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Why Motorcyclists Should Watch For Left-Turning Vehicles in Intersections

Intersections Are Danger Zones for Motorcycles

Stops and other intersections have continually proven to be a significant source of danger for motorcycle riders across the country. In 2019, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported that 34% of motorcycle fatalities occurred at an intersection, and 41% were the result of a vehicle turning left while a motorcyclist was going straight, passing, or overtaking another vehicle.

It's important to note that the majority of these crashes can be preventable, and drivers should be mindful of how their actions at intersections can have deadly implications. Here are some of the most common reasons why these incidents occur.

Driver Inattention

Driver inattention is often a significant contributor to these motorcycle crashes. When drivers fail to check their blind spots or mirrors when changing lanes or turning, are texting and driving, or are otherwise distracted, they can increase hazards for all others on the roads.

Not Signaling

Signaling to other drivers when you turn or change lanes is a simple, yet often overlooked, action that contributes to a significant number of crashes every year. The Society of Automotive Engineers reports that over 2 million annually can be attributed to drivers failing to use a turn signal.

Failure to use signals can be disproportionately hazardous for motorcyclists, who often rely on these from drivers and other riders to know how to react accurately to a situation. This is especially crucial at unprotected left turns where collisions attributed to this action are likely to be more common.

Motorcycle Crash? Bretz Injury Law Can Help

Motorcycle riders have a right to share the roadway with other vehicles and are entitled to the same legal protections as any other driver. When a motorist negligently turns into a motorcyclist or otherwise causes a collision, they should be held accountable for the damages they cause.

The team at Bretz Injury Law is here to ensure that your rights are protected from start to finish. Schedule a free consultation with one of our attorneys today by calling (620) 234-8880 or filling out this short form.
 

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