Who Is Liable for a Motorcycle Accident?
A motorcyclist or other vehicle driver may be to blame for a crash. It depends on who negligently caused the collision. Everyone on the road has a legal duty to behave reasonably and obey the law. When determining who caused a motorcycle accident, insurers and courts look at who violated a traffic law or acted unreasonably under the circumstances.
When we handle your motorcycle accident claim, we thoroughly investigate the crash by:
- Reviewing the police report;
- Gathering and reviewing any photos or video;
- Talking with witnesses; and
- If needed, hiring an accident reconstruction expert.
We use the evidence to determine who caused the crash, whether they were speeding, distracted, or turned left when you had the right of way.
Can I Get Compensation After a Houston Motorcycle Accident?
If we can prove another person or business is responsible for the crash, you might recover compensation. Sometimes, a business is responsible because they employed the at-fault driver or owned the vehicle. Other times, the business was the negligent party.
We may win an insurance settlement or if you file a lawsuit, a court award. Your compensation can include:
- Medical expenses
- Lost income
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Physical limitations
- Scarring and disfigurement
- Reduced earning potential
- Loss of enjoyment of life
Are There Ways to Avoid Motorcycle Accidents?
When you choose to ride doesn’t impact your safety on the road much. A majority of crashes happen during the week and during the day when the weather is nice. That being said, crashes that happen at night tend to be more severe.
Overall, it’s less about when you ride and more about being vigilant and driving defensively. Never assume another driver will avoid you. It’s up to you to keep an eye on traffic, stick to the speed limit, and be careful.
Never drink and drive. Riding impaired due to alcohol and drugs significantly increases your risk of a crash. Even one beer is too many when you need to get back on your bike.
Most importantly, wear the right protective gear and a helmet. Wearing boots, long pants, an abrasion-resistant jacket, gloves, helmet, and eyewear won’t prevent a crash. But the proper safety gear goes a long way in mitigating your potential injuries.