GoErie is reporting that two motorcyclists were injured in West Erie on July 10, 2020. The motorcycle crash occurred just before 3:00 on Friday afternoon. According to the police, the motorcyclists were headed south on Raspberry Street when the motorcycle crash occurred.
A man and woman were riding a motorcycle on Raspberry Street when another vehicle traveling eastbound on West 21st Street clipped the motorcycle. The vehicle had stopped at a stop sign but was inching out into the intersection as the motorcycle was driving past.
According to reports, the man riding the motorcycle sustained a laceration on his arm. The female motorcycle passengers sustained a broken ankle. Both individuals were taken to HPMC Hamot for medical care and treatment.
Inattentiveness Is a Common Factor in a Motorcycle Crash
It is unclear why the motorist was inching out into the intersection when a motorcycle was approaching. There could be several reasons why the driver may not have seen the motorcycle as it was approaching.
Distractions and inattentiveness are common factors in motorcycle accidents. Motorists do not pay enough attention to the road to “see” motorcycles. They are either distracted or they are not focused enough on the road to notice that a motorcycle is approaching.
Motorcycles are smaller vehicles. They can be more difficult to see as they approach or in heavy traffic. However, that is not an excuse for a distracted driving accident.
Holding Drivers Responsible for Inattentiveness and Distracted Driving
All motorists have a duty to remain alert and focused on the task of driving. When a driver is distracted or inattentive, accidents can happen. Holding that driver responsible and liable for damages can be difficult. Unless you have cell phone records or a video of the driver, it may be impossible to prove that the driver was distracted or inattentive at the time of the motorcycle crash.
However, an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer can use other evidence from the accident to prove that the motorist was at fault for the cause of the motorcycle crash.
Evidence that can help establish the cause of a motorcycle accident includes, but is not limited to:
- Eyewitness statements
- Videos of the accident from traffic cameras and surveillance cameras
- Skid marks
- Damage to the vehicles
- The position of the vehicles after the crash
- The distribution of crash debris on the road
In some cases, an accident reconstructionist and other experts may help investigate the cause of a motorcycle accident. Experts can use the evidence gathered from the accident scene and during the accident investigation to reconstruct how the collision occurred. By reconstructing the collision, the experts are able to identify how the crash occurred and who is responsible for causing the accident.
What Should You Do After an Erie Motorcycle Accident?
Report the accident to the police and seek medical assistance. It is crucial that you report the crash to the police so that they can investigate and create an accident report. It is also crucial that you see a doctor as soon as possible. A doctor needs to evaluate your injuries and document your injuries for a personal injury claim.
As soon as you can, contact our Erie motorcycle accident lawyer for a free consultation. The sooner you contact our office, the sooner we can investigate the accident to gather and preserve evidence we can use to prove the other driver was responsible for causing the crash.
Contact an Erie Motorcycle Crash Attorney for Help
Time is of the essence. We want to start investigating right now to protect your legal rights. If a motorist causes your motorcycle accident, you may be entitled to substantial compensation for your injuries, losses, and damages. Let us help you recover the money you deserve after a motorcycle crash.
For your free legal consultation with an Erie motorcycle accident lawyer near you, call The Travis Law Firm at (800) 401-2066.