Cars turning left are a motorcyclist’s biggest threat

You face a lot of potential risks and threats when you ride your motorcycle. A texting driver could drift into your lane. A drunk driver may not stop in time and could rear-end your bike. Someone could change lanes and merge into you.

One of the biggest risks you face, though, is a car that is turning left. These incidents result in many motorcycle accidents every year, and they’re one of the main things you want to watch out for.

In short, the accident just happens when the car doesn’t have enough space to complete the turn and the driver turns anyway. You can then run into the side of the car. Since that car blocks the entire lane and because this happens quickly, it’s hard to avoid.

One trick is to start carefully watching every single car that stops and waits to turn. Understand that this is when you face increased dangers. Do not count on having the right of way on your side. Do not assume that the driver sees you at all. Watch the car, and especially the front wheels, so that you can take evasive action as soon as it begins to move. You might be able to avoid a devastating crash.

Of course, you can’t always avoid the wreck. You may simply not have time or space. That’s not your fault. You had the right of way; the other driver is the one who made a mistake.

It’s still you who ends up in the hospital, though, so make sure you know how to seek compensation for your medical bills.

On behalf of Caroselli, Beachler & Coleman, L.L.C. posted in Motorcycle Accidents on Thursday, October 31, 2019.