Over 5,000 people are killed in motorcycle accidents every year, and another 100,000 are injured in these types of crashes. Motorcyclists are more likely to suffer death and injury than better-protected car and truck occupants.
A skilled personal injury attorney can guide you through the liability issues surrounding motorcycle accidents. Below, we provide a quick guide to motorcycle accident liability that can be helpful if you’re new to the motorcycle accident claims process.
The most outstanding factor when assessing liability for any type of case is the question of whether laws were broken. For example, if anyone involved in the accident was under the influence of drugs or alcohol illegally, this would be a huge factor when determining liable parties.
Violating traffic laws can also show liability. For instance, running a red light or going significantly over the speed limit would be considered negligent and that driver could be held liable for the accident. This is one of the reasons why it’s essential to call the police after an accident. You can give a statement saying what happened and if you witnessed any laws being broken.
Admission of Fault
Any admission of fault by any party at the scene of the accident could be taken as evidence. This is why it's wise to avoid any statements at the scene of an accident, even if you believe you aren’t responsible for what happened. Simply saying “I’m sorry” could be perceived as you admitting guilt.
If there were any photos or videos taken of the accident, they may be crucial to helping a motorcycle accident attorney prove liability. Any witnesses may also be vital. Although taking photographs and witnesses' contact information is understandably not anyone's priority after a motorcycle accident, it is definitely something to consider doing.
In any event, you should speak to an attorney as soon as possible after a crash. Your attorney will be able to help you reconstruct a coherent account of the incident using the available evidence.
Above all, remember to always seek immediate medical attention in the aftermath of a crash. Your personal safety and that of any other riders and drivers is obviously paramount. The medical records you receive can also be vital in helping your attorney prove liability in your case.
If you or a loved one was injured in a motorcycle accident, don’t hesitate to contact Springer & Steinberg at (877) 342-1230 for a free consultation. We will work to determine liable parties and help you pursue compensation for your injuries.