Who Is At Fault in Motorcycle Accidents?

Edmonton saw 121 motorcycle crashes in 2021, an increase from 2020. Of the 121 motorcycle accidents, approximately 45% of the riders had the right of way and were driving according to the proper traffic rules. If you or your loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident due to another driver’s negligence, you can seek compensation for your injuries. Not sure who was at fault? Keep reading to get a better understanding.

What Factors Lead To The Accident?

In cases where a motorcycle accident occurs due to the fault of either the motorcycle rider or another driver, the individual responsible for the accident is legally liable for any damages caused. Some of the most common driving errors in Edmonton that can result in serious injuries or fatalities are listed below.

  • Turning left in front of oncoming traffic
    • When making a left turn in front of oncoming traffic, drivers often fail to allow enough time to get out of the path of another vehicle or a motorcycle. In this situation, it can be difficult to avoid collision by either party.
  • Tailgating others
    • Driving too closely to other vehicles or motorcycles does not allow for any emergency braking. But unlike motor vehicle drivers, motorcycle riders have very little protection and can be seriously injured from even the slightest of collisions. 
  • Aggressive driving
    • Aggressive driving includes, but is not limited to, speeding, street racing, road rage, failing to yield, passing on the right and weaving through traffic. If a motorcyclist is injured due to another driver’s aggressive driving, the negligent driver may be held accountable.
  • Distracted driving
    • Motorcycle riders are particularly vulnerable to distracted driving, as they are in a much smaller vehicle, are less visible and have less protection than cars and trucks. Distracted driving can result in serious motorcycle injuries and, in some cases, fatalities.
  • Driving under the influence: 

Are You Or A Loved One A Victim Of A Motorcycle Accident?

Navigating a motor vehicle accident in Alberta can be complex and challenging, especially when it comes to fighting for fair compensation for your injuries. Motor vehicle law in Alberta requires the skill and experience of motorcycle accident lawyers to secure the necessary funds for your short and long-term needs. 

Since 1993, James H. Brown and Associates have been dedicated to fighting for the rights of motorcycle accident victims in Alberta. Our team understands the challenges of undergoing a life-altering accident, and we’re committed to providing support and helping our clients through legal proceedings while they focus on their road to recovery.

Book a free consultation with one of our experienced motorcycle accident lawyers today.

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