Most drivers and motorcyclists make left turns every single time they drive, usually without giving them a second thought. Left turns are a common part of driving, but they can actually be incredibly dangerous for motorcyclists. Many Maryland motorcycle accidents occur when a car or another vehicle attempts to make a left turn but crashes into a motorcyclist that had the right-of-way. Because motorcycles do not offer the same structural protection that cars and other vehicles do, motorcyclists involved in these accidents are particularly susceptible to serious injuries or even death.
Just last week a tragic left turn motorcycle accident was reported by a local news station. The accident is said to have occurred around 12:50 PM one weekday afternoon. A 75-year-old woman driving a Nissan Versa sedan was traveling northbound on the road when she approached an intersection. At the intersection, she attempted to make a left turn. Unfortunately, a 17-year-old motorcyclist was traveling eastbound when the car turned in front of him, and although he tried to slow down, he was unable to avoid the collision. Officials responded to the scene of the crash and emergency responders later pronounced the motorcyclist dead, a tragic accident.
This tragedy is just one example of how dangerous left turn accidents can be for Maryland residents riding motorcycles. But what causes left turn accidents? Well, there can be many different causes and factors, which is one of the things that makes filing a personal injury lawsuit in the aftermath so difficult. It’s possible that alcohol may have played a role, with one or both drivers involved driving under the influence and making poor decisions on the road. Or, drivers could be distracted by their phone, or by a passenger in their car, causing them to not notice that the light was red, or that a motorcycle was entering the intersection. There’s also the possibility that a traffic light was malfunctioning, or that slippery weather conditions caused the crash.
Why Are Left Turn Accidents So Common?
In essence, there are many things that can lead to or contribute to a left turn motorcycle accident in Maryland. This means that individuals injured in these accidents may have significant trouble figuring out exactly what happened, or who is to blame. Not knowing could hinder their ability to file a personal injury lawsuit and recover financially for their injuries, so those injured in left-turn motorcycle accidents are encouraged to work with an attorney familiar with filing these claims to best present their case.
Have You Been Injured in a Left-Turn Maryland Motorcycle Accident?
If you or someone you love has recently experienced the tragedy of a Maryland motorcycle accident first-hand, know that the personal injury attorneys at Lebowitz & Mzhen are here to support you. With years of experience helping Maryland clients recover significant monetary damages from negligent drivers, our attorneys are well-prepared to help you, too. Call us today to schedule a free, virtual consultation and speak with an attorney directly to discuss your case, your concerns, and your questions. You can reach us at 800-654-1949, or through our online form.