Injured by a Motorcycle Accident: Who Is Liable?
Unlike a car, motorcycles are smaller and can zip in and
around traffic with ease, which makes motorcyclists more likely to be involved
in crashes. The most common types of motorcycle crashes include the following:
· Blind spot accidents
· Open door accidents
· Road rage accidents
· Sudden-stop collisions
Single bike accidents
Following an accident, the question most people ask is "Who
is liable?" In this post, you'll learn more about liability in motorcycle
accidents, and why it's always a good idea to seek legal advice to make sure
your rights are protected.
In some accidents, the city is the party liable for injuries.
The city has a responsibility to maintain its roads to make them drivable for
all motorists, but especially for motorcyclists. Roads that are riddled with potholes
or loose gravel can cause skidding, sliding, and toppling accidents. If you
were involved in an accident on an unmaintained city street, your lawyer will
look for problems with the road construction, dangerous railroad crossings, and
unevenness caused by grooves. These are safety hazards that could play a significant
role in your motorcycle accident case.
Bike Manufacturer Liability
When a bike accident was caused by a defective part caused by
poor manufacturing, the motorcycle manufacturer may bear fault. Do you think
your motorcycle didn't respond the way it should have when braking or accelerating,
and this caused your accident and subsequent injuries? If so, your lawyer needs
to know this so they can determine if the manufacturer is liable. Examples of
flawed systems include defective fuel systems, brake failure, poor designs,
defective tires, brake system failure, ineffective lighting systems, and seat
In addition to manufacturer liability, it's also important to
tell your lawyer if you recently had the bike worked on. Poorly serviced
motorcycles can lead to performance problems that make operating the bike
difficult. This leads to accidents. In a situation like this, the shop that
serviced the motorcycle could be blamed for the accident.
Other Driver Liability
Many motorcycle accidents are caused by poor driving and
negligence of other drivers on the road. A common problem that motorcyclists
face is dealing with aggressive car, truck, or SUV drivers. Aggressive driving
and road rage incidents put motorcyclists in danger. Not only could an aggressive
driver be held liable civilly for an accident, but criminal charges could
If you're a motorcyclist that has been involved in an
accident, it's important to call the police. Even if you think the damage to
your body or your bike isn't a big deal, you need to have an official third party
assess the situation. The police report will provide necessary details your
lawyer needs to make a claim against the other driver or to their insurance
company. However, do not admit fault to anyone on the scene. This includes the
police officer. Simply state the facts
of what happened when asked and don't assume fault.
Have you been involved in a motorcycle accident? Contact George Stein Steelhorse Law at (888) 382-6878 to schedule a consultation.