If a car makes a left turn in front of me while I am riding my motorcycle, who would be liable if an accident occurs?

If a car makes a left turn in front of you while you are riding your motorcycle, and a motorcycle accident ensues, the car making the left turn would be liable in most cases. The fact that you are on your motorcycle doesn't change the liability issue here. It's a basic traffic law.

If you were recently in a motorcycle accident with similar circumstances, speak with an Atlanta personal injury lawyer as soon as possible, while the details are still fresh in your mind. You could very well have a valid Georgia personal injury claim on your hands.

There are a couple exceptions to this situation, which may put a roadblock on your Georgia personal injury claim.

The only time a vehicle turning left is typically not liable for an accident is in the following situations:
 
  • The vehicle going straight ran a red light.
  • The vehicle going straight was speeding. 


That's why it is important for you to have evidence that helps support your version of the events. Perhaps the police report at the accident scene helps to establish liability or an eye-witness who saw the motorcycle accident occur can make a statement on your behalf.

Georgia personal injury claims follow a modified comparative negligence 50% rule. This means that if you were 50% or more responsible for the injury, you cannot recover any damages from the other party involved. Now, if you were only 49% responsible, or less, for your motorcycle accident, may be able to recover some amount of compensation. The amount would be reduced though, according to the percentage of fault assigned to you.

It's reassuring to know that if you were partially at fault for your motorcycle accident injury, you could still recover some compensation. Negligence laws such as this one vary state to state. That's why it's beneficial to have the help of an Atlanta personal injury lawyer with experience in Georgia motorcycle accidents if your accident occurred in Georgia.

Contacting an Atlanta Personal Injury Lawyer

If you are the victim of someone else's negligence or carelessness, whether in a traffic accident or some other type of accident, you have certain rights guaranteed by law.  To help you understand these rights and seek the compensation you may be eligible for to help get your life back in order, contact the Atlanta Law Offices of Sheryl L. Burke for a no-cost consultation on your injury case.