Nothing compares to the thrill of the ride. Riding outside on a warm spring day feels like flying in the wind. There is joy in owning and riding a motorcycle and those owners who have the opportunity to spend nice days riding are aware of the dangers and their responsibilities. When a passenger vehicle makes a turn but does not see a motorcyclist coming, catastrophic can occur.
Attorney Brian Steed Tatum has years of experience in helping North Carolina and South Carolina riders and their families with the difficult process of seeking compensation after a motorcycle accident. He applies dedication and experience for each and every client to ensure that they receive the maximum compensation allowed by law for their losses.
Motorcycles are much smaller than passenger motor vehicles, so when a car or a truck makes a left turn in front of a motorcyclist and causes an accident, many questions must be answered. When a motorcycle rider has been injured in a left-turn collision, the first step is an accident investigation to determine all the facts and evidence related to the accident.
Determining the motorcyclist’s speed immediately before an inattentive driver turned left in front of him or her can be a key piece of evidence in determining who was at fault for the accident. Also, the lines of sight for both the driver and the motorcyclist must be determined. If the driver of the car or truck could have seen the motorcycle before making the left-turn, then he or she should have given the motorcycle the right of way. If the motorcyclist saw the vehicle turning left, could that rider have taken evasive action to avoid a collision? Did the driver of the car or truck stop at the intersection? Was a turn signal used? All of these facts may be significant in discovering who is at fault for an injury accident.
Motorcycle riders can take many defensive steps to help prevent left-turn collisions. Riding on the outside of a lane when approaching an intersection makes a motorcyclist more visible to oncoming traffic. The sooner drivers to see a motorcycle rider, the easier it is for them to avoid collisions. Also, motorcyclists must be diligent and always look for potential dangers that could cause an accident.
No one wants to claim fault for an accident. Motorcyclists have an unfortunate reputation for speeding and being reckless risk takers. This reputation, while unfair, can be difficult for an injured rider to overcome. When riders are injured in a collision, they need an experienced and competent motorcycle accident attorney to fight for their rights.
At the Tatum Law Firm, we are determined to ensure that injured riders receive the compensation allowed by law. We are available to discuss the merits of all claims and offer guidance in order to pursue legal recourse.
If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a motorcycle collision, contact our office at (704) 307-4350, or reach out to us online for a free case evaluation.