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Recovering Compensation After a No Contact Motorcycle Accident

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Most car and motorcycle accidents involve collisions with other vehicles. Single-vehicle crashes, however, are still possible and occur much more often than most people realize. These kinds of crashes can have a number of causes, including everything from a loss of control due to poor weather or road conditions to the negligent or reckless driving of others. While motorists who cause these crashes often walk away unscathed, the same cannot usually be said for the motorcyclist. To learn more about recovering compensation after a no contact crash, please call our dedicated Fort Lauderdale motorcycle accident lawyers today.

How No Contact Accidents Happen

There are many ways that no contact accidents can occur, even for those who religiously exercise defensive riding. Often, these crashes involve a motorcycle rider losing control of his or her motorcycle because someone else:

  • Was speeding;
  • Was swerving across lanes or otherwise driving recklessly;
  • Tailgated the motorcyclist;
  • Ran a red light;
  • Made an unsafe lane change;
  • Was distracted; or
  • Was under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Fortunately, just because someone crashes his or her motorcycle without actually colliding with another vehicle, does not mean that he or she can’t recover compensation for the accident. In fact, the negligent party who did cause the crash can often be held liable, either personally or through an insurer.

Liability for No Contact Accidents

Sharing the road with motorists poses a number of dangers for motorcyclists. For instance, while other motorists are protected by seat belts and airbags, motorcycle riders are not, so a driver’s failure to obey traffic laws, thereby causing a nearby motorcyclist to crash, can have devastating consequences for the latter. Fortunately, no contact motorcycle accidents are like any other crash when it comes to liability. The issue is not whether two vehicles actually collided, but whether either party was negligent in some way. If it is determined that the negligence of the driver of the vehicle caused the crash and the victim suffered a serious injury, then the injured party could be entitled to compensation for accident-related losses, like medical bills, property damage, lost wages, and pain and suffering.

This is fortunate for motorcyclists, as the injuries sustained in car accidents, even in no contact crashes, are often serious. This is because even though motorcyclists may have avoided the impact that accompanies a collision, they will still most likely be ejected from their motorcycles and so can expect to sustain injuries upon impact, including everything from broken bones to chest and abdominal injuries.

Contact Our Fort Lauderdale Office Today for Help with Your Case

If you were involved in a no contact motorcycle accident or another type of motorcycle-related crash and have questions about how to obtain reimbursement for your medical bills, please reach out to the dedicated motorcycle accident lawyers at Boone & Davis. We can be reached at our Fort Lauderdale office by calling 954-566-9919 or by completing one of our online contact forms. Initial consultations are offered free of charge, so don’t hesitate to call or contact us online today.

Resource:

leg.state.fl.us/statutes/index.cfm?App_mode=Display_Statute&URL=0600-0699/0627/Sections/0627.737.html

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