Due to the relatively minimal protection provided by motorcycles, injuries sustained in motorcycle accidents can be very serious and potentially result in death. The unique nature of the vehicle also offers motorcyclists a variety of ways to become involved in an accident.
The majority of motorcycle accidents are caused by another vehicle not paying attention or failing to give the motorcycle the right of way. Often a vehicle will either rear-end the motorcyclist or turn right in the path of a motorcycle. Even if the motorcyclist is able to avoid a collision, it is likely he will crash on the side of the road as a result of being forced to swerve out of the way.
While three quarters of motorcycle accidents are caused by another vehicle, there are still many instances where the motorcycle is the only vehicle involved in the accident. Defective equipment and unsafe road conditions are some of the main causes of these accidents.
The growing popularity of off-road bikes has led to an increase in the number of accidents involving these types of motorcycles. Unmarked obstacles on trails can frequently cause these serious accidents. Sometimes these obstacles are natural, such as a boulder or a large branch blocking the trail. However, there are instances where property owners will put up ropes or chains to prevent motorcycles from riding on the trail. Frequently, riders will not notice these obstructions until it is too late, resulting in severe injuries that could easily have been avoided if the property owner had been responsible and marked the obstructions with a warning sign.
Motorcycle injury claims are very complicated. Often, you may need to prove that the accident was caused by a driver when there was no collision or by the fault of a negligent property owner. Frequently, insurance companies will try and offer you an unfairly low settlement.
In order to ensure that you receive fair compensation for your injuries, it is important to be represented by an lawyer experienced in the nuances of motorcycle accident litigation. At Stephens & Holman, we have the experience needed to provide you with the best results for your motorcycle accident lawsuit.
Please contact our Vancouver, British Columbia motorcycle accident lawyers today to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation.