COMMON MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENTS
Many people assume that motorcyclists cause accidents by splitting lanes or driving in an aggressive manner. The truth is that most motorcycle accidents occur because car and truck drivers fail to see motorcycles, whether it’s because the motorcycle is in a blind spot or because the at-fault driver was looking for a car, not a bike. It’s up to drivers to check their blind spots frequently and make sure there are no motorcycles coming before they pull into a roadway.
TYPES OF MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENTS
Open-door accidents, rear-end collisions, and single-bike accidents are among the most common types of motorcycle accidents. People parked on the side of the road are supposed to look before opening their doors. If a door opens in the path of a motorcyclist, the rider may not be able to stop in time to prevent colliding with the door.
Rear-end collisions are especially dangerous for motorcyclists. When a vehicle crashes into the rear end of a motorcycle, the rider can be thrown off the bike, causing broken bones and head injuries. Other motorists need to maintain a safe amount of distance between their vehicles and any motorcycles on the road. Single-bike accidents do not involve other vehicles. They often occur because of road maintenance problems. If you are involved in a single-bike accident, our personal injury lawyers can investigate the road condition to determine whether the city, county, or state maintained it properly.
INVESTIGATING MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENTS
When you call our motorcycle accident attorneys, we’ll start investigating your motorcycle accident. We review accident reports, talk to witnesses, and gather evidence to help support your claim.
After a motorcycle accident, it’s important to take action quickly. The longer you wait, the easier it is for witnesses to forget exactly what they saw at the time of your accident. There’s also a risk that important evidence will be lost. So we move fast. We’ll investigate the presence of surveillance or traffic cameras, request evidence from police and other officials, send spoliation warnings to ensure that evidence is preserved, prepare the complaint and other court documents, litigate your case and, if necessary, present it to a jury.
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