Why motorcycle accidents happen at intersections
Motorcycle accidents at intersections are almost always attributed to driver negligence. The primary factors resulting in motorcycle accident at an intersection include:
- Negligent left turns: A motorist who turns left into a side street or at a four-way intersection without regard for oncoming traffic can put motorcyclists in danger. At full speed, a motorcyclist can be thrown into the air, resulting in severe and fatal injuries.
- Pulling out of a side street: When a driver makes a left or right turn out of a side street without regard for oncoming traffic, their negligence can result in a motorcycle crash. The motorcycle can strike the side or back of the turning vehicle.
- Failure to obey traffic signals and signs: Running traffic lights and stop signs, or failing to yield the right of way, puts motorcyclists at risk. Without the protective frame provided by passenger vehicles, a broadside accident can be devastating to motorcyclists.
How motorcycle accident can affect the lives of victims
Because motorcyclists have very little protection in a crash, they can suffer very serious injuries. Common motorcycle accident injuries include broken bones, head injuries, back injuries, biker’s arm, and road rash. In some cases, injured motorcyclists need amputation or suffer paralysis due to injuries to the back, neck, or spine.
Medical expenses for diagnosing and treating injuries can add up quickly and soon become overwhelming. Motorcyclists may need imaging tests, lab tests, surgery, hospitalization, medication, physical therapy, home health care and multiple follow-up appointments with doctors. Recovery from their injuries may take months or years. In some cases, injured victims are left with a permanent disability.
Dealing with the legal process and insurance company can be complicated
If you were injured in a Jacksonville motorcycle accident caused by a negligent driver, you deserve financial compensation. But the legal process can be complicated.
Passenger vehicle drivers are always expected to watch out for motorcycles, especially at intersections. But even if there is no doubt that the driver was at fault for causing your accident, dealing with his or her insurance company can be exhausting. They may try to pin the blame on you or downplay the extent of your injuries. They may even offer you a "low-ball" settlement in hopes that your claim will go away. But you should never succumb to their false generosity. Such a settlement is rarely enough to cover the cost of medical bills, loss of wages and suffering.
Insurance companies have lawyers looking out for their best interests. You need a lawyer who will fight for what’s best for you.
Our attorneys will fight for justice
Our legal team investigates your motorcycle accident to get the facts. This involves gathering evidence, including any video of the collision from nearby traffic or security cameras. We’ll review accident reports and medical records. We interview witnesses about what they saw. And if needed, we consult accident reconstruction experts and other specialists.
Our attorneys know how to build strong cases that prove the negligence of another driver caused the accident that left you injured. We demand financial compensation for all of the damages you suffered. We are often able to negotiate a settlement that meets your needs. But we’ll be ready to fight for you in court if that’s what it takes.
If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident at a Jacksonville intersection, you should never try to handle the claim on your own. Let the attorneys at Pajcic & Pajcic take care of it. We have decades of experience helping injured motorcyclists in the Jacksonville area maximize their compensation. Contact us today for a free case evaluation, or simply call 904-358-8881. We will fight for justice.