Motorcyclists are the most vulnerable motorists on the roads. Due to their small size relative to other motorized vehicles, they are often not seen by other drivers until it is too late. Negligent drivers who lack awareness of the motorcycle can cause serious injuries or death of the riders of these comparably light weight vehicles. The absence of a protective metal frame and airbags puts a motorcyclist at an additional disadvantage. Often, a helmet, footwear and apparel are a rider’s only hope in surviving a serious accident.
What Causes Motorcycle Accidents in BC?
While there are many possible causes of motorcycle accidents, the majority of them are caused by the negligence of other motorists. These motorists are typically speeding, failing to obey traffic signs or signals, failing to check the blind spot when changing lanes, turning or reversing, driving distracted or impaired or failing to adjust to the weather and traffic conditions.
Some common causes of accidents involving motorcyclists include:
- Failure to see the motorcyclist
- Entering the motorcyclist’s lane at any time
- Misjudging the speed or distance of the motorcycle
- Passing a motorcycle too closely; and
- Trying to share a lane with a motorcycle.
More often than not, it is the car or truck driver that is at fault in a collision with a motorcyclist. Other conditions that could contribute to a motorbike accident include:
- Road hazards, such as dirt, debris and potholes
- Wet road conditions
- Mechanical failure or defect of either vehicle; and
- Mechanical aspects of a bicycle.
The design of a motorcycle, with a standard transmission, requires significant skill to operate. Unlike a car or truck, a motorcyclist handles the front and back brakes independently and body weight is used to balance and take turns. Both hands and feet must each operate different controls, including secondary controls such as the lights and horn.
In accidents where a motorcyclist is found to be partially at fault, it is usually for the following reasons:
- Failure to obey traffic signs or signals
- Weaving and lane-splitting; and
- Failure to observe posted speed limits.
If a rider is found to have contributed to the accident, a personal injury judgment can still be awarded or a settlement obtained with compensation reduced proportionately for any fault of the rider. Where a rider is partially at fault, an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer in Coquitlam can work to ensure the rider’s compensation is not reduced unfairly.
Consult with a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer in Coquitlam, BC
When a motorcycle accident results in a brain damage, broken bones or joints, disfiguring road rash or arm or leg injuries, our Coquitlam motorcycle accident lawyers can help you obtain the compensation you require. We also provide representation for injured parties in surrounding areas of BC, including Burnaby, Langley, and Surrey.
Your motor vehicle accident settlement can entail compensation for lost wages and future earnings, compensation for lost opportunities and the cost of future care, out of pocket expenses, and payment for pain and suffering.
Today is the day to contact Spraggs & Co. Injury Lawyers to get started with your accident case. Contact us today at 604.464.3333 or toll free at 1.866.939.3339.
We provide free, no-obligation consultations and you will not pay until we recover money for you.