PASSENGER ON MOTORCYCLE INJURED IN ACCIDENT LAWYER MN
The passenger on a motorcycle is most likely to be injured in an accident. A motorcycle passenger has rights, and may even have a claim against the insurance for the driver of the motorcycle in addition to the automobile that caused the accident. A top motorcycle accident lawyer can help you sort out these issues and lead a thorough investigation to direct your injury case. Minnesota law has some specific requirements that apply to motorcycle drivers when they carry a passenger. Compliance with these laws is important to avoid a motorcycle accident and avoid being injured.
Minn. Stat. Section 169.974, Subd. 3
(a) Any motorcycle with a seat designed or suited for use by a passenger shall be equipped with footrests for the passenger. No person shall operate any motorcycle on the streets and highways after January 1, 1971, unless such motorcycle is equipped with at least one rear view mirror so attached and adjusted as to reflect to the operator a view of the roadway for a distance of at least 200 feet to the rear of the motorcycle and is equipped with not less than one horn which shall be audible at a distance of at least 200 feet under normal conditions.
(b) All other applicable provisions of this chapter pertaining to motorcycle and other motor vehicle equipment shall apply to motorcycles, except those which by their nature have no application.
Subd. 4.Equipment for operator and passenger.
(a) No person under the age of 18 shall operate or ride a motorcycle on the streets and highways of this state without wearing protective headgear that complies with standards established by the commissioner of public safety; and no person shall operate a motorcycle without wearing an eye-protective device.
(b) The provisions of this subdivision shall not apply to persons during their participation in a parade for which parade a permit or other official authorization has been granted by a local governing body or other governmental authority or to persons riding within an enclosed cab.
Pam Rochlin and David Rochlin are Minnesota personal injury attorneys with more than 24 years’ experience, handling hundreds of motorcycle and car accident injury cases throughout MN. Our lawyers bring motorcycle accident passenger injury claims against the insurance of the driver of the motorcycle as well as the driver of any involved car. If necessary, we will sue the motorcycle driver’s insurance or start a lawsuit against the car driver. Pam was a former partner at Meshbesher & Spence, and offers small firm attention to her clients. Our best motorcycle accident lawyers can meet with you to discuss to discuss your motorcycle accident injury case at our offices in Edina, Woodbury and Minneapolis. If you were a motorcycle passenger injured in an accident, an attorney will also come to meet you at your home to discuss your case in St. Paul, Rogers MN, Elk River, Maple Grove, Brooklyn Park MN, Chanhassen, Chaska, and other cities throughout Minnesota. We will always provide you with a free initial consultation and we never charge anything unless we are successful in getting compensation for you and your family.
For additional information on motorcycle safety, check out these websites: Motorcycle Safety Foundation. American Motorcyclist Association https://www.facebook.com/aba.nation.HQ?fref=ts. Wikipedia has a good article on motorcycle safety. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Motorcycle_safety. Even more resources.