How Are Motorcycle Laws Different Across Each State?

The main difference between states in terms of motorcycle laws are primarily related to safety and equipment. Driving a car or truck is relatively similar regardless of where you are. You’re generally required by law to wear a seatbelt, stop at red lights and drive within the speed limit. There’s a bit more diversity in motorcycle laws, but in broad terms the rules that govern how you operate your motorcycle are fairly similar in every state. States often have slightly…

Can a Motorcycle Manufacture or Third-Party Part Manufacture Be Responsible for an Accident?

Yes, a motorcycle manufacturer or the manufacturer of third-party accessories and gear can potentially be liable for motorcycle accidents and injuries. In most motorcycle accidents where a rider is seriously injured, either the rider or another driver on the road will be responsible for the accident. However, there are certainly some scenarios where a mechanical failure either contributes to an accident or outright causes an accident. There can also be scenarios where a mechanic who worked on a motorcycle may…

Can I Get Compensation for Damages Resulting from Road Conditions?

Whether you can recover damages for road conditions depends on the situation. You can’t file a claim against nature, but if dangerous road conditions were caused by someone’s actions or a municipality’s failure to maintain safe roadways, you might be able to recover compensation. Fog and rain don’t carry liability insurance, but local city and state governments do. Can You File a Personal Injury Claim Against the Government for Dangerous Road Conditions? In many cases you can, but special rules…

Do I Need a Personal Injury Attorney Even If My Injuries Are Not Serious?

Should you call a motorcycle injury lawyer if the facts are on your side and your damages fall below the responsible driver’s policy limits? Insurance companies would prefer to not cover your claim, regardless of whose negligence caused your accident and injuries. They may attempt to deny your claim or offer to pay less than you need to cover your lost wages and medical bills. Insurance companies aren’t renowned for their generosity. If they are attempting to pay you less…

Are Motorcycle Passengers Entitled to Compensation After Accidents?

Yes, motorcycle passengers are entitled to compensation if they’re injured in a single-vehicle or multi-vehicle motorcycle accident. These cases can be emotionally difficult, especially when the riders who was responsible for your injuries is a friend, family member or significant other. Your relationship with the rider shouldn’t stop you from seeking the compensation you need to cover medical costs, lost wages and pain and suffering. If the operator of a motorcycle is responsible for the injuries sustained by their…

What Is Personal Injury Protection, and Does It Apply to Motorcycle Riders?

Personal injury protection (PIP) is a type of insurance coverage available or required in no-fault insurance states. In those state, every driver’s own insurance coverage pays for their injuries through PIP. If a motorcyclist in one of those states were to be hit by a distracted driver, their own PIP coverage would pay for the injuries the other driver caused. If the rider’s injuries were severe and the cost of their medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering exceeded…

What Should I Do After a Motorcycle Accident Caused By a Mechanical Failure?

Not every motorcycle accident is caused by another driver’s error or a rider’s own mistake. Some accidents happen due to mechanical defects in a bike, dangerous road conditions or improperly performed maintenance. The responsible party may not be immediately obvious, but that doesn’t change the fact that riders who suffer serious injuries in these accidents still have expensive medical bills to pay. In cases like these, the most common negligent parties are: The manufacturer of the component that failed The…

Should Car and Truck Drivers Also Have to Learn Motorcycle Laws as Well?

Other than equipment laws and a handful of laws pertaining to lane sharing, and in some states traffic lights, there really aren’t that many different laws that are specific to motorcycle riders. However, there are a lot of informal rules of the road motorcyclists follow. Many of these rules keep riders safe from passenger car and truck drivers, and as a courtesy to riders it would be nice if more people were aware of them. Motorcycle Hand Signals Drivers Should…

What to Do With Your Motorcycle After an Accident

Most articles that you will read concerning what to do after a motorcycle accident pertain specifically to documenting the scene, seeing a doctor and calling an attorney – but what should you do with your bike? After an accident, your motorcycle could be totaled, or it may just have minor cosmetic damage. Whether you should pay for those damages out of your own pocket, file a claim with your insurer or file a claim with the other driver’s insurance company…