Imagine that you’ve spent the afternoon crossing Florida by motorcycle. It’s a beautiful day, you love the feel of the wind on your face and riding the bike just makes you feel so free and alive. After the ride is done, you leave the interstate and hop back onto the two-lane road to your house.
You’ve covered hundreds of miles during the day. Just a few miles from your home, you’re riding along when a car stops in the opposite lane, facing you. They have the blinker on and they’re turning left. There is a truck in front of you but no one behind you, so you think they’ll wait for you both to go by and then turn. No problem.
You’re half right. They wait for the truck to go by and then they suddenly turn right in front of you, crossing into your path. You hit the brakes with no hope of stopping in time and slam into the side of the car.
What happened? This is a common motorcycle accident. Drivers are often inattentive, they forget to look for motorcycles or they just don’t see them. Maybe they didn’t bother to look beyond the pickup truck ahead of you, assuming the road was clear. Maybe they glanced at you but it didn’t really register since they weren’t thinking about motorcycles.
Regardless, that split-second decision can really cost you, leading to devastating injuries. Be sure you know how to seek compensation from the driver who caused the crash. You may need that money to cover your medical bills, lost wages and a host of other costs.