One major cause of motorcycle accidents occurs when cars make left hand turns without looking to see the motorcyclist coming up on their left side, or they make a left hand turn in front of a cyclist meeting them, causing the motorcycle rider to crash into the vehicle. A motorcycle which is going straight ahead is often traveling at a higher rate of speed than the turning vehicle, leaving them little time to brake before a collision occurs and serious injuries result.
Many of today’s city intersections are equipped with left-hand turn arrows, yet also allow drivers to turn left on a green light in the event there is no oncoming traffic. A significant number of accidents occur at these intersections when the driver making the left-hand turn sees a green light and makes the turn without properly looking for oncoming traffic. Motorcyclists, especially, are difficult to see in many instances, and the driver of a car may not be as alert as they should be, turning directly into the path of the motorcycle driver.
Statistics Related to Motorcycle Accidents
Among the many statistics which relate specifically to motorcycle accidents, the fact that a large percentage of the total motorcycle accidents in the United States are caused by a vehicle making a left turn in front of the motorcyclist is often-reported. Other statistics include the fact that over 75% of all motorcycle accidents are the result of a collision with another vehicle. In over sixty percent of those accidents the driver of the vehicle violated the motorcyclist’s right-of-way in some manner, making them responsible for the accident.
The failure by drivers to see motorcyclists in traffic is the most cited reason for such accidents, and intersections are the primary spot where motorcycle accidents occur. While typically motorcyclists between the ages of 16 and 24 have the highest rate of accidents, that number is slowly shifting upwards as more Americans in their forties and fifties begin riding motorcycles. The “typical” motorcycle accident has a window of less than two seconds in which the motorcyclist can attempt to avoid a collision, and, in the case of a left-hand turn accident, this is simply not enough time.
Contact Our Denver Motorcycle Accident Lawyers
If you or someone you love has been injured in a motorcycle accident, it is important to speak to an experienced Denver motorcycle accident lawyer immediately. Motorcyclists can face numerous obstacles when seeking a fair settlement; therefore, it is important to have an attorney on your side during the legal process that can fight for your rights. Call Denver attorney Robert Paysinger today to discuss your case. Our law firm offers FREE case consultations and can be reached at 303.279.0221.
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