If you were recently involved in an accident while riding your motorcycle, there are multiple parties who could be held responsible for your accident, depending on what happened. Here are the four most common parties who can be held responsible for your motorcycle accident and whom you can potentially sue for damages. Your motorcycle accident lawyer will be able to help you determine which of these four parties fits your particular case.
#1 Other Drivers
If the other drivers in the accident were deemed at fault by the police for the accident, or if you feel there is enough evidence to prove that they were at fault for the accident, you can sue the other driver. Make sure that you sit down with your lawyer and go over the evidence that you have before you file the lawsuit; proving that the other driver was at fault is essential for getting a settlement or winning your case should it go to trial.
You can sue the other driver's insurance company if they failed to pay out properly on your claim against them. You can also personally sue the other driver if your injuries exceeded what their insurance covered.
If your accident was caused because of the poor condition of the road that you were riding on, you may be able to sue the government authority who was responsible for maintaining that section of road that you were driving on.
Your attorney will be able to help you identify which government authority your lawsuit needs to be directed against, and will be able to help you navigate the specific rules that apply to suing the government.
You can sue the manufacturer if your accident was caused because of faulty equipment on the bike, or because of faulty equipment that you were wearing. In this case, you will need to be able to prove that your bike or equipment malfunctioned, and that the malfunction was a contributing factor in the crash.
Your attorney can help you put together a lawsuit against the manufacturer on the basis of failed equipment.
#4 Motorcycle Dealership
If you recently purchased your bike, you may be able to sue the motorcycle dealership if it is determined that a defect in your motorcycle was the cause of your accident. Most states will allow you to pursue the motorcycle dealership through their product liability laws. Talk to your attorney and see if this is the case in your state.
Once you determine the cause behind your accident, you and your attorney like one from Shaevitz Shaevitz & Kotzamanis will be able to determine which of the four above parties you can sue for damages in relation to your motorcycle accident.Share