Who’s Responsible: Driver or Motorcyclist?
Following a motorcycle accident, it’s vital to recognize a liability. Motorcyclists and drivers alike can suffer severe harm in a crash, making it critical to know who is at fault. Liability makes it easier for the injured party to file a claim for compensation.
Numerous problems arise when determining fault. However, we provide valuable information below to help potential clients recognize when a driver is responsible for a crash and when responsibility falls on the motorcyclist.
When a Driver is Responsible
Like any matter involving negligence, drivers are often responsible for motorcycle accidents when they perform any action that puts others in harm’s way. However, some scenarios are more likely than others when considering motorcycle accidents:
- Intersection accidents: Whether the motorcyclist or driver is making a left turn, it’s crucial to be safe. A driver may try to make a left turn in front of an approaching motorcyclist. The driver may speed through the intersection, colliding with a turning motorcyclist.
- Sideswipe accidents: Some drivers don’t look to their blind spots as often as they should when merging lanes. Smaller motorcycles are even more challenging to see. If a driver fails to look before merging, they can sideswipe a motorcyclist in the next lane, causing the rider to lose control of his or her motorcycle.
When a Motorcyclist is Responsible
Motorcyclists are not always innocent, and they may have a part in causing a significant crash. Unfortunately, many motorcyclists speed or drive as though traffic doesn’t apply to them. These actions can lead to substantial problems.
Motorcyclists hold negligence in a crash when they break traffic laws or act without the safety of others in mind. Even if the motorcyclist suffers the more significant injuries, they can still hold liability if they cause the crash.
At The Beasley Firm, we recognize negligence in motorcycle accidents, and we work hard to protect those who suffer harm. When our Philadelphia motorcycle accident lawyers represent a victim in a severe collision, we go above and beyond to determine liability and maximize the compensation our clients may recover.
Call us today at (215) 866-2424.