Motorcycle Crashes

As with any vehicle, when you drive a motorcycle, you run the risk of crashes, accidents, and encountering other hazards. While that certainly plays a factor into the safety precautions and decision to drive one, it doesn't necessarily mean that motorcycles should be avoided at all costs. They do, however, get a bad rep.

Many times, crashes involving motorcycles are the fault of other motorists. Negligent drivers often cause injuries ranging from minor to critical. While you may turn to your insurance company to handle claims, when the crash you were in was caused by a driver's intentional actions or negligence, only the expertise of a personal injury attorney can help you recover the proper claims, compensation, and settlements.

Since motorcycles are smaller and harder to see than standard-sized cars, other drivers on the road cannot afford to be negligent, as a fatigued driver might not notice an already hard to see motorcyclist. If this is the cause of a motorcycle crash that resulted in property damage and/or injury, the victim is entitled to compensation. Negligence from another motorist includes a driver who was guilty of one or more the following at the time of the crash:

  • Aggressive driving
  • Driving while under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or prescription medication
  • Lack of experience
  • Driving while fatigued
  • Texting and driving
  • Driving with distractions such as multiple passengers
  • Not paying attention, looking down, applying makeup, eating, etc.
  • Not following the proper road rules (running red lights, failing to stop or yield, improper lane change, etc.)

Along with negligent motorists, malfunction of the motorcycle itself will cause crashes and injuries. Victims of these types of crashes are still eligible to receive compensation. Equipment malfunction include these areas of the motorcycle:

  • Steering mechanisms
  • Chains
  • Suspension
  • Tires

Additionally, road conditions may also be to blame for a crash. For example, broken pavement or no warning signs of construction zones ahead can lead to motorcycle crashes. When this happens, and victims sustain injuries, the government may be at fault for negligence. Some of these conditions are:

  • Road construction
  • Debris on the road
  • Potholes and/or pavement damages
  • Carrel guards
  • Railroad tracks
  • Parked or disabled vehicles
  • Wild animals
  • Animal crossing
  • Harsh weather
  • Obscure, hard to read, or broken road signs

If you have been injured in a motorcycle crash and believe it was because of negligence, you may be entitled to compensation. Make sure to obtain the right legal counsel to ensure that you win the settlement that you deserve.

Having worked closely with personal injury cases and insurance companies in the past, the Law Office of Jason S. Stevens, LLC, has a unique approach to handling personal injury and negligence cases. Rather than aiming for the quickest settlement possible, we aim to give our clients the maximum payoff they deserve.