Motorcycle Crashes at Intersections July 27, 2020

Motorcycle Crashes at Intersections

Motorcycle accidents are always dangerous, but they can be even more so when they happen in intersections. You want the help of a Las Vegas motorcycle accident lawyer to ensure you receive proper compensation for your injuries and losses.

When you are riding your motorcycle, you are naturally more vulnerable to the dangers of traffic accidents. Because intersections represent the spaces where traffic that is traveling in all directions converges together, you are especially vulnerable when you travel through intersections on your bike. If another motorist leaves you injured in a motorcycle accident that occurs in an intersection, it’s time to consult with a Las Vegas motorcycle accident lawyer with extensive experience in these complicated cases.

Motorcycle Accident Overview

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) shares that motorcycles are overrepresented – when compared mile for mile – in traffic fatalities, and NHTSA reminds all motorcyclists to proceed through intersections with caution. Further, NHTSA reports that a full 34 percent of motorcycle fatalities occurred in intersections in a single year.

The agency relays that we need to better understand why so many motorists report looking for but failing to see motorcyclists in their midst. This means questioning whether motorists are actually looking at the motorcycles in their vicinity, are recognizing what they see as motorcycles, and are appropriately appraising the direction, speed, and intention of the motorcyclists in question before proceeding into intersections with motorcyclists. In other words, when it comes to motorcycle accidents in intersections, things can become very complicated very quickly.

Intersection Crashes

When any motorist enters an intersection, he or she must carefully account for all the traffic that is converging in that space, and this includes all of the following:

  • A motorist approaching an intersection must gauge how quickly other vehicles are approaching (motorists seem to have a particularly difficult time gauging the speed of motorcycles)
  • A motorist approaching an intersection must gauge how far away other vehicles are from the intersection (again, motorists seem to have the most difficulties with motorcycles)
  • A motorist approaching an intersection must determine which vehicles could potentially cross his or her own path (whether moving straight through the intersection or making a left or right turn)\

While there is a lot going on in intersections, every motorist is responsible for carefully adhering to all traffic lights and/or signs and for proceeding through intersections only when it is safe to do so. A common cause of intersection accidents is drivers who jump green lights by heading into intersections before the lights turn green, or drivers who push through the beginning of red lights. These are dangerous practices that leave everyone in the intersections in question at increased risk.

Seek the Help of an Experienced Las Vegas Motorcycle Accident Lawyer

Every motorcycle accident can be serious, and those that occur in intersections can be even more so. If you’ve been injured by another motorist’s negligence in an intersection, the Las Vegas motorcycle accident attorneys at Breeden Malpractice & Injury Law are committed to skillfully applying their considerable experience and resources to help guide your claim toward a claim that favors your best interests. We’re here to help you, so please don’t hesitate to contact us online or call us at (702) 819-7770 for a free consultation today.


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