If a motorcycle passenger’s negligence contributed to your accident and injuries, then you can sue them for damages. You may be able to pursue medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
How Passengers Can Cause Motorcycle Accidents
Negligence is “a failure to behave with the level of care that someone of ordinary prudence would have exercised under the same circumstances.” (Wex Legal Dictionary)
If a motorcycle passenger was negligent and caused or contributed to your wreck, then they may be liable for your injuries and losses. The following sections describe ways in which a motorcycle passenger can cause an accident.
A Passenger Can Distract the Driver
If a passenger distracted the motorcyclist or impaired the motorcyclist’s ability to drive, they may be responsible for the accident. Distractions can be any number of things, including horseplay or obstructing the motorcyclist’s vision.
A Passenger Could Physically Interfere with the Driver
If a passenger interferes with the driver by taking control of the motorcycle or getting into a physical altercation with the motorcyclist, they may be liable for the accident and resulting injuries.
Modified Comparative Negligence & Motorcycle Passenger Fault
Even if you are partially at fault for the accident, you can still pursue compensation against a negligent motorcycle passenger.
Georgia has a modified comparative negligence statute (O.C.G.A. § 51-12-33) that says you can recover damages for your losses as long as you are less at fault than the other party.
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Seek Damages from Negligent Motorcycle Passengers
If you are an injured motorcyclist or passenger vehicle driver who was hurt in an accident that a motorcycle passenger caused or contributed to, then you may have grounds to pursue compensation.
By suing the passenger, you are seeking damages from the liable party to compensate you for your economic and non-economic losses related to your injuries.
Economic damages are compensation for your financial losses, such as your past and future medical bills, lost wages, lost earning potential, and vehicle repairs.
Serious injuries can make the bills pile up while leaving you unable to work. We know how difficult this can be. We will fight to recover compensation for:
- Doctor bills
- Hospital bills
- Surgery expenses
- Physical therapy and rehabilitation costs
- Prescription costs
- Ongoing healthcare due to injuries
- Property damage
- Vehicle repairs
- Transportation costs
- Out-of-pocket expenses related to injuries
- Lost wages
- Wage gap due to injuries
- Lost earning potential
- Burial expenses
- And any other economic damages you are owed
We will also work to get you compensation for your physical pain, mental and emotional suffering, and loss of enjoyment of life. A lawyer from our firm can present evidence to show the impact your accident and injuries have had on your health, happiness, and well-being.
Call Kaine Law Today if You Were Hurt in a Motorcycle Accident
Your time to file a lawsuit is limited, so the sooner you call Kaine Law, the sooner a lawyer with our firm can get to work for you. Call us today at (404) 214-2001 to receive your free consultation.