Without the protection of an enclosed vehicle, motorcycle accidents are far more likely to cause fatal or catastrophic injuries. Motorcycle accident victims face challenges that car accident victims rarely have to deal with, including a very real bias against bikers and presumption that motorcycle accidents are the result of risky behavior. In truth it is often the negligence of drivers that leads to these devastating crashes. At the Law Office of Sarah Elise Rutledge, LLC, our Huntsville motorcycle accident attorney understands what you and your family are facing during this very difficult time. We are here to fight for you, so that you can achieve the best possible outcome.
Driver Negligence in Motorcycle Accidents
When a car and a motorcycle collide, it is typically the result of negligence on the part of the driver. Drivers still do not look for and see motorcycles, and they cause accidents by violating the motorcyclist’s right of way. This can happen in many ways including:
- Left-hand turn into the path of an oncoming motorcycle
- Unsafe lane change that forces the motorcyclist to make evasive maneuvers, resulting in a crash
- Lane change into the motorcycle
Types of driver negligence that can lead to a motorcycle accident include:
- Following too closely
- Running a red light or stop sign
- Reckless driving
- Unsafe passing
- Improper lane change
- Failure to use turn signal
Other Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
Single vehicle motorcycle accidents, as well as collisions with other vehicles, can be caused by motorcycle defects and roadway defects.
Certain types of motorcycle defects are well-known, and even more common with specific manufacturers and models. If a motorcycle defects caused your accident the manufacturer or seller of the motorcycle or defective part may be held liable for your injuries. Rental companies and those who are contracted to perform repairs and maintenance may also be held responsible for injuries cause by defects.
Any type of vehicle is subject to crash as a result of a defective roadway, but having only two wheels makes motorcycle far more vulnerable to problems with the roadway such as excessive gravel and potholes. Motorcycle riders can also be injured by crashworthiness defects, such as lack of breakaway devices on signs and poles, even when the accident had another cause.
The government entity responsible for design, construction, and/or maintenance of the roadway can be held liable for defective roadway injuries.
If you or someone you love has been injured in an Alabama motorcycle accident, please call the Huntsville motorcycle accident lawyer Sarah Rutledge at (251) 300-1653 or contact us online right away. We represent accident victims on a contingency fee basis, so we only get paid if you get paid.