Distracted drivers pose a serious threat to other motorists on the road. However, distracted behavior behind the wheel can be especially dangerous for motorcyclists who have only their riding gear and a helmet between them and severe injuries. Drivers may think nothing of changing the music in their vehicle, answering their cell phone, or sending a reply to a text message—actions that take just seconds. But sometimes that's all it takes to cause a serious accident.
If you were injured in an accident that was caused by an inattentive motorist, you may be able to pursue compensation for medical bills related to the crash, property damage to your motorcycle, lost wages if your injuries are extensive enough to prevent you from working, and even physical pain and emotional suffering. Having experienced legal representation and understanding your legal options is vital.
Why Motorists Have Difficulty Seeing Motorcycles
After a vehicle and motorcycle collision, the motorist often claims that he never even saw the motorcycle—that it literally came out of nowhere. There are a number of reasons why motorcycles may be hard for motorists to spot, including:
- Motorcycles have a slim profile that may inadvertently hide in a vehicle's “blind spot.”
- Motorists often have difficulty gauging the speed of a motorcycle.
- Motorcycles may appear to be farther away than they actually are.
- Motorcycles may unexpectedly change positions in a lane to avoid debris or potholes.
Were You Injured in an Accident?
If you or someone you love suffered injuries in a motorcycle accident that was caused by a distracted, drunk, or an aggressive driver, you may face extensive medical bills. However, you may not have to pay for someone else's negligence. Contact the experienced legal team at Steinberg Injury Lawyers to receive a free, no-obligation evaluation of your case, or request a free copy of the book, Seven Big Mistakes to Avoid After a Motorcycle or Bicycle Accident. We're eager to help you obtain any compensation you may deserve.