There are plenty of motorcyclists and bicyclists on the roadways in and around San Francisco. However, both groups face significant risks on the roadway, particularly when making left-hand turns. At Choulos, Choulos & Wyle, our San Francisco left turn accident lawyers are here to help if you or a loved one have been injured while making a left-hand turn. We will investigate the incident in order to secure any compensation you are entitled to.
After sustaining an injury in a motorcycle or bike crash, you need an attorney who understands these cases. Turn to Choulos, Choulos & Wyle today.
For left turn accidents involving a motorcycle or bicycle, an attorney is going to be needed to prove liability. These cases often revolve around which vehicle had the right-of-way, and this is going to require investigation. A San Francisco motorcycle or bicycle accident lawyer will obtain all evidence from the scene of the crash, including photo and video surveillance, accident reports, and eyewitness statements in order to prove what happened.
According to the California Office of Traffic Safety, we know that there were nearly 14,000 total motorcyclist injuries and more than 11,300 total bicyclist injuries during the latest reporting year across the state. Motorcyclists and bicyclists face a higher risk of a serious accident occurring when they are making a left-hand turn.
When a motorcyclist or bicyclist is making a left-hand turn, this often means they are turning across oncoming traffic, which could be moving at high speeds. Unfortunately, other drivers on the roadway often do not respect the rights of motorcyclists and bicyclists. Motorcycles are vehicles, period. They should be treated as such by other drivers. Bicycles are also considered vehicles under California law and should be afforded the same respect as any other vehicle on the roadway.
Left-hand turn accident liability often boils down to who had the right-of-way – the car or the motorcyclist/bicyclist. When there is an intersection not controlled by a traffic signal, vehicles arriving first generally have the right-of-way. However, the intersection consists of a minor street intersecting a major street, traffic on the major street will have the right-of-way. If there is a traffic signal at the intersection, whichever vehicle has the light will have the right-of-way.
If you or a loved one have been injured in a left turn accident while riding a motorcycle, you may be entitled to compensation. At Choulos, Choulos & Wyle, we are here to help if another driver’s negligence caused your crash. Our team regularly helps victims secure the following types of compensation:
If you need a San Francisco left turn accident attorney, you can contact us for a free consultation of your case by clicking here or calling (877) 702-7800.