There are times when bikers do seem to think they are invincible in traffic and do not follow the rules.
Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) January 6, 2011 – “I’ve heard this refrain many times while dealing with motorcycle crashes: ‘Those bikers think they own the road and don’t follow the rules.’ While that may be true in some cases, the vast majority of the wrecks involve bikers and other vehicles where the driver didn’t see the motorcycle and the consequences aren’t pretty,” said Michael Osborne, of The Law Office of Michael Osborne. Osborne, a Chicago personal injury lawyer, helps accident, wrongful death, and personal injury victims.
In many cases, bikers and cars colliding often has as much to do with the age of the biker as it does with whether or not the car driver was paying attention to what other vehicles were around them. Take the case of Clyde Campbell (not his real name) who pulled up to a stop sign, stopped and then pulled out right in front of an oncoming car that had the right of way. Clyde was 18 years old and had very little experience handling his bike. He could not judge distances, either.
“Accidents like this are, unfortunately, more common than we might like. Even more frequently, we’re finding that many of the younger bikers are out there riding without a license and very little, if any, safety training. That is high risk behavior that could kill,” said Chicago injury lawyer Osborne. If people had more common sense and worked on their road manners, accidents could be reduced.
Even though bikers can and do flaunt the rules of the road now and then, so do car drivers. There is not a day that goes by when someone turns in front on an oncoming biker, stops suddenly with a motorcycle behind them or backs up without looking. There is not a day that goes by that someone’s negligence may kill a biker.
Speaking of turns, one of the most devastating car versus motorcycle accidents results when a driver does a left cross at an intersection. This happens when they both arrive at the intersection, but from opposite directions. The car then turns left, right into the motorcycle, because the driver did not see the biker. The driver is liable in a case like that. “The other common collision scenario is when a driver tries to make a right hand turn from the middle lane and takes out a biker. The results are often fatal,” Osborne said.
“If you’ve been in an accident like this and are severely injured, you have the right to sue the party that caused the accident. Give me a call and we can discuss the case. This is my job; to help you obtain fair compensation,” Osborne said.
The Law Office of Michael Osborne helps accident, wrongful death, and personal injury victims. To contact a Chicago personal injury attorney and Chicago injury lawyer, visit http://www.michaelosbornelaw.com or call (312) 315-1765.
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