Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) About Personal Injury Laws in Indiana
Below are the answers to common initial questions many clients have when they first contact Keller and Keller. We hope that the information below address many initial concerns you may have, but if you don't find the answers here, please contact us with questions specific to your case. The consultation is free and confidential.
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Why should I take a camera with me while riding my motorcycle?
Always ride with a camera in the event that an accident may occur. Take pictures of the scene and get statements from any and all witnesses that will collaborate the date, time of day, road conditions, etc. and document such things as weather conditions, type of road, speed of travel, and so on. The defendants' attorneys will try to establish that some other factor contributed to the accident and you must be prepared to refute that.
What am I entitled to receive for my injuries as a result of my motorcycle accident?
Every case is different. The exact type of compensation and the amount you might receive depend on your individual situation. For example, the amount you receive will vary depending upon how severely you were injured, whether you are working and what type of job you have, if your injuries are permanent, if you are married, and numerous other factors.
Typically, you are entitled to recover for any of the following expenses:
Pain and suffering
Future medical expenses
Probable loss of wages in the future
Loss of relationship with your spouse
Other out-of-pocket expenses due to your injuries
In some cases, in which the other party's conduct was unusually heinous, you may be able to recover punitive damages.
Is an investigation of my motorcycle accident case important?
A prompt investigation is essential. This is because the insurance company will always attempt to prove that the motorcyclist was to some extent at fault in order to diminish the value of the motorcyclist’s claim.
The law offices of Keller and Keller will make use of extensive resources and ensure that no evidence is lost or tampered with in regard to your injury claim. It is important that evidence not be lost in motorcycle accident claims, as it is imperative that we present this evidence to the insurance company.
How long will my case take?
The length of time a case takes depends on a number of things. A complex case, with several different parties, all with different claims, can take a lot longer to resolve than a relatively simple case, involving one injured party, and one party who caused the injury.
Many straightforward motorcycle cases are resolved in four to eight months. It is possible, but unusual for a case to take much more than one and a half years to resolve.
I wasn't wearing a helmet when I was in an accident. Does that make a difference?
You may bring an action for your injuries even if you were not wearing a helmet, but not wearing a helmet may make a difference in the amount of damages you receive. If not wearing a helmet did not cause or aggravate your injuries (for example, if you were hurt in your legs, and wearing a helmet would not have made any difference in your injuries), it probably will not make a difference. The attorneys at Keller and Keller will gladly discuss any concerns with you regarding your motorcycle accident.
I ride a motorcycle recreationally, usually only on weekends. Do I have to wear a helmet?
Motorcycle helmet laws vary from state to state. To wear a helmet or not wear one is a personal choice. If you are traveling out state, make sure to investigate the laws of the states you are traveling through so you will know you can be in compliance.
How do I know if a motorcycle helmet is acceptable under my state's helmet law?
All DOT approved helmets will have a label on them indicating this approval.
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