Forty percent of all motorcycle crashes in the U.S. are the result of another vehicle making a left turn. Most often these accidents occur when a motorcyclist is riding through an intersection and the driver of the vehicle coming from the opposite direction turns into the rider’s path. The result can be catastrophic and even deadly for the rider.
How Left-Turn Motorcycle Crashes Happen
When a motorcycle crash like this occurs most of the time the fault lies on the vehicle making the left-hand turn and typically they happen because the driver of the vehicle:
- Fails to see the smaller size of the motorcycle.
- Misjudges the speed the rider is going.
- Misjudges how close the rider is to them.
- Is distracted doing something they shouldn’t be doing while driving.
- Is driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
The reasons these crashes occur are never an excuse and the driver of the vehicle who caused the crash should be held accountable for their negligence.
How to Avoid Left Turn Motorcycle Accidents
Defensive driving is the most important skill to learn for any driver, especially if you are on a motorcycle because you don’t have the protection nor the visibility of those traveling in a passenger vehicle. Here’s a list of things a motorcyclist can do to try to avoid these types of collisions:
- Always drive the speed limit.
- Slow down when approaching an intersection.
- Make yourself as visible as possible with brightly colored clothing or a safety vest of reflective materials.
- Always use your headlight, even during the day. It’s against the law in Florida to ride without it on.
- Don’t pass vehicles on the right when going through an intersection.
- Always assume that oncoming vehicles are making a left-hand turn at the intersection, even if they aren’t using their turn signal.
Were You Involved in a Florida Motorcycle Collision?
Failing to yield the right-of-way before making a left turn is against the law in Florida. If you were injured in a motorcycle accident, you should be compensated for all of your medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages and all the other ways the crash changed your life. If you have questions or need assistance in obtaining the recovery you deserve, contact our office today and we will be glad to help. Attorney Jim Dodson has been representing motorcycle accident victims throughout the state of Florida for over 25 years. Contact us online or call us directly at 727-446-0840 to schedule your free consultation.