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Indianapolis Motorcycle Accident Lawyer

Indiana roads can be dangerous for motorcyclists, especially in the summer months when the weather permits more riding. With little protection such as a frame, airbags, and other automobile safety features, motorcycle riders are at a greater risk of injury. Even worse, insurance companies often stereotype motorcycle riders as being reckless and dangerous. When a motorcyclist is injured in an accident, they often face a difficult and uphill battle to recover damages. Many auto insurers will approach the case with a deny and defend stance to try to pay out as little as possible. Bulldog Batesky has nearly 30 years of fighting for motorcycle accident victims and their families. Contact our office today for a complimentary case evaluation to recover damages from your motorcycle accident in Indiana.

1,930 individuals were injured and 112 individuals were killed in motorcycle-related crashes on Indiana roadways in 2018.

You Might Have A Case If...

18% of motorcyclists who died in a crash were helmeted.

You were involved in an accident and suffered injuries.

You were not at fault but insurance will not pay.

There is a dispute over who is at fault.

You have suffered serious loss as a result of the accident.

A settlement cannot be reached.

Our Personal Approach

Motorcyclists are frequently involved in accidents in Indiana, especially in the warmer months. If you are involved in an accident, it is crucial to immediately collect and preserve all evidence associated with your accident including police reports, photos, witness statements, medical records, and anything else that may be of importance for you to recover damages.

After you are involved in an accident, contact an experienced Indianapolis motorcycle accident attorney such as Bulldog Batesky. Richard Batesky has been fighting for Hoosiers who are involved in motorcycle accidents for the last three decades.

Motorcyclists who are involved in an accident are much more likely to incur hefty medical bills, property damage, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Many injuries can be life altering and recovering damages is important to restoring your life.

Attorney Richard Batesky is an Indianapolis motorcycle accident lawyer committed to fighting for injured Hoosiers. We will begin investigating your case immediately so that we can protect all of your recovery rights. We have the necessary experience to fight insurance companies who want to give you pennies for your injuries. We understand that your injuries can affect your entire family, so we will use all resources available to help win your case.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident in Indianapolis, contact our office today for a complimentary case evaluation. Bulldog Batesky will fight to protect all your rights after a motorcycle accident.

Since an initial case consultation and evaluation of your Indiana motorcycle accident injury claim is free of charge, you have nothing to lose and everything to gain by having us review your claim.

Types of Motorcycle Accident Injuries

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

Motorcyclists are at a high risk of suffering head injuries when they are involved in a collision due to the lack of protection compared to drivers in passenger vehicles. These injuries typically require extensive treatment and can alter a person’s life forever. The typical signs of traumatic brain injury (TBI) include:

  • Loss of consciousness
  • Dazed, confused, and disoriented
  • Headache
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Fatigue
  • Problems with speech
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Seizures
  • Slurred speech

There are three degrees of traumatic brain injury after a motorcycle accident including mild, moderate, and severe. Severe TBI can cause a motorcyclist to slip into a coma and cause permanent, irreparable damage.

Lower-Extremity Injuries

Lower-extremity injuries are the most common injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident. These injuries occurred in 47% of motorcyclists who received medical treatment after an accident. Since the legs are closest to the ground, they are exposed to injury from asphalt, gravel, and hot exhaust pipes. The most common lower-extremity injuries that occur include:

  • Cuts and abrasions
  • Bruising
  • Burns
  • Road rash
  • Pelvic fractures
  • Torn ligaments in the knee
  • Fractures in the knee cap or joint

These types of injuries can take a significant time to heal and involve surgery and other medical intervention. These injuries are rarely fatal but can cause permanent damage.

Internal Injuries

After a serious motorcycle accident in Indiana, many victims suffer from injuries inside the body. It is common for accident victims to do a self-assessment after an incident to determine the extent of their injuries. However, not all injuries are on the outside of the body. Injuries on the outside of the body are easy to recognize, but injuries inside the body can be much more difficult to identify. Some of the most common internal injuries include:

  • Internal bleeding
  • Blunt trauma
  • Deceleration trauma
  • Broken bones
  • Kidney damage
  • Pneumothorax

Internal injuries should always be treated with the utmost care and attention. After a motorcycle accident, it is important to seek medical treatment immediately. Motorcycles inherently have less protection; therefore, the risk and likelihood of internal injuries is greater.

Road Rash

Road rash is a serious injury that occurs during many motorcycle accidents. Due to the lack of protection of riders, the skin often comes into contact with the asphalt during a crash. Glass, rocks, and other debris from the road may enter the body and can cause significant injuries.

Road rash injuries most commonly affect the extremities and face. The severity of road rash depends on factors such as the force of the crash, type of surface where the crash occurs, and the gear that the rider is wearing. There are three different types of road rash including:

  • Avulsion: The skin is scraped away and exposes layers of fat, muscle, and/or bone.
  • Open Wound: When the skin is tore open, the victim can require stitches or skin grafts to repair the wound.
  • Compression: This occurs when part of the body is caught between two objects. Compression road rash can cause bruising, muscle damage, and broken bones.

