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Common Motorcycle Accidents: Left Hand Turns

One of the most common type of motorcycle accidents are caused by cars making left-hand turns in front of riders. The car driver often hits the rider while the motorcycle is going through an intersection or passing a car. Because cars are more prominent on the road than motorcycles, other drivers might simply not notice their presence.

Stats On Motorcycle Accidents

The National Highway Traffic Safety Association shows that 53 percent of “crossing path” crashes involved left-hand turns. And 36 percent of fatal accidents involving motorcycles involve a car making a left-hand turn in front of that motorcycle.

It’s not enough that motorcycle riders have to be vigilant while riding and knowing they have the right of way. If a crash occurs, the other driver’s insurance company will try to pin the blame on you regardless of fault.

What Insurance Companies Can Say About Your Motorcycle Accident

The insurance company might argue that you were speeding or weren’t paying attention to traffic. Or that even though the car turned in front of you, you were partially at fault. They could refuse to pay for repairs to your motorcycle, your medical bills and more. And when it comes to a collision between a car and a motorcycle, the person often most injured is the motorcycle rider.

When making a left-hand turn, remember these important safety tips:

  • Make sure you are turning into the correct lane, which is the inside lane. A driver coming the opposite direction expects to turn into the farthest lane, and you could potentially cut them off.

  • Using proper turn signals and be cautious. It’s better to have other drivers honk at you than to be in an accident!

  • Look in all directions before making your turn, making sure to note cars that may be turning the same direction as you.


If you are in a motorcycle accident, you need an experienced Kansas City motorcycle lawyer to take on your case. Call us today at 816-842-7100 to speak with an attorney. Or you can click here to email us and schedule your free consultation. We take all injury cases on a contingency basis, which means that we don’t get paid unless we win the case for you.


Jason C. Amerine
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