Late last year, a tragic accident in Columbia, South Carolina resulted in a
motorcycle fatality. The
motorcyclist was traveling west on I-126 when traffic forced both him and the car traveling
in front of him to slow down. The car behind the motorcycle collided with
the motorcycle, pushing it into the car in front of it. The motorcyclist
was transported to a local hospital where, tragically, he was pronounced
dead from his injuries.
Motorcycle accidents can be extremely dangerous for motorcyclists. This
is in large part due to the fact that motorcyclists have far less protection
than do drivers of automobiles. As a result, motorcyclists are far more
susceptible to life-threatening injuries caused by collisions with vehicles.
Being Struck from Behind
If two parties involved in an accident were both driving automobiles, this
type of accident would be classified as a mere fender bender. However,
when one of the individuals was a motorcyclist, this type of collision
can have serious consequences. Whether due to poor visibility or a driver’s
inattention, being hit from behind by an automobile often results in the
death of the motorcyclist.
hit from behind is common, motorcyclists should always be aware of the possibility when
stopping at an intersection or slowing for a turn. Motorcyclists can also
create a “crumple zone” when they are stopped behind a single
car at a multi-lane stoplight and there are more cars approaching from
behind. In such instance, motorcyclists can slowly pull in front of the
other cars while communicating their intentions to the drivers. This will
cushion the rider from possible impact.
Sometimes this option is not available. In such instances, motorcyclists
can make an effort to stop to the side of a lane rather than remaining
in the center. Rapidly flashing brake lights can also help catch the attention
of an approaching driver. Motorcyclists are also encouraged to keep the
bike in gear and their right hand on the throttle, so that if they anticipate
a fast-approaching car, they can quickly move out of the way if necessary.
Generally, motorcyclists should always be
vigilant, especially if there is poor visibility, they are traveling at a time
when drunk driving is common, or when unexpected stops are made, like
at pedestrian crosswalks.
To recover compensation for injuries sustained in an accident, a motorcyclist
must show that the other driver was negligent and that the negligent act
was the cause of the accident. To figure out whether a driver was negligent,
the court will use a reasonable person standard and ask whether the driver’s
conduct was consistent with what a reasonable person would do in a similar
situation. If a driver fails to slow at an appropriate rate at an intersection
or in traffic and a reasonable driver would have done so, then he or she
may be held responsible for negligent driving.
A motorcyclist injured in an accident may be able to recover for the medical
costs associated with the injury sustained in the accident. It is also
possible to receive compensation for lost wages or pain and suffering.
Charles County, MD Personal Injury Lawyers that Fight for You
If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident, an experienced
attorney can help determine who is legally responsible and begin the process
of getting you compensation for the harm you suffered. Please contact the
Law Office of Robert R. Castro at 800-553-8082 for a free initial consultation.