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3 causes of left-hand motorcycle accidents

On Behalf of | Mar 10, 2023 | Motor Vehicle Accidents |

Motorcycle riders regularly encounter a lot of dangers caused by the drivers around them. One of the most common is a dangerous left-hand turn scenario. A driver traveling ahead of a bike will be turning left across a two-way street. If they do so when there is not enough space to complete that maneuver, the oncoming motorcycle can strike the side of the vehicle as it makes the left turn.

This is a very dangerous kind of accident for motorcyclists because it is difficult or even impossible to avoid. Below are three reasons that these accidents keep happening.

Drivers often don’t see motorcycles

In some cases, drivers just do not see the bike at all, and they believe they are turning safely. An example of this could be if a driver is waiting for a gap in traffic so that they can execute a proper left-hand turn. A small motorcycle could be hidden behind another vehicle, and the driver will not see the bike until they turn in front of it.

Drivers often misjudge speed and distance

In other cases, drivers do see the motorcycle, but they believe that it is farther away than it actually is or that it is traveling at a slower rate. Both of these assumptions can make drivers believe they have enough space to turn when they actually do not. For instance, drivers often claim a motorcyclist was speeding when the driver actually misjudged the speed or distance.

Drivers are often distracted or impaired

Of course, there are also plenty of issues with drivers who are under the influence of alcohol or distracted by their phones. It can be difficult to spot motorcycles and drivers need to be attentive in order to do so. Even a small distraction or minor impairment is plenty to cause a driver to make an ill-advised left turn.

Motorcyclists who get involved in these accidents may suffer serious injuries and need compensation to cover things like medical bills and lost wages. Make sure that you know about all of the legal options at your disposal and the steps you can take to secure that compensation if you’ve been injured in such a crash.