Everyone has biases, just as everyone has opinions. Unfortunately, peoples’ biases and opinions about motorcycles and motorcycle riders often tend to lean one way. Insurance companies, juries and judges tend to view motorcycles as inherently dangerous and riders as reckless, dangerous individuals.
Sometimes these biases are based on real-world experiences. For example, some people who view motorcycle riders as reckless witnessed a motorcycle crash caused by a rider who was speeding or being reckless in some other way.
Others may have seen statistics showing how dangerous motorcycle crashes can be and cannot understand why people would take the risk.
Insurance companies have their own interests to protect: the bottom line. They are looking for some reason to avoid paying out compensation. They know many people think motorcycles are dangerous. Insurance companies may think judges and juries are likely to favor them if the claim goes to trial.
Below, learn more about how motorcycle bias could impact a claim for compensation. If you have questions after being injured in a motorcycle crash, give Schmidt Kramer a call today. The initial consultation is free and there are no upfront fees for our services.
Common Biases Against Motorcyclists
Motorcycle bias is a term that is used to describe a wide variety of biases people hold about riding motorcycles. A bias is a prejudice in favor of or against a person, thing or group compared to another group.
For example, people often think motorcycle riders are to blame for accidents, no matter the situation. They may think motorcycle riders do not pay enough attention and are not very concerned with safety. People may also think those who ride motorcycles are inherently aggressive, reckless or dangerous, or that riders are involved in a gang or have criminal records.
Another common bias is that motorcycles are difficult to see. However, this bias is inherently illogical. You can see motorcycles in your mirrors, you can see them in front of you and to the side of you. Some may think motorcycles are too loud, but this helps to ensure you can hear them. If motorcycles can be seen and heard, it is tough for a driver to prove he or she could not avoid them.
Many motorcycle crashes are caused by drivers violating riders’ right of way. However, drivers often claim they could not see the motorcyclist. The trouble is: others hold these types of biases.
Motorcycle biases are often based on things that have nothing to do with the riders themselves. People often develop these biases from popular movies and TV shows. Even if depictions of motorcycle riders in some movies and TV shows are based on real life, these depictions should not be used to stereotype all riders.
While riding motorcycles is inherently more dangerous than driving cars, many riders take precautions to avoid crashes and keep themselves safe. Just as all drivers do not want to be stereotyped as speeders or distracted drivers, motorcycle riders should not be stereotyped based on the actions of a few reckless riders.
Can I Do Anything About These Biases as a Rider?
There are steps you can take to demonstrate you are a responsible driver, which may help combat motorcycle bias when you file a claim for compensation. Wearing a helmet and maintaining a safe driving record can go a long way in dispelling assumptions you are a dangerous driver. Eyewitness statements can also be helpful if the witnesses are credible.
However, one of the most important steps you can take is to find an experienced attorney to represent you. He or she can help gather strong evidence to counter the biases of the insurance company and other parties.
At Schmidt Kramer, we know the tricks insurance companies often employ to deny or devalue claims. They may automatically assign fault to riders, regardless of the situation. However, our experienced attorneys know how to counter these strategies and are prepared to go to court to fight for full compensation.
You do not need to take on the insurance company on your own. In fact, that is what they would like you to do. They know you may be desperate for compensation, which may make you more likely to accept a lowball offer.
You need an attorney to keep pressure on them to make a better offer. Schmidt Kramer has a track record of success in the courtroom as well, which often helps to push insurance companies to offer more compensation. They want to avoid the added expense of the courtroom.
Call Today to Discuss Your Motorcycle Crash
Our Harrisburg-based motorcycle accident lawyers are here to help you seek compensation. Call today to schedule a free consultation so we can determine if you may have a valid claim. There are no upfront fees or obligations.
For more than 30 years, our firm has been advocating for injury victims in Harrisburg and throughout Pennsylvania. We have a track record of success.
Call Schmidt Kramer today to learn more. (717) 727-2089