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WHY ARE LEFT-TURNING CARS SO DANGEROUS FOR MOTORCYCLISTS?

By Luke Dow on October 05, 2015

Riding a motorcycle is a thrilling freedom, but it comes with certain risks. Even the best protective gear may be insufficient in a major collision, and no motorcyclist can control the actions of negligent drivers.In the state of Texas, motorcycle accident prevention is a top concern for legislators and law enforcement. According to the Texas Department of Transportation, more than 2,000 motorcycle riders or passengers sustained incapacitating injuries in 2014. Over the same period, more than 3,500 people sustained injuries that, while non-incapacitating, still had serious effects on the well-being of the victims.

A motorcycle accident can be a life-changing event. If you have been injured in a crash that was not your fault, call the Luke Dow Law Firm.

Mr. Dow can handle the legal side of your lawsuit so you can focus on recovery. If you have a valid claim, you may be eligible for compensation for medical expenses and lost wages. To speak with an Austin personal-injury lawyer today, call the Luke Dow Law Firm at 512-518-4104.

There are several potential causes of motorcycle accidents. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Association, cars turning left pose one of the biggest dangers:

The Danger of Left-Turning Cars

According to the NHTSA, car-turning-left crashes make up 42 percent of serious motorcycle accidents, and they typically occur under three specific circumstances:

  • When passing a vehicle
  • While going straight through an intersection
  • While trying to overtake a moving vehicle
As a motorcycle rider, it is important to remember that the bike is small relative to other vehicles on the road, and that drivers may simply not see you approaching. If you are overtaking or passing a car, you may also be in the driver's blind spot and hidden from view.

Motorcycle riders that pass while in the same lanes as cars are at a particular risk because the other drivers may not expect it. Bikers should make sure they are clearly visible to other vehicles whenever they overtake.

Determining Fault in Motorcycle Accidents with Cars Making Left-Hand Turns

If you were abiding by the laws while riding your motorcycle and a driver still hit you, it is possible that the other party is responsible. This is especially true if the driver was speeding or breaking another traffic law.

If the other party is at-fault for the accident, then you may be entitled to damages that you incur as a result of the crash, such as health-care bills and lost income. However, it is important to remember that if you ride recklessly or may have contributed to the crash, your claim may be more difficult to prove.

The process of filing a successful civil lawsuit is complex, and insurance companies can be ruthless during negotiations. If you are in a motorcycle accident, call the Luke Dow Law Firm at 512-518-4104 for legal representation. An Austin personal-injury attorney from our practice can handle negotiations and, if necessary, litigate your case.

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