Bicycle Left-Turn Accidents
Bicycle accidents are unfortunately all too common in busy, urban, and crowded areas like Seattle, Kirkland, Bellingham, Olympia, and other parts of the state of Washington. One of the more common reasons for accidents occurs when a bicycle is turning left. These accidents often result in serious injuries to the bicyclist given that they are much smaller than a car or SUV and more vulnerable.
Some of the common reasons for left-hand turn bicycle accidents are cars or trucks that did not see you, the design or layout of the road, distracted drivers who are either texting or under the influence of alcohol, bad lighting and bad weather.
In addition, another common reason for left-turn bicycle accidents are sideswipe accidents where a car, truck, or SUV merges into you and knocks you out. This typically takes place when a car, truck, or SUV does not see you because they have not carefully checked their rearview or side mirror before turning, or they do not properly signal before they make a turn.Steps to Take After Your Left-Turn Bicycle Accident
After being struck on your bicycle while taking a left-hand turn, you may be in for the fight of your life. Taking the steps recommended here may be very hard, if not impossible for you, depending on the extent of your injuries. If you are physically able, this is what you should do, though if you cannot you should have a relative or friend or spouse try to do this.
First, make sure you get the name, number, address, make, model of care, and all insurance information, especially the name of the company and policy number, for the driver who hit you. Second, you need to photograph your injuries and the damage to your bicycle. Third, you need to notify your car and bicycle insurance company of your injuries so they are aware, along with notifying the insurance company for the driver who hit you. Fourth, you should make sure you are not mentioning or posting your injuries or what happened from your accident on social media.
Fifth, it is a good idea to keep a log of the providers you’re seeing and the overall state of your health as you progress over time. Sixth, do not give a recorded statement to the insurance company for the driver who hit you. And seventh, if a witness saw the accident take place, getting his or her name, number, address, and email address is helpful.Defensive Bicycling
It is always going to be hard to truly protect yourself from riding a bicycle if you are sharing the road with other cars, trucks, SUVs, and even other bicycles. However, there are some steps you can take to improve your chances of not being struck.
The key steps are to make sure you are visible as possible, wearing bright reflective clothing, a helmet, and a headlamp that is always on at night since so many injuries take place after dark. Another key element is to make sure that you are not riding too close to traffic if you can help it. While legally bicycles are allowed to share the road with other cars and trucks, bicyclists need to be careful that they are not unduly exposing themselves to traffic collisions with other cars.Common Left-Hand Bicycle Injuries
After being struck while turning left on your bicycle, you may have suffered serious injuries. The most common injuries from these kinds of bicycle accidents are:
- Traumatic brain injury
- Shoulder and back injuries
- Knee injuries
- Neck injuries
- Tailbone injuries
These injuries are slow to heal, if at all, and rarely just heal on their own. Rather, they take a dedicated team of healthcare professionals to help you recover from them. The more common healthcare providers to treat these injuries are physical therapists, physiatrists, osteopaths, medical doctors, and chiropractors.
If one of these providers cannot help you, they will know where to send you in order for you to get the treatment you need. It is imperative you go to see one of these providers immediately after the accident, clearly communicate that the injuries are related to your bicycle accident, and keep a record of your injuries and the providers you saw.How The Jackman Law Firm can Help
After a bicycle accident where you turned left and were struck by a car or truck, you may need help just proving that you were not at fault for the accident. After all, you cannot recover any damages, meaning money, unless you can first prove that you were fault-free. Many times insurance companies will try to argue that your left turn was the reason the accident happened. If that is the case, do not let this stop you from getting justice.
The Jackman Law Firm has the resources to make sure you are made whole after your accident by aggressively going after the other driver’s insurance company. We are very skilled and experienced in negotiating with insurance companies. However, if we cannot get anywhere with them, we will file a lawsuit and get ready to take your case to trial, where we will work hard to get you the best possible outcome at trial.
Regardless of whether your case settles at trial or whether we must await a jury verdict, the damages available to you are as follows in terms of the money that will be awarded for each category of damages:
- Medical bills
- Future medical bills
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of consortium (money for your spouse or legal partner)
- Out of pocket expenses
- Wage loss and future wage loss
As you can imagine, the insurance company for the driver who hit you will not be eager to pay out on any of these damages. You have to be able to prove that your case is valid and will be taken seriously by a jury. We can do this for you because you should not face an insurance company on your own.
Feel free to call us for a free consultation.