Left-turn accidents are one of the most common types of motorcycle crashes. Car and truck drivers have difficulty seeing motorcycles, or accurately judging how much space there is when making a left turn. When they pull out into the intersection to make their turn, they can hit the motorcycle rider and cause tragic injuries.
In 2020, 212 motorcyclists were killed in Ohio alone—the highest number since 2016. Fifty-three of those drivers were wearing helmets. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 41 percent of fatal motorcycle crashes were between motorcycles and another vehicle making a left turn. Even careful motorcycle drivers, wearing the appropriate safety gear, are at serious risk of injury or death. Since motorcycles are not as protected as cars and trucks, it’s crucial that everyone takes care to avoid accidents.
Safety Precautions for Motorcycle Drivers
As a motorcycle rider, you already know that wearing a helmet, sturdy shoes and protective clothing are key to your safety. However, many left-turn accidents happen because drivers can’t see the motorcycle going through the intersection. That means that you need to take extra precautions.
- Headlight: Any time you’re riding your bike, make sure you keep the headlight on—even in the daytime. It’s a lot harder for auto drivers to claim they didn’t see you coming when an oncoming headlight is involved.
- Reflective safety gear: Consider getting safety gear, such as a helmet and jacket, that has reflective properties. Just like bicycle riders, the reflected light can alert other drivers to your presence. When they can see you, they are less likely to misjudge the distance or fail to see you at all.
- Drive defensively: Finally, all motorcycle drivers should assume that no one sees them, and drive defensively. Staying hyper-vigilant not only keeps you on your toes, but it allows you to spot potential danger before it becomes a problem. Always look for an “escape route” to take if the drivers around you start acting as if they can’t see you.
If you are injured in a motorcycle accident, be sure to seek medical attention immediately. Report the accident to the police or other local law enforcement agency, and try to get photos and witness information if possible. When you’re in stable condition, call a personal injury attorney. You may be eligible for compensation if the other driver was negligent.
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