Riding a motorcycle? Watch out for cars making a left-hand turn. Your green light doesn’t necessarily mean go. One of the greatest safety threats for motorcyclists is when they enter an intersection, having the right of way and face a driver making a left hand turn in front of them.
I’m personal injury attorney Mike Lombardi. One of the most frequent causes of motorcycle accidents occurs when a biker enters an intersection, and a car coming in the opposite direction makes a left hand turn in front of them.
Why these accidents happen so often
Why this happens so often is a bit of a mystery. Maybe the driver is distracted, is speeding up to make the light, or is not psychologically geared to expect seeing a motorcycle. Whatever the reason, there are ways for a motorcyclist to survive left-turning vehicles.
How to survive left-turning vehicles
As a motorcyclist, in order to survive such a scenario, you always have to be extraordinarily cautious when passing through an intersection. Here are some tips to consider.
- Always come to a complete stop at an intersection and look for oncoming traffic.
- Take a good look around and make certain that traffic is clear.
- Be prepared to make a quick decision if a car turns in front of you.
- Be ready to hit the brakes, the gas, swerve or honk your horn.
- Leave yourself room to move if you have to take evasive action.
Turning onto a road that’s not completely visible
If you need to make a left turn onto a road that’s not completely visible ahead, be patient and wait for a clear, safe opening. Slow down when crossing the intersection or making a left turn. By paying close attention and staying aware at all times, left turn collisions can be avoided.
Unfortunately, accidents do happen even if you do everything right. If you’re a victim of a motorcycle accident, please give me a call or text me at Mike Lombardi Injury Attorneys, so we can discuss your case. We want to help you in any way we can.
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