What Are Left-Hook Motorcycle Accidents?
Motorcycle accidents continue to be a major problem here in Florida, with statistics last year showing our state leading the nation. This sobering truth proves we still have a long way to go in making our roads safer. However, to do this, it pays to look at the types of motorcycle accidents that occur all too frequently.
One of these is the left-hook accident, a common problem on our roadways and in intersections. If you’re not familiar with this type of accident scenario, you’ll want to learn about what typically happens and what kind of injuries you could face.
If you’ve already been in an accident like this, we’re available for immediate legal help at Dolman Law Group.
What Happens in a Left-Hook Motorcycle Accident?
This devastating scene occurs when a driver fails to yield to a motorcyclist when making a left turn. As the motorcyclist yourself, you probably assume a vehicle turning left will yield to you driving in the opposite lane. Unfortunately, the brain is often trained to look out for larger objects, like cars.
A left-hook accident can become tragic, because the driver may run the motorcyclist down outright. Or, the motorcyclist hits the side fender of the other vehicle. In the latter scenario, the motorcyclist may get thrown off his motorcycle, leading to serious injuries.
Drivers who hit motorcyclists sometimes use common excuses that lead to legal arguments over who was really to blame.
How Does the Driver Typically Respond After a Left-Hook Accident?
Those of you who’ve recently experienced a left-hook motorcycle accident no doubt had the driver say they simply didn’t see you. They may even try to pin the blame on you because they assume you had no right being there when they made a left turn.
Because much of this is based on failure of the human brain to see motorcyclists, the driver is nonetheless ultimately at fault. Many of these drivers may continue to adamantly deny they did anything wrong, though, and ultimately fight it out in court. In the meantime, you’re likely facing bad injuries, and don’t know how you’re going to cope in the interim or the future.
What Kind of Injuries Do Left-Hook Accidents Cause?
Most likely, you were thrown from your motorcycle when the left-hook accident occurred. It’s rare if a motorcyclist like you is able to control their bike after being hit by a car or truck. Of course, this is going to lead to some potentially life-altering injuries. Some you’ve perhaps experienced could include:
- Major head trauma from hitting your head on the pavement or the windshield of the driver’s car. This can happen even if you’re wearing a helmet, especially if the helmet fell off or has other defects.
- Broken bones from the fall off your motorcycle. You could even become hit by other cars while lying in the road. Bone fractures are all too common as well, leading to months of recovery time.
- Lacerations may occur on different parts of your body from the impact of the collision. Road rash is seen often (otherwise known as friction burn) where skin is rubbed off from skidding on pavement after the collision occurs.
These are just some of the injuries you may end up enduring due to a left-hook. What happens if you realize these injuries may ruin your life or the lives of your family?
Seeking Immediate Legal Help for Guidance
After suffering a major injury from your left-hook collision, you shouldn’t wait to obtain legal help immediately. If you can’t call a personal injury attorney, then have a friend or family member do it for you. Once you have an attorney to represent you, they’ll likely gather available evidence at the scene of the accident. An attorney can also take over all communication with those involved, so you can take time for yourself to recover.
The last thing you want is having to deal with insurance companies and accusations from the driver while trying to heal: it’s insurance companies where you really need to watch out. However, quality personal injury attorneys will handle these companies in a professional way, while keeping you and your family out of the crosshairs.
What Might Insurance Companies Say?
Communicating with insurance companies on your own is a major risk for one major reason. These companies almost always attempt to settle with you early to avoid having to deal with litigation. Most of the time, they’ll try to make you sign a form to agree to a smaller amount than you really deserve. With all your medical bills already piling up, don’t accept a quick offer just to avoid lawsuits.
When you have multiple thousands of dollars in medical bills from a left-hook accident, you deserve more than a small settlement. These small payouts likely won’t cover a fraction of your bills; your legal team knows how to handle insurance companies that may try pinning the blame on you.
Proving Your Case
Seeking the compensation you deserve is always important, because you only get one chance. Evidence plays a big factor, including proof of your medical bills and injuries.
A personal injury attorney should fight hard to make sure you receive a settlement that pays all your bills. While your life may never be the same again from your motorcycle accident, having enough money to take care of your family is essential.
Many personal injury attorneys offer free consultations, making it easier to get your case started right away. Our attorneys also work on a contingency fee basis: this means you won’t have to worry about paying your legal team attorney’s fees unless you win a settlement or judgment.
Let Us Handle Your Motorcycle Accident
At Dolman Law Group, we have years of experience dealing with left-hook motorcycle accidents and similar scenarios throughout South Florida. Contact us online immediately or call us at (727) 451-6900 if you’ve been hit by a driver in an intersection. It’s normal to require help when recovering from an accident: let our experienced and compassionate personal injury associates advocate for you.
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Clearwater, FL 33765