Drivers fail to leave a buffer on road around a motorcyclist or small group of motorcyclists. When passing the motorcyclist, the driver veers over too quickly and clips the motorcycle or causes the motorcycle into a rear-end collision.
The driver of a car or truck can cause a motorcycle accident without ever making contact. Usually, this occurs when a driver’s reckless or inattentive maneuver forces a motorcyclist to swerve off the road. Motorcyclists can also skid on liquids or debris emitted by vehicles in front of them.
It’s no secret that many drivers have a bias against motorcyclists, often because they have previously seen motorcyclists riding recklessly. But that bias shouldn’t prevent you from the compensation you need and deserve after being injured by a negligent driver.
Our attorneys work with some of the country’s top motorcycle experts to help reconstruct crash scenarios, explain how a motorcycle’s unique physical properties are affected by a crash and how the actions of other drivers sometimes make it impossible for motorcyclists to protect themselves by simply riding “defensively.”
In short, we help you tell your side of the story about what happened to you and why you deserve compensation for your injuries.
We understand that the aftermath of a motorcycle accident can seem overwhelming. Our goal is to help you understand your rights and options if you or someone you love had a motorcycle crash. Here, we have answered some of the questions that our clients often ask us.
A variety of factors can cause motorcycle accidents. Some of the most common include:
Many crashes involve two or more of these criteria. Often, the negligent driver of a car or truck is at fault for harming the motorcycle rider.
Missouri has a concept called pure comparative negligence. This means that even if a biker shares fault in an accident, they can still recover compensation for their damages. The compensation available is proportionate to their share of fault. For example, if a motorcycle rider is 20% at fault, they can recover compensation for up to 80% of their damages.
Illinois has modified comparative negligence, which means that a rider can recover compensation for their damages as long as they share less than 50% of the fault for an accident.
If a negligent driver or another negligent party contributed to your accident, you have the right to seek compensation for damages such as:
The best way to determine the damages for which you can seek compensation – and how much your claim might be worth – is to speak with a motorcycle accident attorney.
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