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Road Hazards and Liability: Holding Others Accountable for Motorcycle Accidents

A motorcycle accident doesn’t always involve two vehicles. Sometimes it involves a bike and a road hazard. Whether the hazard is debris, a dangerous work zone, or another dangerous object or circumstance, a motorcycle accident lawyer will identify those responsible for the hazard.

Road Hazards That Contribute to Motorcycle Accidents

Motorcycle riders and passengers have the highest fatality risk among all motor vehicle users, as the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) explains. While some riders engage in risky behavior, much of the danger to motorcyclists comes from other motorists and road hazards.

Municipalities and other parties have an legal responsibility to prevent road hazards, such as:

Debris Including Fallen Cargo

When the driver of a motor vehicle encounters debris like cargo fallen from a truck, they may be able to swerve or power through the debris without major incident. Riders, on the other hand, may lose balance or be thrown from their bike when they encounter:

  • Large trash in the roadway
  • Freight released from a semi-truck 
  • Items that have fallen from the bed of a pickup truck
  • Any other harmful debris, such as gravel or rocks

If debris played a role in your accident, a motorcycle accident attorney from our team will identify who is responsible for the debris. 

Unsafe Work Zones

Motorcycle riders can suffer serious injuries or lose their lives when involved in a work-zone accident, which could result from:

  • The work zone being positioned too close to the roadway
  • Cones, concrete barriers, or other markers spilling into the roadway
  • Construction equipment being too close to the roadway (or even entering the roadway)
  • Inadequate lighting near the construction zone

A municipality may be liable if your motorcycle accident resulted from a dangerous work zone.

Animals and Roadkill

Animals crossing the road or large roadkill may cause motorcyclists to crash and suffer injuries. A municipality may be responsible for failing to prevent animals from entering the roadway or for failing to remove roadkill within a reasonable amount of time.

Potholes, Uneven Pavement, and Other Road Flaws

Motorcyclists are particularly vulnerable to poor road conditions, including:

  • Potholes
  • Large cracks
  • Uneven driving surfaces
  • Excessively bumpy surfaces

Balance is essential to riders, and such flaws may cause the motorcyclist to lose their balance, be hit by another vehicle, or hit a fixed object.

Defective or Missing Traffic Safety Signs and Signals

Safety signs and signals are necessary to prevent accidents and keep road users safe. If a municipality failed to replace or fix a broken traffic signal (e.g., a downed stop sign or broken traffic light), it may be liable for your injuries.

Our team will identify all potential liable parties.

How a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Will Help After Your Accident

Determining liability in an accident caused by a road hazard and then holding that person or entity liable is not always straightforward. You don’t need to handle it alone. Let a motorcycle accident lawyer handle every detail of your insurance claim or lawsuit, including:

Evidence Collection

Your legal team will secure all evidence that is relevant to your case, which may include:

  • Video of the motorcycle accident
  • Eyewitness accounts
  • Expert testimony
  • The police report from the accident
  • A reconstruction of the collision
  • Photos of the accident scene and surrounding area

Su Abogada de lesiones personales will gather evidence right away so they don’t lose any important pieces of your case.

Documentation of Your Damages

Your attorney will obtain medical records, medical bills, employment records, bike repair invoices, and all other documentation of accident-related damages.

Settlement Negotiations

Your legal team will represent you in settlement talks, striving to hold liable parties accountable for your motorcycle accident. 

Filing of a Lawsuit (if Necessary)

Some motorcyclists do not receive fair settlement offers from liable parties, even after their lawyer presents a compelling case. If this happens in your case, your attorney may urge you to let them file a lawsuit on your behalf.

Recoverable Damages in Your Motorcycle Accident Case

Motorcycle riders frequently suffer severe injuries in accidents, which may lead to:

  • Healthcare expenses
  • ingresos perdidos
  • Potencia de ganancia disminuida
  • Motorcycle repair costs
  • Other property-related expenses
  • Dolor y sufrimiento
  • Mental health treatment costs

An attorney can also seek compensation if you have lost a loved one because of a fatal motorcycle accident.

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You don’t need to wait another minute before hiring your motorcycle accident lawyer. The KJT Law Group team is available 24/7 to discuss your case and explain how we can help you.

Call KJT Law Group today for your free consultation about hiring a motorcycle accident attorney: (818) 507-8525. You pay us nothing unless we win your case.

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