When making the decision to ride a motorcycle instead of driving a passenger car or truck, a motorcyclist must consider whether he or she is willing to accept the significantly increased degree of risk associated with motorcycle travel. Because of this, most bikers are exceptionally cautions while they are riding and many enroll in supplementary training courses to prepare themselves for the demands of highway traffic. This is not enough, however, to protect a motorcyclist from the negligence of other motorists, manufacturers, municipal agencies, and other entities that influence conditions on the road.
Part of the reason that a motorcyclist is likely to suffer grievous injury in the event of an accident is that there is no barrier to prevent a biker from being thrown. Though automobile drivers may take this most fundamental protection for granted, motorcyclists have no such security. This means that even low speed crashes have the potential to result in serious injury or death. While wearing a motorcycle helmet and other safety equipment can help to alleviate the physical harm suffered, there is no guarantee that they will be sufficient to save a life or to reduce the need for post-collision medical attention.
Factors in Motorcycle Accidents
Given the degree of danger present in a motorcycle accident, there are likely to be significant medical expenses, motorcycle repairs, and other damages inflicted upon the motorcyclist. Unfortunately, the negligent party’s insurance policy is unlikely to fully cover the cost of an injured motorcyclist’s needs. The hassle of this underinsurance pales in comparison to that which you are likely to encounter if you are involved in a collision with an uninsured motorist. The silver lining to this dark cloud is that it may be possible, depending upon the cause of your accident, to pursue a legal action against the responsible party that seeks financial compensation for the damages incurred.
Our experience has shown us that the following issues are often at play in motorcycle accidents and in many instances they warrant a civil lawsuit:
- Intoxicated driving
- Reckless driving
- Highway defects
- Motorcycle defects or malfunctions
- Brake malfunctions
- Tire defects
- Lack of signs
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