Motorcycle Accidents ~ Dan Robin, Jr. Accident Lawyers
Motorcycle riders enjoy the various freedoms that come with their chosen form of transportation. However, they are exposed to different dangers and driving circumstances than automobile drivers or other motorists. They ride without the substantial protective barriers between the motorcycle and the road, as well as the fact that often motorists have difficulty in anticipating a cyclist and seeing a motorcycle. Motorcyclists must be aware of their legal rights as well as remedies for accidents, especially those involving injury. The laws of each state are different regarding motorcycles, so it is extremely important to consult with an attorney practicing law in Louisiana about your motorcycle accident.
Motorcycle Rider Risks
The following statistics outline some of the risks motorcyclists face, and their need to protect their rights after an accident:
1. In two-thirds of motorcycle accidents with another vehicle, the driver of the other vehicle violated the rider's right of way and caused the accident.
2. Motorcyclists are five times more likely to be injured and about twenty-six times more likely to die in an accident than someone riding in a passenger car.
3. Studies of per miles traveled, cyclists were about sixteen times more likely to die and about three times more likely to be injured in a motor vehicle crash than passenger car occupants.
Some unique problems faced by motorcycle riders on the road include:Visual Recognition: Motorcycles make smaller visual targets, which are more likely to be obscured by other vehicles, or by road and weather conditions. This is an issue especially at intersections, where approximately seventy percent of collisions occur.
Road Hazards: Hazards that are minor irritations for an automobile can be a major hazard for a motorcycle rider. These include potholes, oil slicks, puddles, debris, or other objects on the roadway, ruts, uneven pavement and railroad tracks.
Speed or "Wobble" Accidents: Especially at higher speeds, the front end of a motorcycle may become unstable and begin to shake or "wobble." This problem may be due to a misalignment of the front and rear tires of the motorcycle. If an accident is caused by such a high-speed wobble, the manufacturer of the motorcycle might be held financially responsible for any resulting injuries.
Riding Skills/Familiarity: A motorcycle requires skill and physical coordination not required to operate a car. Many motorcycle accidents are caused in whole or in part by a rider's lack of basic riding skills, or failure to appreciate the inherent operating characteristics and limitations of the motorcycle.
Determining Motorcycle Accident ResponsibilityMotorcycle accident claims, like most vehicle accidents, are almost always governed by the legal concept of negligence. Dan Robin, Jr. can assist you in determining liability for your motorcycle accident.
Defective Motorcycle Design or Manufacture
Although several factors can contribute to a motorcycle accident such as operator inexperience and failure to appreciate the limitations of a motorcycle, a defect in a motorcycle's design or manufacture should be considered as a potential cause of an accident, especially one where only the motorcycle and rider is involved.
Get Legal Help for a Motorcycle Accident
In light of legal deadlines for filing injury claims, meeting with one of our attorneys for a free evaluation of your case as soon as possible is recommended.