Motorcycle accidents have risen over the past several years and often result in serious injuries or death. The three most common accident scenarios involve:
- A driver who fails to see the motorcycle,
- At an intersection, the motorcycle is hit by a car turning into or entering the roadway,
- There is not enough space between a car and the motorcycle, so the slightest driver error results in an an accident
1. A driver doesn’t see the motorcycle. Motorcycle riders often fall victim to accidents which occur because a driver failed to see the motorcycle. Drivers often fail to see motorcycles in blind spots or at intersections. To avoid this type of situation, motorcycle riders can wear brightly colored clothing and use appropriate signals. Just being aware of this fact can make a difference.
2. Intersection collisions. Motorcycle riders are often hit at intersections. Many riders approaching intersections can tell that a collision is imminent, so they must make evasive manuevers to avoid the collision and are often hurt doing so. For example, a rider may have to take evasive manuevers to avoid a driver who fails to stop at an intersection. Again, wearing bright colored clothing can help. However, these types of accidents are often unavoidable.
3. Spacing between a motorcycle and a car. Many accidents occur due to lack of appropriate spacing between a car and a motorcycle. For example, on a highway, a driver may be driving too closely to a motorcycle, and in the blink of an eye, overcompensates a curve and causes an accident.
In addition, motorcycle defects or helmet defects are less common, but do occur and account for a small percentage of serious injuries or death in motorcycle accident cases. When a defective motorcycle or motorcycle accessory causes an accident, the injured rider can make defective product liability claims.
In any of these three situations, the rider would be able to make a claim against the other driver for causing the accident and may obtain financial recovery for medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering. There may be additional claims against adjacent property owners or government agencies in control of the roadway. It is important to speak to a knowledgeable motorcycle accident lawyer as soon as possible to protect and preserve your rights.
Motorcycle safety is important at the law firm of Schwartz & Blackman.
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Published: June 4, 2012