Limited Visibility Motorcycle Accidents
Almost 70 percent of all limited visibility motorcycle accidents take place at intersections. Even in clear weather, a driver’s visibility may be diminished if there are trees, parked vehicles or plants in his line of sight. Because a motorcycle is significantly smaller than a passenger vehicle, a driver may be unable to see the motorcyclist. Our Lafayette motorcycle accident attorneys have handled many cases arising from collisions in these situations.
In addition to intersection accidents, there have been a large number of motorcycle accidents on interstates and highways in dense fog. Motorcycles are usually more difficult to see in fog, even if the motorcyclist is properly wearing gear to increase his visibility. It is also more difficult for a driver to see a motorcyclist at night. However, low visibility is never an excuse for a driver striking a motorcyclist.
After a limited visibility motorcycle accident, the other driver’s insurance company may be extremely uncooperative. The motorcycle accident attorneys at our Lafayette firm understand that the insurance company may refuse to pay out the claim or may offer compensation that does not fully reimburse the accident victim for his injuries. Even if a motorcyclist failed to take some precautions while driving, principles of comparative negligence allow a negligent actor to recover compensation reduced by his or her percentage of fault in the accident.
In addition, a motorcyclist can take several steps to prevent low visibility accidents:
- Avoid riding in dense fog, at night or in extreme weather conditions.
- Always use lights, even before necessary.
- Wear bright colors when visibility is low.
- Avoid tailgating other vehicles.
- Travel in scattered packs.
- Be aware of the vehicles around you.
- Ensure your motorcycle is visible to other drivers.
- Avoid riding in other drivers’ blind spots.
After a low visibility motorcycle collision, a Lafayette motorcycle accident lawyer can evaluate the merits of your case and accurately assess your rights under the law. Broussard & David is committed to obtaining justice for injured motorcyclists. We will work with you and your family to make sure you are adequately compensated for your medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost income and loss of enjoyment of life. To schedule a complimentary consultation with a motorcycle accident lawyer in the Lafayette area, contact Broussard & David at 888-337-2323 (toll-free) or 337-233-2323 (local).