There are many causes of motorcycle accidents including speeding, unsafe lane changes, and driving under the influence. Some crashes are the result of dangerous road conditions or motorcycle defects.
However, the single most dangerous situation for bikers happens when cars are making left-hand turns. Drivers turning left in front of an oncoming motorcyclist account for approximately 42% of all accidents involving a car and a motorcycle. The most common type of accident occurs when the vehicle responsible for the collision violated the right-of-way of the motorcyclist at an intersection.
According to the Hurt Report, commissioned by the National Highway Safety Administration (NHSA), drivers who failed to yield the right of way in left turn motorcycle accidents either failed to observe the motorcycle or misjudged the speed at which the bike is traveling. Other causes of these types of accidents occur when the driver of the car is trying to beat a light, driving through the intersection illegally, passing a vehicle, or is distracted while driving.
In left turn motorcycle accident cases, the turning car usually causes a collision with an oncoming motorcyclist traveling straight through an intersection, when the motorcyclist is passing the car, or trying to overtake the car. Left turn accidents are common causes of serious injuries and death to motorcycle riders.
Common injuries from left turn motorcycle accidents
Two of the most dangerous types of motorcycle crashes are head on collisions and left-hand turn accidents. A head on collision can occur if a motorcyclist tries to turn to avoid the car. Left turn motorcycle accident injuries can be life-altering for the motorcycle rider, even if he or she is wearing a helmet. A rider with a helmet is still more than likely to sustain a concussion when his or her head strikes the ground.
We commonly see our motorcycle clients sustain a traumatic brain injury from a motorcycle accident. A TBI can cause permanent impairment of your ability to think, reason, and concentrate. It may also cause:
- Impairment to your memory, speech, balance, and coordination
- A loss of your taste and smell
- Personality changes and depression
Neck and spinal injuries can occur as a result of the impact with the car or if the rider is thrown from the motorcycle. One of the worst possible scenarios is permanent paralysis.
Other common injuries that are sustained when a vehicle turns in front of a motorcycle include:
- Broken bones
- Facial injuries
- Damaged ligaments, muscles, and nerves
- Road rash
The compensation you deserve
Drivers who are making a left hand turn must yield the right-of-way to an oncoming motorcyclist. If they’re in violation of this traffic law, it is considered to be negligence, and the injured motorcyclist can make a claim for compensation. The amount of compensation from a jury verdict or negotiated settlement is dependent upon the extent of his or her injuries. Victims can seek compensation for medical expenses, loss of income, rehabilitation costs, home health care, and more.
If you’ve been injured in a left turn accident, you need the services of an experienced personal injury attorney who can help get you the compensation that you deserve. Inland Empire Motorcycle Law, motorcycle accident attorneys in Riverside, San Bernardino, and Ontario, California, is committed to help you achieve the results that you deserve.
Contact our office to schedule a consultation.