One unfortunately common type of accident is a left turn crash, where a vehicle makes a left turn despite the approach of a motorcycle. These crashes can result in severe injuries. What should motorcyclists know about this common accident type?
Why do left turn crashes occur?
In many cases, a driver making a left turn does not see a motorcyclist approaching or waiting at a corner. In fact, failures of perception factoring into 56 percent of motorcycle crashes according to a 2018 report by the National Traffic Safety Bureau (NTSB). Drivers may also misjudge a motorcyclist’s speed when determining whether to make a turn.
How common are left turn crashes?
Left turn crashes are the most common type of collision between a motorcycle and another vehicle. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) found that in 2017, these accidents accounted for 42 percent of fatal motorcycle accidents.
What kind of injuries might result from a left turn crash?
Because they often cause a motorcycle to strike the turning vehicle, left turn crashes can lead to a variety of serious injuries. Motorcyclists may experience road rash, broken bones or head and spinal injuries from a left turn crash.
Treating these serious injuries can often be costly, and the road to recovery may be long. Motorcyclists injured in a left turn crash may want to explore their legal options to ensure that they have the financial support they need as they recover.