Determining liability for motorcycle accidents

On Behalf of | Jan 25, 2022 | Uncategorized |

If you’re a motorcyclist involved in an accident in Illinois, you may be wondering who is responsible for the damages. In many cases, the motorcyclist is at fault. However, other parties may be liable as well.

The manufacturer

The motorcyclist may rightfully hold the manufacturer liable if there was a design or manufacturing defect that contributed to the accident. For instance, if the brakes failed on your motorbike, you could hold the manufacturer responsible. Other than the brakes, common motorbike defects that often cause accidents include defective fuel systems, faulty steering, poorly designed or manufactured tires, and manufacturing errors in the frame or engine.

A vehicle driver

Many motorcycle and motor vehicle accidents occur as a result of the negligence of car and truck drivers. If the accident was caused by another motorist, you may hold that driver liable for the damages. For example, if they changed lanes without checking properly and hit you, they would be at fault. Also, if a motorcyclist is lane-splitting and a driver fails to see them and hits them, the driver might be at fault. Drivers need to be aware of motorcyclists and give them the space they need on the road.

The government

If a road defect or hazardous condition caused the accident, you may be able to hold the government responsible. For instance, if a motorcyclist hits a pothole on a poorly maintained road, the government could be at fault. It’s also not uncommon for motorcyclists to get injured in accidents caused by broken traffic lights or signs.

The motorcyclist’s employer

If the motorcyclist was on their way to or from work when the accident occurred, they may be able to hold the employer liable. This is especially true if the motorcyclist was performing a job-related task at the time of the accident. For example, if a delivery motorcyclist were to get into an accident while making a delivery and got injured in the process, their employer may have to cover all accident expenses.

The bottom line is that there are many potential parties liable for a motorcycle accident. You need to make sure that you have a strong case with sufficient evidence against that party.