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Left-hand turn motorcycle crashes: A common killer

When compared to motorcycles, vehicles are larger, slower moving, and their occupants are better protected. Perhaps if everyone on the road were a motorcyclist, there would be fewer accidents because bikers tend to be some of the safest drivers on the road. That's because their lives depend on it.

Vehicle drivers can afford to be less attentive because they have so much protection. This is unfortunate for motorcyclists, who are harder to see than other vehicles, and it can result in severe and injurious accidents.

One of the most common ways that motorcyclists die in a crash relates to left-turning vehicles that need to cross through oncoming traffic. If a motorist is not paying attention, the driver could cross the path of an oncoming biker and cause a fatal collision.

How left-turning accidents happen

A left-turn motorcycle accident might happen like this. You're traveling down the road, being attentive and following traffic laws. A car is stopped in the opposing lane, waiting to make a left turn and cross the side of the road where you're riding. You think nothing of it, until the car decides to make a left turn directly in your path.

Maybe it was distraction, a blind spot, inattention or the driver playing on a cellphone that caused it. The driver thought the way was clear but it wasn't. You were traveling down the road at 50 miles per hour and your bike t-bones the crossing vehicle.

A lot of motorcyclists are killed this way due to no fault of their own. The ones who are lucky to survive, usually get ejected from their bikes, go flying through the air and suffer catastrophic injuries.

You may be able to file a personal injury or wrongful death claim

If you're injured and suffering -- or if your loved one died and you're grieving -- because of an accident like this, you have a long road to recovery. It could also be an expensive road. Medical care is costly and unaffordable these days, and losing a close family member could mean that you lost a lot of family income. The emotional side of your injuries and loss, however, will be the most difficult aspect to overcome.

Pursuing a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit regarding a left-hand turn car versus motorcycle crash might help your situation. If successfully navigated, plaintiffs can hold the at-fault party responsible to pay for medical care and to compensate the plaintiffs financially for the damages, death and injuries that resulted from the crash.

Source: Nov. 30, -0001

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