Drivers turning left must always yield to oncoming traffic unless they have a green left-turn signal at a traffic light or right-of-way at a four-way stop. Unfortunately, far too many people ignore this rule, which can have deadly consequences for motorcyclists.
The most dangerous situation for a motorcyclist to be in is passing through an intersection where another driver is trying to turn left—which will put the turning vehicle directly in their path. Although the motorcyclist going straight has the right-of-way, over one-third of all motorcycle collisions happen when a vehicle turns left in front of a motorcyclist.
This type of crash is all too common, which may cause victims to wonder, “why does this keep happening?” There are several reasons that may contribute to the high numbers of left turn crashes.
In more than two-thirds of motorcycle crashes involving another vehicle, the driver of the other vehicle is at fault. And when motorcyclists are not at fault for their crashes, they deserve and can get compensation for their damages, including:
In cases of fatal accidents, families of victims may also be entitled to funeral expenses, loss of companionship, loss of income, and more.
Unfortunately, even though drivers of other vehicles are often responsible for crashes that injure motorcyclists, there is a deep bias against motorcyclists, especially in the insurance industry. Insurance adjusters will often assume that motorcyclists caused their own crashes by riding recklessly, even when this isn’t true.
That’s where an experienced motorcycle lawyer can step in.
When you or someone you love has been hurt in a motorcycle crash through no fault of your own, the Alabama motorcycle accident attorneys at The Vance Law Firm want to help. We stand up against insurance companies that try to pin the blame on motorcyclists for the actions of negligent drivers, and we know how to build strong claims that prove our clients had no fault in their own crashes.
Call our firm today to schedule a free, no obligation consultation to discuss your options after a crash and find out how much money you may be owed.