Motorcycle accidents can be exceptionally dangerous for motorcycle riders because they are less protected on the roadways than occupants of passenger vehicles. In addition, inattentive drivers of passenger vehicles can fail to observe motorcyclists, causing motorcycle accidents and injuring, or even killing, motorcycle riders. In two-thirds of all motorcycle accidents, the driver of a passenger vehicle violated the motorcycle rider’s right of way and caused the accident.
When a negligent driver has caused harm to a motorcyclist because of a failure to yield or other type of negligent behavior, such as distracted driving, they may be liable to victims for the damages suffered. Victims may suffer serious injuries in a motorcycle accident but a motorcycle accident may also claim the life of the victim, causing their family members to suffer serious harm and damages. Motorcycle accident victims, unfortunately, are 26 times more likely to die in an accident than occupants of passenger vehicles and are 5 times more likely to be injured.
Legal resources such a personal injury claim for damages or a wrongful death claim for damages brought on behalf of surviving family members can be of some assistance to victims and their families. A claim for damages can help victims and their families recover compensation for the physical, financial and emotional harm suffered in a motorcycle accident. Motorcycle accident victims may be able to recover compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering and wrongful death damages depending on the circumstances.
Victims of motorcycle accidents and their families should be familiar with the legal protections available to assist them when an inattentive, careless or otherwise negligent driver has harmed them. Legal protections are available to step in to hold negligent drivers accountable and help victims.
Source: Injury.findlaw.com, “Motorcycle Accidents Overview,” Accessed Sept. 3, 2017