Who Are Responsible for Motorcycle Accidents


Motorcyclists enjoy freedom and flexibility on the road but their vehicles’ light weight and design expose riders to risks of serious accidents. In accidents involving a motorcycle and a sedan or other large vehicle, motorcyclists are more likely to die than passengers of the larger motor vehicle. Those who survive may suffer serious injuries such as spinal cord injury, fractures, loss of limbs, or brain injury.

Causes of Motorcycle Accidents 

  1. Visibility issues: Motorcycles are typically smaller than other road vehicles, making them easily obscured by other vehicles such as trucks, semi-trucks, tractor-trailers, and cars. This is why most incidents involving motorcycles colliding with bigger vehicles occur in intersections
  2. Road hazards: Road conditions or defects such as potholes, uneven pavement, oil slicks, and puddles can also cause motorcycles to move uncontrollably or lose balance
  3. Equipment wobble: At higher speeds, a motorcycle can become unstable and shake due to front and rear tire misalignment 
  4. Design or manufacturing defect: Motorcycles that are designed or manufactured without observing safety standards can also pose serious risks to riders

Who May Be Liable for Motorcycle Crash Injuries? 

Motorcycle crashes can involve complicated issues, making it a challenge to immediately determine the cause and legal responsibility for any damage or injury arising from an accident. Financial liability for any injury will depend on the cause of the accident. 

If the other driver failed to notice the motorcycle approaching in the opposite direction because he was on a cellphone or otherwise distracted while driving, then they may be responsible for injuries arising from the collision.

When a road hazard caused the motorcycle to slip or fall, the local government that is responsible for maintaining that road may be pursued for compensation. Other parties who may be liable for a motorcycle accident include the motorcycle and tire manufacturer, if a wobbled tire caused the motorcycle to become unstable and fall.

What to Do Immediately after a Motorcycle Accident 

Anyone who is involved in a motorcycle crash must immediately get medical help for any injuries that they may have suffered. After receiving treatment, you may want to speak with an experienced attorney about your accident. Your personal injury attorney will evaluate your situation, provide information and advice about your legal options, and determine whether you may be entitled to compensation and the persons legally responsible for your injuries. 

In Las Cruces, New Mexico, the Law Offices of Samuel I. Kane, P.A. has represented motorcycle accident victims, helping them obtain the compensation that they legally deserve. We invite you to call our attorneys at (575) 526-5263 to learn how we can help you.