Motorcycle riding is a favorite pastime for many. But motorcycle accidents pose a greater danger to a rider than someone in a passenger vehicle. This is particularly true when a motorcyclist drives straight but a car or truck driver turns left into their path. Here are some facts about left turn motorcycle accidents and how to get help after a devastating motorcycle accident injures you or someone you love.
Left Turn Motorcycle Accident Statistics
Left turns made by another vehicle are dangerous for motorcycle drivers, as statistics published by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in 2011 suggest. A whopping 38% of all two-vehicle crashes that year could be attributed to a motor vehicle driver making a left turn as a motorcycle crossed an intersection in front of them or passed their vehicle. This means that left turns are a significant incident for motorcycle riders. Left turn accidents are second only to collisions where motorcyclists collided with the vehicle in front of them.
Is the Other Driver Responsible for the Crash?
In many cases, the driver turning left is considered at fault if a collision occurs because of the turn. However, this may not be the case if the driver making the turn had the right of way. More often than not, fault is placed with the person turning left rather than the motorcyclist. However, a professional should reconstruct every accident. These professionals piece together the facts to determine what likely happened to cause the collision. In turn, this helps figure out whether fault should be assigned to one person or shared between the two.
When to Discuss Your Case with a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
If you or a family member were injured in a motorcycle accident caused by a driver making a left turn, speak with an experienced accident lawyer as soon as possible. Learn more about your rights and how you could obtain compensation for damages. Damages include medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
At the Law Offices of Zink & Lenzi, we can help you better understand the situation your in and how you can move forward after a devastating motorcycle accident. Contact us today for a consultation to discuss your case at 530-895-1234.