What Happens if You Are Involved in a Laid-Down Motorcycle Bike Accident?

Many older motorcycles lacked the safety technology that newer bikes come with. Older bikes usually have tires with poor traction, while newer bikes have greater maneuverability and anti-lock brakes. On these older bikes, it is often safer to slide and fall off the bike rather than to attempt braking suddenly in the event of a sudden accident. 

This technique is known as laying down the bike. Unfortunately, laying down a motorcycle in an attempt to avoid an accident almost guarantees that the rider will be injured. Of course, these injuries are incurred in an attempt to prevent a more serious accident. But insurance companies don’t always know that. 


Lay Down Bike Accidents

There are many instances where laying down a bike is the best option to avoid a catastrophic crash. A car door may open suddenly into your lane. A vehicle may suddenly switch lanes without seeing the motorcycle beside it. Laying down a bike may be the safest option in instances where:

  • There isn’t enough time to brake
  • There is an object in the road that is too big to swerve around
  • You lose control of your bike due to a mechanical issue
  • You risk falling off the side of a hill or cliff if you choose to swerve


Injuries From Lay Down Motorcycle Bike Accidents

Lay down motorcycle bike accidents are by no means a way of avoiding injuries. In fact, laying down a bike almost guarantees that the rider will be injured. Some common injuries from laying down a bike may include:

  • Broken bones
  • Road rash
  • Internal bleeding
  • Neck injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • TBI (traumatic brain injury)


Types of Compensation After a Lay Down Bike Accident

If another driver’s negligence caused a sudden emergency, a motorcycle rider will be forced to make a split second decision. Whether you crashed into the car, swerved, or laid down your bike, the negligence of the other driver is what is ultimately responsible for your injuries. 

Even if there is no contact between your bike and the vehicle that caused the sudden emergency, you may still have the right to pursue damages for things such as:

Of course, your insurance company should be responsible for paying these costs. But unfortunately with lay down bike accidents, that’s often far more difficult than you might think. 


Motorcycle Insurance and Lay Down Bike Accidents

Insurance companies often don’t recognize that laying down a motorcycle is a valid defense technique for avoiding catastrophic injuries to the rider. Insurance adjusters will often view laying a bike down as a rider playing a part in the overall injuries that were received during the accident, and use that as a justification for not paying out injury claims

Insurance companies will often place blame on the rider, and try to deny paying medical bills or additional compensation. Having an experienced motorcycle accident attorney in your corner can help demonstrate to the insurance companies that had the rider not laid their bike down, the injuries, and associated medical expenses, would have been far more significant. A skilled lawyer can also help connect you with experts in traffic accident reconstruction, to help prove your case to the insurers. 


A Lay Down Motorcycle Bike Accident Lawyer Can Help You Prove Your Case

Riding a motorcycle on a road with larger vehicles is inherently dangerous, and sometimes riders are placed in a position where an accident is unavoidable. Taking an emergency avoidance maneuver like laying down a bike, is often the best course of action. If you had to lay down your bike in order to avoid additional injuries, it is in your best interest to immediately reach out to a motorcycle accident attorney. 

The experienced motorcycle accident lawyers at Thistle Law can help you prove to the insurance company that you took the best course of action in laying down your bike, and help you get the compensation you need to pay for your medical bills, lost property, and pain and suffering. Your first consultation with us is always free. Call our team today at 215-525-6824 or reach us online via our contact form.


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