When motorcyclists set out into the hills, mountains, and national forests surrounding Boise, they seek both the thrill of a good ride and the solace of nature. Unfortunately, they’re also put at risk by the inattentive driving of others. And as riders know, the consequences of any accident are almost always severe.
If you’ve been injured in a motorcycle accident, the attorneys at Litster Frost are ready to fight for you. As one of the largest personal injury law firms in Idaho, our experienced attorneys have the resources necessary to make a strong case for your recovery. To find out how much compensation you may be entitled to or to ask any questions about how the legal process works in your case, give us a call today.
Fighting The Bias Against Motorcyclists
Every person injured in a motorcycle accident faces an uphill battle to overcome the inherent biases against motorcyclists. Police officers, insurance adjusters, judges, and juries frequently associate motorcyclists with dangerous behaviors and start with the assumption that the rider must have done something wrong to cause the accident. This isn’t how the law is supposed to work, but human nature doesn’t always match idealism, so it’s necessary to anticipate that these kinds of arguments will be made against you and to prepare to rebut them.
You should also know that even if you did make a small mistake that partially contributed to the accident, you are not barred from recovering compensation. Idaho is a comparative negligence state and assigns fault proportionally. If the other driver had a majority of the blame for causing the accident, you are still entitled to a majority of the compensation for your losses.
What Causes Motorcycle Accidents?
Motorcyclists face all the usual risks of any other drivers including the following:
- Aggressive driving
- Texting while driving
- Failing to obey stop signs, yield signs, and traffic signals
- Failing to look before turning or changing lanes
- Following too closely
Motorcyclists also face a unique set of risks that increase their danger:
- Small objects in the road that a car would never notice could take down a bike or force the rider to take evasive action
- Motorcycles are less visible than other cars and drivers lack awareness of them even after Idaho’s “Look Twice” campaign
- Drivers who believe motorcyclists behave recklessly may act more aggressively around them to keep them from passing or to ‘teach them a lesson’