It can be very frustrating when you’re driving safely and someone else’s negligent driving causes you to crash. An irresponsible motorcyclist might seemingly come out of nowhere and cause you to swerve and crash. You may be trying to figure out what to do next. Incidents like these happen very quickly, so can be difficult to figure out exactly what happened. You may be wondering how to pin the blame on someone who never touched your vehicle. It’s also possible that the motorcyclist got away completely and fled the scene of the accident.
The first thing to do after any car accident is to make sure you’re safe and to take note of your surroundings. If you have injuries, get thoroughly medically assessed to determine the extent of your injuries.
Your next step is very important, and it involves getting legal assistance. Call Neumann Law Group right away to see what your options are. As an experienced Michigan car accident firm, you won’t have to worry about insurance companies taking advantage of you. Call today and you can plan out your next move.
What are the laws for these types of car accidents?
Utah, like some other states, follows a system of laws known as “comparative negligence.” This means that a court or insurance company can determine that the fault of an accident may be distributed between two or more parties, rather than blaming the whole thing on one party. In some situations, it may be decided that both parties are equally at fault, and these entities may end up being entitled to only 50% of their damages.
In other situations, it may be decided that one party is 80% at fault, and another party is 20% at fault. If you are entitled to $10,000 in damages while you are 20% at fault, then you would only be entitled to $8,000.
If your accident was completely caused by a motorcycle illegally weaving in and out of traffic, then the goal is to prove that the negligent party is 100% at fault so that you can get 100% of your damages awarded to you.
In general, you have to prove that the motorcyclist was negligent in some way. Negligence on the part of a motorbike may include:
- Being over the speed limit
- Riding the lane separators
- Not using turn signals to change lanes.
- Not having both hands on the handlebars
- Carrying something on the bike that may hinder their ability to steer
- Running red lights, stop signs, or disobeying other obvious traffic rules
- Doing “wheelies” or other forms of horseplay
- Having illegal modifications to the motorcycle
Sometimes it may not be obvious how a motorcyclist was negligent, and legal arguments can become subjective. This highlights the importance of an experienced lawyer to come at the case from all angles.
Were you in an accident caused by a motorcycle?
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