Motorcycle riders are left exposed to the elements with little to protect them from injury in the event of a crash. Receiving compensation for such injuries requires exceptional attention to detail and a firm understanding of the law. Even when a crash is clearly the fault of another party, insurance companies may try to minimize coverage by claiming that a motorcyclist was somehow responsible for the accident.
To protect their rights and receive their due compensation, injured riders may want to speak with a personal injury attorney with experience in motorcycle accident claims.
Recently in Georgia, two motorcycle riders, a man and a woman, were injured when the bike they were on collided with a pickup truck. The riders were sent to a local hospital to be treated for injuries that were not thought to be life-threatening. The two were thrown from the bike after the driver of the truck allegedly failed to yield.
The truck driver, a North Augusta man, was arrested and charged with drunk driving and failure to yield. The man was reportedly turning into a restaurant parking lot when the collision occurred.
In addition to the criminal charges against the driver, the injured motorcyclists may have grounds for a personal injury lawsuit to recover the cost of medical care and any lost income resulting from the crash. Injuries suffered in motorcycle accidents can worsen over time, requiring ongoing rehabilitation and medical treatment. These are also costs that can be covered in a personal injury claim.
Drivers of cars and trucks owe a duty of care to watch out for motorcyclists. When drivers fail in this regard, injured riders may need to explore the legal avenues for achieving justice.
Source: The Augusta Chronicle, “Two injured, one arrested following motorcycle accident,” Doug Stutsman, May 8, 2014