The Rights of Motorcycle Riders involved in Motorcycle Accidents
It is important to have an idea of the rights of motorcycle riders in case of accidents. Often, it is assumed motorcycle accidents are caused by the rider's negligence. It is hugely important to understand the ins and outs of accidents involving motorcycles, implications for the riders, as well as the involvement of the other vehicles. Get to know the rights of injured motorcycle riders involved in motorcycle accidents in the article below.The Rights of Motorcycle Riders in AccidentsLawsuits Against Motorcycle Accidents
Lawsuits arising out of motorcycle accidents often involve allegations where the motorcyclist's own negligence, in some way, caused or contributed to his or her injuries. It is important an experienced motorcycle attorney is familiar with the rules and regulations involving motorcycles, their riders, and other motor vehicles.
Given the general bias against motorcyclists, no matter whether a motorcyclist is a plaintiff or defendant in an injury case arising out of an accident, there are frequently issues as to the motorcyclist's potential negligence and his or her role in causing the injuries. This is why cases involving motorcycles are often more difficult and complicated than cases involving automobiles.Motorcyclist's Right
Motorcycles are lawful vehicles and their rights on the highways and roadways are the same as automobiles. As a general rule, owners and operators of motorcycles have the right to use the public highways on an equal footing with the owners and operators of other vehicles. A motorcyclist has neither a greater nor lesser right than any other motorist and the same general principles governing their rights on roadways applies.Biased Perception
Many injury claims arise from motorcycle accidents. And more often than not, the motorcyclist appears to the plaintiff, despite a bias where motorcyclists cause more accidents than they are a victim of. This is probably due to the fact where most motorcycle accident cases involve a collision with another motor vehicle which is considerably larger and heavier than a motorcycle, such as an automobile or truck.
A biased perception exists that motorcyclists drive too fast and too unsafely, and therefore, are the causes of many accidents. This simply isn't true. Unfortunately, it is the motorcyclist who generally suffers the most severe injuries in these accidents. Obviously, protection is greater when riding four-wheeled vehicles as opposed to two-wheel motorcycles without any enclosure, too.Motorcycle Definition
The term "motorcycle" is defined as a two-wheeled automotive vehicle. Sometimes, it has one or two riding saddles, and sometimes, having a third wheel for the support of a sidecar. Yet, it should be noted that while it is questionable whether a motorcycle constitutes an automobile within the strict definition of the term, the overwhelming weight of authority supports the view where a motorcycle is a motor vehicle within the meaning of statutes and ordinances regulating the operation of such vehicles.
The Law Offices of Edward A. Smith are experienced motorcycle accident attorneys expert in motorcycle rules and regulations.
The rights of motorcycle riders may differ from other automobile drivers. So, one should look for a lawyer experienced in motorcycle accident cases. Check out this video by Edward Smith to know what one should look for in a motorcycle accident lawyer:
The simplest way to find out the rights of motorcycle riders in accidents is to consult with an experienced lawyer. Remember to keep pursuing if the first attorney you talk to declines to represent you. One attorney may see a claim worth pursuing while another may not.
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