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Motorcycle Accidents

Morgantown Motorcycle Accident Attorneys

In motorcycle accidents, more than any other type of accident, the insurance company’s favorite tactic is to blame the victim. They will start by trying to convince you that your claim has no value using the “assumption of risk” argument because you chose to ride a motorcycle. They know that even if you cannot be bullied into taking far less money than you deserve, the general public, including jury members, are still prejudiced against bikers and easily swayed to believe that the motorcyclist had it coming. That is why you need the Morgantown motorcycle accident attorneys of Robinette Legal Group, PLLC, on your side.

Negligent Drivers

In 2013, 44% of fatal motorcycle collisions with other vehicles, the other vehicle turned left into or into the path of the motorcycle, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, Highway Loss Data Institute.

Drivers typically claim that they did not see the motorcycle, as if that somehow relieves them of blame for the accident. It does not. Motorcyclists have the same rights as other vehicles, including the expectation that other drivers will use reasonable care to avoid a collision.

Defective Motorcycles

Motorcycle defects are often the cause of motorcycle crashes, or contribute to the seriousness of motorcycle accident injuries. Examples of defects that can cause accidents and injuries include:

  • Brake pad defect
  • Fuel tank defect, causing fuel leaks and fires
  • Faulty design
  • Defective handlebars
  • Faulty tires
  • Electrical system flaws causing engine stall

Defective Roadways

Motorcycles are more sensitive to roadway defects, such as sand or debris left on the road, than vehicles with four wheels. Roadway defects can cause accidents, and some defects cause injuries to be worse in the event of an accident. Examples of roadway defects that can cause motorcycle accidents or contribute to injuries include:

  • Dangerous design
  • Loose gravel or sand on road
  • Obstacles or debris not removed in a timely fashion
  • Potholes and other road surface damage
  • Improperly banked curves
  • Inaccurate, missing, or obscured signs
  • Malfunctioning traffic signals
  • Damaged or missing guardrails
  • Lack of breakaway devices on poles and posts

The Morgantown motorcycle accident attorneys of Robinette Legal Group, PLLC, are dedicated to helping West Virginia motorcycle accident victims and their families collect full and fair compensation. We know how the insurance companies operate and how to beat them. Please, call us today at 304-594-1800 or contact us online to schedule your free consultation.