Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents

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What are Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents?

Motorcycle accidents occur as frequently as any other vehicle accidents. But the degree of injury may be more severe because motorcycles are fast vehicles that do not necessarily provide the most protection. By being aware of the common causes of motorcycle accidents, you may prevent them or even seek recourse after being injured. The following are the common causes of motorcycle accidents: 

Can I File a Lawsuit If Another Rider Caused My Injuries?

Yes. A plaintiff may file a negligence claim against another rider who they believed caused their injuries. Negligence is the theory of exercising care an ordinary person would under similar or same circumstances. In other words, if the reckless rider engaged in risky behavior on a bike, and that risky behavior led to the accident, then the rider would be liable for the accident.

What If I Have Been Involved in a Motorcycle Crash?

A motorcycle crash is often much different than a typical car accident. Because the motorcycle driver is exposed, and often driving at high speeds, motorcycle crashes can involve very serious injuries to the driver. 

Here are some points of advice if you’ve been involved in a motorcycle accident:

Taking these steps can help you when dealing with insurance companies, and if you will be filing for relief in a civil court of law.

How is Liability Determined in a Motorcycle Crash?

In a motorcycle crash, the court may examine many different factors to determine who is liable for the accident and the resulting injuries. These factors may include:

You should note that there may be slight differences between the words “accident” and “crash”. The word “accident” or “collision” usually implies that more than one vehicle is involved in the injuries. On the other hand, the word “crash” may mean that only one driver was involved. 

What Type of Recovery is Available for Motorcycle Crash Claims?

In many cases, recovery for motorcycle is usually processed through insurance claims. This is especially true where no other cars were involved, for example if the driver skidded and fell. 

However, for injuries caused by a collision between a motorcycle and another car, the motorcyclist may have sustained serious injuries. For these types of claims, the motorcyclist may be able to file a lawsuit with the court in order to recover damages for their injuries. 

The monetary damages award may cover expenses like hospital bills, attorney’s fees, court costs, lost wages, and loss of future income. The amount of recovery will of course depend on the nature of the crash, as well as state laws. 

Should I Hire a Lawyer?

Yes, a personal injury lawyer can help you when you are involved in a motorcycle accident. He can go over your rights and potential legal claims. Even simpler claims require the expert knowledge of an attorney. Motorcycle laws can vary widely from state to state, so it’s in your best interests to hire a lawyer for advice on motorcycle laws. Your lawyer can instruct you on how to proceed and can represent you throughout the process.

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Last Modified: 10-04-2017 02:50 PM PDT

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