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Liability of Motorcycle Tour Companies

Several companies take advantage of the country's outdoor appeal, offering motorcycle rentals and guided tours to motorcycle riders.
The tours can range from mild scenic drives to more intense excursions.
Just like with auto accidents, no matter how careful a person may be, a motorcycle accident still could happen.
When a motorcycle accident occurs, it could result in catastrophic injuries or even death.
Motorcycles offer limited protection for the drivers and their passengers.
An accident that could seem minor in a closed vehicle still could be a major deal for motorcycle riders.
Some of the most common motorcycle accidents that can occur while touring include: • Rear-end crashes • Left turn collisions • Open door accidents • Vehicles changing lanes, or side swiping • U-turn collisions • Vehicles running red lights or stop signs • Drunk driving crashes • Road hazards A vast majority of motorcycle collisions result in some sort of physical or bodily injury.
These could cause a variety of injuries, including head and neck injuries, spinal cord damage and broken or fractured bones.
A person also could suffer concussions, internal organ injuries, road rash, burns or even disfigurement.
If a person is on a guided tour or a rented motorcycle, the company could be partly liable for the injuries, depending on the situation.
For example, if a person is injured while traveling on a guided tour, he or she could seek damages from the company responsible for the tour.
If the location in which the person was traveling was considered dangerous and he or she was injured, the company could be forced to pay.
Additionally, the company could be liable for a person's injuries if a guide takes a group to an unreasonably dangerous stretch of roadway.
An establishment that rents motorcycles also can be responsible if one of the customers suffers injuries as a result of failing to maintain equipment or some other dangerous condition that should have been evident.
If the brakes on a bike were faulty, for example, one could argue they were not properly maintained.
These companies have a responsibility to keep customers safe.
Although not all accidents can be prevented, some reasonable action could be taken to help deter the possibility of injuries.
Depending on the circumstances of an accident, multiple parties could be held liable.
After an injury, a person could seek economic damages, as well as non-economic damages for pain and suffering and inconvenience.
However, the injured party or his or her family must prove the company was negligent and that lead to the injuries.
If the company is forced to pay economic damages, the compensation could cover medical bills, rehabilitation expenses, lost wages and other out-of-pocket expenses.
Generally these damages are aimed at covering financial losses they already have incurred and others they will incur as a result of the accident.
Non-economic damages are a little different in the sense that they are awarded to the injured party for damages and losses they have suffered as a result of the motorcycle crash.
This could include pain and suffering, impairment of a normal lifestyle and mental anguish.

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