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Left-hand turns pose real hazards to motorcyclists

On Behalf of | Aug 18, 2020 | Motor Vehicle Accidents |

There are many kinds of collisions that can take place, but some of the most common are motorcycle crashes caused by drivers pulling into the motorcyclists’ paths. Unfortunately, left-hand turns are a common cause of motorcycle crashes as other vehicles pull out and block the road. 

Left turns are more dangerous than right-hand turns because drivers generally have to speed up, must move quickly across a larger area and require more physical and mental effort. Left-hand turns may also be problematic because of the vehicle’s A-pillar. The A-pillar, which is the beam that holds the roof and windshield in place, can obscure the driver’s vision, making a turn dangerous. Right-hand turns don’t usually have this same issue. 

Left-hand turns are dangerous for motorcyclists because of two main reasons. First, drivers could fail to see them. When the drivers go to make the turn, they cross into the motorcyclist’s path and cause a collision. Second, drivers may think motorcyclists are traveling more slowly than they are, leading them to pull out when there isn’t time to do so. Though drivers may need to yield to oncoming traffic when making left-handed turns, that doesn’t always happen.  

What should drivers do to minimize the risk of left-hand-turn-related collisions?

To minimize the risk of a crash while making a left-handed turn, drivers need to:

  • Yield to the right of way of oncoming traffic
  • Wait until they have more than enough time to maneuver across traffic lanes
  • Wait to turn until there are no pedestrians, motorcyclists, bicyclists or other motorists in the path

With simple preventative techniques, it’s possible to prevent a serious collision. If an accident does happen, however, it’s wise to find out more about your legal right to compensation for your losses.


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