Generally, when discussing motorcycle accidents, we tend to think of the motorcyclist as the victim rather than the cause of an accident. While it is true that motorcyclists are more difficult to see and often not afforded the same deference that other motorists may give to cars or trucks, sometimes they can engage in reckless or risky behaviors that can cause accident. Furthermore, while a motorcyclist may sustain greater injuries than another motorist in the event of an accident he or she caused, this fact does not relieve the motorcyclist of legal liability for the injuries of others. As a result, anyone injured in an accident caused by a motorcyclist should discuss their options with an experienced personal injury attorney immediately.
Common examples of motorcyclist negligence
Motorcycles are extremely maneuverable and powerful vehicles that allow riders to accelerate more quickly than cars or trucks as well as easily weave in and out of traffic. Simply because you can do something, does not mean that it is prudent to do so. Some of the ways that motorcyclists can cause serious traffic accidents include:
- Cutting other vehicles off
- Ignoring stop signs or traffic signals
- Running into the back of other vehicles
- Stopping abruptly
- Forcing another vehicle to swerve out of its lane
There are many other ways that a motorcyclist could potentially cause an accident, and anyone involved in a motorcycle accident should discuss their case with an experienced personal injury lawyer.
Contact a Fayetteville personal injury attorney for a free consultation
Motorcyclists have a responsibility to follow the rules of the road like every other motorist. If you have been injured in an accident caused by a reckless or negligent motorcyclist, you may be able to file a legal claim to compensate you for any losses you sustained. Our lawyers are dedicated to helping people injured in motor vehicle accidents recover the full value of their injuries. To schedule a free consultation with one of our personal injury attorneys, call the Law Offices of Shane Smith today at (770) 487-8999.