Intersections can present a number of potential safety issues for motorcyclists. Intersection accidents remain among the most common locations for vehicle accidents of all types.
There are many different circumstances that can lead to a motorcycle being involved in a crash at these junctions. Many of these types of crashes have led to serious accident injuries, and some have led to fatalities.
Reasons For Intersection Accidents
Red Light Running
Motorcyclists can become involved in intersection accidents for many reasons. One of the most common reason for intersection accidents in general is when a motorist runs through a red light. When this occurs, all road users at the intersection can be placed in jeopardy, especially those who are lawfully traveling through the intersection.
Predicting when a person will run through a red light can be very difficult. As well, these crashes occur quickly and with little advance warning. Motorcycles, due to the lack of structural protection, can be especially vulnerable to being hit. Often, when a motorist runs through a red light and a collision occurs, it will be a “t-bone” crash. In these crashes – which are often highly forceful – the front of one vehicle strikes the side of another vehicle.
Vehicles Making Left-Hand Turns
One of the foremost causes of motorcycle collisions remains when a motorist makes a left-hand turn immediately in front of an oncoming motorcycle. If this failure to yield results in a collision, it often is because the motorist “fails to see” the motorcycle.
These collisions are usually highly physically traumatic to the motorcyclist, and if applicable, motorcycle passenger. As seen in the motorcycle crashes of this type summarized on this site, often these crashes result in severe injuries. Many of these crashes have resulted in immediate fatalities.
Vehicles Making Right-Hand Turns In Front Of Motorcycles
Another type of collision that can occur at intersections is when a motorist makes a right-hand turn immediately in front of an oncoming motorcycle. Again, this often occurs if the motorist fails to see the oncoming motorcycle. These collisions often result in serious accident injuries to the motorcyclist and, if applicable, passenger.
When a vehicle hits the motorcycle in front of it
One type of accident that can occur when motorcycles are stopped is getting rear-ended. This type of collision can happen for many different reasons. The driver at fault may be driving too fast to stop before hitting the motorcycle ahead of it. Or, the driver in the rearward vehicle may be distracted causing the driver to not notice the motorcycle ahead of it. There can be many reasons why a driver can be distracted; however, texting is often cited as the top reason for causing driver distraction.
What To Do If Injured In An Accident
There are many actions one should immediately take if injured during an accident. These actions generally seek to protect both health and the ability to get injury compensation if the accident was another person’s fault.
From a health perspective, one should get a thorough medical examination as soon as possible. This medical examination is typically done in a hospital emergency room (ER). This examination serves many purposes. It can identify all injuries, both those that are evident as well as those that may not be exhibiting symptoms. There are various serious injuries that may not be readily apparent immediately following an accident. Among these injuries are traumatic brain injuries and internal bleeding. If these injuries go untreated, they may cause serious adverse health consequences. [Head injuries are further discussed on the “Head Injuries Resulting From Motorcycle Accidents” page and “Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) And Concussions” page.]
Once all injuries have been identified, a course of medical treatment can be determined. This medical treatment can vary significantly depending upon the injuries and their severity. The medical treatment can include hospitalization, tests, surgeries, and rehabilitation.
Another step to take as soon as possible after an accident is to talk to a personal injury lawyer. The lawyer can provide guidance as to what steps to take to maximize the potential amount of injury compensation. Depending upon the injuries involved, injury compensation can be a very important issue. The injuries can cause a range of financial issues, including potentially (very) substantial medical bills. As well, the injuries may require a significant time away from work, in which case there may be lost income. Other financial issues may include ambulance charges, property damage, and other hardships.
A personal injury lawsuit is typically filed to get the maximum amount of injury compensation. This lawsuit can seek various types of compensation. These compensation types can include money for past, current, and future medical costs; time off of work; pain & suffering; disfigurement; loss of function; loss of consortium; ambulance charges; and other issues.
In incidents in which someone dies from their injuries, relevant parties can file a wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of the person who was killed.
The Elman Joseph Law Group offers a free initial legal consultation to those that have been injured. Tony Elman, Lead Trial Attorney, can be reached at any time at (773) 392-8182, or at [email protected]
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