Left Turn Accidents
Left turn accidents involving motorcycles can have devastating consequences for the cyclists and passengers alike. If you have been injured in an accident caused by someone making an improper left turn, you need to reach out to a seasoned Wheaton or Schaumburg motorcycle accident lawyer who can help you understand your rights. At Therman Law Offices, we are committed to helping you get the compensation that you deserve to obtain for your harm. You can rest assured that we can carefully evaluate the facts of your case and help you determine your next steps.Causes and Consequences of Left Turn Accidents
Unfortunately, left turn accidents are more common than you may think. A report compiled by Arbella Insurance revealed that 31 percent of severe accidents in 2013 involved a vehicle turning left. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found that close to half of the 5.8 million car crashes in the United States are intersection-related, and the majority of those involve making an improper left turn.
Motor vehicles making left turns at intersections can be a serious risk to motorcyclists. Motorcycle riders and passengers are more vulnerable to serious injuries than automobile drivers and passengers because motorcycles are not covered as other vehicles are. In other words, people on motorcycles are more likely to suffer serious injuries due to the fact that they do not have a structural cage around them to absorb the impact of a collision. Left turn accidents with motorcycles can happen in a number of ways, including but not limited to:
- A driver cutting off a motorcycle while making a left turn;
- A driver running a stop sign or failing to fully stop;
- A driver making a left turn at a yellow light too early or too late; or
- A driver driving too fast, losing control of the car.
If a driver's failure to safely make a left turn caused your injuries, your attorney may be able to recover compensation for your harm through a negligence claim. A negligence claim requires a victim to show that the defendant driver had a duty to exercise reasonable care, breached the duty of care, and caused injuries from which the victim incurred damages. Reasonable care is defined as how a prudent person would act in the same or similar circumstances. In Illinois, all motorists have a duty to operate their vehicles with care, which includes following the rules of the road and making left turns in a safe manner. For example, if a driver caused a left turn accident by failing to yield the right of way when he or she was required to do so, that driver would likely be considered negligent and liable for any resulting harm.
If you have lost a loved one in a left turn accident, you may be able to pursue damages through a wrongful death claim. In Illinois, a wrongful death takes place when a person dies due to the wrongful act or neglect of another person. A wrongful death lawsuit is appropriate if the deceased person would have been able to file a lawsuit and recover damages for him or herself had the death not taken place. These claims are complex, and having the right attorney on your side can make a difference in your case.Seek Legal Guidance Following a Serious Motorcycle Crash in Wheaton or Schaumburg
Left turn accidents can result in serious injuries and even death. If you have been injured in an accident involving an improper left turn, you may be entitled to compensation for your harm. At Therman Law Offices, our diligent injury attorneys are prepared to protect your rights at every step of the way. There are time limits to pursue personal injury claims, so do not delay in reaching out to us. We proudly represent people in cities such as Wheaton, Schaumburg, Arlington Heights, Hoffman Estates, Streamwood, Elgin, Bartlett, Hanover Park, Bensenville, Wood Dale, Bloomingdale, and Roselle. Call us today at 312-588-1900 or contact us online.