Motorcycle accidents are not uncommon throughout the state of Arizona. According to the state Department of Transportation, there were more than 2,600 total motorcycle crashes during the latest reporting year. When most people think of motorcycle accidents, they think of incidents involving two or more vehicles. However, there are times when “no-contact” motorcycle crashes occur in Arizona. Here, we want to describe what a no-contact motorcycle crash is as well as who could be held liable for a motorcyclist’s injuries and property damage in the aftermath of these incidents.
No-contact motorcycle accidents refer to situations where a motorist on the roadway causes a motorcyclist to crash without actually coming into contact with the motorcycle. We want to be clear that no-contact accidents can occur between any type of vehicle on the roadway, including two passenger vehicles. However, motorcyclists in Arizona face a higher risk of being involved in no-contacts accidents than others. The size, shape, and passenger capacity of a motorcycle means that riders have to maintain certain speeds and operate the bike in a certain way in order to keep the two wheels on the ground and in a forward motion.
Some of the most common ways that motorists can cause a no-contact motorcycle accident include the following:
When looking at the list above, we can see that there are various scenarios in which no-contact motorcycle accidents can occur. Here, we want to more closely examine two of the most common ways that these incidents happen.
Let us suppose that a motor vehicle driver runs through a stop sign right as a motorcyclist who has the right of way passes through. This could cause the motorcyclist to swerve and crash as they avoid striking the vehicle. In this scenario, the driver of the motor vehicle could be held liable for the incident even though there was no direct contact between the two vehicles. The driver ran a stop sign, and they broke the law.
Another common way that no-contact motorcycle crashes occur involves unsafe lane changes of a motorist. Unfortunately, it is very common for drivers in regular vehicles to change lanes without checking their blind spots or even using a turn signal. This means that they often merge without warning, which can be a major problem if there is a motorcyclist in the other lane.
If there is a motorcyclist in a lane where a driver is merging after not checking their blind spot, this could force the motorcyclist into another lane, into another vehicle, or even force the motorcyclist off the roadway altogether. In these situations, a driver who fails to check their blind spot or use their turn signal could be held liable even if an accident occurs and there was no contact between the motorcyclist and the vehicle.
If you or somebody you love has been involved in a no-contact motorcycle accident caused by the actions of another driver, seek legal assistance as soon as possible. A Scottsdale motorcycle accident attorney can fully investigate these claims and help gather the evidence needed to prove liability. Yes, these cases may be a bit more challenging because there was no contact between the vehicles involved, but injured motorcyclists deserve to be compensated in these situations. An attorney can stand up to aggressive insurance carriers and at-fault parties to help clients secure full compensation for their losses.