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A Look at Legal Protections Available to Injured Motorcyclists

Goldstein Heslop Steele Clapper Oswalt & Smith Dec. 10, 2021

Motorcycle riding can create special vulnerabilities for motorcyclists on the roadways that can make them susceptible to harm at the hands of careless or negligent drivers. Motorcycle accident victims can suffer catastrophic injuries and death if they are struck by an inattentive or careless driver on the roadways. Because of the serious nature of motorcycle accidents, it is important for motorcycle riders to understand their rights on the road and if they have been injured or otherwise harmed.

When a negligent or careless driver has failed to yield the righto of way or observe a motorcyclist, the motorcycle rider may suffer significant and serious physical, financial and emotional damages. It is worth noting that in two-thirds of motorcycle accidents, the driver of the other vehicle failed to yield the right of way to the motorcycle rider, causing the accident and the harm the motorcyclist suffered.

Because motorcyclists can suffer such significant harm at the hands of careless drivers, it is important for them to be familiar with personal injury protections. An injured motorcyclist may be able to bring a claim for damages against the negligent driver responsible for causing the accident they were injured in. Depending on the circumstances, motorcycle accident victims may be able to recover compensation for damages including medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering damages.

In the end, it can be crucial for injured motorcyclists to be familiar with the legal protections and safeguards available to them as they are potentially facing an uncertain future following an unexpected motorcycle accident. Legal options are available to help motorcycle accident victims with their damages so they can focus on the recovery process following an accident.