With all of the beautiful weather and Fall finally here, we are seeing more people enjoying their motorcycles. Whether you’re out for a Sunday afternoon ride or your riding a motorcycle to your office, it can be a dangerous way to travel.
Accidents on motor bikes touch on many areas of the law: product liability, personal injury and property rights, to name a few.
A few things you should do if you have a motor bike accident include: taking pictures of the scene, if you’re able; attempt to interview anyone who may have witnessed the accident; and make sure to get contact information for all who are involved in the accident.
Of course, it is always safest to wear a helmet when you’re riding a bike, 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, 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.