Phoenix Left Turn Accident Attorney
Drivers making careless left-hand turns in front or on top of motorcycles is a significant problem for motorcyclists. These are common accidents that injure and kill thousands of motorcycle riders and passengers every year. You might never expect this type of collision to happen to you. If it does, however, know you’re not alone. The Phoenix left-turn accident lawyers at Begam Marks & Traulsen, P.A. can help you seek compensation for your injuries. Start with a free consultation at (602) 254-6071.
What Is a Careless Left Turn?
A driver making a left-hand turn must always yield the right-of-way to oncoming traffic, unless he or she has a green turn arrow and the intersection is clear. A green light alone (no arrow) does not give the turning driver the right to cut off oncoming vehicles. It is the driver’s responsibility to watch for oncoming cars, turning only when it is safe to do so. Drivers making left turns must obey the following roadway rules:
- Turning left turn signal on prior to making the turn
- Using a left-turn lane, if available
- Coming to a complete stop before making the turn
- Looking both ways to make sure the lanes of oncoming traffic are clear
- Never making a left turn on a red light (unless permitted to on a one-way street)
- Yielding to bicyclists or pedestrians crossing the street
- Never entering the right-hand lane when making the turn
- Never making illegal U-turns from left-turn lanes
A “careless” left turn is one that breaks one or more of the above-listed rules. A driver might carelessly turn left if he or she doesn’t check to make sure oncoming lanes of traffic are clear, or if the driver ignores the right-of-way of other stopped vehicles or pedestrians at an intersection. Texting and driving, driving drunk, speeding, ignoring traffic signs, and other acts of negligence and recklessness commonly cause left-turn accidents in Arizona.
How Do Careless Left Turns Factor into Motorcycle Accidents?
A driver turning left too soon is a nightmare scenario for a motorcyclist. An accident in this way often takes the form of a head-on collision for the motorcyclist, who will hit the broad side of the turning vehicle head on. A T-bone accident is also possible, in which the front of the vehicle strikes the side of the motorcycle. Colliding with the side of a smaller passenger vehicle could propel the motorcyclist over the top of the car, while colliding with a taller vehicle (such as a semi) can mean a high-speed impact between the motorcyclist and the metal shell of the car.
Left-hand turn accidents can be fatal for motorcyclists. They may suffer serious injuries such as broken bones, contusions, head and brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, whiplash, road rash, and internal injuries. An injured victim may have to deal with significant pain and suffering, medical bills, and lost wages if he or she does survive a left-hand turn accident. Always talk to a lawyer about your rights as an injured motorcycle accident victim in Phoenix.
Who Is at Fault in a Careless Left-Turn Motorcycle Accident?
The driver of the vehicle making the left turn will most likely be liable for the accident. Drivers making left turns must always yield the right-of-way to oncoming vehicles. Failure to do so, resulting in a motorcycle crash, is the turning driver’s legal responsibility. The only exception to the rule is if the driver has a left turn arrow. An accident in this situation may be the fault of the motorcyclist, if he or she ran a red light and continued straight through an intersection.
Liability for left-turn accidents isn’t always black and white. The nature of these accidents can make placing blame a difficult task. Take your case to a Phoenix personal injury attorney if you’re having trouble determining fault or securing compensation. Call Begam Marks & Traulsen, P.A. at (602) 254-6071 or contact us online for your free motorcycle accident review in Phoenix.