Motorcyclists are often treated differently than other motorists on the road because of the small size of their bikes, the stigma that is attached to them of being reckless and annoying to drivers and other reasons that vary by driver. However, motorcycles must be treated in the same manner that cars are on the road and all of the traffic laws that apply to cars and trucks also apply to motorcycles, scooters and mopeds. There are too many motorcycle accidents that are the result of a driver ignoring the rules of the road simply because “it was a motorcycle and therefore shouldn’t have needed a full lane.”
Risk of Motorcyclists Getting Injured Due To Drivers Making a Left-Hand Turn
Unless the left turn lane is controlled by a traffic signal, drivers must approach left turns the same way every single time they enter an intersection. Upon entering the intersection, the motorist needs to be in the turning lane and as far over left as possible without interfering with oncoming traffic. He or she must yield the right of way to all traffic that is oncoming. This includes vehicles that are making right turns from the other direction.
Many motorcycle injuries are the result of a driver making a left turn as the motorcyclist is turning right while traveling the opposite direction and in possession of the right of way. The at-fault driver in these incidents is the driver who turned left and ignored the motorcyclist’s right of way. Even if the driver is turning left onto a two lane road into the left lane, he or she must wait for the cyclist to finish the right turn before making a turn into the left lane. Some drivers think that because the motorcycle is not the same size as a regular vehicle that there is much more space available and end up clipping the motorcyclist in the middle of the turn.
Yielding the Right of Way is the Law & Controls Left-Turn Motorcycle Collisions
Any motorcyclist who is hit by a vehicle turning left into an intersection while failing to yield the right of way is protected by Illinois statute 625 ILCS 5/11-902. This statute details the method in which left turns must be made and when the right of way is to be given. The only times that a driver turning left has the right of way is when a traffic signal has turned and he or she may turn to clear the intersection or when no other oncoming vehicle presents a danger. The person turning left always turns last, even if oncoming traffic is turning.
In the event that a driver causes an accident with a motorcyclist by failing to yield the right of way, that driver will be held liable for all of the damages that are incurred. These damages include the cost of hospitalization, any related medical costs that are incurred by the victim for the motorcycle injuries, time off work and pain and suffering. Most of these costs are covered by the responsible party’s insurance company, but insurance companies will often try to avoid payment if they feel they have a solid defense against the plaintiff.
A Chicago Motorcycle Injury Law Firm Standing Up For Injured Riders Across Illinois
Chicago Injury Center is an established and reputable motorcycle injury law firm that can help you if you have been involved in a motorcycle accident. We have experience presenting cases before insurance companies in order to maximize our clients’ recovery and achieve settlements that are in the best interests of our clients. If your case must go to court, know that we will fight hard on your side and do everything possible to win your case so that you collect the damages that you deserve for your injuries. Our services are free if we can’t and you can set up a risk free consultation with us to get started right away.