Safety protocols such as helmets, gloves, boots, protective clothing, and safe riding techniques help reduce the number of these accidents. However, the great difference in size between a motorcycle and a vehicle leaves riders and passengers vulnerable to significant injuries. Common injuries include bone fractures, concussions, spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, nerve damage, and facial and body cuts and scars. Regardless of the severity of your injury, you should seek immediate medical attention after your accident.
Motorcycle accidents are typically caused by the other driver’s failure to see the motorcyclist. Some of the most common causes are unsafe lane changes by the driver and/or motorcyclist; the driver carelessly making a left turn in front of a motorcycle; and cars exiting side streets and/or parking lots into the motorcyclist’s path.
Issues arise when a passenger of a motorcycle is injured in an accident. The law allows a rider to carry a passenger only when the motorcycle has: (1) a seat “securely fastened” to the motorcycle with foot rests; or (2) an attached sidecar that is designed for carrying passengers. Additionally, the passenger must keep his or her feet on the foot rests at all times. If these requirements are not met, the rider may be at-fault for the passenger’s injuries.
If you suffered injuries as a passenger on a motorcycle, you may recover money for your injuries, incurred medical expenses, need for future medical treatment, and income lost due to the accident. A requirement to receive this money is filing your lawsuit within two years of the motorcycle incident.