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The problem of intersections and left turns for motorcycle riders

On Behalf of | Aug 9, 2021 | Car Accidents |

Motorcycle riders understand that they are vulnerable to injury if a crash should occur, and they pay close attention to traffic and their surroundings.

Unfortunately, riders cannot avoid some accidents. A common example is a driver making a left turn in front of an approaching motorcycle.

Common accidents

Motorcyclists who ride too close to parked cars may get “doored” as someone opens a car door. Riders are sometimes struck from behind while stopped at a traffic light. However, the most common crash occurs when a driver makes a left turn in front of an approaching motorcycle. The rider may have no other option than to hit the vehicle, and that could result in anything from road rash to broken bones to serious brain damage.

Traumatic brain injury

One of the most common injuries for a motorcyclist is a head injury, even if the rider is wearing a helmet. At the very least, the crash might cause a concussion. However, a traumatic brain injury is more likely. The most serious of these may lead to memory loss, depression and balance issues, among other health concerns, and require lifelong care.

No excuse

Motorcycle riders have the same rights to the road as motorists. A driver who turns left in front of an oncoming motorcycle might try to defend himself by saying, “I just didn’t see it.” However, that is no excuse for causing an accident that results in possibly devastating injuries for the victim. At the same time, an insurance company has no excuse for offering a lowball settlement. The injured victim has the right to expect maximum compensation to cover current and future medical costs lost wages and more.