Foley & Small has handled many motorcycle accidents. In handling these cases we often hear the other driver testify that he or she looked but did not see our client, the motorcyclist, before the impact. Tragically, these accidents often result in serious injury or even death to the motorcyclist.
Foley & Small works with experts in the operation, maintenance handling of motorcycles; including those who provide training courses for motorcyclist and would be motorcyclist here in the State of Indiana. Beyond that, Foley & Small works with forensic engineers, civil engineers and human factors experts along with others to prepare these cases to their utmost.
In 2012, 2,624 of all motorcycles (52%) involved in fatal crashes collided with another type of motor vehicle in transport. In two-vehicle crashes, 75 percent of the motorcycles involved in motor vehicle traffic crashes collided with the vehicles in the front of them. Only 7 percent were struck in the rear.
Motorcycles are more likely to be involved in fatal collisions with fixed objects than are other vehicles. In 2012, 22 percent of the motorcycles involved in fatal crashes collided with fixed objects, compared to 18 percent for passenger cars, 14 percent for light trucks, and 4 percent for large trucks.
In 2012, there were 2,317 two-vehicle fatal crashes involving a motorcycle and another type of vehicle. In 41 percent (953) of these crashes, the other vehicles were turning left while the motorcycles were going straight, passing, or overtaking other vehicles. Both vehicles were going straight in 524 crashes (23%).
NHTSA considers a crash to be speeding-related if the driver was charged with a speeding-related offense or if an officer indicated that racing, driving too fast for conditions, or exceeding the posted speed limit was a contributing factor in the crash. In 2012, 34 percent of all motorcycle riders involved in fatal crashes were speeding, compared to 22 percent for passenger car drivers, 18 percent for lighttruck drivers, and 8 percent for large-truck drivers.
In 2012, 4,957 motorcyclists were killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes—an increase of 7 percent from the 4,630 motorcyclists killed in 2011. There were 93,000 motorcyclists injured during 2012, a 15-percent increase from 81,000 in 2011.
Ten times more unhelmeted motorcyclists died (1,565) in States without universal helmet laws than in States with universal helmet laws (151 unhelmeted motorcyclist fatalities) in 2014.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has developed model “Share the Road” language by reviewing materials currently being used by safety, and motorcycle safety agencies and a variety of national organizations that have a vested interest in motorcycle safety. These materials included operator licensing manuals, public service announcements, brochures, pamphlets, posters, and Internet Web sites. The agency identified the common themes and language from these materials that serve to effectively convey the importance of sharing the road safely with motorcyclists.
ABATE of Indiana represents approximately 13% of the registered motorcycles in Indiana, with a membership of over 20,000. ABATE has a full-time staff, 350 volunteer officers, and over 200 certified safety instructors, dedicated to serving the interests of all motorcyclists.ABATE of Indiana’s Award Winning Motorcycle Rider Courses
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-Douglas D. Small
-Edmond W. Foley
Represented estate of middle age woman who suffered fatal injuries during the course of a car semi-tractor collision.
Represented estate of man who died from injuries due to collision with a semi-tractor trailer.
Represented family members suffering injury after being struck by a delivery vehicle which failed to stop for a stop sign.
Represented delivery driver of RV units injured in crash with vehicle on interstate highway resulting in severe lower extremity injuries. Settlements with two defendants and verdict against a third defendant.
Represented client rearended by truck resulting in concussive and hand injuries.
Represented client involved in an intersectional accident resulting in chest and upper extremity injuries.
Represented woman struck by a vehicle involved in a high speed auto chase.
Represented high school student injured in highway intersection accident suffering vertebral fractures.
Represented elderly handicapped gentlemen who fell on asphalt debris in apartment complex parking lot.
Represented woman injured at county road intersection collision suffering complex hand injuries.
Lead counsel in Indiana working to secure a settlement of $125,000,000.00 against the New England Compounding Center and its officers, directors and employees arising from fungus contaminated epidural injections distributed throughout the United States, including Indiana and Michigan.
Represented worker injured at work site due to injuries caused by third party contractors (not employer).
Retail store slip and fall claim resulting in brain injury.
Represented estate of employee injured as a result of an at-work explosion caused by third party contractor.
Represented woman injured due to defective product resulting in injuries involving significant complications and multiple follow up procedures.
Represented estate of construction worker injured who suffered fatal injuries during the course of assisting and the unloading of construction materials from a trailer.
Represented estate of man electrocuted while working on farm property. Settlement with certain defendants and trial with one defendant.
In 2008, motorcycle rider fatalities increased for the eleventh straight year.
During 2008, more than 5,200 motorcyclists lost their lives in fatal highway crashes.
Fifty percent of all motorcycles involved in fatal crashes collided with another type of motor vehicle in transport. In two-vehicle crashes, 78 percent of the motorcycles involved were struck in the front. Only 5 percent were struck in the rear.
Over 90 percent of all two-vehicle crashes involving a motorcycle and a passenger vehicle in which the motorcycle rider died occurred on non-interstate roadways.
Fifty percent or more of all two-vehicle crashes involving a motorcycle and a passenger vehicle in which the motorcycle rider died were intersection crashes.
In 2007, there were 2,332 two-vehicle fatal crashes involving a motorcycle and another type of vehicle. In 40 percent of these crashes, the other vehicle was turning left while the motorcycle was going straight, passing, or overtaking the vehicle.
If you or a family member have been involved in a motorcycle accident, be sure to contact us at Foley & Small. Email us from our Contact page or call us at 800-276-2525.
We have years of experience and have handled many motorcycle accident claims. We work with experts knowledgeable in accident reconstruction and motorcycle safety. We are staffed and equipped to effectively and efficiently handle such claims.
Foley & Small handles and tries cases across Indiana and Michigan. This includes working in the following counties, county seats and cities: