Motorcyclists ride with the constant awareness that they could be seriously injured in an accident. Even a motorcyclist with the best helmet and other equipment has less protection than someone in a vehicle. If they are involved in a crash caused by a driver in a car or truck, the motorcyclist is the one who will likely suffer the most severe ramifications.
But there is one type of accident that stands out. This is the left-turn accident. It is responsible for a high percentage of fatal motorcycle crashes every year, and it is, perhaps, one thing that all motorcyclists need to be well aware of.
How this accident type plays out
This accident occurs on two-way streets or at intersections. Essentially, a motorcycle will be approaching another vehicle, with both vehicles traveling in opposite directions. The vehicle ahead will slow down to make a left-hand turn. The motorcyclist will likely see this, but the rider will know that they have the right of way and assume that the driver is going to wait to turn until after they pass.
The crash occurs when the driver makes the wrong call and turns in front of the motorcycle. The motorcyclist cannot swerve to the left, or else they would be driving into oncoming traffic lanes. But they also can’t swerve to the right, because that’s the direction the other vehicle is already traveling. They are left with no options as they collide with the side of the larger vehicle.
Why does it happen?
There are many reasons for this accident type, but it usually is just a mistake in judgment. The driver who is turning left either thinks they have enough space or they don’t see the motorcycle at all. But the timing of this error means that it’s impossible for the motorcyclist to avoid, making it highly likely to result in severe injuries.
What options do you have?
If you have been injured in an accident like this, you may have options to seek financial compensation from the driver who is responsible. This compensation can help to cover medical bills, lost wages and many other costs that may result from such an accident. Working with an experienced legal professional can provide you with the support you need to secure rightful compensation.