Motorcycle riders need to be aware of many risks and conditions. Unlike driving an automobile, motorcycle riders have nothing between them and the road to protect themselves. Motorcycle riders are more difficult for other drivers to see, which can lead to accidents and injuries. Motorcycle riders should know the laws and their legal rights should an accident occur. Note that laws vary by state.
The second you purchase your motorcycle, you are taking responsibility for the risk. Unlike an automobile, motorcycles have no protection. There are no doors, roof, airbags, or safety belts. Many motorcycle accidents occur due to lack of experience or lack of attention paid to regulations and surroundings. However, the manufacture of the bike could be a potential cause of an accident and should not be ruled out. If you or a loved one were involved in a motorcycle accident and need legal help, call us at 518.449.3107.
Familiarity with your bike: Obtaining your motorcycle license is more difficult than getting your driver’s license. Skill is important when riding your bike. The rider has to pay attention to every detail when out on the road. Failure to further your knowledge on bike safety and the rules and regulations can leave you injured.
Being aware of your surroundings: Motorcycles are much smaller and more difficult to see than automobiles. This makes it easier for an accident to occur. Paying close attention to other vehicles, the conditions of the roads, and the weather conditions is imperative.
Road hazards: Everyday road conditions — minor things to automobiles — become more serious for motorcycles. Puddles, debris, railroad tracks, unpaved roadways, and potholes can cause injuries to the rider.
Speed: The higher the speed, the harder it is to stay in control. However, sometimes the front of the bike may become “wobbly,” which could be caused by a misalignment of the bike’s front and rear tires. The manufacturing of the bike may be the problem. If an accident were to happen, the manufacturer may be held liable for the injuries caused.
We’re experienced in traffic laws, motor vehicle regulations, medical treatment issues, and determining who holds liability. At Buckley, Mendleson, Criscione and Quinn, we have experienced attorneys with experience in motorcycle accident cases. We have the necessary knowledge to help you make your claim and fight for what you deserve.