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Determining liability in motorcycle accidents

On Behalf of | Mar 28, 2023 | Car Accidents

Motorcycle accidents are often traumatic. Determining liability helps to ensure victims receive the compensation and justice they deserve.

Unfortunately, many motorists have biases against motorcycle riders. However, car drivers are often held responsible for motorcycle collisions. It is vital to understand that the actions of both motorists matter. A court will attempt an unbiased look at the outcome of the accident.

Does the right-of-way protect drivers from liability?

In a dispute involving inattentive driving, the driver will typically attempt to make a right-of-way argument. However, having the right of way does not excuse reckless driving. Many drivers of passenger vehicles fail to pay adequate attention to motorcycles on the road. The effects on motorcyclists can be devastating.

When is the passenger vehicle liable?

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, left turns account for 42 percent of fatal motorcycle accidents. Distracted driving, door-opening into a lane, unsafe or reckless lane changes, brake-checking and failure to yield are other common causes of motorcycle accidents involving passenger vehicles.

Does anyone else have liability?

When the cause of an accident is the result of unsafe roadways, the government entity responsible for road management may have accountability. This can be a crucial consideration in cases where the infrastructure is poorly designed or maintained, compromising the safety of motorists.

Prioritizing safety on the road and ensuring that all drivers and riders know each other’s presence is crucial in reducing the risk of motorcycle accidents. Determining liability is essential to provide justice and compensation to those who receive devastating injuries. By increasing awareness and reducing the risk of accidents, the roads can become safer for all users, regardless of the number of wheels they ride or drive.