The nice weather that comes after Mother’s Day signifies that summer (and the huge Memorial Day weekend) is coming soon. With that, motorcycle riders across the region are anticipating their opportunity to hit the open road. But like every year around this time, drivers essentially have to re-learn how to share the road with motorcycles.
This year (and those going forward) may be different because of the safety features new cars are being equipped with. Many new cars have sensors that detect objects so that collisions can be avoided.
But can these cars detect motorcycles? This is an important question given that the most common claim by drivers in car-motorcycle accidents is that the motorcycle riders was not seen. It is reasonable to assume that automatic braking and warning systems could warn drivers of motorcycle riders quickly darting into drivers’ blind spots.
Even with this added technology, drivers have a duty to use reasonable care in looking out for motorcycle riders. Basically, drivers must stay off their cell phones, refrain from texting while driving messages, and abstain from alcohol before getting behind the wheel.
If a person fails to use reasonable such care, and it results in a car-motorcycle accident, the driver could be held liable. This means that the injured rider could be entitled to compensatory damages for pain and suffering, medical expenses, lost wages and other damages.
If you have questions about your rights and options after an accident, an experienced personal injury attorney can advise you.
The preceding is for informational purposes only.