Who Can be Held Liable for a Motorcycle Accident?
When an individual is injured in a motorcycle accident that was caused by someone else’s negligence they can generally hold the responsible party liable by filing a personal injury lawsuit against him/her. The liable party can theoretically be anyone, or even multiple people, but to give an idea of the types of defendants who are frequently named in personal injury lawsuits involving motorcycle accidents some parties that may potentially be held liable are listed below.
Potentially Liable Parties
While each motorcycle accident is unique, the following parties are often named as defendants in resulting personal injury lawsuits:
- Other Drivers: Most defendants who are named in personal injury lawsuits resulting from motorcycle accidents are drivers who allegedly caused the accident by driving in a negligent or reckless manner. For instance, if a driver negligently pulled out in front of the motorcyclist or hit the cyclist while recklessly running a red light then they may potentially be held liable for any injuries that they caused.
- Nearby Ranchers: Motorcycle accidents are also frequently caused by livestock that wanders out onto rural roads. When this happens the rancher that owns the livestock may be held liable if it can be shown that they negligently allowed the livestock at issue to escape.
- Cargo Truck Drivers: When there is debris in the roadway motorcycles tend to be more prone to crashing than larger vehicles such as cars and trucks. Therefore, cargo trucks and other vehicles that transport goods and materials on our roadways can sometimes be held liable if they negligently fail to secure their cargo, debris falls into the street, and as a result a motorcyclist crashes. Under some circumstances the company that the driver works for may also be held liable.
- The Government: Furthermore, in some instances the government can be named as a defendant in a motorcycle personal injury lawsuit. This generally happens when the accident was caused by a poorly maintained roadway or a missing street sign.
- Passersby: Unfortunately, some motorcycle crashes are caused by passersby who recklessly throw things at motorcycles as they drive by. This often involves teenagers throwing things (such a water balloons) at motorcycles from freeway overpasses. When this happens the passersby can certainly be held liable for any resulting injuries that their reckless behavior causes.
- The Motorcycle Manufacturer: If it can be shown that the accident at issue was caused by a negligently designed or manufactured part on the bike then the motorcycle manufacturer, and every other party involved in the motorcycle’s chain of distribution, may be held liable for any resulting injuries.
Need Legal Advice?
Anyone who would like to discuss the prospect of filing a personal injury claim based on a motorcycle accident that occurred in Iowa is welcome to contact the experienced injury attorneys of the Noyes Law Office P.C. at their earliest convenience. Our firm has an admirable track record of providing top tier legal representation to injured clients throughout Iowa and would be happy to assist you. To find out what our firm can do for you schedule a free no obligation consultation at our Fairfield office by calling (641) 472-3236 today.