Motorcycle Accidents

Motorcycle crashes typically fall into two general categories: 1) One driver violated another driver's right-of-way, or 2) An alleged roadway defect contributed to the crash.

In the first case the issues of conspicuity of the bike and rider need to be considered.  And, the appropriateness of both drivers' actions and reactions need to be examined in the context of these specific crash conditions.

Mr. Marceau has significant personal motorcycle experience, has examined and testified in many cycle accident cases, and is a certified motor officer.  He has investigated many motorbike crashes in different states, in different conditions, and when either or sometimes both drivers are alleged to have caused the crash.

In the second type of bike crash, where the roadway environment is a factor, we often see curves, intersections, and sight distance at issue.  Allegations of improper signing, lack of advance warning signs, improper speed limits or curve speeds, improper warning of intersections, and of poor sight distance are often factors in theses crashes.

Because motorcycles operate on two wheels and may be subject to instability issues their drivers may need to be warned about pavement conditions, roadway surface treatments, work zones, and bridge joints.  Federal, state, and sometimes local design, construction, and maintenance standards and procedures address these areas.

Mr. Marceau has several decades' of experience investigating roadway environment motorcycle accidents, and understands how to relate a particular crash case to what should or should not have been in the roadway environment.  And, he is very experienced in explaining the technical issues at hand to jurors, attorneys, and other investigators.

Most crash investigators do not ride motorcycles.  Sometimes this isn't terribly important such as when we are discussing the math or physics involved in a case.  But sometimes retaining an expert who has significant motorcycling experience and can relate the appropriateness of a driver's actions or the hazards of a situation to a jury and to the attorneys can make a big difference in everyone understanding the facts at hand.

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