helmet while riding, it is not required in Indiana. This means that you cannot be denied compensation for your injuries based on the fact that you were not wearing a helmet at the time of your accident. A skilled motorcycle accident attorney can help you fight any claims like this when representing your case.
Is Lane Splitting Legal in Indiana?
Indiana Code 9-21-10-6 states that each vehicle is entitled to the entirety of their own lane in Indiana. This means that lane-splitting in Indiana is against the law. However, this also means that if you were injured when another vehicle attempted to share your portion of the lane (for example, if a passenger car attempted to fit beside you in the lane, rather than driving behind you), the other party is guilty of breaking the law and can potentially be proven to be at fault for the accident. Don't let someone else get away with causing your injuries through their own negligence.
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