Although designated crosswalks are becoming more common in Indiana, the rate of motorcycle-pedestrian accidents has not reduced. One in six motorcycle accidents in the state is fatal, and they may be fatal to the rider and the pedestrian hit. Head, chest, brain and spinal injuries are the main types of injuries in these accidents. When a pedestrian or a motorcyclist dies in a motorcycle accident, lawsuits are often filed.
What to do in case of a motorcycle accident
In motorcycle accidents, motorcyclists are 25 times more likely to perish than they are in vehicle accidents. What should you do in such an accident? Here are some steps to follow:
- First, ensure that everyone involved is okay. Worry about your safety and that of those around you. You should also call an ambulance for the safety of everyone involved.
- If you are a pedestrian, take the insurance information of the motorcyclist. You should also collect the personal information of the injured parties.
- Gather all the evidence, including that of the other people at the scene. The bike should remain at the scene in case the motorcyclist disputes the fault. Pictorial evidence is crucial in reconstructing how the accident happened.
- Get the necessary treatment even though you may feel fine. Immediate treatment will help prove any injuries, and a full recovery prevents further damages.
Who is at fault in a motorcycle-pedestrian accident?
There is a popular belief that pedestrians don’t have the right of way. Thus, many motorcyclists do not care as pedestrians are walking along roads or crossing the streets. The pedestrian is at fault when they walk in restricted areas or ignore the safety signals.
To determine who is at fault, consider whether the pedestrian was violating any laws. Additionally, consider whether the motorcyclist was speeding or violating any traffic laws. Law enforcement and insurance agencies often find the negligent party at fault.
Motorcycle accidents continue to claim more lives annually. If you are involved in a motorcycle-pedestrian accident, contact an experienced personal injury lawyer.