Motorcycle riders are notoriously vulnerable when they are out on the road in Indiana and throughout the U.S. There are a variety of reasons for this from motorcycle unawareness to recklessness on the part of the drivers of other vehicles and more. Serious injuries and fatalities can result from motorcycle accidents. These can happen to anyone and those who are affected should be aware of what they will face in the aftermath. In many cases, a legal case is necessary to recover damages for financial and personal loss.
A prime example of all motorcyclists being at risk to a crash occurred when a law enforcement officer on his motorcycle was injured after being hit by a van. The van suddenly changed lanes and hit the officer. The officer was riding a 2015 Harley Davidson issued by the department. The officer was taken to the hospital with injuries to his leg and ankle. After an investigation, the driver of the van was placed under arrest for not having a driver's license. In addition, he received citations for his license plates being expired and for making an unsafe lane change.
Being in any kind of motor vehicle accident can cause significant problems in a person's life, but a motorcycle accident is especially worrisome because of the vulnerability of the rider. Even if the rider is taking all possible precautions, that lack of protection that is accorded when riding puts them at risk to have lifelong damage. There can be hospital expenses, surgical procedures, the need for rehabilitative care, the inability to work, and the possibility that loved ones will need to provide a variety of services that were previously done without help. There can be financial, emotional and personal sacrifices necessary. Insurance coverage might not be sufficient, making it wise to consider a legal filing against the other party.
In this case, the officer was hit by a vehicle that not only made an improper lane change, but was being operated by a driver who did not have a legal driver's license. Given the various factors in this accident and that the officer was injured, he should protect himself by discussing a potential lawsuit with an attorney as soon as possible.
Source: fox59.com, "Carmel police officer injured in motorcycle crash," Feb. 21, 2017