Any driver or passenger on the road is at risk for being involved in an automobile accident. On average, there are over 15,000 automobile accidents each day on roads across the United States. The damages from these accidents range from minor to catastrophic.
Motorcycle accidents tend to be especially damaging, and they often result in catastrophic or deadly injuries. It is important for motorcyclists to be aware of the most common causes of motorcycle accidents, such as left-hand turns, so that they can practice appropriate defensive driving.
Motorcycle accidents involving left turns leave many of our New Smyrna, FL clients at Chanfrau & Chanfrau law firm with costly losses. Our attorneys will fight for just compensation for such damages so that our clients can focus on their recovery.
The Risk of Left-hand Turn Accidents
Of all the potential causes of a motorcycle accident, left-hand turns are among the most common.
According to a report commissioned by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the majority of motorcycle accidents take place at an intersection. More specifically, these accidents most commonly occur when the driver of another vehicle fails to yield the right-of-way to a motorcycle. Many drivers turn left directly in front of an oncoming motorcycle and cause a collision.
The NHTSA study went even further to suggest that many single vehicle motorcycle accidents (those that occur when a motorcycle crashes into the road or into another object) are the result of motorcyclists making evasive maneuvers to avoid being hit by a vehicle making a left-hand turn into their lane of traffic.
All of this information reaffirms what our attorneys have witnessed through the experiences of our clients: motorists making left-hand turns pose a huge risk to motorcyclists.
Damages from a Left-hand Turn Accident
Any motorcycle accident can cause catastrophic injuries to the rider. In the case of left-hand turn accidents, the front of the motorcycle will probably make impact with the vehicle making the left-hand turn, which can throw the motorcyclist from his or her bike.
Potential injuries from this type of accident include head trauma, traumatic brain injury, neck and back injuries, broken bones, and biker’s arm (a type of nerve damage that occurs when a driver uses the arms to shield themselves from a fall).
These injuries may require lengthy and costly medical treatment. Liable drivers should be held accountable for these losses as well as any loss of income, the cost of continuing medical care, physical therapy, and pain and suffering. Our experienced attorneys will fight to ensure that each of our clients is compensated to the maximum extent of the law.
If you have been struck while riding your motorcycle, you may be due financial compensation for your losses. Contact us at your earliest convenience to set up a consultation with the experienced attorneys at Chanfrau & Chanfrau. Our motorcycle accident attorneys will consider the details of your case and recommend the most appropriate course of legal action.