Motorists turning left at intersections often cause crashes with motorcycle riders by failing to yield the right of way. The smaller profile of a motorcycle makes it more difficult to accurately judge their speed, and drivers often pull out in front of a biker, causing a collision. Sadly, after causing the accident, the motorist could try to pin the blame on the injured motorcyclist.
Defenses a Motorist Could Raise After Improperly Turning Left
A motorist has a duty to yield the right of way to pedestrians and oncoming vehicles and motorcycles. Drivers who turn left into the path of a motorcycle and cause a crash will often raise a number of accusations against the motorcyclist in their own defense. A driver looking to deflect blame (and liability) for a crash may make any one of these common claims:
“They were speeding.”
The claim that a motorcyclist caused or contributed to the crash by speeding through the intersection is probably the most common claimed excuse.
“The were in the wrong lane.”
The motorcyclist improperly went straight through the intersection when he was in a right-turn or left-turn lane, causing the crash. The crash report will usually show whether this claim is true or not.
“They were driving under the influence of alcohol.”
The motorcyclist’s drunk driving caused or contributed to the crash. Officers on the scene of the crash will be able to determine whether either party was under the influence of alcohol or other drugs.
“They weren’t wearing bright enough clothes.”
A driver may claim that the motorcyclist was not wearing bright clothing, so he was not clearly visible to the driver. Even if this is true, it does not alleviate the driver of their responsibility to be alert while driving, or to yield the right of way to oncoming traffic.
“They could have swerved out of my way.”
While it’s true that motorcycles are typically more maneuverable than cars, even the most skilled riders don’t always have time to avoid a car who pulls out in front of them.
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