Who is at Fault for a Motorcycle Accident?

Depending on the circumstances, a negligent motorist or biker may be at fault for a motorcycle accident. However, in many cases, a distracted driver may be more likely to overlook an oncoming motorcyclist. In this video, attorneys John Jefcoat and Jason Weaver explain why driver distraction causes many motorcycle accidents.

Video Transcription

I think that the main reason that motorcycle accidents are so frequent is that people are, again, distracted driving. Maybe not paying attention. Playing with the radio. It’s easy to see a big 18-wheeler in front of you out of your peripheral vision, and know, okay, there’s something there I need to stop. Versus a motorcycle is much harder to see. And I think one of the main causes of why motorcycle accidents are so frequent is just distracted driving. People not paying attention. Just get lost in, you know, thinking about their day. Texting. Radio. Whatever it may be. And then you look up. And oh man, there’s a motorcycle there that I didn’t see. And then, you know, everything goes haywire from there. I think that we’ve all been on the roads, and obviously motorcycle riders, sometimes, are not safe. I think generally what happens though is they’re not seen. So, if you hold a pencil up at arms-length—you can’t see a motorcycle rider at 100 yards coming down the highway. So, it’s a very small window. And generally, when we drive, we’re trained to look for cars. We don’t necessarily look for motorcycle riders or pedestrians. I think generally we’re looking for cars, lights. Those types of things. And we drive in a habitual manner, which means, we glance and look. And we don’t really look to see. We have our main phone number. Which is (337)984-8020. For more information, go to www.GallowayJefcoat.com.


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