How to prove the accident wasn’t your fault

Anyone who gets on the back of a bike knows they can be dangerous. While we all accept that risk, that doesn’t mean we have to accept the blame for every accident that happens. Motorcycle accidents are particularly harmful, but it’s important to remember it’s usually NOT THE BIKER’S FAULT.

Those who ride probably know that already, but what they probably don’t know is that many cops will just assume they are at fault and they will have to prove otherwise. To do that, they don’t just have to ride smart. They have to think and act smart as well by following these tips, that, full disclosure, I found here.

Tip 1: Don’t be reckless

Every biker loves the thrill of the ride, but you have to be willing to drive safely. If you’ve been observed constantly swerving between lanes, it’s unlikely you’ll be believed that the accident wasn’t your fault. The more proof you can give that you have been a safe driver, the better. Which is why you need…

Tip 2: Keep your record clean

If you’ve got a record of accidents, speeding, or worse infractions, you’re almost certainly going to have trouble defending yourself, no matter how obvious it is someone else is at fault. With a clean record, however, you’ve got proof you handle your vehicle safely and carefully. That means you’ve got a case already built that you’re likely not the one causes the accident. Especially if you’ve…

Tip 3: Complete a safety course

Once again, this is more evidence in your corner that you are not at fault because you are a safe and careful driver. Taking the time out of your busy life to complete a safety course is an excellent way to prove not just that you are safe but that you care about safety. Yes, it’s true that this is rarely expected of car drivers, but that doesn’t matter here. You’re assumed guilty from the start, so you have to go that extra mile.

A safety course also proves you care about your driving more than having a clean record. With a clean record, you might have just gotten lucky, with a course, you made an effort. All that is pretty compelling, especially if…

Tip 4: The other driver was being reckless

Here, as with tip one, you have not just to act well but be observant. After the accident, try to work back through the events before the police arrive. Figure out what the other driver did to cause the accident and get the story clear in your mind. If you were driving well, have a clean record, and have a safety course on record, the police are likely to take your story as true, and if not, you’ve got a strong case to argue against their assessment.

There you have it. Just four tips, but they could make all the difference whether you lose your license or not after an accident. Keep them in mind as you ride, especially tip 1. The safer you drive, the less likely you’ll have to worry about the rest later.

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Ridin’ Safely – The Motorcyclists Dilemma

By now, it should be a no-brainer to avoid driving while intoxicated. Despite widespread initiatives to educate the public about drunk driving, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that around 10,000 people die from alcohol-related automobile accidents annually. That’s equivalent to twenty jets crashing every single year.

The recent Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over initiative for police to crack down on drunk drivers and reduce these statistics lasted from August 16 through last Labor Day weekend. The experiment was a success: 695 arrests were made during the two weeks, and due to this success, similar initiatives are planned for the holiday season.

Although changes like these are encouraging, drunk drivers are still on the roads, and still a major safety concern, especially for motorcyclists. Bikers simply don’t have the advantage of being protected by a seat belt and a massive metal box in the event of being hit by a drunk driver.

Motorcyclists should always practice defensive riding. However, in the event of being hit by a reckless or intoxicated driver, motorcyclists should always get the financial compensation they deserve. The law firm of Houston lawyer Ali Mokaram comments on its website that one of the most frustrating parts of being involved in a motorcycle accident can be trying to claim financial compensation from an insurance company. Some companies purposefully do their best to cheat victims and pay the minimum amount.

Furthermore, cyclists may also experience prejudice against them in the event of fighting for financial compensation after being hit. Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller & Overbeck, P.A.,  points out on its website that juries may be biased against motorcyclists – even if the other party was entirely at fault.

Complications for motorcyclists involved in accidents may never fade, but it’s always smart to know your options and consider seeking legal representation if you or a loved one ever ends up in one of these situations.

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