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Motorcycle Accident FAQ

Motorcycle Accident Attorney in Washington, DC

If you or someone you know has been injured in a motorcycle accident, you likely have questions about your rights and the personal injury claim process. At Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C., our Washington, DC personal injury lawyers are available to answer any questions you may have. To get started, you can view some answers to common questions below – or call 202-644-8303 for a free consultation.

  • A vehicle turning left strikes a motorcyclist. Who is responsible?
  • When is a driver responsible for a motorcyclist's damages?
  • What are common causes of motorcycle accidents?
  • What are some motorcycle accident statistics?
  • What damages can victims recover after a motorcycle accident?

A vehicle strikes a motorcyclist turning left. Who is responsible?

It depends. If the left turning vehicle is turning left on a green light, he must yield to oncoming traffic – this includes motorcyclists (and bicyclists for that matter). Of course, if the driver turns left on a green arrow then the motorcyclist must yield to him. However, in many cases, drivers of motor vehicles may run a red light, fail to see motorcycle riders, or fail to safely share the road. In any of those situations, the driver of the vehicle would be at fault and responsible for the damages caused to the motorcycle driver.

When is a driver responsible for a motorcyclist's damages?

A driver will be responsible for a motorcycle rider's damages if it can be proven that their negligence, carelessness, or wrongful act more likely than not caused the accident. Just as with any traffic crash, at-fault drivers will be financially responsible for victims' damages. All drivers have a legal responsibility to ensure that others on the road are kept free from preventable harm – and they can be held liable when they fail to uphold this duty.

What are common causes of motorcycle accidents?

Driver error and negligence are the leading causes of motorcycle accidents. This may include distracted driving, drunk driving, failing to obey traffic laws, and failing to be aware of nearby motorcyclists. The problem is that drivers of cars just do not see, or pay attention to motorcyclists.

What are some motorcycle accident statistics?

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were nearly 5,000 motorcycle deaths in the U.S. in 2012, as well as 93,000 injuries. The NHTSA also reports that motorcyclists are more than 30 times more likely to die in traffic accidents than occupants of passenger vehicles. Motorcycle accident statistics may vary slightly from state to state, but are generally alarming because they show that motorcycle riders face extreme risks whenever they are on public roads.

What damages can victims recover after a motorcycle accident?

Victims injured in motorcycle accidents can file personal injury claims to recover any physical, financial, and / or emotional damages they suffered as a result of an accident. Damages may include medical expenses, lost work wages and future earnings, pain and suffering, emotional damages, and others. In cases of wrongful death, families may recover damages for funeral expenses, loss of financial support, and their emotional injuries.

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