Left-Turn Motorcycle Accidents
Left-turn accidents usually occur at intersections and can be a severe risk for motorcyclists riding on our roadways. Unlike most right turns, left turns require motorists to turn across a lane of travel. If a motorist executes a left turn at an intersection and fails to yield to a motorcyclist traveling through the intersection, a devastating accident can occur.
If you have been injured in a left-turn motorcycle accident, contact William Mattar Law Offices. Our experienced accident attorneys advocate for injured motorcyclists every day. Don’t wait and lose out on your claim – call us today at (844) 444-44444. Our legal team is standing by 24/7 to answer any questions you may have.
How Do Left-turn Motorcycle Accidents Happen?
Left-turn motorcycle accidents can happen as a result of poor visibility. If a driver attempting a left turn does not see a motorcyclist approaching the intersection, a collision could result.
There are a few reasons why a motorist may fail to see a motorcyclist when turning. The driver may be distracted, rushing to make the light, or passing another vehicle and/or changing lanes before the turn. Consequently, he or she may not look carefully for oncoming traffic. Motorcycles are smaller than automobiles, so they can be more challenging to spot.
A left-turn motorcycle accident can also occur if a driver attempts to make an illegal turn and fails to yield the right of way to the motorcyclist. For instance, a driver may make a left turn when the light is red or from a lane where left turns are prohibited. In these cases, a biker who has entered the intersection may be hit and injured through no fault of their own.
Left-Turn Motorcycle Accident Injuries
Left-turn motorcycle accidents can result in severe, life-threatening injuries. Motorcyclists are vulnerable to any vehicle’s impact, but larger vehicles such as SUVs and trucks can be hazardous. Common types of motorcycle accident injuries suffered in this type of accident include:
- Broken bones;
- Soft tissue injuries;
- Road rash;
- Traumatic brain injuries;
- Neck, back, and spinal injuries; and
- Facial/dental injuries.
An accident injury can leave a victim with high medical bills and other injury-related expenses. The experienced attorneys at William Mattar can help you recover these costs by filing a claim for compensation.
Who is Liable for a Left Turn Accident?
Left-turn accidents typically involve a motorcyclist and a motorist. Depending on the circumstances, both the biker and motorist could be liable for the accident.
If the driver who turned left did so unsafely, they will likely be found at fault for the accident. Signs that a driver was speeding, distracted, or disobeying traffic laws may serve as evidence that he or she acted negligently.
A motorcyclist can be at fault, or partially at fault, for a left-turn accident under similar circumstances – namely, if he or she was negligent. Bikers who speed, travel in the wrong lane, or run through a red light may bear responsibility in the event of an accident. This is known as comparative fault. It does not prevent the motorcyclist from receiving a recovery. Instead, it will reduce the amount of the recovery.
Contact a Motorcycle Accident Attorney Today
Don’t suffer the effects of a motorcycle accident injury on your own. The motorcycle accident attorneys at William Mattar are here to help. We can guide you through every step of the process, from the first case consultation to the settlement or verdict. Schedule a free initial consultation with a team member today. Complete our online consultation form or call our offices at (844) 444-4444.