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What is a “No Contact” Motorcycle Accident?

What is a “No Contact” Motorcycle Accident?

Understanding “No Contact” Motorcycle Accidents

While many motorcycle accidents involve colliding with a motor vehicle, a single-vehicle crash is possible too. Many motorcyclists lose control of their bikes and crash due to negligent or reckless driving behaviors of other motorists — and, typically, the other motorist walks away unscathed and without damage to their vehicle. Even though a rider crashes their bike without colliding with another vehicle, that doesn't mean the other driver isn’t responsible for the “no contact” crash. Here’s what you need to know.

Who is Liable in a “No Contact” Accident?

Sharing the road with other motorists poses many dangers for motorcycle riders. When other motorists fail to obey traffic laws, drive recklessly, and cause a motorcyclist to lose control and crash, they can be held liable for the accident. For example, if a driver runs a red light and a motorcyclist swerves and loses control to avoid a crash, the driver would be held responsible for the accident.

How Do “No Contact” Accidents Happen?

There are many ways “no contact” accidents occur. Even though you may practice defensive riding, unforeseen circumstances and negligent behaviors of drivers can cause you to lose control of your bike and sustain a serious crash injury. Here are some common causes of “no contact” motorcycle crashes:

  • Motorists speeding
  • Motorists tailgating motorcyclists
  • Motorists weaving in and out of traffic
  • Motorists running red lights
  • Motorists making unsafe lane changes
  • Motorists driving while distracted
  • Motorists driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol

How to Handle a Motorcycle Accident

After being involved in a motorcycle accident, it’s critical to call 911 immediately for help. While you may not think you have a severe injury, it's always better to be safe than sorry, as not all injuries may produce symptoms right away.

If you can, take pictures of the accident scene. If another driver caused you to lose control of your bike and crash, obtain their contact information and license plate number. If there were witnesses to your crash, it’s essential to collect their contact information.

Contact a Clearwater Motorcycle Accident Lawyer

At Roman & Gaynor, we have the skill and unwavering commitment needed to handle your case. We will work relentlessly to hold the negligent parties accountable for causing your accident. Let us help you recover the full compensation you deserve.

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