Motorcycle Accidents Caused By Aggressive Driving
Riding a motorcycle is inherently dangerous, just by nature of bike design. But properly ridden and with the appropriate gear, you can be safe on your motorcycle. That is, if you keep your eyes on other drivers to ride defensively.
Everyone on the road can be in danger due to the actions of aggressive and distracted drivers. But motorcyclists are particularly vulnerable to these drivers.
When an aggressive driver is in a collision with a motorcycle, the outcome can be fatal. Bikers are relatively unprotected in accidents, with only gear like helmets and armored clothing to protect them from harm. Even those protections are optional according to Arizona law, with only riders under the age of 18 being required to wear a safety helmet. This means that riders’ bodies are fully exposed to the other vehicle and impact with the ground or other surfaces.
Unfortunately, when a motorcycle is hit by a vehicle, the biker is usually thrown into the air. What goes up must come down, so they are then victimized through a second impact with hard objects in the environment.
Whenever a motorcycle accident happens the help and guidance of an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer is key to recovery of damages. This lawyer helps those injured in accidents as a result of another party’s recklessness, aggression, carelessness or negligence. Through a professionally negotiated settlement or trial you and your family can recover the compensation you are owed after your motorcycle accident. This compensation will help cover the expenses of injuries, medical treatment, lost income, pain and suffering, property damage and other damages.
About Aggressive Driving
As society becomes more mobile, aggressive driving is also increasing. It is now common to see an aggressive driver while traveling on a highway, freeway or other roads. Whether you are out running short errands, commuting to work or traveling long distance on your motorcycle, you will cross the path of one or more aggressive drivers during that ride. The keys to remaining safe around an aggressive driver start with recognizing them and adjusting your behaviors to remain defensive, alert and cautious.
Aggressive driving occurs in many ways. Some commonly experienced types of aggressive and careless driving include:
- Failure to use turn signals for turns or lane changes
- Unnecessary use of a horn
- Flashing of lights at other drivers
- Quick lane changes
- Weaving in and out of traffic
- Excessive speed
- Yelling at other drivers
- Making obscene gestures
- Displaying a weapon
- Following drivers off the highway or “tailing” them
Anytime motorists act in these ways or otherwise drive aggressively, they create a prime environment and occasion for an accident to occur. This includes an accident involving a motorcycle. Aggressive driving is negligent and may even be considered criminal by the courts, particularly if someone else is hurt due to those behaviors.
Unfortunately, many aggressive drivers are “set off” by merely having to share the road with motorcycle riders. Because these drivers do not want to take extra time or act cautiously for others, being around a motorcycle can lead them to act out toward the biker. Aggression against a motorcyclist can quickly escalate into injury or fatality through an accident.
Standard of Negligence in a Motorcycle Accident
For an injured victim of a motorcycle accident to recover damages due to the actions of a negligent motorist, the motorcycle rider must show how the driver had a duty to follow the rules of the road. The rider must also show how the driver failed in that duty through aggressive, careless or reckless behaviors. It is up to the plaintiff and his or her lawyer to prove that the motorcyclist’s injuries and other damages were caused by the other vehicle driver’s negligence.
When a motorcycle accident occurs because of an aggressive driver’s actions, the injured victim can usually recover a portion or all of the resulting damages. These damages include:
- Medical treatment
- Physical therapy
- Lost income
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of consortium
- Property damage
- Other damages, on a case-by-case basis
An Experienced Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Can Help
Anytime you are in an accident that involves an insurance company, that company will try to settle the case as quickly as possible and for the lowest possible amount. This means that, if you accept an offer from an insurance company without an attorney’s involvement, you are likely being undercompensated. After all, the insurance company exists to make a profit and you are an obstacle to that profitability, like other accident victims.
An experienced phoenix personal injury lawyer can help you build your case through investigation of the accident’s facts and circumstances. This lawyer will also negotiate with the insurance company, obtain the highest possible compensation for your injuries and help you to move forward in your life through handling of your case matters.