LawCall - Motorcycle Accidents

 

Spring is here, and many people are out enjoying the weather on motorcycles. Whether you enjoy cycling as sport or as a main mode of transportation, there are some things you should know in case of an accident.

Motorcycle accidents touch on many areas of the law: product liability, personal injury and property rights, to name a few.

A few of the things you should do if you are in a motor bike accident:

  • Take phots of the scene, if you are able
  • Attempt to interview anyone who may have witnessed the accident and get their information
  • Get contact information from anyone who is directly involved in the accident 

Of course, it is always safest to wear a helmet when you’re riding a bike – be it motorcycle or bicycle, but the laws vary from state to state. In many states, it is also mandatory that your passenger wear a helmet, as well.

However, if you are in an accident while not wearing a helmet, you may still be able to recover damages. This is most likely if the accident was not your fault. If it is shown that your failure to wear a helmet contributed to the accident, and therefore, your injuries, it will most likely affect the amount of damages to which you may be entitled.

This is why gathering information and talking to witnesses is so important. That information can determine fault.

When buying a helmet, look for the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) seal of approval. While most manufacturers meet this requirement, it is always best practice to check and make sure. If you’re purchasing a used helmet, contact the DOT in your state to ensure your helmet meets all standard requirements.

If you or a loved one are injured in a motorcycle accident, it is important to contact an attorney. To find one in your area, please consult our Online Legal Directory.

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