There is a relationship between gasoline prices and motorcycle ridership. When gas prices increase, so does the number of motorcycle riders. One would think that the increasing number of riders would make motorists be more on guard, but as outlined below, that’s usually not the case.
When negligent motorists cause crashes, the aggressive Brainerd motorcycle accident lawyers at Carlson & Jones stand up for victims. We make sure victims get the medical help they need. Then, we take on stingy insurance companies and never stop fighting for you until we obtain fair compensation for your serious injuries.
What Causes Motorcycle Wrecks?
Some combination of speed and failure to maintain a proper lookout usually causes motorcycle wrecks in Brainerd. Both these actions violate the duty of care.
Velocity increases the risk of a collision and the force in a collision. Speeding drivers have less time to react to changing situations. Additionally, speed multiplies the force in a collision between two objects. This factor is especially acute in vehicle-motorcycle crashes. Motorcyclists have almost no protection from onrushing cars.
Motorists often overlook motorcycles. Drivers are taught to watch for other cars, but not for motorcycles. Additionally, many people in Crow Wing County driver large vehicles, like SUVs and pickup trucks. It’s difficult for motorists to see around these vehicles.
The duty of care requires motorists to drive defensively and avoid accidents when possible. If motorists violate this duty, they are liable for damages.
In court, victim/plaintiffs must establish negligence, or a lack of care, by a preponderance of the evidence (more likely than not). That’s the lowest standard of proof in Minnesota law.
Contributory negligence is probably the most common insurance company defense in motorcycle wreck claims. This legal loophole shifts blame for the accident from the tortfeasor (negligent driver) to the victim. Contributory negligence is only applicable in limited situations.
If You’ve Been Hurt in an Accident, Call Brainerd Motorcycle Accident Lawyers
Suffering physical and mental anguish due to someone else’s negligence is the kind of situation no one should have to deal with. It is important to know that motorcycle crash victims might be entitled to substantial compensation. We will work diligently to win you justice and the compensation you deserve.
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