Riders Share is a platform that connects motorcycle owners willing to rent out their motorcycles to riders looking to rent motorcycles. Prospective renters simply look at available motorcycles, pick a bike, message the owner, and submit a booking request. If the booking request is approved, renters can either pick the motorcycle up at the owner’s location or request to have it delivered for an extra fee.
Unfortunately, the risk of motorcycle accidents is always present. Of course, motorcycle accidents can occur due to the reckless actions of riders and other people on the road; however, motorcycle accidents could also occur due to the negligent actions of motorcycle owners and even Riders Share. More specifically, these incidents can be associated with failure to inspect the motorcycle, failure to repair the motorcycle, and failure to address any complaints made about the motorcycle, for instance.
Were you or a member of your family injured in an accident involving a bike rented through Riders Share? If so, you might have grounds to file a lawsuit.
For more information about your right to file a lawsuit against Riders Share or a motorcycle owner after a motorcycle accident on a motorcycle rented through the platform, do not hesitate to seek legal assistance with the experts at our law firm immediately.
Here at Downtown L.A. Law Group, our experts are ready to evaluate your current situation and fight for your rights to sue for the harm that you suffered in your Riders Share motorcycle accident. If you are ready to speak with our attorneys and learn more about the legal options available to you, contact us today. We are ready to help you sue and fight for the recovery that you are owed.
Possible Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
Undeniable, motorcycle accidents most often occur due to the negligent actions of those on the road. Reckless drivers that fail to yield, fail to check blind spots before turning or changing lanes, make unsafe merges, cut off motorcyclists, or even follow them too close can quickly cause accidents. Similarly, the actions of motorcyclists can also contribute to accidents – including but not limited to speeding, lane splitting at high speeds or unsafely, weaving through traffic, failing to field, etc.
Although the actions of drivers on the road (including motorcyclists themselves) are among the most common causes of motorcycle accidents, there are many other potential causes of accidents that are completely unrelated to the actions of the rider or other drivers on the road.
These could include the following:
- Mechanical issues
- Electric issues
- Brake issues
These issues could be associated with a failure to inspect the motorcycle and even a failure to repair the bike. Although every situation varies, these failures could ultimately be traced back to the negligence of the motorcycle owner and even to the Riders Share platform.
Injuries Resulting from Motorcycle Accidents
Motorcycle accidents are among the most dangerous types of accidents – as they are likely to result in devastating injuries. Common injuries resulting from motorcycle accidents include the following:
- Head injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Neck injuries
- Back injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Severed limbs
- Impaling injuries
- Road burn
- Burn injuries
- Crushing injuries
Unfortunately, motorcycle accidents tend to be more severe than most other vehicular accidents. This is because motorcyclists are not protected by any sort of frames designed to take the impact like in passenger vehicles. In addition, motorcyclists involved in accidents are always at risk of being launched many feet into the air as well as getting run over by other drivers on the road. These incidents often result in critical, or fatal, injuries.
Who Is Liable?
Who is liable for the harm that you suffered in a motorcycle accident in a motorcycle that you rented through Riders Share? Well, like in any other type of accident, the party that negligently caused the accident could be liable – if your accident was caused by the reckless actions of another driver on the road, you could sue the driver for the harm that you suffered.
What if the accident was caused by an issue with the motorcycle that you rented? If a mechanical, electrical, or any other issue related to motorcycle maintenance or necessary inspections caused the accident, then the motorcycle owner could be liable – of course, Riders Share could also be liable in some circumstances.
The motorcycle owner could be liable for failing to ensure that his or her bike is safe to be on the road. Similarly, Riders Share could be liable for failing to confirm that bikes meet safety requirements, failing to inspect bikes, and failing to take any action after receiving complaints from other users regarding rentals.
For more information about liability for your motorcycle accident while using a Riders Share motorcycle, do not hesitate to seek legal assistance with the experts at our law firm as soon as possible.
Riders Share Insurance Policy
According to Riders Share, the company has a policy designed to protect Renters up to the specific state minimum financial requirement and owners up to $300,000 during the rental period. To be covered by the insurance policy, the motorcycles must “be legally registered, meet all safety standards, and must be certified and meet all listing criteria on Riders Share.” Renters will be covered by minimum coverage as long as the renter is in compliance with the company’s terms and the motorcycle is not misused during the rental period.
Can You Sue?
Yes, you could have grounds to file a lawsuit for the harm that you suffered in your motorcycle accident during the rental period of a Riders Share rental. If you have case-specific questions regarding your right to sue (including whether your lawsuit should be against the motorcycle owner, the company, or both), do not hesitate to seek legal assistance with our motorcycle experts here at our law firm immediately.
You Could Be Compensated
Could you recover compensation? If you decide to file a lawsuit, you could be eligible to recover monetary compensation for the harm that you suffered. What could you receive? Although every claim is different, you could potentially recover compensation for some of the following:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Property damage
- Loss of consortium
- Funeral and burial costs
- Punitive damages
- Legal fees
If you would like to discuss the potential value of your Riders Share lawsuit with the experts at our firm and learn more about your right to file your claim, do not hesitate to contact us at your earliest convenience. Our experts here are ready to fight for your right to recover the highest settlement available.
Act Quickly – Your Claim is Subject to a Deadline
All injury claims are subject to a statute of limitations, which determine the total time that claimants have to sue. In California, this is typically a two-year deadline, meaning that you only have two years to file your claim before losing your right to sue. In some cases, it is possible for exceptions to apply. For more information about the total length of time that you have to file your motorcycle accident claim against Riders Share, do not hesitate to contact the experts at our law firm immediately.
Contact Us Today
Here at Downtown L.A. Law Group, our personal injury attorneys are ready to take on your claim and help you sue for the harm that you suffered. We have decades of experience and are more than ready to take on Riders Share and help you recover the payout that you are owed. Our lawyers are more than ready to help you. If you would like to discuss your claim with the experts at our law firm, contact us immediately.
We are proud to offer free legal services, which include free consultations and free second opinions. During these legal services, our attorneys will be available to answer all your questions and address all your concerns. Our experts will essentially provide you with all the information that you need to begin your claim or even continue it if you have already started it elsewhere.
We offer a Zero-Fee guarantee, so that you will never have to worry about paying upfront legal fees for our legal services. In addition, our firm works on contingency; therefore, you will not have to pay anything until you win. If you don’t win, you will not have to pay anything.
If you are ready to discuss your claim with the experts at our law firm, contact us today. We are ready to help you.