EVERYDAY MANEUVERS ON ROADWAYS CAN BE MUCH MORE DIFFICULT FOR MOTORCYCLISTS
While the idea of most motorcycle enthusiasts is to get on the open road and enjoy riding with the cool wind in their face, little comfort comes from discussing the real dangers associated with riding a motorcycle. The actual thought of riding a motorbike can be really enticing. Taking advantage of nice weather to cruise along with a group of friends or to just take a peaceful solo ride can sound like heaven to many. The truth remains, however, that riding motorcycles continues to be much more dangerous than driving any other type of vehicle. Those happy ideas of what riding a bike should feel like are quickly erased when a motorcycle accident happens, and even more so when it involves a left hand turn.
Statistics show that one of the most frequent causes of motorcycle accidents, and probably most avoidable, is one involving another vehicle making a left hand turn in front of the oncoming motorcycle. The act of cutting someone off on the road is horrible in itself, whether intentional or not, but the horrible act becomes deadly when a motorcycle is involved. Not having appropriate protection from a left hand turn accident causes motorcyclists to suffer serious injuries and possible death. The effect that a motorcyclist feels from a left hand turn accident is almost equivalent to them driving their bike into a brick wall at fifty miles per hour. Madalon Law motorcyclist attorneys knows how horrible these type of accident are and have been helping those involved with them for many years.
CAUSES OF LEFT HAND TURN COLLISSIONS
Left-hand turn accidents have accounted for more than forty percent of accidents involving motorcycles. The majority of the time, the at-fault party is attempting to:
- Drive straight in an Intersection without Proper Authority;
- Pass another Vehicle who is attempting to wait for Oncoming Traffic;
- Beat a Turn Signal that is Changing Color
Because motorcycles are much smaller than other vehicles on the road, it makes it much more difficult for other drivers to see them at times. Not noticing an oncoming motorcyclist is a major cause of left hand turn accidents. A lot of times, these accidents can be avoided if people would pay a little more attention to the road in front of them. In other words, negligent acts are what mostly cause left hand turn motorcycle accidents.
MAKING A PROPER LEFT HAND TURN
Drivers on the road tend to make the simplest tasks more difficult than they need to be. Something like making a left hand turn ends up being one of the most dangerous things we do while driving. Some simple tips on making left hand turns include:
- Making sure that you are in fact in the appropriate lane for a left hand turn;
- Making sure to always use proper signaling when turning;
- Begin to slow your vehicle down approximately seventy-five to one hundred feet before the intersection;
- Wait to make the left hand turn until you are absolutely positive that you are clear to proceed
If you or someone you love has been injured in a motorcycle accident involving a left-hand turn, contacting the Fort Lauderdale motorcycle accident attorneys at Madalon Law today. You will be set up with a free consultation and have any and all questions you have answered immediately.