Terre Haute Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
Motorcyclists have three major problems. First, their bodies are exposed to the open road, so when an accident occurs, serious injury follows. Second, they can be very difficult to see, especially for vehicles that have large blind spots like commercial trucks. Lastly, motorcyclists have a reputation for throwing caution to the wind, which can hurt their case when they file a lawsuit or an insurance claim against an at-fault driver.
Our Terre Haute motorcycle accident lawyers have handled hundreds of claims related to motorcycle accidents and successfully resolved the cases with fair settlements for our clients. Below, we’ll discuss motorcycle accidents and some of the nuances of these cases in particular.
Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents Involving Fault of the Other Driver
While motorcyclists do cause accidents, they don’t cause nearly as many as people think. Motorcyclists may love the danger of riding a motorcycle, but they don’t needlessly place themselves in danger when they don’t have to. In fact, motorcyclists have some of the best anticipation skills of any driver on the road.
The most common causes of motorcycle accidents include:
- Left-turn accidents – A motorcyclist attempting to make a left-hand turn often gets hit by another vehicle attempting to either cross through the intersection or make a left-turn of their own.
- Blind sports/unsafe lane change – Drivers who fail to check their blind spots while changing lanes create a danger for other drivers and especially smaller vehicles like motorcycles which may be more difficult to see.
- Drunk or distracted driving – Drivers who operate their vehicles over the legal limit or while they are distracted by cellphones present an unreasonable risk to others on the road.
Defenses to Motorcycle Accident Lawsuits
In cases where we can assume that the motorcyclist is not responsible or less responsible for the accident than the other driver, the individual on the motorcycle is still being judged by a jury who an insurance company can safely assume will prejudge the motorcyclist as reckless. For this reason, motorcyclists are easier to blame for injuries involving someone else’s negligence than other drivers on the road.
One of the most common defenses another driver has to an allegation of negligence is simply to say that the motorcycle was speeding or otherwise contributed negligence to the accident. In lane change accidents, for example, the other driver may claim that the motorcycle was “lane splitting” or attempting to move between lanes.
Why You Need a Terre Haute Motorcycle Accident Attorney
The other driver’s insurance company will not necessarily believe a word you say. In fact, they’ll just assume you’re lying and the accident is your fault. You then need to make a legal argument for why the accident was the other driver’s fault and why they should pay for your medical expenses and lost wages. The more serious your injuries, the higher the stakes are. You only get one chance to litigate your claim. Our Terre Haute personal injury attorneys can help.