With the gorgeous spring weather right now and summer just around the corner, motorcyclists are out and about on Oklahoma roadways. Many people use motorcycles as their main form of transportation or just for fun. In either case, riding can be quite dangerous, as motorcycle accidents occur frequently and typically have serious, if not fatal, outcomes. What are the common causes of such incidents and what can you do if you are injured in a motorcycle accident?
Most motorcycle accidents are the result of other drivers failing to yield the right-of-way to motorcyclists. This is often due to a failure to see the motorcycle.
What are the other common factors?
Here are some factors that tend to affect motorcyclists more than drivers of larger vehicles:
- Motorcycles are more likely to be affected by road hazards.
- Bikes can easily become unstable.
- Driving a motorcycle requires skills beyond those required to drive a car or truck.
Other common causes of motorcycle accidents are distracted driving, drunk driving and speeding on the part of car and truck drivers.
Who is liable for your injuries?
Victim blaming is pretty common in motorcycle accident cases. Common as it may be, it does not make it right, nor does it mean you cannot seek compensation for your losses.
When it comes to determining liability following a motorcycle crash, it will all come down to the details of the event. Did another driver cause the accident? Were poor road conditions a factor? Is a manufacturing defect to blame?
Depending on the answers to these and other questions, you may be able to file civil claims against another driver, the city in which your accident occurred, the vehicle manufacturer or a combination of the three. Additionally, it is important to have a personal injury attorney on your side to handle all communications with insurers and negotiate for the maximum possible compensation.
Think you have a case?
If you have suffered injuries in a motorcycle crash, learn more about your legal options. Don't let compensation ride off into the sunset. An experienced personal injury attorney can review your case and help you seek the full and fair compensation you need and deserve.