Recent Motorcycle Crash Highlights Dangers of Left Turn Motorcycle Accidents
8/5/2019 Motorcycle Accidents John Whitfield
Recently, a 22-year-old riding a Harley Davidson motorcycle collided with a passenger vehicle. The car was attempting to make a left turn out of a gas station, and it turned into the path of the bike traveling down the street. The cyclist hit the rear end of the sedan, causing him to fall and slide into oncoming traffic. He was separated from his motorcycle and slid under a Toyota.
Left Turn Motorcycle Accidents
About three out of every four motorcycle crashes involve collisions with passenger vehicles; and many accidents between motorcycles and automobiles are the fault of the automobile driver.
A car turning left in front of a motorcycle is the most common cause of motorcycle accidents. In fact, cars in an oncoming lane turning left in front of motorcycles cause 42 percent of accidents between motorcycles and passenger vehicles. Why? Often because drivers can be inattentive, distracted, have blind spots, and tend to only look for an absence of cars, not for the presence of a motorcycle. Inattentional blindness is a condition where a person cannot perceive things directly in front of them. If a driver is not “expecting” to see motorcycles, then they may ignore one, even when it is right in front of their car.
Left turn accidents involving two cars are different than when a car and motorcycle collide. Motorcycles need more distance to stop than cars do. In most left turn cases involving a motorcycle, the motorcycle hits the car. But don’t think the accident is your fault just because your motorcycle struck the car.
Motorcycle Crash Lawyers
After a motorcycle crash, you will probably have a lot of questions. Motorcycle collisions can be more serious than other types of car wrecks because the resulting injuries are often very severe. If you or a loved one was injured on a motorcycle because another motorist made a left turn into your path, you want an experienced motorcycle injury lawyer to help you get full and fair financial compensation.
We help motorcycle crash victims who suffered injuries including broken bones, scarring and disfigurement, traumatic brain injury (TBI), spinal cord injury, paralysis, and amputation. We also represent families and individuals who have lost a loved one in wrongful death claims involving motorcycle crashes.