Motorcycle Accidents: Who Do You Blame?

Motorcycle accidents can be classified in a completely different category compared to other vehicular accidents. Motorcycles accidents made up about 3 percent of all registered road transport in the United States as of 2011, and these include both two-wheeled and three-wheeled vehicles. About 94 percent of motorcycle accidents account for riders of two-wheeled motorcycles. A great majority of these fatal motorcycle accidents (an estimated 49 percent) resulted from the motorcycle colliding with other vehicles, mainly cars.

The major risks that many motor riders encounter are the road hazards such a mud and debris, lower vehicle stability, limited visibility of other motorists on the road, and the restricted protection. Another factor would also be the need for further training to operate a motorcycle, and many fatalities come from accidents with riders not having the proper license to drive motorcycles.

About 22 percent of motorcycle riders do not carry valid motorcycle licenses, resulting in more fatal crashes when compared to car drivers. Motorcycle accidents are often the result of over-speeding and have significantly higher death tolls than other types of accidents.

Motorcycle accidents tend to fall under the negligence law – if an individual is proven to have acted in a reckless or negligent manner, then they are responsible for the damages and injuries that the victim have suffered. In order for a motorcycle rider to prove that the other driver or pedestrian was the one who caused the accident, then he or she must show proof. Among these proofs are the negligent actions of the other driver or pedestrian, that their actions were what caused the accident and led to injuries and damages, and that lastly, the motorcycle rider was injured. When there is no evidence of property damage or injuries sustained (through medical records and police reports), then compensation will not be given.

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