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As a Motorcyclist, Did Other Drivers Give You the Right of Way?

In a recent fatal motorcycle accident, a passenger vehicle driver apparently pulled out on to the U.S. 98, where a motorcyclist was traveling eastbound. According to local news reports, the motorcyclist collided with the passenger vehicle and wound up passing away.

What are some of the questions one could raise about the crash?

  • Did the passenger vehicle driver see the motorist when she pulled out on to the highway?
  • Did she take the trouble to check sufficiently for oncoming traffic? Were there any traffic laws that she violated?
  • Was the motorcyclist abiding by traffic law?
  • Did the crash involve the effects of alcohol or other intoxicants?

In general, the drivers of larger motor vehicles might not notice or look out for motorcyclists. For example, when a motorcyclist has the right-of-way, a passenger vehicle driver might ignore it.

Even when a motorcycle accident doesn't result in fatalities, those involved could suffer severe injuries. A motorcyclist, whose body isn't protected by the bike, is especially vulnerable in this situation. Motorcyclists can sustain spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, terrible abrasions and lacerations, multiple fractures, and internal bleeding. They might experience lifelong consequences from the accident, including paralysis and diminished cognitive functioning.

If you're a motorcyclist who has suffered an accident on the road, don't hesitate to contact an experienced Stuart, FL motorcycle accident lawyer. Motorcyclists might have the reputation of being reckless or careless on the road, when in fact they aren't always at fault for an accident. An attorney can help you work with insurance companies and, in some cases, pursue civil litigation against any party responsible for the collision.

As a motorcyclist, you don't have to struggle by yourself in the aftermath of a crash with your medical bills and with the possible thousands of dollars in damage to your bike.