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Common questions following a motorcycle accident

Many West Virginia residents enjoy riding motorcycles. The freedom of motion afforded by motorcycles is far greater than that of bulkier and bigger motor vehicles. Unfortunately, this freedom can come at a cost. Sometimes, that cost is injuries -- and in the worst case scenarios, fatal injuries. Following a motorcycle accident, many may wonder what actions they can take. Thankfully, there are steps victims and their families can take to pursue compensation.

Understandably, many may have questions about motorcycle accidents and the laws surrounding them. For instance, some may wonder who is at fault when a car turns left in front of a motorcycle and causes an accident. In most cases, the driver of the car is liable when making a left turn that causes an accident. However, this is not always so. It is often best to consult with a legal professional before pursuing any action.

Sometimes, too, people may wonder about the laws surrounding the concept of negligence. In many motorcycle accident cases, comparative negligence can come into play. This refers to the degree of carelessness that contributes to an accident. In motorcycle accidents, this might take the form of a faulty headlamp, brake light or tail light -- especially if the accident occurred at night.

Following a motorcycle crash, it is common to question what actions are appropriate. It can be important not to admit fault or sign anything. Taking photos of an injuries or vehicle damages can help, as well as keeping records of medical bills and other related expenses.

It can also be a good idea to talk to an attorney. Experienced motorcycle and car accident attorneys can help victims build a case and pursue compensation that can help with medical bills, vehicle damages and the like.

Source: FindLaw, "Motorcycle Accident FAQ," Accessed on March 27, 2017

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