Motorcycles provide riders with an exhilarating experience in the open air as well as gas-friendly transportation to work and school, but when an accident occurs, motorcyclists are highly vulnerable to serious or even deadly injuries. Because a motorcyclist has no buffer between their body and the road or other obstacles, they account for a significant portion of traffic accident fatalities despite motorcycles making up less than 8% of vehicles on the roadways.
Before an injured motorcyclist can make a successful claim to recover their losses—or “damages” in an accident claim—they must first prove that someone else was at fault for their accident. Who is usually at fault in motorcycle accidents and how does a victim prove fault to recover their damages like property damage to their bike, medical costs, lost income, and compensation for pain and suffering?
Many people hold to the wrongful belief that motorcycle riders are reckless on the road, but the truth is that negligent car drivers are the most common cause of motorcycle accidents. Because motorcycles have a slim, two-wheeled design, it’s more difficult for car drivers to see them and accurately judge their speed and distance. However, all drivers owe a duty of care to motorcyclists sharing the road and must remain vigilant and take every precaution to avoid causing an accident. Common causes of motorcycle accidents include the following:
Driver error is the leading cause of motorcycle accidents but in less common cases, the fault could lie with a negligent road maintenance agency for leaving debris on the road or with the manufacturer of a defective motorcycle part.
The person at fault for a motorcycle accident is liable for damages when a motorcyclist suffers serious traumatic injuries, even in states like Florida with no-fault insurance laws. Suffering severe, disabling injuries, traumatic limb loss, spinal cord damage, brain injury, or disfigurement has catastrophic impacts on the victim’s life. Proving fault in a motorcycle claim for recovering damages requires documenting evidence showing the following:
A successful claim proving another party at fault for a motorcycle accident can relieve financial hardship and provide compensation for a victim’s pain and suffering. At Shapiro | Delgado | Hofmann, our experienced motorcycle accident lawyers in Sarasota and Bradenton have the skills and resources to prove another party’s fault to get you the compensation you deserve. Contact us online or call (941) 954-4000 today for a free consultations