Drunk drivers are a hazard to everyone around them, but motorcycle riders are at an especially high risk of serious injury and death when they encounter an impaired motorist. The small stature of these two-wheeled vehicles makes them difficult to notice—particularly when a driver has been drinking—and in the event of a crash, motorcyclists have little protection from the force of impact.
If you were struck by an impaired driver while riding a motorcycle, you may be entitled to compensation for damages. Read on to learn the answers to a few FAQs about motorcycle accident claims involving drunk drivers:
There are many kinds of evidence your attorney might use to prove liability, such as:
In the state of Indiana, personal injury claimants have the right to seek compensation for both economic and non-economic damages, which may include:
It’s wise to call a lawyer immediately after your first doctor’s visit, which should take place within 48 hours of the wreck. The sooner your attorney is able to investigate the crash, the better the chance that time-sensitive evidence will still be available.
Also, seeking legal counsel right away can help to conduct an investigation, gather evidence, take depositions, and prevent you from missing critical deadlines. It is best to start the process early because it can take several months to conduct the investigation, take depositions, and build your claim. The statute of limitations (i.e. the deadline for filing a claim) for personal injury lawsuits in Indiana is usually two years; however, there are exceptions to the two-year filing deadline. If you want to name a government entity in your claim, for example, you must submit a Tort Claims Notice to the appropriate political subdivision within 180 days or to the state within 270 days.
If you want to file a claim against a drunk driver following a motorcycle accident, contact Ball Eggleston. Led by personal injury attorney J.P. Schafer, a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, our law firm has recovered more than $200 million for accident victims and their families. Call (765) 742-9046 or use our online contact form to set up a free case evaluation with a motorcycle accident lawyer in Lafayette.
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Ball Eggleston—a Lafayette, Indiana law firm—is located at 201 Main Street, Suite 810 P.O. Box 1535 Lafayette, IN 47902. Contact Ball Eggleston by phone at (765) 742-9046, by fax at (765) 742-1966, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. For additional information, find Ball Eggleston online at www.ball-law.com.
Disclaimer: The content of this blog is intended to be general and informational in nature. It is advertising material and is not intended to be, nor is it, legal advice to or for any particular person, case, or circumstance. Each situation is different, and you should consult an attorney if you have any questions about your situation.