Compared to other motorists, motorcyclists are more vulnerable on the open road and have a higher risk of accidents. Left turn accidents are a common type of collision between motorcycles and cars and are among the deadliest. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that left turn crashes involving motorcycles account for nearly 40 percent of all motorcycle crashes. So what should you do when involved in a left turn motorcycle accident? Read to find out.

How Does A Left Turn Accident Happen?

Most left turn accidents involving motorcycles are almost always the fault of the driver. These collisions most often occur when a car is turning while a motorcycle is going straight at an intersection. Other cases include cars turning left while in the motorcyclist’s blind spot, or when a motorcyclist overtakes a car that suddenly turns left. Thus, such accidents occur when the motorist fails to yield the right of way, as required by traffic law.

Liability in a Left Turn Accident

The most common defense you hear from motorists against motorcyclists is that they did not see the motorcycle. While this is usually true, it does not absolve the driver of legal responsibility. Other reasons include not making sure before turning due to negligence, being distracted while driving, speeding, or being under the influence of alcohol.

In some cases, the motorist saw the motorcyclist but was unable to properly judge the distance between their vehicle and the motorcycle. Motorcycles are much smaller than other vehicles, so motorists perceive the rider to be much farther away than he actually is. This leads motorists to believe that they can turn in time, creating a danger zone for collisions. Often, drivers in such situations will state to authorities that they were unable to react in time or that the motorcyclist was speeding. Such statements become an obstacle for the motorcyclist when trying to reach a settlement during negotiations. This is where an attorney who has experience with motorcycle accidents can help decide the case in your favor.

What Should Riders Do After a Left Turn Accident?

After exchanging necessary details with the driver, such as insurance and contact information, it is important to file a police report immediately. Remember not to discuss the situation or admit fault when communicating with the driver. Next, motorcyclists should try to obtain names or addresses of witnesses who may have seen the collision. Take note of weather and traffic conditions, and pull out your cell phone to take photos of both your motorcycle and the other vehicle involved in the accident. Be sure to get a medical exam, as this will not only be helpful in treating your injuries, but also in evaluating them for insurance purposes. Finally, contact an attorney who specializes in motorcycle accidents as soon as possible. These steps can help increase the motorcyclist’s chances of recovering compensation for property damage and injuries sustained.

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