Drivers commonly fail to see motorcycles on the road, especially at intersections. Louisiana law recognizes the dangers associated with making a left turn and imposes a higher duty on a driver making the left turn to yield, maintain a proper lookout and to be aware of other vehicles. Unfortunately, as our Lafayette motorcycle accident lawyers are aware, left-turn motorcycle accidents, accidents that occur when a driver strikes a motorcyclist while making a left turn, make up the largest number of motorcycle accidents in the United States.
A left-turn collision involving a motorcycle can seriously injure a motorcyclist. Unlike drivers in passenger vehicles, motorcyclists do not have the benefit of a vehicle’s steel frame, doors and windows for added protection. The force of the impact and the difference in size and weight between the vehicles can throw the motorcyclist off his bike. The motorcycle might also roll over or crumble in these accidents. The abrupt force can leave motorcyclists with critical injuries, including hip fractures, broken bones, amputated limbs, back injuries, head injuries, neurological trauma and even paralysis. When victims are seeking damages for their injuries, the motorcycle accident lawyers at our Lafayette firm are ready to help.
There are several common causes of a left turn motorcycle collisions. Most often, another driver might have signaled to the driver that the left turn was permissible, without seeing the motorcyclist. The driver might also be unable to observe the speed at which the motorcyclist is travelling. Lastly, the driver’s view may have been obstructed, and the driver failed to see the motorcyclist on the road before making the turn. If a driver is taking a left-turn and strikes a motorcyclist, the driver is presumed negligent under the law.
At Broussard & David, our experienced left-turn collision lawyers can realistically assess your case and help you understand your legal rights. Our Lafayette motorcycle accident attorneys work to recover fair and adequate compensation for injured motorcyclists and their families.