Motorcycle Accident Lawyers in Indianapolis: Accidents at Intersections

Representing the Rights of Individuals Injured in Indiana Motorcycle Crashes

Traffic intersections can be dangerous places for all motor vehicle operators, including motorcyclists. Motor vehicle drivers who operate their vehicles in a traffic intersection are required to obey all traffic signs and traffic control devices. Drivers must also be on the lookout for other motor vehicles—including motorcycles—as they proceed through traffic intersections. When a car or truck collides with a motorcycle in a traffic intersection, serious injuries and damages can result.

Given the way most intersections are set up (that is, perpendicular streets crossing one another), an accident at an intersection is often likely to result in a side impact. A serious side impact to a motorcycle can cause the motorcycle to flip over or dislodge the motorcycle operator and his or her passenger from the bike. This, in turn, can result in serious injuries and sometimes deaths.

If you or a loved one has sustained a serious injury in an intersection motorcycle accident, you have legal options available to you. The skilled Indianapolis intersection motorcycle accident lawyers at The Law Office of William W. Hurst can examine your legal options with you and determine the best way to proceed with your personal injury case.

How Intersection Motorcycle Accidents Occur

Motorcycle accidents at traffic intersections can occur in a variety of ways. In some cases, these accidents occur when the driver of the passenger vehicle fails to yield the right-of-way to the motorcycle operator, resulting in a collision. In other cases, the passenger vehicle, in an attempt to pass through the intersection before the traffic light changes to red, may speed through the intersection, resulting in a collision.

Motorcycles can also present a hazard at traffic intersections because they are so much smaller than the average car or truck. Consequently, a motorcyclist who lawfully stops his or her motorcycle at a traffic intersection may go unnoticed by the passenger vehicle driver. When the passenger vehicle pulls out into the intersection, it may strike the motorcycle. In addition, many intersection motorcycle accidents occur when the passenger vehicle driver is under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

The skilled Indianapolis intersection motorcycle accident lawyers at The Law Office of William W. Hurst can help you determine the cause of your motorcycle accident and may be able to hold the responsible person or persons accountable. Our lawyer may be able to negotiate with the at-fault driver’s insurance company on your behalf or litigate your case through the court system. 

Potential Injuries Sustained in Intersection Motorcycle Accidents

Motorcycle accidents that occur at traffic intersections can lead to serious injuries and even deaths. Traffic intersection accidents typically involve side-impact collisions. These collisions can cause a motorcyclist (or a motorcycle passenger) to fall to the ground and sustain any one of the following injuries:

The experienced Indianapolis intersection motorcycle accident lawyers at The Law Office of William W. Hurst can help you pursue monetary compensation for all of the injuries and damages that you sustained in your accident.

Intersection Accident Safety Tips

There are certain tips that motorcycle operators should keep in mind in order to lessen the chances of a serious intersection accident, including the following:

  • Watch for passenger vehicles that appear unexpectedly in nearby side streets, alleyways, or driveways.
  • Anticipate that passenger vehicle drivers may not be able to see them.
  • Exercise caution when parked vehicles, shrubbery, or other obstructions block their line of vision at an intersection.
  • Try and keep out of a passenger vehicle’s blind spots while proceeding through a traffic intersection.
  • Avoid riding in between vehicles at traffic intersections.
  • Allow passenger vehicles to proceed through a traffic intersection first, since generally speaking, those vehicles have better visibility.
  • Wear bright-colored clothing so that passenger vehicle drivers can observe them on the roadway.

Taking Legal Action in an Intersection Motorcycle Accident Case

Sometimes, no matter how much care a motorcycle operator exercises, an accident will still occur at a traffic intersection. In those cases, the driver of the passenger vehicle may be held responsible for the intersection accident. You may be able to file a claim or lawsuit against the driver (and owner) of a passenger vehicle if the driver fails to operate his or her vehicle in a safe and careful manner. In the context of intersection accidents, this usually means that the passenger vehicle driver runs a red light or stop sign—or fails to make sure that the intersection is clear before proceeding forward.

If a passenger driver’s negligent actions or inactions lead to an intersection accident, the driver may be liable for damages. In order for the accident victim to recover damages, he or she must be able to prove that the accident (rather than something else) proximately caused the damages. Accident victims may be able to recover compensation for medical bills, missed time from work, pain and suffering, loss of earning capacity, mental distress, and loss of enjoyment of life.

The Indianapolis intersection motorcycle accident lawyers at The Law Office of William W. Hurst can pursue economic and noneconomic damages on your behalf.

Call an Indianapolis Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Today to Discuss How We Can Help You

Intersection motorcycle accidents can be difficult to prove because it is sometimes hard to tell exactly who had the right-of-way at a traffic intersection. In those cases, the passenger vehicle’s insurance company may dispute liability. Even if the insurance carrier ultimately accepts liability, it will likely try and downplay the severity of any injuries and damages sustained in the accident.

The intersection motorcycle accident attorneys at The Law Office of William W. Hurst may be able to challenge a liability dispute raised by the insurance company, emphasize the strengths of your personal injury case, and fight for your right to monetary recovery.

To schedule a free consultation and case evaluation with an Indianapolis intersection motorcycle accident lawyer, please call us at (317) 636-0808, or contact us online.

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