Lafayette Motorcycle Accident Attorney
Expert Legal Help for Indiana Motorcyclists After an Accident
While navigating the the scenic streets of Lafayette motorcyclists get to enjoy the freedom of the open road. However, with this freedom comes an increased risk of accidents. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that motorcyclists are significantly more vulnerable to serious injuries or fatalities in collisions compared to passenger vehicle occupants.
At Hovde Dassow + Deets, our dedicated team of motorcycle accident attorneys in Lafayette is here to champion the rights of injured riders and their families. Since 1967, our accident lawyers have provided expert legal help to the injured and their families, securing over $300 million in deserved compensation. We understand the unique challenges faced by riders on Indiana roads and are committed to providing personalized legal representation to ensure the best possible outcome for your case.
Determining Liability in Lafayette Motorcycle Accidents
Identifying the responsible party in a motorcycle crash is crucial for pursuing compensation under Indiana's fault-based accident system. Our experienced Lafayette motorcycle accident attorneys meticulously investigate each case, working closely with specialists to uncover the truth and hold the right parties accountable.
Remember, it is critically important to your case and compensation to prove that you did not contribute to the crash that caused your injuries. According to Indiana's comparative negligence law, if a personal injury claimant bears 51 percent or more responsibility for their injury, they cannot recover any compensation due to Indiana Code 34-51-2-6.
If you are found to be less than 51 percent at fault in an injury-causing accident, you have the right to recover compensation. However, the compensation amount will be reduced in proportion to your percentage of fault. For instance, if you were found to be 20 percent at fault for the accident, you would receive only 80 percent of your compensation award.
Arguing that you are partially responsible for the accident is often a tactic insurance companies use to reduce the payout on a claim. Furthermore, bias against motorcyclists is often an issue faced by injured riders. Our experienced lawyers are adept at navigating these complexities and combating the biases insurance adjusters may hold against riders.
Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents in Lafayette
While the stereotype suggests motorcyclists are often at fault, the reality is that negligent driving by others is a frequent cause of accidents. In Lafayette, where roadways are shared by various drivers, common forms of negligent behavior include:
- Distracted driving, including cellphone use
- Impaired driving due to alcohol or drugs
- Aggressive driving, such as tailgating or unsafe lane changes
- Failure to yield or observe traffic signals
- Neglecting to check for bikers in blind spots
Our attorneys are well-versed in the specific traffic challenges of Lafayette and will fight to prove the negligence of others in causing your motorcycle accident.
Common Injuries and Compensation for Motorcycle Accidents in Lafayette
Motorcyclists often suffer severe injuries in accidents, given their exposure and lack of protective barriers. Common injuries in motorcycle accidents include:
- Bone fractures
- Road rash and burns
- Head and spinal injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
The physical, emotional, and financial toll of these injuries can be overwhelming. Hovde Dassow + Deets is dedicated to helping you recover compensation for all damages, such as medical bills, lost income, and pain and suffering. We understand the impact of seasonal weather conditions in Lafayette, which can contribute to accidents and injuries, and we take this into account when building your comprehensive claim.
Contact Our Lafayette Motorcycle Accident Attorneys Today
For those injured in motorcycle accidents in Lafayette, or anywhere in Indiana, our doors are open. We are committed to helping you navigate the legal process with expertise and compassion. Our attorneys are available around the clock to provide the support you need.
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The second case that Mr. Deets assisted me within a personal injury case for me. Because of his reputation and our great relationship, I asked him for assistance with a personal injury case for myself. Mr. Deets is co-counsel on an out-of-state issue and because of his reputation, he referred me to a highly respected and successful attorney out of state. The case has yet to settle but once again Mr. Deets provided a great recommendation to me and he has helped me come to grips with the reality of my case and has been very helpful to me by answering questions I didn’t feel confident about asking my current attorney. Fortunately for me, they both concurred on my potential outcome and I feel my case is going to have a positive outcome for me.
The other thing I like about this firm is that if they cannot help you or feel someone else can represent you in a more favorable manner then they will refer you to another firm. I like and highly recommend Mr. Deets and would suggest that you consult with him before making a final decision on the attorney you want to represent you.- Charles P.
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