Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
Posted on behalf of Goldberg Finnegan, LLC on Jan 25, 2017 in Motorcycle Accidents
As with any motor vehicle, there is always a chance of being involved in an accident on the road. Unfortunately, motorcycle riders are especially vulnerable to being severely injured in a collision.
Although accidents involving other vehicles are most commonly associated with motorcycle accidents, there are a number of common causes of accidents. Depending on the circumstances surrounding your accident, our attorneys may be able to help you recover compensation.
Accidents Caused by Other Motorists
When motorists act negligently while on the road, they place themselves and others at risk of being involved in an accident. Some of the most common causes of motorcycle accidents involving negligent drivers include:
- Left turn accidents – A significant number of motorcycle accidents are caused by vehicles turning left in front of a motorcycle while making a left turn, overtaking or passing a motorcycle. Often these accidents are the result of the poor visibility of motorcycles or because a driver fails to look for a motorcycle. In most cases, the vehicle making the left-hand turn will be held liable for the accident.
- Failing to check for a motorcycle – Because motorcycles are smaller than traditional vehicles, they can be more difficult to see. However, motorcyclists deserve the same respect as all motorists, and it is the responsibility of the driver to be aware of his or her surroundings.
- Following too closely – Motorcycles can stop more quickly than traditional vehicles. If a car is following too closely behind a motorcycle, it could rear-end the motorcycle.
- Failing to yield the right of way – If a motorist fails to yield the right of way and pulls out in front of a motorcycle, causing an accident, he or she could be held liable.
In many cases, these types of accidents are a result of a driver who is aggressive, distracted, speeding, drowsy or under the influence.
After examining the evidence of your case, our motorcycle accident lawyers will be able to determine who was at fault for the accident and if you are entitled to compensation for your injuries.
If it can be proven that the at-fault driver was 100 percent at fault for the accident, you may be entitled to compensation. However, because of Maryland’s contributory negligence law, you will be barred from recovering any compensation if it can be proven you were even one percent at fault for the accident.
Defective Motorcycle Parts
In some situations, a motorcycle part that is defective or poorly designed can cause a motorcycle accident. Manufacturers have a legal obligation to ensure the design and production of safe products. When it can be shown that they failed to uphold this obligation, it may be possible to bring a personal injury claim against the manufacturer.
Because there are a variety of elements involved in a motorcycle accident, it can be difficult to determine if you have a case. You should contact a reputable attorney immediately after an accident to discuss your legal options and find out if you have a case. The Sliver Spring motorcycle accident lawyers at Goldberg Finnegan are accomplished in handling these types of accidents and provide free consultations for injury victims. Contact us today to learn more.