Motorcycle Accidents at Intersections and Stoplights

While intersections and stoplights may seem like they are among the safest places to be as a motorcyclist, in reality they are an incredibly common site of many accidents in the Newport Beach area and beyond. When drivers properly observe the rules of the road, these areas are quite safe, but this is unfortunately not always the case. In fact, many motorcycle accidents at intersections and stoplights are incredibly serious, leaving victims in need of not only medical attention, but help from a lawyer. If you are injured in this type of accident, get in touch with the legal team at Jamal Injury Law P.C. We are here to fight for the rights of area residents and help you get the compensation you are entitled to.

Causes of Intersection and Stop Light Accidents

As lawyers with extensive experience in the Newport Beach area, we have seen the serious hardships intersection accidents can cause for our citizens. There are a wide variety of reasons why these types of accidents are often so severe, which makes each case unique.

According to a 2015 study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, one-third of all motorcycle accidents occur at intersections. In fact, the Governors Highway Safety Association found that the most common type of collision occurs when another vehicle is turning left while a motorcycle is traveling straight, passing, or overtaking a vehicle. This is likely due to the fact that motorcycles are smaller than other vehicles and are often unseen by other motorists. Motorcycle accidents at intersections and stoplights are also commonly caused when a driver fails to acknowledge a traffic signal or is driving while intoxicated.

Other common causes of these kinds of accidents in Newport Beach include distracted driving, sudden turns, and texting while driving. With such a large and various number of causes, motorcyclists are in danger of a wide range of injuries, from mild to severe, so taking proactive steps to avoid an accident is essential.

How to Avoid an Accident

Motorcyclists are more vulnerable to accidents than other drivers because they are less protected, but there are still many things you can do to while riding in Newport Beach to decrease the likelihood of an accident at an intersection or traffic light.

Demonstrating caution when crossing intersections, being on the lookout for drivers who may be intoxicated or distracted, and being aware of pedestrians who may abruptly enter an intersection are three ways to decrease the chances of being in an accident. It’s also a good idea to use defensive driving tactics, such as pulling toward the side of the road if you see an oncoming car.

When to Get Help from a Lawyer

At Jamal Injury Law P.C., we know that regardless of the precautions you take or your commitment to staying safe, motorcycle accidents at intersections or stoplights frequently occur, resulting in serious injuries and fatalities.

Motorcyclists injured in these kinds of accidents often experience severe or life-threatening injuries that require lengthy hospital stays, major medical treatments, lost time from work, and even life-altering disabilities. All of these can create huge expenses which are the responsibility of the negligent driver who caused the accident.

Without experienced help from a Newport Beach motorcycle accident lawyer, it is difficult for victims to recover full compensation for these losses, even when the other driver is clearly at fault. As attorneys serving the area, we are committed to helping local residents understand their rights. We won’t stop until you have received the maximum compensation possible for their injuries and losses.

Contact Our Personal Injury Team

If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident at an intersection or stoplight, don’t wait to contact a lawyer. The sooner you schedule a consultation to discuss your accident, the sooner our team can start fighting for your rights.

To schedule a free consultation and get experienced legal advice on your case, contact Jamal Injury Law P.C. today.

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