Left-Turns Account for Large Number of Motorcycle Accidents
Left-turn accidents can affect any motorist, but motorcyclists in the United States are disproportionately affected by these kinds of collisions. Often, drivers do not see motorcyclists and turn out in front of them, causing accidents that can lead to tragic injuries.*
The United States Department of Transportation says that more than 50 percent of accidents that involve one vehicle crossing into the path of another happen during the process of a left turn. By contrast, only about 6 percent happen in the process of a right turn. When these accidents involve motorcycles, the motorcycles are usually the vehicles being cut off during the turn.
A large contributor to these crashes is perception. Motorcycles are much smaller than other vehicles, and drivers do not perceive them the same way. Drivers see motorcycles on the roads less often and have a tendency to look past them or overlook them because they can more easily blend in with the surroundings.
Distracted driving is also a reason for left-turn accidents involving motorcycles. Drivers are paying more attention to their phones than the road and end up turning too soon or turning when the path is not clear. While a minor distracted driving accident might not be a big deal for someone in an SUV, it can be extremely serious for a motorcyclist.
In order to avoid a costly and potentially tragic accident during a left turn, make sure that you are paying attention to the roadway and seeing every vehicle ahead of you, not just the large vehicles. Yield to all oncoming vehicles, and stay fully in your lane until all vehicles have completely passed you.
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