Intersections: Common Sites Of South Florida Motorcycle Accidents
There are many highly traveled roads in South Florida, but intersections constantly see a high volume of traffic passing through every day. Many cars, pickups trucks, SUVs, commercial trucks, motorcycles, bicycles, and pedestrians travel across intersections daily. Unfortunately, the one place that is designed to be safe with traffic lights and road rules is one of the most dangerous places on the road.
Intersections are especially dangerous for motorcyclists, since many South Florida motorcycle accidents happen at signal lights. There are many reasons why motorcycle riders are more vulnerable at intersections than those in cars and trucks, including:
- Drivers have a hard time seeing motorcycles when they are sitting still
- Drivers run red lights
- Drivers make left turns without yielding to motorcyclists
- Drivers make stop sign violations
- Motorcyclists lack the protection that other motor vehicle occupants have
When another driver fails to see a motorcycle—whether the motorcyclist is sitting still waiting to make a right turn or proceeding through the intersection when a driver makes a left turn into the bike’s path—the negligent driver may be held liable and a personal injury claim can be filed by the injured motorcyclist.
Unfortunately, intersection motorcycle accidents in Fort Lauderdale and all throughout Florida are common occurrences. Many drivers have poor eyesight or just don’t take the necessary time to look for motorcycles in traffic. As a result, many drivers fail to see motorcyclists and fail to yield the right of way.
Intersection accidents involving motorcycles can be quite serious and even life-threatening. Motorcyclists who have been injured by a driver who failed to yield should be compensated for their:
- Lost income
- Medical expenses
- Emotional distress
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Other damages
If a motorcycle rider died as a result of a negligent and careless driver, the surviving family members can bring a wrongful death claim against the driver who failed to yield. As a motorcycle accident lawyer, I have helped many injured motorcyclists who have suffered serious injuries at the hands of negligent drivers who have made poor choices when they made red light, stop sign, and left turn violations at intersections.
The Law Offices of David Benenfeld will work diligently to make sure you receive the full compensation available in your case. Call to speak with a knowledgeable motorcycle injury lawyer in South Florida in a free consultation and learn more about your rights at 954-807-1334.