When you’re in a motorcycle accident, you might have questions about your liability in the situation. There are a few times when the person at fault is generally obvious, like if a car turns left in front of you or a drunk driver was in the wrong lane. In other cases, you may think that if you weren’t wearing a helmet or were disobeying a minor law you could be unable to make a claim.
Did you know that, generally speaking, if you’re in a crash where someone turned left in front of you, the driver is typically identified as being at fault? The only reason that this may not be true is if you were speeding over the limit or if you ran a red light while traveling.
If you admit to fault following an accident, even if it wasn’t your fault, you could be held accountable. That’s why it’s important not to say anything following your accident until you speak with an attorney. Don’t admit to being negligent or sign paperwork from the other party’s insurance company until you know all the information about your situation.
What’s interesting and important to know is that even if you were partially in the wrong for an accident, if the other person was more responsible than you, you’ll be able to make some kind of a claim. For instance, you could be in trouble if you were riding a motorcycle without a helmet in states with mandatory helmet laws; in fact, you could be partially at fault for your injuries. However, you could still make a claim that you wouldn’t have injuries if not for the negligence of the other party.
Source: FindLaw, “Motorcycle Accident FAQ,” accessed April. 22, 2015