Posted on February 18, 2018
Let’s face it, there are many types of accidents that are incredibly devastating to motorcycle riders across America. This is mainly due to the fact that motorcycle accidents are always devastating for riders, seeing as they have less protection from the elements in any event. Possibly one of the most common types of accidents involving motorcycles is when a car makes a left-hand turn in front of you.
How does a left-hand turn accident occur? In a left-hand turn accident, a motorist fails to see you or incorrectly judges your speed, and turns in front of you at an intersection. There are many reasons why this occur, from inattention, to distraction, to blind spots or technology. As a motorcyclist, you must have a sixth sense about the fact that drivers will not always look out for you. This is why motorcyclists are always told to be defensive riders.
Liability Guidelines in the Left-Hand Turn Accident
Guidelines that dictate the rules of the road state that a driver should wait until the path is entirely clear and free of traffic before a left-hand turn is made. When determining fault in your left-hand turn accident, it makes sense to determine if the other driver acted recklessly in your case. For instance, were they talking on the phone at the time of the accident and you and other witnesses watched them pull forward and turn left without even looking both ways? Negligence would be clear in a case like this. Almost in every scenario a left-hand turning motorist would be liable in these accidents because they must always yield to traffic moving through the path, under any circumstance.
Determining liability is the only aspect that stands between you and the compensation that you deserve from the other party. Perhaps you, the motorcyclist, turned through a red light, which means that you disobeyed the law and the accident could have been prevented on your end. In other scenarios, a witness may claim that the driver making the left turn had the right of way but you came breezing up out of nowhere because you were speeding, and caused the accident. These are some ways that the other party, their attorney, or insurance company may try to shift blame onto you when you have been involved in one of these serious accidents.
Preventing These Devastating Accidents
When preventing these accidents on your motorcycle, you always want to ask: “Is the driver turning left able to see me as I’m coming through this intersection?” “Where are their wheels pointing before I try to go through?” “What is the road surface like?” After you have inspected each of these elements, you can determine if it is safe so that you help prevent an accident by a driver who may be distracted or can’t see you due to certain other conditions.
We understand that these accidents can lead to extremely severe injuries and even fatalities, which is why we are here for you in your time of need. At the Accident Law Group, we want to help you obtain compensation that you deserve for aspects like medical bills, lost wages due to missing work, pain and suffering, and more. Call us today to find out more about how we can help you at 602-262-4254.