It's probably no surprise to most bikers that drivers are the most common cause of motorcycle crash injuries.
But what about when a driver’s actions force a motorcyclist off the road, without actually colliding? Can a rider collect compensation from a driver if there wasn't contact between the car and the bike?
Compensation for a “No Contact” Motorcycle Accident
Drivers can absolutely be held liable for a motorcyclist's injuries and property damage in these kinds of crashes. Known as a "no contact" accident, these crashes occur when a driver’s negligence causes a motorcyclist to brake suddenly, hit another vehicle, lay down the bike, or leave the roadway.
The key to getting compensation in these types of accidents is proving the at-fault driver’s negligence directly resulted in your injury. Some examples of negligence may include:
- Driving too fast for conditions
- Changing lanes without signaling
- Driving while distracted (such as talking on a cell phone)
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
All drivers have a responsibility to share the road with all types of vehicles. If a motorist failed to obey traffic laws and caused injury, you have a right to seek compensation through an injury lawsuit.
Unfortunately, providing evidence in these claims can pose a number of challenges. Damage to the bike may be superficial, even if the rider’s injuries are severe, and often there's not physical damage to the bike at all. It will take the help of a skilled motorcycle accident attorney to establish a causal connection between driver’s actions and the rider’s injury.
If the negligence of another road user was responsible for causing your motorcycle crash, we can help you collect the compensation you deserve for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Simply fill out the form on this page today to schedule your free case evaluation with one of our experienced injury attorneys.