Motorcycle Accidents In Intersections
Motorcycle accidents, like any other type of vehicle collision, can occur just about anywhere: on the freeway, in parking lots, and on rural highways. Some of the most common places for motorcycle accidents, however, are actually intersections. Unfortunately, the accidents that occur in intersections also tend to be more dangerous, especially for the rider, who lacks the protection offered by seat belts, airbags, and a barrier between him or herself and the asphalt. Injuries are almost always severe and in some tragic cases, could prove fatal. By seeking compensation from the at-fault party who caused the accident, injured parties can avoid having to shoulder their accident-related financial burdens on their own.
Common Causes of Motorcycle Intersection Accidents
Serious motorcycle accidents occur more often in intersections than most people realize. In fact, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) as many as half of all fatal motorcycle accidents occur at or near intersections. Furthermore, most of these collisions involve a vehicle turning left, striking a motorcycle that was heading straight through the intersection. Often, these accidents are the result of driver error, such as:
- Speeding through a red light;
- Failing to use a turn signal or otherwise failing to yield properly;
- Making turns when their view is partially obstructed;
- Falling asleep at the wheel;
- Driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol; or
- Swerving or driving recklessly.
Unfortunately, even a small mistake could result in serious consequences for a motorcyclist if the error led to an accident, as collisions between motorists and motorcyclists in intersections almost always end up causing significant property damage and severe injuries.
Intersection Accidents Can Cause Serious Injuries
When a motorcycle rider is involved in an intersection accident, he or she could suffer from severe and even fatal injuries. Potential injuries include:
- Crushed or broken bones;
- Lacerations and amputations;
- Road rash;
- Internal injuries;
- Head trauma; and
- Spinal cord injuries.
Diagnosing and treating these kinds of catastrophic injuries often proves to be financially devastating, which is why it is so important for accident victims to seek compensation from the drivers who caused their accidents. Recoverable damages include reimbursement for past and future medical expenses, compensation for lost wages, and coverage of property damage costs. If permanently disabled, a motorcyclist could also qualify for damages for loss of future income and pain and suffering.
Contact a Florida Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
Being injured in a motorcycle accident can leave the parties involved feeling frightened and unsure of their next steps. You do not, however, have to go through this ordeal on your own, so if you or a loved one were involved in a motorcycle accident and have questions about your legal options for filing a claim against the at-fault party who caused the crash, contact the dedicated and compassionate Florida motorcycle accident lawyers at Boone & Davis for a free, no obligation consultation. To schedule an appointment, reach out to a member of our legal team by calling 954-566-9919, or fill out one of our online contact forms. We are standing by and eager to get started on your case.