Motorcycle Accidents at Intersections
One of the biggest risks for motorcycle drivers and their passengers is traveling through intersections. Everyone who travels through an intersection has a duty to obey traffic signals and the duty to maintain a proper lookout. However, many car and truck drivers later maintain that they carefully looked and did not see the motorcycle they hit. Obviously, the motorcycle did not just suddenly appear out of nowhere, so then these car and truck drivers claim that the motorcyclist must have been speeding.
As mentioned above, the law requires that every driver obey traffic signals. However, the mere fact that a traffic light turns "green" does not mean a driver has a right to proceed blindly into an intersection. Tennessee law requires all drivers to exercise due care, and even if they have the right-of-way they must exercise reasonable care in the operation of the vehicle, including when they are entering an intersection.
One big risk facing motorcyclists at intersections is a driver coming from the opposite direction who is attempting to make a left hand turn in front of the motorcyclist. Once again, these drivers often claim that the motorcyclist must have been speeding - how else did the motorcyclist appear out of nowhere? The fact of the matter is that many of these drivers are simply not paying sufficient attention before they execute their turn and the wreck is their fault.
A motorcyclist who is injured or killed in an intersection accident because of the fault of another driver has certain rights under Tennessee law. With more than 40 years combined experience, our lawyers have represented many people, both motorcycle drivers and passengers and are honored to offer you a no obligation, free consultation about your potential case. We have recovered more than $100 million dollars for our clients and we would like to help you too. Contact us online or call us anytime of day at 615-742-4880 or toll-free at 866-812-8787.