When motorcycles are involved in accident, the results are typically catastrophic injuries or even death. In fact, in 2017, more than 5,100 motorcyclists lost their lives on the roadways due to accidents. In some cases, motorcycle accidents can occur with vehicles even if there is no direct contact or collision. Motorcyclists are often forced to veer off roadways or lay down their motorcycle to prevent an even more devastating accident from occurring.
Understanding No-Contact Motorcycle Accidents
A no-contact motorcycle accident is one in which the motorcyclist is injured, or the motorcycle suffers damage even though there is no actual collision between the motorcycle and another vehicle. In most cases, this is because the driver of the vehicle simply does not notice that a motorcyclist is near them, and either makes a left turn or some other maneuver with their vehicle that would cause a direct collision with the motorcycle.
If a motorcycle rider is cautious and defensively riding their motorcycle, they may notice that the driver of the vehicle is preparing to perform a maneuver that will directly cause an accident. To avoid a collision, a motorcyclist will then either lay down their motorcycle on the highway while riding (still causing injuries due to skidding and impact) or simply attempt to veer from the roadway or possible collision (also potentially causing injury and damage.)
Unfortunately, in many of these no-contact motorcycle accidents, the driver of the vehicle is completely unaware that they just caused a motorcycle rider any injuries or damage and simply drive away since their vehicle was never impacted in any way. This, of course, adds to the complexity of pursuing a legal claim against a driver who leaves the scene of an accident they never knew they were involved in. <
No-Contact Motorcycle Accident Claim
If you were a motorcyclist who was involved in a no-contact motorcycle accident, you will need to have additional evidence and documentation to help you build a strong personal injury case, especially if the driver of the vehicle left the scene of the accident.
- If it is possible, attempt to get the license plate number of the car as it drives off. If that is not possible, attempt to get the make and model of the vehicle.
- If you are physically able to do so, take as many photographs of the scene of the accident, your motorcycle, your injuries, the roadways, the weather conditions, the street signs, and all other areas of the environment that you can.
- If there were any witnesses to the accident, make sure to obtain their names and contact information for future help.
- Always request that the police officer provide you with an official report of the accident.
- See if any nearby businesses had cameras, or if the intersection had a camera which you could use to determine the license plate number of the vehicle.
Contact an Experienced Motorcycle Accident Attorney
If you have been injured in a no-contact motorcycle accident, contact The Law Office of Daniel H. Rose. We will work to build you a strong personal injury case and launch an investigation to try to find the liable party. Contact our experienced car accident attorneys at 415-946-8900 or online today.