Picking Up The Pieces After A Left-Turn Accident
One of the most common car-motorcycle accidents occurs when a driver makes a left turn in front of a person riding a bike. One of the first things the injured motorcyclist typically hears from the driver of the car is “I didn’t see you!”
At Shollenberger Januzzi & Wolfe, LLP, our attorneys understand the hazards that motorcyclists face on our roads. With offices in Harrisburg and Enola, we represent motorcycle riders throughout central Pennsylvania who have been injured by careless drivers. We offer a free initial consultation to discuss your case and answer your questions.
Left-Turning Motorist Rules
Unless you ran a red light or stop sign, a person making a left turn in front of you is almost always at fault. However, that does not mean that the insurance company representing the other driver will cover the full amount of your damages willingly. One of the ways it may try to minimize your recovery is by shifting a percentage of the blame to you.
In Pennsylvania, your recovery from an accident case can be reduced by any percentage of liability that is assigned to you. One simple way to blame the biker is to claim that he or she was speeding or driving recklessly. Many people have a built-in bias against motorcyclists, and it can sometimes take a lawyer’s help to protect your rights.
Because motorcycles are smaller than other vehicles, it is easy for others to misjudge their speed. Our lawyers use an investigator who can gather the evidence we need to hold the negligent driver fully accountable. That evidence may include skid marks and witness statements. We also hire experts who can help figure out the different aspects of how the crash occurred including the speed of the vehicles.