Failure to yield right of way leads motorcyclist to sue.
A lawsuit alleging that a driver failed to keep a proper lookout and to yield the right-of-way to a motorcyclist has been filed in Jefferson County District Court. According to reporting on the Southeast Texas Record, the motorcyclist filed a lawsuit over a March 14 incident that occurred at a stop sign.
According to the lawsuit, the motorcyclist was struck when the defendant in the claim didn’t yield the right-of-way at a stop sign where he was stopped. The motorcyclist is suing for lost wages, pain and suffering, mental anguish and the cost of medical expenses he already endured and that he is likely to endure in the future.
For any motorcyclist, this will be a familiar scenario. For people who are not familiar with motorcycles, either as the driver of a passenger vehicle or a new motorcyclist themselves, there are important things to take away from this claim.
Not seeing the motorcycle.
Part of this claim alleges that the defendant failed to keep a proper lookout. One of the most dangerous things about riding a motorcycle is that drivers in passenger vehicles sometimes look right at them without actually seeing them. This is because of the fact that the driver is actually looking for cars, not for vehicles on the whole. This means that, while they may actually see the motorcycle, they may fail to react to it as they would a normal vehicle or even recognize it as something heading toward them.
This creates particularly dangerous situations at intersections. Motorcyclist have even reported making eye contact with drivers and still having had that driver pull out in front of them, when there was every indication that they did see the motorcyclist coming toward the intersection. Motorcyclists have to take care at intersections, because many drivers may not even notice that they’re coming.
Motorcyclists are also at a very high risk of being killed or seriously injured in an accident that would normally be a minor fender bender if it were between two passenger vehicles. Even with a helmet and body armor on, a motorcyclist hasn’t anywhere near the level of protection that the driver of a passenger vehicle has. This means that, when motorcyclists are hit and injured in traffic, the consequences and the costs are oftentimes extremely high.
A Dallas car wreck lawyer can help you if you are a motorcyclist who was injured by a negligent driver.