Motorcycle passengers are much more vulnerable than a passenger of a vehicle.
There are no safety belts or airbags to keep them safe. Their safety depends on the experience and driving skills of the motorcycle driver.
When a passenger is involved in a motorcycle accident, they have the right to file a claim against any party that was at fault, even if it is the driver of the motorcycle you were a passenger on. As a passenger you do not have to prove liability. This means you do not have to prove that you were not at fault for the accident.
As a motorcycle passenger, although your safety depends on the driver of the motorcycle, there are a few tips you can do to ensure your own safety.
- Wear a helmet.
- Wear protective clothing.
- Use hand signals.
- Communicate with the driver if you are uncomfortable.
- Hold tightly onto the driver’s waist.
- Brace yourself when coming to a stop.
- Move your body the same way the motorcycle/driver are going.
Passengers should use their best judgment when planning to ride on a motorcycle. Only get on if you know and trust the driver. If you feel uncomfortable for any reason, do not get on.
When a passenger is injured in an accident, it is important to file a claim for your injuries even if the driver of the vehicle you were in was at fault. The claim will be filed against the driver’s insurance and will help alleviate the costs associated with an injury. These costs are known as damages. Damages may include medical bills, wage loss and pain and suffering.
Recovering compensation after an accident.
For a free legal consultation, call 412-661-1400
If you or a loved one were injured in a motorcycle accident, contact the personal injury attorneys at Berger and Green. Our attorneys will provide you with a free no obligation consultation to evaluate your case. Call 412-661-1400 to speak with an attorney today.
It is important to recover damages for wage loss, medical bills and pain and suffering. At Berger and Green, we take into account your present and future medical needs. We understand the impact an accident takes on your life.