As the weather grows warmer, you may begin to see more motorcycles on the road. Motorcyclists take advantage of the warmer, longer days just like everyone else. However, many drivers won’t pay enough attention to motorcycles on the road. Sadly, many drivers pay more attention to what is going on inside their vehicle than the traffic, including being mindful of smaller vehicles such as motorcycles and bicycles.
Thousands of motorcyclists are killed and injured each year because of traffic accidents. If you have been injured in a crash, the motorcycle accident attorneys of the Shelton Law Group want to help you hold the negligent driver who caused the collision liable for your damages.
Failure to Yield the Right of Way Accidents
One of the most dangerous situations for a motorcyclist is another driver turning left in front of the rider. Intersections can be extremely dangerous for motorcycles because drivers are making left-hand turns. Busy city streets also pose this threat as drivers are turning left onto side streets or into parking lots. Unfortunately, a motorcyclist has little to no warning before another vehicle pulls out in front of him.
Because a motorcycle does not provide very much protection for the rider, the rider takes the full force of the impact from the collision. While the driver of the vehicle has a seatbelt, airbag, and the vehicle to protect him, the motorcyclist only has a helmet and whatever protective clothing he may be wearing. Therefore, injuries in a failure to yield right of way accident can be traumatic for the motorcyclist.
Common injuries sustained in a motorcycle crash include:
- Head injuries, including closed head injury, traumatic brain injury (TBI), and concussions
- Broken bones and fractures
- Scrapes, lacerations, and road rash
- Spinal cord injuries and neck injuries
- Scarring and disfigurement
- Internal injuries and bleeding
The damages in a motorcycle accident claim can be substantial because of the severity of the injuries for the rider. Claims can easily grow into the hundreds of thousands of dollars. Filing a claim against the at-fault driver is the only way the injured motorcyclist can recover compensation for his injuries.
Proving Liability in A Failure to Yield Right of Way Motorcycle Accident
You would assume that proving fault in this type of traffic accident would be simple; however, it that is not always the case. In most cases, the driver who fails to yield the right of way is charged with causing the collision. In some cases, the insurance company for that driver may decide to try to blame the motorcyclist for the accident. The adjuster may try to argue that riders are reckless and often speed through intersections to reduce the company’s liability for the accident. Even though the stereotypes associated with motorcyclists are unfounded and untrue, it does not stop insurance companies from trying to use them.
An experienced Louisville motorcycle accident attorney understands how to deal with insurance companies. An attorney can help you prove the other driver caused the collision and is liable for your injuries, losses, and damages.