If you have been injured in an intersection motorcycle accident by a negligent motorist, you have the right to collect the compensation you deserve.
Involved in an Intersection Motorcycle Accident – Call Roeser Law Firm
An intersection is a dangerous place where motorcycle accidents happen frequently. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, if you are riding a motorcycle, your risk of an accident is increased due to the lack of conspicuity and other factors. Intersections more than anywhere else remind us of our need to trust one another. The problem with crossings is their complex interaction of multiple people, whether walking, bicycling or driving a motorized form of transportation.
Why Do Motorcycle Accidents Occur?
Some of the most common reasons for motorcycle crashes are:
- Motorists who fail to see a motorcyclist
- Drivers who refuse to yield to a motorcyclist legally traveling in the intersection
- Inclement weather such as fog or rain
- Drunk motorists
- Tailgating a motorcycle
- Failure by the city to maintain the intersection
- Racing through a red light
- Driving distracted
What Do People Need to Do After Motorcycle Accidents?
The following are steps you must take after a motorcycle crash:
- Call for medical assistance by dialing 911 if anyone is seriously injured.
- Remain at the scene.
- Call police.
- Call your insurance company.
- Use your cell phone to take a picture of the accident, your motorcycle and other vehicles involved in the crash.
- Obtain witness contact information.
- Exchange contact and insurance information with other drivers involved in the crash.
- See a medical professional and be evaluated.
There are ways for you to stay safe in an intersection. They are:
- Make sure other people can see you. This precaution is not always easy, but conspicuity is a problem in Washington, D.C. intersections. To do this, wear light-colored clothing in the daytime, and use reflective strips on your clothes at night. Always drive with your lights on.
- Refrain from speeding. Speeding increases the chance of losing control over the bike.
- Don’t use drugs or drink when you are riding your motorcycle. The chance of being a responsible rider is lost if you do.
- Be careful in bad weather.
- Other motorists might not use their blinkers or other means of announcing their intentions. Try to watch for vehicle movement to get a handle on their next move.
- Slow down as soon as you near the intersection. This action prevents loss of control and skidding and lets other drivers know your intentions.
- Get a clear view of traffic patterns as soon as you enter the intersection.
- Don’t be fooled into thinking others can see you. The primary reason for motorcycle accidents, according to drivers, is they did not know the rider was there.
- Be confident another vehicle is not approaching before entering the intersection.
Roeser Law Firm
If you have been injured in an intersection motorcycle accident by a negligent motorist, you have the right to collect the compensation you deserve. Don’t suffer the physical and financial damage another person caused. Turn to the Roeser Law Firm for help. We will examine your case and determine who was at fault for your injuries. Call us at (202) 660-4070 or contact us online.