In many cases, motorcyclists who are injured in an accident may have a valid personal injury claim. Because of the size and weight differences, many motorcyclists who are involved in an accident with a passenger vehicle suffer significant injuries.
During the spring and summer months, the number of motorcycles on the roads increases significantly. According to the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF), “Motorcycles are not as readily seen as cars, trucks, or other motor vehicles because of their size. Other motorists, particularly those who don’t ride a motorcycle, may not be looking for motorcycles in traffic. This places the motorcyclist at risk, particularly at intersections.” Furthermore, because motorcyclists have less protection than motorists, the risk of injury is higher if an accident does occur.
A recent lawsuit, filed in the District Court for Clark County, Nevada is typical of many such cases across the country. The suit involved a motorcyclist, the plaintiff, and a motorist, the defendant. The plaintiff was seeking damages for lost income, medical costs, and pain and suffering. According to the allegations listed in the complaint, the defendant ran a stop sign and struck the plaintiff, while the plaintiff was lawfully passing through the intersection. According to the court documents, the motorcyclist suffered significant injuries to his knee and shoulder, requiring extensive medical treatment.
The case was settled for an unknown amount, and the two parties reached a confidentiality agreement.
Motorcyclists can reduce their risk of being involved in an accident by:
- Increasing visibility by wearing bright colors and reflective clothing.
- Wearing protective gear including a full-face helmet, abrasive-resistant jacket and pants, riding boots, and gloves.
- Ensuring their vehicle is properly maintained.
- Performing a safety check before every ride.
- Being aware of road and traffic conditions, and the capabilities and limitations of the rider and motorcycle.
- Attending a Motorcycle Safety Foundation course.
However, traffic safety is ultimately the responsibility of every motorist on the road. No matter how prepared and aware a motorcyclist is, accidents still happen. If you or a loved one suffered significant personal injury in a motorcycle accident, you may be entitled to damages through personal injury litigation.