There are several ways that drivers can help keep motorcycle riders safe. When drivers negligently fail to do so, they may be liable for the damages motorcycle accident victims suffer and responsible to compensate them for those damages.
In most cases, motorcycle accidents take place at intersections when a driver has failed to observe the motorcycle rider’s right of way. In many instances, this is because the driver failed to spot the motorcyclist. It is important that drivers remain attentive, alert, focused and on the lookout for motorcycles. Especially when drivers are making a left-hand turn, they should take a second look for motorcycles and never drive while distracted or under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
In addition, motorcycles require more time and space to respond to roadway, traffic and weather conditions and may need to respond quickly and without notice. Drivers should increase their following distance to allow motorcycle riders the time they need to respond safely to unexpected driving conditions. In addition, drivers should never attempt to share a lane with motorcycles and should allow them their full lane of traffic to travel in.
When a negligent driver has harmed a motorcycle accident victim, the victim may wish to pursue compensation of their physical, financial and emotional damages through a personal injury claim for damages. Damages motorcycle accident victims may suffer can include medical costs, lost earnings and pain and suffering. It is important for motorcycle accident victims, and their families, to be familiar with the legal resources and remedies protecting them.