Experts say that the most dangerous situation for motorcyclists happens when other vehicles make left-hand turns. These turns account for approximately 42 percent of all motorcycle/car accidents.
“Vehicle accidents involving the collision of a left-turning car and an approaching motorcycle can be very severe, often because the motorcycle t-bones the car while it is mid-way through the left turn,” says DrivingTests.org.
A motorcyclist never suffers a “fender-bender” when he or she is in an accident with another vehicle. Injuries from the accident can be devastating and cause head trauma, paralysis, amputation, broken bones or even death.
According to DriversEducationUSA.com and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, drivers should know a few facts about motorcycles and sharing the road with them to avoid left-hand turn accidents.
- Riding a motorcycle requires an exceptional handling ability; therefore, it is harder to maneuver a motorcycle quickly during a sudden traffic situation or a collision.
- Riding a motorcycle on a highway or freeway can be much riskier during bad weather or bad road conditions.
- Motorcycles are harder to notice on the roadway.
- When making a left turn in an intersection, motorists should watch out for a looming motorcycle and not assume that they can turn left in front of a motorcyclist in a timely manner without having a collision. It is usually hard to gauge a motorcycle's speed; motorists should be patient and play it safe. Ensure there is enough time and space for the motorcyclist to clear the roadway before initiating a left turn.
Being distracted while driving and making left-hand turns will often lead to accidents. According to the National Safety Council, driver cell phone use leads to 1.6 million crashes each year, and one out of every four traffic crashes in the United States are caused by cell phone usage. Other distractions also lead to accidents with motorcycles. These distractions may be turning to a different radio station, adjusting the air conditioning, putting on make-up, eating and/or drinking, carrying on conversations, or handling children.
“Florida has more motorcycles on its roads than most other states, and drivers need to constantly expect to encounter a motorcycle sharing the road. Motorcyclists have the same rights as other vehicles on our roadways. Whether taking left-hand turns or making any other driving maneuver, drivers must always look twice before moving,” said Fort Myers Motorcycle Accident Attorney Randall Spivey of Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A. “We are available to assist you should you or a loved one be injured in an accident.”
Fort Myers Motorcycle Accident Attorney, Randall L. Spivey is a Board Certified Trial Attorney – the highest recognition for competence bestowed by the Florida Bar and a distinction earned by just one (1%) percent of Florida attorneys. He has handled over 2,000 personal injury and wrongful death cases throughout Florida. For a free and confidential consultation to discuss your legal rights, contact the Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A., in Lee County at 239.337.7483 or toll free at 1.888.477.4839, or by email to Randall@SpiveyLaw.com. Visit SpiveyLaw.com for more information. You can contact Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A.in Charlotte County at 941.764.7748 and in Collier County 239.793.7748.