Right turn accidents occur when a motorist turns into a bicyclist. They are some of the most common and dangerous accidents that a bicyclist can be involved in. They occur when a driver and a bicyclist are traveling in the same direction, and the driver suddenly turns in front of or into the bicyclist to make a right turn. In this type of a crash, the bicyclist is either struck from the side or broadsides the car. Bicyclists call this getting right hooked. Injuries from a right hook crash can range from serious to fatal.
Two Common Right Cross Scenarios
Right turn crashes usually occur in one of two ways. First, the motorist incorrectly estimates the speed of a bicycle when passing it while also incorrectly estimating the amount of time that he or she can safely make a right turn. The other most common way that right cross crashes occur is when both the motorist and bicyclist are stopped for a red light, and the motorist doesn’t realize that there’s a bicyclist stopped on his or her right. When the light turns green, both of them take off, the driver starts a right turn, and a collision occurs.
Determining Fault in a Right Hook Accident
Although it might appear that the driver of a motor vehicle is at fault in a right hook crash, that’s not always the case. The determinative factor is often the amount of time between when the driver starts the turn and the instant of impact. The longer the time interval, the more of a likelihood there might be of a driver making his or her intentions clear. That’s when it could be inferred that the bicyclist should have slowed down or stopped. Unless a settlement can be reached, a right cross case might have to go to trial.
The Opposing Insurer’s Objective
While you’re wondering what to do about a right hook crash, the opposing insurer will already be preparing a defense to try and push some or all of the blame for the accident over onto you. It’s going to want to get a recorded statement from you, and then, it will use that statement against you in the future to attack your credibility. California law doesn’t require you to give any type of a statement without an attorney being present on your behalf. Rather than giving that statement, politely refuse to give it and contact a Los Angeles bicycle accident lawyer at our offices instead for a free consultation and case evaluation.
As a bicyclist, you have the same rights on the roadway as a motorist. After being injured as a result of the carelessness and negligence of a motorist in a right cross or any other type of accident in or around Los Angeles, call us right away for that free consultation. We promise to listen to you carefully and answer your questions too. Then, we’ll tell you what we think you should do to get pointed in the right direction.
Contact a Bicycle Injury Lawyer
Los Angeles Bicycle Law represents bicyclists because we are bicyclists. We know first-hand how rewarding, yet dangerous, cycling can be in the Los Angeles area. Even though the law treats bicyclists with the responsibilities and rights of a motor vehicle, the road itself offers far fewer protections. That is why we actively fight to protect bicyclists in our community. If you have been injured in a bicycle accident in Los Angeles, contact Los Angeles Bicycle Law today.