To begin with, motorcyclists aren’t bad people, but unfortunately, they have been portrayed as reckless and dangerous by much of popular culture. Stereotypes about biker gangs and daredevil stunt riders have colored the public’s perception of motorcyclists in an unfair manner. However, a large amount of motorcyclists on the road are actually much more safety conscious than the average driver. Sadly, the unfair treatment of motorcycle riders can leave you at a disadvantage when it comes to an accident or injury claim. In this blog, we explain how to overcome jury bias in a motorcycle accident case.
The first thing you will need to do is recognize the different obstacles you might have to overcome. Possible biases you might face for being a motorcyclists includes:
- Police assuming you were reckless without evidence or testimony to back up their assumption
- Doctor speculation about what caused your accident
- Jurors who buy into stereotypes about bikers
- Questionable media stories about motorcycle culture or accidents
While most car accident reports are fairly reliable, the same cannot be said of motorcycle accident reports. Police often conduct improper investigations of motorcycle accidents, and their reports generally offer poor reasoning for what caused the accident.
In addition to the bias you will likely face from the jury, you might also experience unfair treatment from your insurance company as well. Insurers are aware of jury bias when it comes to motorcycle accidents, which is why these companies won’t hesitate to deny or limit a claim made by a motorcyclists.
Get Legal Assistance
Fighting back against jury bias begins with finding the right attorney for the job. You should choose a legal advocate with a proven track record of securing settlements in motorcycle accident cases. An experienced lawyer can educate the jury and help to clarify the myths about and prejudices against motorcyclists. This will ensure that your case is judged fairly and accurately.
At the Law Office of Robert B. Dunlap, we fight for the rights of motorcyclists and will do whatever it takes to make sure that the facts of your case are not taken out of context. Our attorney has over 30 years of legal experience and is prepared to help with your case today.
Contact our Shreveport motorcycle accident attorney to schedule your free consultation.