Blaming the Victim in Motorcycle Accidents
Despite what drivers of cars, trucks and other four-wheeled vehicles would have you believe, there is still an unspoken prejudice toward motorcyclists and their passengers. When an accident occurs involving a motorcycle and a vehicle, the other driver may be quick to assume that the motorcycle was speeding, driving under the influence or driving recklessly. Unfortunately, this bias often carries over to insurance company agents. Without knowing the facts of the accident, insurance agents may automatically assign blame to the driver of the motorcycle. The same can be said for police officers who write accident reports that unfairly claim that the motorcyclist was at fault.
The reality of the matter is that drivers of four-wheeled vehicle are just as likely to cause a crash as drivers of motorcycles. Some of the most common errors that vehicle drivers make in accidents with motorcycles include:
- The driver of the car makes a left-hand turn directly in front of the motorcycle.
- The car driver ran a red light or a stop sign and collided with the motorcyclist.
- The vehicle driver backed out of a driveway or parking lot without seeing the motorcyclist and then crashed into him or her.
- The car driver pulled onto a road or changed lanes without checking his or her blind spot and crashed into a motorcyclist.
Regardless of how your accident with a four-wheeled vehicle happened, the law firm of Rubino, Ruman, Crosmer and Polen can assist you with recovering the financial compensation you deserve. Our personal injury attorneys are highly knowledgeable about the law and compassionate towards the true victim in an accident case. If a collision with a vehicle has caused you to miss work and accumulate large medical bills, contact our office in Dyer, Indiana, for a free initial consultation.