Even though it is the middle of winter here in Pennsylvania, the weather may not stop die-hard motorcycle riders from getting out on their bikes. This means accidents involving these automobiles are still likely to happen. What happens if bad weather contributes to a motorcycle accident?
Motorcycle accidents happen for a number of reasons. Weather certainly can play a factor. When weather is partially responsible for a motorcycle crash, you — as the victim or surviving family member of the victim — may be wondering if you can seek any compensation for your losses. At the end of the day, it all comes down to the details of the event.
Common causes of motorcycle accidents
As previously stated, motorcycle accidents happen for a number of reasons. Many believe that the most common cause of such events is the failure of other drivers to see motorcycles. These machines are harder to see, so it makes sense. When driving in bad weather, visibility certainly becomes an even bigger issue. Other common causes of motorcycle accidents include:
- Road hazards
- Manufacturing defects
- Rider experience level
Following an accident, all of these things will be taken into consideration when trying to determine fault.
Ride knowing there is a risk
Motorcyclists are far more likely to die in collisions that those who choose to operate traditional automobiles. This has to do with a lack of protections. If they survive, they are likely to suffer significant injury. These are risks motorcyclists are willing to take. This does not mean that they — or their surviving family members — have to bear the full burden of the consequences if they do.
If a motorcycle accident is the result of another person’s negligence in combination with bad weather, you — as either the victim or the surviving family member of the victim — may pursue damages for your losses by filing legal claims in a Pennsylvania civil court. Personal injury or wrongful death claims, whichever is appropriate for your situation, may be filed against the parties responsible.
Through successful litigation or out-of-court negotiations, if it possible to achieve maximum relief for all those damages that are legally recoverable following a motorcycle accident involving negligence — regardless if weather played a role. How much is awarded to you will depend on the details of the event in question, the documented losses and how your case is ultimately navigated.