When you are involved in a motorcycle accident, you need an experienced injury attorney who will fight for you. Batesky Law Office has over 30 years of experience in handling motorcycle accident claims for victims who have suffered serious injury. Contact our office today for a complimentary case review.

Broken Bones & Fractures

Broken bones and fractures are common injuries in motorcycle accidents. The severity can range based on the impact of the accident. Long term effects of broken bones include arthritis, bone infection, and compartment syndromes. There are many signs and symptoms of a broken bone after a motorcycle accident including:

  • Pain from movement or pressure
  • Bone exposed
  • Deformed limbs or joints
  • Discoloration or numbness
  • Abnormally positioned or angled limbs

At Batesky Law Office, we have nearly 30 years of experience navigating claims after a motorcycle accidents and help you explore all of the avenues of compensation that may be available to you. An experienced Indianapolis motorcycle injury attorney will fight the negligent parties and their insurance company for the compensation that you may deserve after suffering injuries in a crash.

Causes of Motorcycle Accidents

  • Many drivers have difficulty seeing motorcycles and swerve in front of them to change lanes.
  • This is often a result of drivers being distracted or not spotting the motorcycle rider.
  • When drivers are not following posted speed limits and road signs, it puts motorcycle riders at risk for being involved in an accident.
  • Motorcyclists can not stop as easily as a car, so it can be dangerous and lead to accidents when a driver fails to yield.
  • Motorcyclists can not make sudden stops or maneuvers so when a car is following too closely, it puts the rider at risk as well as the driver of the car.
  • There are many reasons that a driver may not see a motorcycle on the roadway including distracted driving, texting and driving, and the small size of the motorcycle compared to other vehicles.
  • Distracted and negligent driving is a major contributor in motorcycle accidents in Indiana. Motorcycles can be difficult to spot on the road so drivers need to be more aware of all of their surroundings, especially in the summer months.
  • When a person drives while impaired, their cognitive abilities are impaired which makes spotting motorcycles more difficult.


Motorcyclists killed in motor vehicle crashes in the United States

Fatal motorcycle collisions decreased 30% from 2017 to 2018.

Legal Steps for Motorcycle Accidents in Indiana

Occasionally, a settlement can be reached before a lawsuit is filed. An experienced attorney can determine the best approach for sending demand letters. If your attorney believes your case can be settled, he will send a demand for payment to the person at fault, or their insurance company. If the demand is unsuccessful, your attorney will proceed with filing a lawsuit.

When your attorney files a lawsuit, your case has officially begun. An experienced attorney in Indiana will notify the court and the defendant that a personal injury case has been filed and that they are your counsel. The defendant is required to send an answer to acknowledge that the case will be proceeding.

The investigation and process of gathering information are included in the discovery phase of your lawsuit. This is where attorneys depose the plaintiff and the defendant to gather all evidence to present a solid case in court. Your attorney will prepare you for the deposition ahead of time and will always be present to prevent you from answering unfair or irrelevant questions.

Often, insurance companies choose to settle cases before going to trial since settlement is far less costly than litigation. After the discovery phase, the attorneys on both sides of the case will determine whether a settlement can be agreed upon. If no agreement can be reached or you attorney feels that you are not receiving maximum compensation, then your case will go to trial.

Personal injury claims can take months or years to settle or resolve. Evidence requests, schedule conflicts, and other conflicts may arise that push your trial date. An experienced attorney will keep you informed and do his best to expedite proceedings so that you can be compensated for your loss.

FAQs for Motor Vehicle Accidents in Indiana


Are helmets mandatory for motorcycle riders in Indiana?


Indiana law required riders age 17 and younger to wear helmets. The law that required all motorcycle operators to wear a helmet was repealed in 1977.


Should I settle my motorcycle accident claim with the insurance company?


If you settle your claim, you will be accepting on an agreed-upon sum of money in exchange for making a legally binding promise that you will not sue in the future. Once you settle, you cannot change your mind and try to get more money, even if you injuries turn out to be worse than initially thought. Before settling a case, speak to an experienced Indianapolis injury attorney who can help value your claim and provide better insight into the legal world surrounding motorcycle accidents. Batesky Law Office provides complimentary case evaluations for motorcycle accident victims. Contact our office today to schedule an appointment.


What should I do if the other driver doesn't have insurance?


You may be involved in a motorcycle accident in which a driver has minimal or no insurance at all. When this happens, you can collect compensation from your own insurance company through an uninsured or underinsured motorist policy.


I wasn't wearing a helmet when I was involved in a motorcycle accident. Can I still obtain compensation?


In Indiana, it is not required by law for riders to wear helmets if you are over 18 years of age. If you are involved in an accident involving injury and you are not wearing a helmet, you may still be entitled to compensation. Contact Batesky Law Office today for a complimentary case review.


What is the cost to hire a motorcycle injury attorney?


At Batesky Law Office, we work on a contingency fee basis. We do not get paid unless we win or settle your case for you.

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