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Juries Biased against Motorcyclists?

By Brown Moore

October 18, 2014

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Motorcyclists and drivers of other types of passenger vehicles have often been in conflict with one another over the issue of safety. Motorcyclists are often the victims of accidents because other drivers simply do not see them, while motorists believe that the riders themselves take unnecessary chances that put themselves and others at risk. When an accident happens, it can be difficult to determine who was at fault. Unfortunately, motorcycle accidents cause very serious injuries. Because the motorcyclists have none of the protections offered by passenger vehicles, the riders are left to absorb the impact of the collision. Amputations, traumatic brain injuries, and broken bones result frequently in these accidents. The injuries can lead to expensive medical bills and may also require long-term treatment. However, when a motorcyclist is injured by another person, the rider may have trouble receiving compensation for his or her injury. Insurance companies may try to resolve the case for less than it is worth, which could result in the rider not receiving the necessary treatment for injuries that have been suffered. If the case goes to trial, the motorcyclist may have additional things to worry about. At trial, the injured parties need to demonstrate that the other party caused the injuries that were sustained. The jury will then decide how much to award the injured individual, and this is where problems may arise for the motorcyclist. Some juries may be reluctant to provide a large award to a rider that has been injured by the driver of a passenger vehicle. They may believe that the motorcyclist was somehow at fault for the injuries, and reduce the award accordingly. Even if there is no real evidence that shows the motorcyclist played any role in the collision, the juries may decide to punish the rider for simply being a motorcyclist. If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, it is important to understand the potential challenges you may be facing at trial. Speaking to an experienced personal injury attorney in your area will help you prepare a case that allows you to recover compensation for your injuries.