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Common questions about motorcycle accidents

Motorcycle accidents can be very dangerous, because the driver has very little physical protection in comparison to a car or van. The motorcycle may also be traveling at much higher speed than a car; therefore, the impact of a collision can be very great.

There is often a misconception that car drivers are usually to blame in a motorcycle accident involving a car. Although they have the potential to do more damage, this is simply not the case, and either party can be to blame.

Who is liable when a driver makes a left turn, and a collision with an incoming motorcycle occurs as a result?

When a driver makes a left turn, he or she has the responsibility to take action only when he or she knows it is safe to do so. Therefore, when a driver makes a left turn into oncoming traffic, he or she is usually liable for damages.

I wasn't wearing a helmet. Will I still be eligible for damages?

In the state of Arizona, a helmet is not legally required unless you are under the age of 18. However, all riders should have protective glasses or a face shield.

Do I need to get the police involved?

If there are any serious injuries as a result of the incident, someone at the scene should call the police. An officer will then file a written report about what happened at the scene.

If you have been involved in a motorcycle accident, it is important to ensure that you know your rights to collecting damages. Your insurance company should make a full investigation to establish liability.

Source: FindLaw, "Motorcycle Accidents FAQ," accessed March 01, 2018

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