Motorcycle riders are often considered risk-takers; however, they are not always at fault for motorcycle accidents. Many motorcycle accidents are caused by other parties who act irresponsibly.
If you or a loved one were involved in a motorcycle accident, you should immediately contact a personal injury attorney who can guide you through the insurance claims process. Anderson Injury Lawyers has helped countless clients in situations like yours. Call us today at 817-294-1900 or use our contact form.
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Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
It’s essential to determine what caused a motorcycle wreck so that you can identify all of the liable parties. Some of the leading causes of motorcycle accidents include the following:
- Improper or unsafe lane changes
- Distracted driving
- Sudden stopping
- Left-turn accidents
- Failure to yield
- Failure to keep proper lookout for motorcycles
- Failure to properly check blind spots for motorcycles
- Following too closely
- Swerving in front of a motorcycle
- Opening a car door in front of a motorcycle
- Impaired driving (or driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol)
Many Parties Could Be Liable for Your Damages
Before you can get compensation for your damages after a motorcycle accident, you must identify all liable parties. More than one person or company could be responsible. You must include all potential parties in a lawsuit, otherwise you may not recover the compensation you deserve.
The possible parties that could be responsible include the following.
The Driver of the Other Motor Vehicle
If a car or truck hits you, the driver of that vehicle may be at fault for your wreck. Most motor vehicle accidents are caused by driver error. Car and truck drivers are often negligent by failing to look for motorcycles properly. Motorcycles can easily be in a larger vehicle’s blind spot, so drivers should carefully look around them and be aware of their blind spots. If the driver of the other motor vehicle is at fault, then you can file an insurance claim with their liability insurance provider.
A Government Entity
If a roadway is not properly maintained, it can lead to a dangerous situation for motorcycles. Huge potholes and uneven lanes can easily cause a biker to lose control and wreck. Similarly, those damaged roads can cause other motor vehicles to veer into motorcycles, resulting in a crash.
Suppose a government entity failed to maintain a roadway properly or negligently hired a construction company that does not keep a safe work zone. In that case, that government entity might be responsible for your damages.
The Motorcycle or Parts Manufacturer
A motorcycle manufacturer may be responsible for damages if a defective part leads to a crash. This may include brakes, lights, handlebars, and other potentially faulty parts.
It may be necessary to conduct a thorough investigation of your wreck where an accident reconstructionist evaluates the wreckage of your motorcycle to determine if the bike or an individual part was defective.
A Mechanic or Repair Shop
Motorcycles must undergo routine maintenance as well as inspections and repair. If a mechanic or repair shop failed to ensure the bike was in proper working condition before releasing it to you, they might be at fault for your crash.
A Safety Equipment Manufacturer
If you had a wreck and your injuries were more severe than they should have been, your safety equipment may have been defective.
A helmet or padded jacket should protect your vital organs from catastrophic injuries. If they fail to do so, then the safety equipment manufacturer may be to blame for your damages.
A Motorcycle Rental Company
Many people rent motorcycles to ride on occasion, especially while on vacation. If your bike was not properly maintained or defects led to your crash, the motorcycle rental company may be liable for its negligence.
How Can a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Help Determine Fault?
It’s best to work with a motorcycle accident lawyer familiar with the type of crash you had. Your attorney will have a network of people that can help you determine fault and ensure you get compensation for your damages.
Working with Expert Witnesses
Personal injury lawyers have an array of expert witnesses they work with frequently. When determining what happened in your crash, your attorney can enlist the help of an accident reconstructionist.
This professional can evaluate the evidence from the scene and determine if the car that hit you was speeding, what direction they were going, and other details about the cause of your accident.
Talking to Eyewitnesses
Some eyewitnesses are reluctant to discuss what they saw. A motorcycle accident lawyer knows how to carefully discuss these things with people at the scene.
The statements obtained can determine if the other vehicle made an illegal left turn, failed to check their blind spots, or other issues that could have occurred.
Negotiating with Insurance Companies
You should never talk to an insurance company before getting legal advice from an attorney. Your attorney can help you develop an honest statement while protecting your interests. The insurance will use anything you say against you, and they will often try to avoid liability.
Helping You Get a Settlement or Go to Court
Your attorney will work to get you a settlement offer that covers all your past and future losses. If the insurance company refuses to make a fair offer, your attorney can file a personal injury lawsuit and go to court on your behalf.
Call Anderson Injury Lawyers for Help
You might know who is to blame for your motorcycle accident, but it’s hard to find proof. An experienced motorcycle accident lawyer will conduct a thorough investigation and find the cause of your crash.
Call Anderson Injury Lawyers at 817-294-1900 to begin working on your case today.