The majority of motorcycle accidents, at least those that result in lawsuit, involve two drivers. A crash occurs as a result of someone’s negligence, and the person who is not at blame will seek recompense for their injuries. It isn’t an easy task by any means, but it is possible. Motorcycle accidents and compensation, on the other hand, become more problematic when the accident was caused by a road defect, rather than by another motorist.
How Do Road Defect Accidents Happen?
Every rider has experienced some breathtakingly awful roads. You are, however, taking a significant risk every time you ride that bike down a terrible road. When an automobile passes over anything like loose gravel or a pothole, it has little effect. On the other hand, a rider who hits a pothole or loose gravel in the wrong direction, is likely to have a serious accident.
Some defects include:
- Rough Seams: There is usually a seam in the middle of roads which are created one side at a time. However, the seam should be minor after the road is complete. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. It could be deadly if you hit this uneven seam while doing something like passing another vehicle.
- Gravel: Riders will always find gravel roads problematic. Even loose gravel on paved roadways might cause problems. In essence, they can cause a motorcycle’s front wheels to slip out.
- Railroad Crossings: Railroad crossings must be visibly marked not only to keep an eye out for trains, but also so that drivers may take proper precautions when crossing them. They are harsh on cars, but even harsher on motorcycles.
- Design Flaws: We’ve all been on roads that were a little bumpy. Perhaps there was a blind corner or a particularly tight curve that didn’t have a guard rail. These are dangerous, and the government should deal with them before someone is hurt.
How Do You Get Compensated For A Road Defect Accident?
The obvious challenge in seeking compensation for a motorcycle accident caused by a road defect is that there is frequently more than one individual to blame. Rather than pursuing another driver as in other accident instances, you should seek reimbursement from the state or city that is responsible for maintaining that road.
As you might assume, the city or state will attempt everything possible to avoid paying you for an accident they caused by refusing to spend any money on road maintenance. Many people will try to convince you that it was your fault for whatever reason. This is why, if you need to make a claim against the government, which is far more involved than most personal injury cases, you should retain the services of a qualified attorney. You can be confident that the government entity will bring in their finest lawyers to save money and reputation, so you’ll need a lawyer to evaluate your case and ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve.
What Are The Damages That You Can Be Compensated For?
You may be eligible for compensation after an accident for:
- Emotional distress
- Lost wages
- Medical bills
- Property loss
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of consortium
- Loss of earning capacity