Many motorcyclists are drawn to Florida by its scenic roadways and year-round temperate climate. Unfortunately, riding motorcycles does come with its fair share of risk, as those who are involved in collisions are much more likely to suffer injuries than if they were in a passenger vehicle. Left turn accidents, which occur when a motorist doesn’t see a motorcycle and while turning left, collides with the smaller vehicle, are particularly common in Florida and also extremely dangerous. Recovering compensation after this kind of motorcycle accident can be difficult, as Florida law doesn’t allow motorcyclists to purchase PIP insurance, which means that injured motorcyclists must often go through the other driver’s insurer to receive compensation, which can be complicated. To learn more about your own legal options for recovering after an accident, please reach out to our experienced Florida motorcycle accident attorneys today.
Defining Left Turn Accidents
Left turn accidents occur when someone driving a vehicle doesn’t see an oncoming motorcycle and turns left in front of the rider, who then collides with the side of the vehicle. Often, these accidents occur in intersections, where motorcycle riders are struck as they travel straight through the intersection, although unseen by another driver. Unfortunately, these kinds of collisions tend to occur at high speeds, with the rider unaware of the danger until it is too late to avoid it.
How Common are Left Turn Accidents?
Like any kind of vehicle-related accident, there are a variety of different types of motorcycle accidents in which a person can be involved. Left turn accidents, however, are some of the most common and also some of the most dangerous. In fact, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), around 42 percent of all fatal vehicle-motorcycle collisions occur when drivers turn into the oncoming path of an unsuspecting motorcyclist. These kinds of accidents are often attributed to distraction or intoxication on the part of the driver.
Who is Liable for Left Turn Accidents?
Motorcyclists who are injured in accidents when they have the right-of-way, but are struck by a turning vehicle, are entitled to damages compensating them for their accident-related losses. Unfortunately, even an at-fault driver who was distracted or merely careless, could try to blame a rider for an accident, claiming that he or she should have done more to avoid the crash. The reality, however, is that in these cases, drivers typically turn far too suddenly for motorcyclists to take evasive action.
Fortunately, motorcyclists can overcome these attempts by defendants by submitting photographs of the accident scene, providing eyewitness testimony, or obtaining traffic camera footage of the crash. Often, this must be attempted in court, as motorcyclists are not allowed to carry PIP insurance in Florida, but usually satisfy the serious injury threshold required to file a personal injury suit in court.
Florida Motorcycle Accident Attorneys
For help with your own motorcycle accident claim, please call the dedicated Florida motorcycle accident lawyers at Dolan Dobrinsky Rosenblum, LLP today. You can reach a member of our legal team 24 hours a day, by calling 305-371-2692.