Every time that a person rides a motorcycle, he or she is at risk of sustaining serious bodily injuries. In fact, statistics1 compiled by the United States’ National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) indicate that motorcyclists were 5 times more likely than passenger car occupants to be injured per vehicle mile traveled. In 2004, figures from the UK Department for Transport indicated that motorcycles have 16 times the rate of serious injuries compared to cars, and double the rate of bicycles. After a motorcycle accident, many victims are curious to determine whether they can recover compensation for their losses. In many cases, they can, and may be able to do so from a number of different sources. Some of the parties that are commonly held liable in motorcycle accident cases are detailed below.
Other motorists – Statistics indicate2 that the vast majority of motor vehicle accidents are caused by the negligence of other drivers. Motorcycles are often difficult to see for drivers of larger vehicles, and many drivers simply do not give motorcycles an adequate amount of room on the road. When other drivers negligently cause accidents, victims are often able to recover for their injuries through a personal injury claim.
Property owners or government agencies – A substantial number of motorcycle accidents are caused by defectively designed or poorly maintained roadways. In situations where these roadways are the responsibility of a private party, an injured motorcyclist can often maintain a standard premises liability action against that party. In cases where the roadway at issue is maintained by a governmental entity, a special set of legal rules apply, but victims may still be able to recover.
Vehicle manufacturers – Many motorcycle accidents are caused by defectively designed or manufactured vehicles. Fortunately, Canadian product liability law often allows people who are injured by defective consumer products to recover. In many cases, these defects may not be apparent to the untrained eye, so any injured in a motorcycle accident should discuss their case with an lawyer even if they do not believe that they have a claim.
Contact a Vancouver motorcycle accident lawyer to schedule a case evaluation
Victims of motorcycle accidents are often able to recover significant financial compensation. The lawyers of McLarty Wolf are committed to helping people injured by the negligence of others recover for their losses. To schedule a consultation with one of our attorneys, call our office today at 604-688-9542. Clients who believe they may have claims can also send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.