Left Turn Collisions
Even if you do everything you can to handle a motorcycle safely, sometimes the drivers around you act in a careless manner that causes an accident. One of the most common types of accidents involving motorcycles is a left turn collision. These occur when a driver of another vehicle makes a left turn and does not notice the motorcycle because of its small profile, or makes the turn too tightly. At the Law Office of Matt Uhrig, our experienced motorcycle accident attorneys have assisted many individuals in Columbia and the surrounding communities with asserting their rights against a negligent driver.Bringing a Claim for Compensation from a Careless Driver
Anyone who gets behind the wheel of a motor vehicle must behave with the appropriate care and skill, based on how a reasonably prudent driver would act in a similar situation. If a person fails to meet this duty, he or she likely has breached the duty of care owed to others on the road. For example, someone who violates a traffic rule like a protected turn signal or a yield sign would have failed to use the level of care that would be expected from a reasonable driver.
After proving that the driver of the car that struck you owed you a duty of care and failed to meet that standard, you must show that this failure was the reason you suffered injuries and damages. Causation, which follows the elements of duty and breach, combines an investigation into whether the accident was a foreseeable result of the defendant’s carelessness with an inquiry into whether it would have happened anyway. The task of a plaintiff lies in proving that he or she would not have been hurt if the driver had met the applicable standard of care for the circumstances.
As the final element of a negligence claim, a motorcycle accident victim will be required to provide evidentiary support for the damages that he or she is seeking from the driver. Personal injury plaintiffs who are successful in establishing the defendant’s liability often receive compensation for their medical bills, lost wages, costs of future treatment, pain and suffering, and property damage. If a motorcyclist was partly at fault for causing an accident, he or she still may be able to recover a reduced amount of compensation that is proportionate to the defendant’s degree of fault.Discuss Your Motor Vehicle Collision Case with a Columbia Attorney
If you or someone you love has been involved in a motorcycle accident, you may be entitled to compensation. At the Law Office of Matt Uhrig, our motor vehicle collision lawyers understand that people in the Columbia area and beyond can suffer serious harm when they are struck by a careless driver. Due to the massive size of these vehicles, the injuries are often severe, requiring the victim to be hospitalized and placing increased pressure on his or her friends and family. We stand by our clients at each step of the process and ensure that they receive the direct attention they deserve. Our firm also represents accident victims in Jefferson City, Ashland, and elsewhere in Missouri. Call us at (573) 657-2050 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation.