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Who is Liable in a Motorcycle Accident?


Understanding Liability in Motorcycle Accidents

Motorcycle riders are more at risk of being involved in an accident than other motorists. Since motorcycles are small and lack protection for riders such as seat belts and airbags, the injuries associated with a crash can be severe or deadly. No matter how defensively you ride, negligent road behaviors of others can put you at serious risk — and determining who’s liable involves a few factors. Here’s what you need to know.

How to Determine Liability

The last thing on your mind when out for a motorcycle ride is being involved in an accident. However, if you find yourself involved in a motorcycle crash, a person who acts negligently could be considered the liable party. Negligent behavior may include but not limited to:

  • Running a red light or stop sign
  • Speeding
  • Traveling in the wrong lane
  • Changing lanes without signaling
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  • Tailgating
  • Talking on the phone or texting while driving

What to Do After a Motorcycle Crash

If you’ve been involved in a motorcycle accident, the very first thing you should do, if you can, move yourself out of the way of traffic and call 911. It’s critical to get medical care immediately, even if you think you are okay — many motorcycle crash injuries are not always visible right away. Do not remove your helmet or protective gear until paramedics arrive to stay protected.

Contact a St. Louis Motorcycle Accident Lawyer

At Meyerkord & Kurth, we’ll work tirelessly to help you determine liability and hold the responsible parties accountable for your accident. Our experienced team of attorneys are ready to negotiate settlements and argue cases in courts to get the maximum compensation that you deserve.

Let us help you recover full compensation. From medical expenses and future costs to lost wages and pain and suffering, contact us today at (800) 391-4318 to learn your rights after sustaining injuries in a motorcycle accident.

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