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All motorcyclists fear the possibility of dropping your bike in a low-speed maneuver or at a stop-sign. Most motorcyclists will tell you keeping the bike upright when you’re traveling above 35 mph usually isn’t a problem (unless you are struck by another vehicle). It’s those low-speed maneuvers – including those conducted to avoid collisions – that can make a motorcyclist more prone to fall.motorcycle

Now, one vehicle manufacturer has come up with a solution that may help riders avoid this outcome. The bike is able to balance on its own during low-speed crawls or when completely stopped.

It works like this: When the system is engaged, it increases the fork angle, lengthening the wheelbase and disconnects the front forks from the handlebars. The system also uses small steering inputs to keep the bike in perfect balance – all without large gyroscopes or mass-shifting devices. Continue reading

A motorcycle accident in North Carolina left the operator with serious injuries. motorcycle

But one major problem with collecting compensation? The driver of the truck involved didn’t stop. What’s more, it wasn’t the truck that actually struck the motorcyclist, but instead debris falling from the truck. So when the plaintiff in this case before the North Carolina Court of Appeals sought compensation, his uninsured motorist coverage carrier denied the claim because the two vehicles didn’t actually make contact.

Unfortunately for the plaintiff, the appellate court sided with the defense in this matter.

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A motorcyclist who was critically injured in a construction zone crash recently received $18.5 million in a settlement against a state department of transportation, its contractor and a dump truck driver who was involved. motorcyclist

According to The Chronicle, the Washington State crash involved some facts that were “hotly disputed” by the parties. However, it seems in the end the motorcyclist made a strong case for both liability and damages even prior to trial, as the parties were willing to settle for this sizable sum before the case could even reach a jury. That suggests defendants recognized they could have lost even bigger at trial.

Motorcyclist, who must now use a motorized wheelchair, has suffered permanent and debilitating injuries.  Continue reading

An appellate court has ordered a partial re-trial of a wrongful death lawsuit stemming from a motorcycle accident caused by a negligent motorcyclist and a defective road. curve

The new trial shouldn’t result in any less damages for the plaintiff, but it could alter how much each defendant has to pay. That’s because the issue of apportionment was decided with the help of an alternate juror, who was a replacement for another juror removed by the trial court. The juror who was removed later said she was leaning toward finding that the state had lesser liability than the defendant driver. Appellate court justices ruled that the trial judge erred in removing the juror, and the error was prejudicial because the juror was inclined to favor the state.

The facts of the case, recently before California Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District, Division Six, are that two motorcyclists were involved in a crash on a two-lane highway. The speed limit on the road was 55 mph. The crash happened on a sharp, blind curve. The state installed a warning sign for motorists northbound to reduce their speed to 25 mph in order to safely negotiate the curve. However, there was no such sign for motorists traveling the other way. Defendant was traveling southbound. He did not reduce his speed. As a result, he lost control of his motorcycle as he turned the curve. He crossed over the center line, striking decedent head-on. Decedent died at the scene.  Continue reading

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