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Left Turn Motorcycle Accident

Seattle, Kirkland, Bellingham, Olympia and the rest of Washington State are full of scenic places to take a motorcycle. Most of the time these roads and highways are perfectly safe and do not pose any dangers to riders. However, there are occasions when the driver of a car, SUV, truck, or semi-truck simply is not being careful and safe while driving, and they accidently strike a motorcyclist. The most common reason for this is often when a driver is turning left and fails to see the ride of the motorcycle.

Common Reasons for Left Turn Motorcycle Accidents

Left hand turns by drivers of larger vehicle, especially trucks and large SUV’s, can present real dangers to motorcycles. The most common reasons for accidents that occur when a driver takes a left and collides with a motorcyclist are:

  • Passing another car too fast
  • Not paying close enough attention
  • Texting or on their cellphone
  • Distracted driving
  • Speeding
  • Driving too fast for conditions

This list is not meant to be exhaustive or complete. It is simply the most common reasons we see in all of our motorcycle cases. There may be other reasons that can contribute to a left turn motorcycle accident injury case. There are also instances when the road design, such as the way the highway was designed, that may affect the case.

Defensive Driving Strategies to Avoid Left Turn Motorcycle Accidents

Some motorcycle accidents are simply unavoidable because of the negligence of other, careless drivers on the road. There are some accidents, however, that can be avoided by very careful and defensive driving. Since left turn motorcycle accidents are the most common reasons drivers on motorcycles are injured, making sure you are aware of these left hand turns by other drivers is key.

Some ways to avoid accidents while being on a motorcycle are wearing bright clothing, staying far enough back from other vehicles to avoid them, not passing them on their right if you do have to pass, and make sure that you are not driving over uneven surfaces or roads that are rough and bumpy, which can lead to accidents, as well as driving in bad weather or driving down poorly-lit streets.

Common Motorcycle Left Turn Accident Injuries

Motorcycle accident injuries can be very devastating to the driver of a motorcycle. In

particular, left hand turns can often be considered wipe-out accidents, where the car or truck turns into the motorcycle and takes them out. These injuries can be very serious. The most common injuries from these accidents are:

  • Death
  • Whiplash
  • Broken bones
  • Fractures
  • Road burns that include first, second, and third degree burns
  • Knee, shoulder, and neck injuries

Any of these injures can be life-ending, if not life-altering. They will not heal on their

own. In addition to these injuries that affect you physically, you may be dealing with emotional injuries as well that need attention and treatment. You may be experiencing serious PTSD or emotional trauma. These injuries will also require serious medical care in the form of an osteopath, physiatrist, chiropractor, physical therapist, or another qualified healthcare provider.

How You Can Help Your Motorcycle Accident Case

After you have been in a motorcycle accident, there are some steps you can take to help

your case to make sure you make the most of your motorcycle case. If you are too injured to do these things on your own, seeing if you have a friend, family member, or spouse who can will suffice.

First and foremost, you have to make sure that you have the relevant contact information for the driver who hit you, including their phone number, email address, address, and insurance information. If you are able, waiting for the police to come to the scene is best so they can get this information. After you have this information, is also helpful to take plenty of pictures, especially of the damage done to your bike, your injuries, and the surrounding scene where the accident happened.

How The Jackman Law Firm Can Help

After being in a motorcycle accident, you are likely wondering what you should do and where you should turn. You are likely getting many phone calls from insurance companies and receiving letters from them. They may be asking you to make a recorded statement, which you should not do. Why go through this process alone? The Jackman Law Firm has the resources and experience to help you.

In every motorcycle case, you have to prove that were you were not at fault, first, and you have to prove the extent of your damages, second, and what they are worth. Proving that you were not at fault may or may not be easy to do. There are instances when the insurance company for the driver who hit you will allege that you were at fault, either in part or completely, for the accident. It is up to you to prove your case. The Jackman Law Firm can help in this regard. We have the know-how and resources to prove your case. We can interview key witnesses, subpoena documents, talk to the police, and obtain surveillance footage that may have captured the accident.

Once we have proven you were not at fault, then we have to establish how much money your case is worth. We can get you money for the following:

  • Money for medical bills and future bills
  • Money for lost wages and future wages
  • Money for pain and suffering
  • Money for out of pocket expenses

We have the experience and know-how to successfully negotiate with the insurance company to make sure you get a fair settlement. If the insurance company will not offer a fair settlement, then we will stop negotiating and instead focus our energies on going to trial and making sure we obtain the best possible outcome for you there at trial.

Feel free to call us for a free consultation to discuss your case.

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