Causes of Motorcycle Accidents and Defective Roads

Collisions with other vehicles are the most common causes of motorcycle accidents. Car and truck drivers often fail to see motorcycles until a collision is unavoidable. They may hit the motorcycle or force the cyclist to swerve out of the way. In some accidents, another vehicle forces the cyclist off the road. Our firm knows how to bring a successful claim for motorcyclists who were hit by distracted or drunk drivers.

Motorcycle accidents can also be caused by mechanical defects or road defects. Road defects can be the result of a problem with the road, a failure to warn of hazards or objects in the road. Some of the most common dangers include:

  • Potholes, rough pavement and other road defects
  • Improperly marked road construction zones
  • Poorly marked intersections and railroad crossings
  • Lack of road signage
  • Debris in the road

What can be complicated about defective roads cases is that the lawsuit must involve an entire city, town or local municipality responsible for the road or even a private property owner. These are tough cases because you must prove the city or owner was aware of the defect and did nothing about it. Our attorneys are experienced in these matters and can help you if your accident was caused by a road defect.

Jury Bias for Motorcycle Accidents

One of the difficulties in a motorcycle accident case is jury bias. In Rhode Island, state law does not require a motorcyclist to wear a helmet or any other protective gear while operating their motorcycle. But despite the law not requiring helmets, juries often do not see it that way. If a motorcyclist happens to not wear a helmet at the time of the accident and gets seriously injured, a jury will often have a bias against the victim for not wearing a helmet. This results in your compensation being stripped away from you.

This is a difficult hurdle to overcome in motorcycle accident cases. Compared to car accident cases in which you would never blame him or her for not wearing a helmet, a motorcyclist gets this unfair bias. Having an experienced lawyer help overcome this jury bias is very important to seeking full and fair compensation.

Christopher L. Russo
Helping Rhode Island personal injury victims for nearly three decades to get the compensation they deserve.