Motorcycle Accident Claims against Negligent Drivers Executing Unsafe Left-Turns
If you have felt the wind in your face while basking in the warm sun as you roar down the road on a Harley, you understand why riders take the inherent risk of traveling by motorcycle. Any of us that ride know that there is no more exhilarating form of travel. Motorcycles can make traveling to a destination the best part of any excursion. Unfortunately, riders who exercise caution, watch the road, and obey all traffic laws can be endangered by reckless, drunk, speeding, or distracted drivers. Left turn accidents constitute one of the most common and dangerous threats to rider safety. If you or a family member has been injured in an accident caused by a distracted or otherwise unsafe driver, an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer understands the special legal challenges faced by motorcyclists injured by negligent motorists. An attorney can navigate these obstacles to help you protect the value of your claim.
Left turns constitute the most difficult type of turn to execute even for drivers of four-wheeled vehicles. Left turns can be especially complicated when executed at a heavily trafficked intersection that does not have turn arrows, which is why many left turn collisions occur at these types of intersections. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that 61 percent of collisions by drivers while turning or crossing an intersection involve left turns while only 3 percent involve right turns.
Left turn motorcycle accidents usually occur when a car turns left across the path of an oncoming rider who is proceeding straight through an intersection. When a motorcycle travels straight through an uncontrolled intersection or with a green light, the rider has right of way with respect to a motorist executing a left-hand turn. These collisions occur because drivers of passenger vehicles do not see smaller motorbikes coming in the other direction when executing a turn. In other cases, the small size of the motorcycle leads to motorists misjudging the distance and/or speed of the rider.
While all motorists can be injured in a motor vehicle accident, motorcycle enthusiasts tend to face a higher risk of injury and a much greater risk of suffering permanent or fatal injuries than occupants of passenger vehicles. Even when wearing all available safety gear, a motorcyclist faces a significant risk of suffering serious injury in a crash. Riding enthusiasts face the risk of a fatal collision 29 times greater than passenger car occupants based on a per mile traveled basis according to the NHTSA.
Because of the diminutive size of motorcycles and the lack of protective features of a bike, riders face both a greater risk of experiencing a left turn accident and suffering more severe injuries. Given that motorcycle accident injuries tend to be serious, victims often face enormous financial hardships, including medical bills, lost wages, partial or total disability, motorcycle and other property damage, and more. A proven and experienced motorcycle left turn accident attorney can pursue compensation for these losses, so you can focus on your physical and emotional recovery.
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