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The cause of the motorcycle crash determines who to hold liable

Motorcycle accidents can be deadly because the biker doesn't have the protections of a vehicle frame surrounding him or her. While the number of fatalities of other types of accidents has declined since 1999, the number of fatal motorcycle accidents has increased dramatically. The causes of these fatal motorcycle accidents vary, and the entity from which to seek compensation can vary based on the cause of the accident.

The motorcycle manufacturer might be the entity you need to hold accountable if your motorcycle accident was caused by a defect in the motorcycle. For example, if the accident was caused by a wobble that was the result of a design defect, that would be something that would likely fall under a product liability claim.

Around two-thirds of motorcycle accidents that involve a second vehicle are caused by the actions of the motorist and not the actions of the biker. In that case, the motorist could likely be held accountable for the damages of the accident. It might be possible to hold other entities accountable in these cases. The motorist's insurance company is one example of another entity that you might name as a defendant.

Some motorcycle accidents are caused by road hazards. Many motorcyclists are familiar with how to handle the motorcycle when hazards are present; however, inexperienced riders might have trouble with this. If the hazard that caused the accident was present because of the design of the road, it might be possible to hold the road's designer or a government agency accountable for the accident.

As you can see, there are many entities that can be named as defendants in a motorcycle injury lawsuit. Understanding how to determine defendants can help you if you opt to seek compensation for your claim.

Source: FindLaw, "Motorcycle Accidents: Overview," accessed Sep. 28, 2016

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