Motorcyclists face more threats on the road than a typical passenger vehicle as they are less visible and have less protection surrounding them should they be involved in an accident. Unfortunately these, along with other factors, are why motorcycles are often injured in accidents involving other vehicles making left-hand turns.
Recently a part of Elder Creek Road in the Sacramento area was shut down because a vehicle was making a left-hand turn onto Logan Street and hit a motorcyclist. The young man operating the motorcycle died at the scene.
Then there was another incident on Highway 113 in Dixon. A 2010 Dodge Charger was driving northbound on the highway and, failing to yield as she should have for two southbound traveling motorcyclists, she hit both while turning left.
Both motorcyclists succumbed to their injuries and died at the scene.
Over 50% of Crossing-Path Crashes Involve Left-Hand Turns
Cars making left-hand turns and hitting a motorcyclist account for 42% of all motorcycle-related accidents. Data provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Association has shown that 53.1% of all crossing-path crashes involve left turns, while only a mere 5.7% involve right hand turns.
The study also revealed that 36% of fatal accidents where a motorcyclists was present involved passenger vehicles making a left-hand turn in front of the motorcycle
Left-hand turns are so problematic that UPS creates route plans which have their drivers take as few left-hand turns as possible. Not only does this improve the safety of everyone on the roads, but it has helped the company save millions of gallons of fuel.
Why Do These Accidents Happen?
In some instances a driver may not spot a motorcycle due to its smaller size. Speed, lane splitting, distracted driving and other psychological factors may also be at play in a motorcycle-related accident.
Getting Expert Legal Help
In most situations involving a vehicle making a left-hand turn and hitting a motorcyclists, the vehicle making the left-hand turn will be found at fault for the accident. However there may be situations where the driver, an insurance company, or another party, will contest fault.
If you are a victim of a motorcycle-related accident, we invite you to contact our attorneys at Triebsch & Frampton, APC. We offer free no obligation consultations to victims so that you can learn about your rights and the steps involved in receiving the maximum compensation for your injuries.
To speak with one of our experienced motorcycle accident attorneys today, please call (209) 667-2300.