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 the Clearwater Motorcycle Accident Law Firm of Roman Austin Personal Injury Lawyers for Help Today

For more information, please contact the legal team of Roman Austin Personal Injury Lawyers for a free initial consultation with a motorcycle accident lawyer in Clearwater. We have four convenient locations in Florida: Clearwater, New Port Richey, and Tampa.

We serve throughout Pinellas County, Hillsborough County, Pasco County, and its surrounding areas:

Roman Austin Personal Injury Lawyers – Clearwater Office
1811 N. Belcher Road, Suite I-1
Clearwater, FL 33765
(727) 787-2500

Roman Austin Personal Injury Lawyers – Congress Ave Office
2360 Congress Avenue
Clearwater, FL 33763
(727) 591-5610

Roman Austin Personal Injury Lawyers – Tampa Office
6601 Memorial Hwy Suite 202
Tampa, FL 33615
(813) 686-7588

Roman Austin Personal Injury Lawyers – New Port Richey Office
2515 Seven Springs Blvd.
New Port Richey, FL, 34655
(727) 815-8442