Motorcycles are much smaller and lighter than cars, have only two wheels, and do not enclose the rider in a box of metal. These characteristics, along with others, make motorcycle riding riskier than riding in a car. As compared to car accidents, motorcycle accidents are more likely to result in death or serious injury.
Vehicles with two wheels are less stable than those with four, especially during emergency braking and swerving. Riding a motorcycle requires more skills than driving a car.
If you are in a motorcycle accident, seek immediate medical attention if necessary. As with any accident involving more than one vehicle, make sure you take notes and get contact information of potential witnesses. Taking photos is also recommended.
A helmet is by far the most important and most effective piece of protective equipment a motorcycle driver or passenger can wear. Helmets save lives by reducing the extent of head injuries in the event of a traffic accident
Motorcycle Defects and Recalls
One of the most common consumer product defect issues faced by the public is that of safety recalls of motor vehicles, including motorcycles. Accordingly, it’s important to understand the procedure involved in vehicle recalls as well as the respective responsibilities of those involved. Motorcycle manufacturers have a duty to attempt to notify owners of recalled vehicles or vehicle equipment. Importantly, if your motorcycle or other item of equipment is the subject of a safety recall — even if you don’t receive a notification of a recall — the manufacturer is obligated to remedy the defect at no cost to you.
Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
Causes and contributing factors of motorcycle accidents include:
- Road Hazards
- Alcohol use
- Unlicensed and/or inexperienced drivers
- Drivers not paying enough attention
- Drivers violating the motorcycle’s right of way
- Unsafe road conditions
- Design defects in the motorcycle
- Riding Skills
Liability in Motorcycle Accidents
Liability in most motorcycle accidents is governed by the law of “negligence.” A person is negligent when he or she behaves in a thoughtless or careless manner and causes injury to another person. A driver must use care to avoid injuring other motorists, passengers, or pedestrians — basically, anyone that he or she encounters on the road. Some examples include: Failure to wear a crash helmet, Failure to wear other protective clothing, speeding, Failure to wear visible clothing in the day and reflective clothing at night etc.,
Compensation in a Motorcycle Accident Lawsuit
Victims in a motorcycle accident may be entitled to compensation and reimbursement for:
- Medical bills, including future medical expenses for health problems related to injuries sustained during the accident
- Lost wages if you were unable to work
- Repair or replacement of your motorcycle
- A rental vehicle while yours is being repaired
- Pain and suffering as a result of the accident
Other out-of-pocket expenses
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