When driving your motorcycle, you pay full attention to operating it and to what’s happening around you. However, other motorists may not operate their vehicles that way, which can lead to no-contact motorcycle accidents. Here’s what attorneys who practice personal injury law think the public should know regarding these incidents.
What Is a No-Contact Accident?
A no-contact motorcycle accident is one in which the cyclist suffers injuries even though another vehicle did not strike the bike. These incidents, also called no-collision accidents, often result in serious personal injury or wrongful death claims.
What Are the Causes of No-Contact Motorcycle Accidents?
This type of accident can happen if you swerve on your bike to avoid colliding with a driver who runs a stop sign or lay your cycle down on the shoulder after an inattentive motorist moves into your lane. Motorists who are speeding, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, driving while drowsy or distracted, or are inexperienced drivers are among those who cause these accidents.
Who Can Be Liable for Damages?
Generally, the person at fault in causing the accident and your injuries is liable for damages, even if they did not collide with you. You must prove that the other driver’s negligence was the reason for your injuries.
When the driver involved leaves the scene, it can become more difficult to prove fault. However, you may be able to recover damages under Wisconsin’s uninsured motorist law if the vehicle is considered a phantom vehicle and the accident was reported to law enforcement officials in a proper and timely manner.
Experienced personal injury attorneys know how to navigate the complex laws of no-contact motorcycle accidents. The attorneys at Fitzpatrick, Skemp & Associates, LLC offer deep knowledge and skill in all types of motorcycle accident cases that occur in Western Wisconsin, the Coulee Region, and the Driftless Area. They have served these communities since 1982, ensuring injured cyclists obtain all the compensation they deserve. If you have an accident and think someone else is at fault, get legal advice and help. Call (877) 784-1230 or visit these lawyers’ website to schedule a free consultation with a trial attorney at the firm.