Motorcycle accidents that occur at intersections happen for a variety of reasons, and often these crashes result in serious injuries and sometimes death. Riders can reduce their risk of being hit by another vehicle by obeying traffic laws and stopping completely at stop signs, traffic lights, and intersections. However, that is not always enough to prevent an accident when other drivers on the road are negligent. If you or a loved one suffered injuries in a motorcycle accident at an intersection, you need to contact a motorcycle attorney as soon as possible to discuss your case.
Common Causes of Motorcycle Intersection Accidents
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that nearly half of fatal motorcycle crashes occur at or near intersections and “involve a vehicle turning left when a motorcycle is going straight.” Because these accidents are often the fault of a negligent vehicle driver, motorcyclists can improve their chances of avoiding a crash by taking extra time to check their blind spots carefully and waiting to make a turn if their view is partially obstructed. The NHTSA recommends “slowing down your decision-making process” when you’re at an intersection.
Some common causes of motorcycle intersection accidents include:
- Distracted drivers
- Drivers who speed through a red light
- Drivers who fail to yield when making a left turn
- Drivers who don’t see a motorcycle stopped at the intersection
- Drivers under the influence of drugs or alcohol or who drive drowsy
When an accident happens at an intersection, the motorcycle rider can suffer from serious if not fatal injuries. Possible injuries to the rider may include:
- Broken bones
- Road rash
- Traumatic brain injury
- Spinal cord injury
- Internal injuries
Steps to Take After an Accident
If you were involved in a Florida motorcycle accident, there are steps to take after the crash that can help ensure you receive fair compensation, including:
- Seeking medical help for any injuries
- Calling the police and filing a report
- Gathering evidence at the scene such as names and contact information for any witnesses or parties involved in the accident
- Taking photos of the accident scene
- Contacting a motorcycle accident attorney
Contact a Motorcycle Accident Attorney
If you suffered a motorcycle accident injury and have questions about your legal rights, contact Browning Law Firm for a free, no-obligation consultation. To schedule an appointment, fill out our online contact form, or call us at 850-344-1736.