Car Fails To Yield Right-of-Way Taking A Left In Front of an Oncoming Motorcycle – The Same Old Story
Having worked in personal injury law in Virginia Beach for over 20 years, I see patterns of the kinds of traffic accidents and fatalities that are the most common. Traffic engineers probably know the reasons for the patterns. I mainly see the harms and losses which happen to folks when other people are not paying sufficient attention on the road.
One very common situation involving motorcycles is when a car coming the opposite way on the secondary road takes a left right in front of the motorcycle or right into the motorcycle, failing to yield the right-of-way. There’s something about drivers of cars and trucks not paying enough attention and not seeing bikers or not giving them enough respect. Whatever the reason, a huge percentage of the time when there is a wreck involving a motorcycle it is the same old story of car takes left turn right in front of motorcycle.
The motorcyclist in this situation is left with very few choices. Typically they have to drop their bike to the street in order to try to avoid the car. Usually this is not successful and the car hits them anyway. Obviously, when a motorcyclist is thrown off of their ride the consequences are extreme, whether a broken leg, broken arm, dislocated shoulder or just bad road burn. Cars need to be more careful and recognize this pattern and pay more attention when taking a left.
The Norfolk, VA based personal injury law firm, Cooper Hurley with client meeting locations in Virginia Beach and Hampton, handles automobile, truck, and motorcycle injuries as well as wrongful death, railroad injury cases and medical malpractice. Attorneys John Cooper and Jim Hurley have more than 40 years of combined experience in specializing in auto injury as well as other accident claims. Cooper Hurley represents people hurt in accidents in Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Portsmouth, Suffolk, Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News and throughout VA. Our motto is: “Your Injury. Our fight.” If you need help or advice about a serious injury, please call us at (757) 455 -0077 or contact us through this website.