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Drivers often turn left in front of motorcycles

On Behalf of | May 13, 2022 | Motor Vehicle Accidents |

If you’re on your motorcycle, keep an eye out for drivers and vehicles that may not be currently stopped but prepping to turn to their left. These can actually be far more dangerous to you than any of the traffic that is moving around you on the road.

What can often happen is that the driver doesn’t see your bike. Maybe it’s hidden behind another vehicle. Maybe it’s so small that they think they’re just looking forward at a gap in traffic. Maybe they’re not used to looking for motorcycles at all and they’re just not doing so.

No matter how it happens, they don’t see your bike and they turn left right before you cross next to them. This leads you into an almost unavoidable collision with the side of that vehicle. This is one of the most common motorcycle accidents to take place and it can lead to severe injuries.

What can you do when a driver turns left in front of you?

If the driver does turn in front of you, don’t swerve to the left and into oncoming traffic. Try to reduce your speed as much as possible, which may allow the car to pass in front of you. There are some instances in which it may help to swerve onto the shoulder by going right, but this doesn’t always work because that car is moving from left to right in front of you.

What do you do after a motorcycle accident? 

This whole thing takes place in a split second, and it’s very easy for it to cause an accident. If you suffer catastrophic spinal cord injuries, brain injuries, internal injuries other complications of this nature, make sure you are well aware of all of your legal rights to seek compensation from the driver who cut in front of you and caused the wreck.