Motorcyclists are always aware of the potential for no-contact accidents, but other drivers hardly ever think about them. A no-contact accident occurs when a motorcyclist lays down their motorcycle and skids, slides, and/or drives off the road in order to avoid a crash.
Here’s the worst part: The car’s driver may not realize an accident even occurred. When a motorcyclist slides off the road to prevent a collision, they drop out of the line of sight. The driver of the other vehicle might just speed on along, unaware that they just hurt a motorcyclist.
No-contact accidents can be physically and financially devastating. Not only is the motorcyclist left with severe injuries, but it can be hard to track down the other driver and hold them responsible for what happened. In this situation, you’ll need an experienced California motorcycle injury lawyer to help you investigate your accident, locate the other driver, and demand compensation.
What to Do Immediately After Your No-Contact Motorcycle Crash
If anyone is injured in your motorcycle crash, California law requires you to call 911 to report the accident and seek emergency medical assistance. For a no-contact motorcycle crash, a police report can also be very helpful in pursuing a legal claim later.
Let the police know if the other driver fled the scene of the accident and attempt to provide as much information as possible including the make, model, and license plate number of the car. Even a partial license plate number is helpful if you can get it.
Take photos and videos of the scene, as you are able. Capture the roadway, the time of day, the weather conditions, road signs, and any hazards that contributed to the accident. If there are witnesses, get their contact information.
Follow the advice of medical professionals and don’t turn down medical care. Keep all paperwork related to your accident. Check with nearby businesses to see if they had any cameras pointed at the area when the accident occurred.
Examples of California No-Contact Motorcycle Crashes
Each year there are more than 4,500 fatal motorcycle accidents and more than 80,000 motorcycle injuries in the U.S. In California, they happen everywhere: on highways, along scenic drives, through canyons, in suburban areas, and in the city streets of San Francisco and beyond.
Here are some examples of situations that can lead to no-contact accidents for motorcyclists:
- A driver making a left-hand turn across traffic fails to see a motorcycle coming
- A car and a motorcycle are traveling the same direction and the car swerves into the motorcyclist’s lane
- A driver fails to see a pedestrian, then brakes suddenly and causes a motorcyclist near them to lose control
- An Uber driver is looking down at their app and runs into a motorcyclist from behind
- A car with mechanical problems moves erratically, pushing a motorcyclist off the road
- A semi-truck driver fails to check his blind spot or signal before moving into a motorcyclist’s lane of travel
- A semi-truck’s poorly-fastened load flies off and creates a hazard for a motorcyclist
As you can see from the examples above, there are plenty of instances where another driver is negligent and causes a motorcyclist to crash, even if the two vehicles don’t actually collide.
Proving Negligence in No-Contact Crashes
Here’s something important to know about road accidents: Two-thirds of motorcycle-involved crashes include drivers who violated the motorcyclist’s right-of-way. The main cause is the driver’s failure to see the motorcyclist.
In legal terms, “failure to see” a motorcyclist may translate to “failure to exercise reasonable care,” on the road, and reasonable care is required by California law. This can indicate negligence in driving. If someone is negligent, they may be held liable for another person’s injuries, medical bills, pain and suffering, and other damages.
To prove your motorcycle accident case, you’ll need to show that a reasonable person would have done certain things that the person in question didn’t do. This can be quite tricky to prove without the help of a talented motorcycle injury attorney, so make sure your attorney has plenty of experience with no-contact motorcycle crashes in California.
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After a no-contact motorcycle accident, contact the attorneys at Sally Morin Personal Injury Lawyers. We handle many areas of traffic law, including injuries that arise from motorcycle crashes. We believe you should be able to focus on recovering from your accident while we handle the legal details. We truly care about our fellow citizens of California. Contact us today for a free online case evaluation.