With the weather starting to slowly warm up, more and more Michigan residents will hop on their motorcycles and hit the road. Although riding a motorcycle can be a peaceful and joyful thing to do, it can also be extremely dangerous. This is primarily because other motorists often act negligently around motorcyclists. Sadly, when a motorcycle accident occurs, riders usually suffer extensive harm. This is because these individuals are without the protections that are afforded by passenger vehicles. While compensation may be recoverable through a personal injury lawsuit, in order to succeed in one of these claims, an individual must successfully show that the errant driver’s negligence caused the accident in question.
When it comes to motorcycle accidents, there are a number of ways that a motorist can act negligently. In about two-thirds of all motorcycle accidents, the errant driver violates the motorcyclist’s right of way. This is often seen when a passenger vehicle makes a left turn into the path of a motorcyclist without properly yielding to him or her. This may be because visual recognition of motorcycles is diminished due to their small size.
This is not the only way to show negligence, though. Another driver’s speed, intoxication and inattentiveness may also contribute to an accident, whether it be a head-on, rear-end or T-bone collision. Motorcycle accident victims should be aware that negligent drivers often try to defend themselves by arguing that motorcyclists were speeding or otherwise acting dangerously at the time of the wreck. Although motorcyclists need to be prepared to present evidence of another’s negligence, they also need to be prepared to defend against allegations of comparative negligence.
Motorcyclists are at a significantly increased risk of being killed in an accident. Even those who are fortunate enough to survive such a crash can be left with catastrophic injuries, including brain and spinal cord injuries. Choosing to pursue a personal injury lawsuit in order to seek compensation for damages suffered is no easy task, which is why many motor vehicle accident victims choose to work closely with an attorney who can aggressively represent their best interests. This legal action focuses on the rights of the injured and the harms caused by the negligent party.