Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Motorcycle - Car Collisions


Bikers like to spend most of their time cruising on the open road or winding through canyons. Only a small portion of motorcycle riding time is spent at intersections, but fully half of all Denver motorcycle accidents occur at intersections, according to the traffic safety commission. Of course almost the other half of accidents occur because drivers think they have more control than they really do and crash trying to do something stupid.

One reason that motorcycles are so vulnerable at intersections is because drivers simply do not see them. Drivers are usually looking out for other cars and may not notice something much smaller like a motorcyclist or bicycle rider. The best way to counteract this is to maximize visibility and follow the rules of a road. Many Denver motorcycle crashes are caused by riders who think they do not have to follow traffic laws. Weaving between lanes and making illegal turns are especially dangerous for riders because they have no protection. Getting into an accident on a motorcycle almost guarantees an injury. The car driver might not even have to call his insurance company, while you will need a Denver personal injury attorney just to pay your medical bills.

If you were injured on a motorcycle and were breaking the law, then you will probably be liable for the accident. At the very least, you will not be able to sue the other driver in a Denver injury lawsuit, unless your state has comparative negligence laws. Because of biker's bad reputation in driving, even if the crash was not their fault, police or insurance may blame you anyways. This is the case where you may need witnesses or a specialized traffic attorney. Motorcycle attorneys specialize in this kind of case.

If who is at fault is questionable, the easiest way to determine what the court will believe is to review the traffic and other pertinent laws. Right-of-way is an important law that many people violate. Sometimes traffic sensors have trouble detecting motorcycles at intersections, so this may be a defense if the light never turned. Remember that as a motorcyclist you have to yield to bicycles and cars just like anyone else. Always come to a complete stop at an intersection.

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