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Why left-hand turns are so dangerous for motorcyclists

On Behalf of | Nov 14, 2022 | Motor Vehicle Accidents

When you turn left, you are turning against traffic. The turn takes you into the path of oncoming cars and creates a dangerous situation. In fact, it’s estimated that around 61% of all accidents in the U.S. involve a left-hand turn in some way. 

While left-hand turns are dangerous to all drivers, they are particularly dangerous to motorcyclists. Learn more about the dangers of these here. 

Left-hand turns lead to fatal accidents

Left-hand turns can lead to serious accidents and even fatalities for drivers of passenger vehicles and motorcyclists. Because of this, you must use caution whenever you make a left-hand turn. A few factors make the possibility of a left-hand turn more dangerous than a right-hand turn. These factors include:

  • Blind spots
  • Misjudging how fast oncoming traffic is going
  • Obstructed views

Tips to prevent left-hand turn-related accidents

To help avoid being involved in a crash, be sure to stay aware of your surroundings and avoid distractions. You also need to check your blind spots and follow the “rules of the road.” This will help you and everyone else on the road remain safe. 

Defensive driving is key to your safety. Try to make sure that drivers see you by using reflective gear or putting reflective strips on your motorcycle, making eye contact with other drivers when possible and always being watchful for motorists who are speeding or distracted.

Protecting your rights after an accident

You have rights if you are involved in an accident due to another party’s negligence. Because the damage in a wreck can be particularly severe for a motorcyclist, it’s important to fully explore your legal rights.