Motorcycle accident victims may face unique and difficult challenges following a motorcycle accident for which the legal system may be able to help.

A motorcycle accident in a neighboring Massachusetts town left a man in critical condition recently. The motor cycle accident left the motorcycle accident victim with serious leg injuries. He has since been upgraded from critical to serious condition. The victim was thrown from his motorcycle. The accident occurred near an intersection as, according to police, an SUV attempted to turn left into the parking lot. The vehicle crashed into the motorcycle; the driver of the SUV said he did not see the motorcycle “until it was too late.” Charges against the driver have not been filed at this time.

One of the biggest causes of motorcycle accidents is related to visual recognition problems presented by the smaller size of motorcycles on the roadway compared to other vehicles motorcycles share the roadway with. Because of the smaller size, motorcycles present smaller visual targets which are more likely to be missed by drivers or obscured by other objects, road or weather conditions. This is particularly the case at intersections where seventy percent of motorcycle collisions take place. Drivers must exercise extra caution.

Drivers can be negligent in striking, and injuring, a motorcyclist in many different ways. Drivers owe a duty of care to motorcyclists as those drivers would owe to any other motorist on the roadway. A negligent driver could be a distracted driver, such as a driver that fails to yield or turns in front of oncoming traffic. A negligent party will face liability to a motorcycle accident victim for injuries and harm that the negligent party has caused.

Motorcycle accident victims will want to bear in mind that the law protects them when they are injured by a driver that has been negligent. Becoming familiar with options available to them when injured may offer some peace of mind following a motorcycle accident.

Source: Enterprisenews.com, “Whitman motorcyclist still hospitalized following Brockton crash,” Amy Carboneau, April 17, 2013.