Have You Been in a Motorcycle Accident Caused by a Driver Failing to Yield?
One of the major causes of motorcycle accidents is when passenger or commercial vehicles fail to yield the right of way to a motorcycle, even if the motorcycle rider is carefully following all the rules of traffic. This often occurs because the car driver is not paying enough attention or is in a hurry and does not notice that the smaller motorcycle is already in the path of the car. Some studies show that approximately two thirds of car/motorcycle accidents occur when the car driver turns into the path of a motorcycle, thereby violating the motorcycle’s right of way.
If you’ve been involved in a motorcycle accident involving another car, contact Goldberg & Osborne for a free evaluation of your accident and rights. All you have to do to start the process is fill out our online case form.
When Motorcycles Have the Right of Way, Why Do Cars Fail to Yield?
The law is clear for automobiles as well as for motorcycles; a driver of a vehicle who is intending to turn must yield the right of way to oncoming traffic. The driver of the vehicle that is turning has to use judgment to gauge how far away any oncoming traffic, such as a motorcycle, might be, and how fast this traffic is approaching the intersection. Drivers who turn are expected to do so only when there is reasonable safety that they can complete the turn without endangering other drivers.
Unfortunately, many drivers simply pull out in front of motorcycle without regard to the motorcycle’s speed or how close it may be. According to some state laws, once the car has pulled out into the turn, then the oncoming vehicle is expected to yield. When an oncoming motorcycle rider is too close to the turning car, trying to rapidly brake or swerve can cause the motorcycle to skid, drop, or collide with the turning vehicle or other traffic.
What Are Your Rights When a Negligent Driver Caused Your Accident?
Whether it is from inattention or carelessness, when car and truck drivers fail to yield to a much smaller motorcycle, the consequences can be deadly. Motorcycles simply cannot match the weight and size of automobiles, and completely lack protective features such as a seatbelts, airbags, or the structure of the frame, doors, and roof. Simply surviving a motorcycle accident is a challenge, and if you do, you still face astronomical medical expenses, lost wages, and months or years of pain and suffering depending on your injuries.
If you have been involved in a motorcycle collision with a car that failed to yield to your right of way, it is extremely important that you have an experienced motorcycle accident attorney on your side. This lawyer will have the skills to pull together the evidence you need to fight for your rights with the insurance company or in a court of law. A failure to yield accident may require witnesses, reports, and perhaps even accident reconstruction to determine the true cause of the crash.
Call Our Lawyers if You’ve Been Injured in a Motorcycle Accident Caused by a Driver Who Failed to Yield
If you have been involved in a motorcycle accident, don’t wait. Call for your free, no obligation consultation. We can be reached 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at (800) 863-3074 or SUBMIT A SHORT AND SIMPLE CASE FORM HERE.
Our attorneys will work diligently on your behalf so you can concentrate on your recovery. The benefits of choosing an experienced law firm such as Goldberg & Osborne mean:
- your case will be handled on a contingency basis, so you only pay if we win.
- your case can be started through email or phone
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