In Indiana, summer is a great time to head out on your motorcycle and have
some fun. However, it’s important to understand what you should do
if you’re involved in an accident, especially if you’re
riding as a passenger on a motorcycle at the time of the crash.
If you are involved in a
motorcycle accident as a passenger, either the bike’s operator or another party (such
as the driver of another vehicle) could be at fault. And in some cases,
two or more parties could share liability for a crash. Additionally, a
manufacturer may be liable if your accident was the result of defective
parts or equipment.
Seeking damages as a passenger
As a passenger on a motorcycle involved in an accident, you may be able
seek financial compensation for any damages incurred due to the collision.
Compensation may cover medical expenses for accident-related injuries,
lost income due to recovery time, residual scarring or disfigurement,
or damage to your property. Who you seek damages from depends on who is
found liable for the accident taking place.
If the motorcycle you were riding on was the only vehicle involved in your
accident, you may file a claim against the operator or against a parts
manufacturer, depending on the cause of the crash. As with any personal
injury claim, you will need to prove liability through evidence that someone
else engaged in negligent behavior. If the motorcycle operator is liable,
the individual did not exercise proper caution. If the manufacturer is
liable, it may be because a part on the motorcycle – such as the brakes
or a tire – was defective.
If the motorcycle you were riding on collided with another vehicle, you
may be able to seek damages from both the motorcycle operator and the
driver of the other car. If you plan on filing a claim, you will need
the insurance information of all parties involved in the crash, and you
should take photos of the accident scene if you’re able to do so.