Although motorcycles make up only around three percent of registered vehicles in the U.S., drivers are responsible for being on the lookout for them no matter where they are.
Rural roads, congested interstates, and busy city intersections are all places where motorcycles can be encountered, and motorcyclists face serious risks in all three locations when drivers don’t give them the respect and courtesy they deserve.
At Ponce Law, our Nashville motorcycle accident lawyers have helped many innocent riders who were injured because of negligent drivers. If you were hurt because of any of the following driver errors, you may be eligible to file a claim for compensation:
- Vehicle turning left into your path of travel—One of the biggest risks motorcyclists face is left-turning drivers. Drivers are accustomed to looking out for other vehicles, but they don’t always take the time to watch for people traveling on two wheels. When they turn in front of motorcyclists, the consequences can be devastating for riders.
- Vehicle drifting into your lane—Although motorcycles are much smaller than most passenger vehicles, they still deserve the same respect and space on the road as all cars, trucks, and SUVs. However, not all drivers give motorcyclists those courtesies, and they may negligently drift into their lanes, causing serious accidents.
- Vehicle suddenly pulling in front of you—Drivers may have difficulty judging an approaching motorcycle’s speed at a two-way stop or may fail to notice an approaching motorcycle when exiting an alley or hidden drive.
- Vehicle ahead stopping suddenly or vehicle behind not stopping in time—Rear end collisions have a reputation for being less likely to cause serious injury, but this doesn’t apply to motorcycles. Whether a rider is struck from behind or collides with a car, there is a high risk they will be thrown from their motorcycle by the impact.
No matter what caused your motorcycle accident, it’s important that you speak with an experienced law firm. There are many ways that driver negligence can contribute to motorcycle crashes, and it’s our goal to help all victims get the compensation they deserve.
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