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Vehicle Left Turns - A Danger to Motorcyclists

October 8, 2021 | Category: Motorcycle Accidents | Share

Florida has more motorcyclists and more motorcycle accidents than any other state in the United States.  The most dangerous situation occurs when motorcyclists meet motor vehicle drivers who are making left-hand turns. Left-turn accidents account for 42 percent of all motorcycle/car accidents.

Vehicle Left Turns - A Danger to MotorcyclistsAccording to the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT), 53 percent of crossing-path crashes involve left turns, while only 6 percent involve right turns. Experts believe this is because drivers turning right do not have to cross the path of any oncoming traffic.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recommends that motorists watch for motorcycles and carefully look before pulling into an intersection. Depth perception is a big part of the left-turn problem. The NHTSA says, “It is difficult to gauge the speed of a motorcycle; they may appear to be much farther away than they really are.”

Driver distraction plays a large role in motorcycle left-turn accidents. In most collisions between a car or truck and a motorcycle, the smaller, lighter motorcycle and its rider come out on the losing end.  A minor fender-bender with a car or truck may not cause injuries, but the same accident with a motorcycle can involve major life-changing injuries, even tragic death, to a motorcyclist.

The leading cause of death and serious injury in motorcycle crashes are head injuries. Broken bones and traumatic brain injuries often require extensive care and long-term rehabilitation treatment. Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A. has many years of experience in assisting victims of motorcycle accidents and their families. For example, the firm received a settlement for a Cape Coral motorcycle accident victim who had brain damage and other injuries in a motorcycle accident caused by a driver pulling out in front of him. 

The Fort Myers motorcycle accident legal team at Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A. seeks compensation for motorcycle accident victims by working closely with its clients, their doctors, and the firm’s trusted experts to accurately calculate the compensation an accident victim may be entitled to for: 

  • Medical care
  • Prescription medications
  • Other out-of-pocket costs
  • Loss of earnings
  • Loss of earning capacity
  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional trauma
  • Loss of companionship, consortium, and the enjoyment of life 

To recover financial compensation after a motorcycle accident requires evidence of liability. Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A. works with clients to secure all the available evidence to evaluate potential claims and defenses.

“Should you or a loved one be injured in a motorcycle accident because of the negligence of another, please contact our Fort Myers legal team 24/7. We represent people involved in numerous types of personal injury and wrongful death accidents throughout the state of Florida. All clients have unique personal injury cases. Our firm provides personal contact and communication along with aggressive representation. There are no costs or attorney fees until we receive a monetary recovery for you,” said Fort Myers Motorcycle Accident Attorney Randall Spivey.


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 percent (1%) 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  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  Visit 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 at 239.793.7748.

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