What Topics are Unique to Motorcycle Accidents?

August 14, 2015

What Topics are Unique to Motorcycle Accidents?

As a motorcycle rider, you understand the higher risks that you face every time you’re on the road. Motorcycle riders are 26 times more likely to die in an accident than someone riding in a regular car and are five times more likely to be injured. Statistics have shown that two thirds of accidents involving a motorcycle are the result of the other vehicle violating the motorcycle’s right of way.

Motorcycle 36Since motorcycles are smaller, they’re often obscured by other vehicles or by weather conditions. This is especially true in intersections, where 70 percent of accidents involving a motorcycle occur. Another possibility is that at higher speeds, the front end of a motorcycle can begin to wobble due to a misalignment of the front and rear tires. If an accident results, this could raise product liability issues and the manufacturer could be held responsible. Of course, it’s important to stay on top of the maintenance schedule for your motorcycle and continue to use caution. Motorcycles require a high degree of skill, much more so than a car. It’s important to stay aware of the limitations of the motorcycle and of your own as a rider.

Arizona only requires riders under the age of 18 to wear helmets. If you’re in an accident when you’re not wearing the helmet, you can still recover medical expenses as long as the accident is the other driver’s fault. If possible, you should take pictures of any injuries and damages to your motorcycle. It’s important to understand what takes place during a motorcycle accident and what to do with uninsured motorist.

Since the potential for damage is so high and the majority of the accidents are the other driver’s fault, motorcycle accidents raise some big issues regarding liability. Because of this, it’s important that motorcycle riders are aware of their legal rights when involved in a traffic accident. If you or a loved one has been involved in a motorcycle accident, speak to Schenk & Podolsky, your personal injury attorney who knows rider’s rights.