Even if a crash is clearly the fault of a motorist, there may be lingering doubt that the motorcyclist is somehow to blame. This is not limited to witnesses and others. The police may also be influenced by this concept.
Bias Against a Motorcycle Rider May Affect the Jury
Unfortunately, bias against a motorcycle rider is often seen in the courtroom. This is not only unfair but it can affect the outcome of a motorcycle accident case. Learn why this happens and how you can keep this from limiting the compensation you obtain against a negligent motorist.
Why Does Jury Bias Against a Motorcycle Rider Exist?
Due to movies and common lore, motorcycle riders are frequently stereotyped in today’s society. The common misperception is that they are reckless and responsible for traffic accidents. In fact, nothing could be further from the truth. Many motorcyclists spend many thousands of dollars on their bikes and frequently choose this mode of transportation to save money. In short, they are responsible and cost-conscious individuals.
Even if a crash is clearly the fault of a motorist, there may be lingering doubt that the motorcyclist is somehow to blame. This is not limited to witnesses and others. The police may also be influenced by this concept. Insurers may make this same mistake and require extensive proof that someone other than the motorcyclist was to blame.
Ways a Motorcyclist Can Help After an Accident
In light of the need for evidence that proves liability, a motorcyclist may help immediately after an accident. Since a motorcyclist is frequently seriously injured in a crash with a passenger car, this may not always be possible. However, if possible, here are a few things that can be done:
- Take pictures of the placement of the vehicle involved in the accident as well as the final resting place of your motorcycle.
- Get the names of witnesses to the crash as well as other contact information.
- Exchange information with those involved in the accident.
- Call the police.
- Call your insurance company, and let them know you were in an accident. Don’t elaborate on the traffic accident at this time. You might regret making a statement at this point.
- Keep a log of how you feel for the next few days because not all injuries are immediately apparent.
- Seek medical attention as soon as possible after the accident. This will establish a baseline, and the doctor will tell you what to look for as the days go by.
Ways to Protect the Outcome of a Motorcycle Accident Case
The first thing you can do is retain an experienced motorcycle accident attorney. He or she will need to know many things about you, your past driving history and other areas that might influence the outcome of the case in order to dispel the jury’s or insurance company’s bias against a motorcycle rider. Here are a few examples:
- Your personal injury attorney will need to know about accidents you may have had in the past
- Tell your lawyer about the helmet you wore when the crash occurred.
- If you use a helmet camera, let your attorney know.
- Be specific about how the crash occurred.
Roeser Law Firm
As experienced lawyers in Washington D.C., the legal team at the Roeser Law Firm has helped numerous clients obtain the compensation they deserve. They are able to dispel bias against a motorcycle rider by using information the jury or insurer needs to make an informed decision. If you have been injured in a motorcycle crash, call us at (202) 660-4070 to schedule a free, no-obligation case review. You can also reach out to us online.