Why Left-Hand Turn Motorcycle Wrecks in Virginia Are Common
One of the very most common kinds of collisions causing serious injury to motorcyclists in Virginia is left-hand turn motorcycle wrecks. These occur when a car takes a left-hand turn and crossing right in front of a motorcycle coming in the opposite direction.
This kind of motorcycle wreck happens all the time in Virginia and often causes serious injuries to motorcyclists. I've represented a lot of folks who were riding on their motorcycle minding their own business and going the speed limit down a road.
Suddenly and unexpectedly, somebody who starts off heading in the opposite direction ends up trying to take a left cutting off the motorcycle and causing the rider or motorcycle passenger grievous bodily injury or even death.
Left-hand turn motorcycle wrecks in Virginia tend to spike in the summer, we noted on our blog.
The basic problem is that people who are driving cars and trucks often don't see what is right there in front of them. This is particularly true of motorcycles. The person taking the left must of course yield to traffic which is coming in the opposite direction and would affect their ability to safely make the left-hand turn.
Unfortunately, so many people on the road are distracted not paying enough attention or just don't keep a good lookout. Once the car initiates the turn in front of the oncoming motorcycle there's really nothing that the motorcyclist can do.
There's going to be a wreck or the person on the bike is going to get spilled out onto the roadway. Even if the motorcyclist is wearing a helmet and is covered up with leather there can still be incredibly bad injuries like broken bones, traumatic brain injury, road rash burns and internal organ damage.
Sometimes the car driver will make up some lame excuse why they thought the coast was clear to turn but usually, these cases are essentially indefensible from the standpoint of the insurance company of the motorist who took the left turn.
One major issue in motorcycle accidents is the amount of insurance. Because the injuries are so severe in a motorcycle accident there's often the question to whether there's enough liability insurance on the part of the motorist in the car to cover the serious and possibly permanent injuries to the person on the motorcycle.
Additionally, not all motorcyclists keep the maximum amount of coverage on their own family policy for the motorcycle and their other household cars. People don't realize until they get in one of these situations that the higher limits of underinsured motorist coverage or uninsured motorist coverage that they have on their motorcycle protect them in the event of a wreck caused by a car driver carrying minimal insurance. The minimum limits in Virginia for insurance are $25,000.00 per person per accident.
In today's climate of high medical expenses $25,000.00 barely covers an initial emergency room visit and perhaps diagnostic testing like an MRI and physical therapy. If the injury requires in-patient care in the hospital that's going to be closer to $25,000.00 a day not to mention surgery and other possible major expenses associated with a serious motorcycle personal injury.
Riding a motorcycle is fun and has lots of advantages. Unfortunately, the problems of cars taking lefts right in front of motorcyclists continues to be a problem that poses a real risk of harm to riders and their passengers. If you have been harmed in a motorcycle accident, call our Hampton Roads personal injury team at (757) 455-0077.