Areas Of Practice
Motorcycle Accidents & Personal Injury
Motorcycle riders are in a unique position while on the road. They enjoy the freedoms that come with the fun of “riding”, but are also exposed to dangers of motorcycle crashes not met by other motorists. The lack of any substantial protective barriers between a motorcycle and the road, as well as the difficulty that other motorists have seeing a motorcycle leave riders prone to serious injury in the event of an accident or motorcycle crash.
The Kelly Law team are experts in helping motorcycle riders become aware of their legal rights if they are involved in a motorcycle traffic accident. It’s very important to consult with an attorney regarding the applicable laws in your state.
Some of the problems faced by motorcycle riders on the roads include:
- Visual Recognition: Motorcycles make smaller visual targets, which are more likely to be obscured by other vehicles, or by road and weather conditions. This is an issue especially at intersections, where approximately 70 percent of motorcycle-versus-vehicle collisions occur.
- Road Hazards: Hazards that are minor irritations for an automobile can be a major hazard for a motorcycle rider. These include potholes, oil slicks, puddles, debris, or other objects on the roadway, ruts, uneven pavement, and railroad tracks.
- Speed “Wobble” Accidents: Especially at higher speeds, the front end of a motorcycle may become unstable and begin to shake or “wobble.” This problem may be due to a misalignment of the front and rear tires of the motorcycle. If an accident is caused by such a high-speed wobble, the manufacturer of the motorcycle might be held financially responsible for any resulting injuries, under a product liability theory.
- Riding Skills and Familiarity: A motorcycle requires much more skill and physical coordination to operate than a car. Many motorcycle accidents are caused in whole or in part by a rider’s lack of basic riding skills, or failure to appreciate the inherent operating characteristics and limitations of the motorcycle.
Motorcycle Design or Manufacture Defects
Some motorcycle accidents can be attributed to a defect in the design or the manufacture of the motorcycle. If the motorcycle had a design defect, the company planned,or designed the vehicle in such a way that an injury could foreseeably result. A manufacturing defect, on the other hand, means that there was some deviation from the intended design while the motorcycle was being assembled, and this deviation rendered the motorcycle dangerous in some way.
Motorcycle Crashes – Find Legal Help
If you or a loved one have been injured in a motorcycle accident, you should first seek immediate medical treatment. Then, contact the Kelly Law team to help. Getting legal help can put your mind at ease and let you focus on what matters most — getting better.