Motorcycle Accidents: Intersection Accidents

Unfortunately, intersection accidents are all too common in the Jackson Metro Area. Intersections can be dangerous places for motorcycle riders. If drivers are distracted, running red lights or not practicing safe left-hand turns, they’re putting motorcycle riders and other roadway users at risk for injury causing or potentially fatal accidents. If you or a motorcycle rider you love has been injured in an intersection accident, you need to speak with a personal injury attorney about your case.

How do Intersection Accidents Happen?

Intersection accidents can happen in a variety of ways. Running red lights can be a common cause for intersection accidents. Intersections are also places where dangerous left-turn accidents can occur. Motorcycles can get rear ended in intersections. Aggressive or distracted driving habits can also be the cause for intersection accidents. Since intersections are places where a variety of different vehicles traveling in different directions converge, there is little to no margin for error. If drivers aren’t being safe, they’re putting other roadway users at risk for injury causing or potentially fatal accidents.

Drivers Running Red Lights

Drivers who run red lights are a huge problem for motorcycle riders at intersections. Motorcycle riders can’t maneuver as quickly or as safely as drivers in passenger occupant vehicles. Drivers who run red lights put motorcycle riders in impossible situations. Motorcycle riders are counting on drivers to obey the rules of the road, including observing all traffic lights and safety signals.

Left-Hand Turns at Intersections

Left-hand turn accidents frequently happen at intersections. These types of intersection accidents are usually caused by driver inattention. This is the accident we hear about when a driver recounts that they ‘never even saw the motorcycle’ prior to hitting it. Even though motorcycle riders are especially vigilant about left-hand turn accidents at intersections, they still happen. These accidents can be incredibly devastating for riders, since in many cases, there is little if anything they can do to avoid them.

Motorcycle Rear-Ended in Intersection

Rear-end accidents in intersections can also be catastrophic for motorcycle riders. If a motorcycle is struck from behind, the rider can be ejected or the bike can be overturned. Riders don’t have seat belts, and even with helmets, they can still suffer from severe or potentially fatal injuries. Even a seemingly minor bump from behind at relatively low speeds can be seriously dangerous for a motorcycle rider. If you’ve been rear ended at an intersection, you need to speak with a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible.

Distracted Drivers

Distracted drivers are a huge problem for motorcycle riders in intersections. Many drivers are still checking their facebook, texting or sending emails while they’re sitting in intersections. It’s important to understand that even though you’re stuck at a red light, you need to be alert to your surroundings and paying attention to the flow of traffic. Electronic devices take a driver’s attention away from what’s happening in the roadway, and that spells trouble for motorcycle riders and other drivers and passengers. Distracted drivers are more likely to miss seeing a motorcycle rider prior to make a left hand turn. They’re also not going to be ready when it’s their turn to go through a green light, making them a potential obstacle for motorcycle riders to maneuver safely around.

Injuries Associated with Motorcycle Intersection Accidents

Even though many intersection accidents happen at relatively low speeds, the injuries involved can be extremely severe. Neck and spinal cord injuries are commonly associated with intersection accidents. Traumatic brain injuries can also occur, although the severity can be mitigated by the use of a protective helmet. Additionally, fractures, bruises, abrasions and lacerations are also common forms of injuries associated with motorcycle accidents at intersections. Motorcycle riders can improve their personal safety by wearing helmets, jackets, boots, gloves and other types of protective gear, but these items can only do so much.

When to Call a Motorcycle Accident Attorney

Ultimately, no matter what type of motorcycle accident you were injured in, whether it was at an intersection or on the highway, it’s a good idea to speak with a personal injury attorney as soon as possible about your case. Motorcycle accidents can leave injured victims in the hospital and out of work for an extended length of time. Your attorney can stay on top of official investigative details and deal with insurance companies while you recover.

If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a motorcycle accident in an intersection, contact the skilled and proven team at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC at (601) 948-1600 for a free case consultation.

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