According to the most recent Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety report, 79 percent of all motorcycle crashes in 2017 "resulted in injury or death." The Kansas Traffic Safety Resource reported for that same year that while motorcycle accidents account for only 1.6 percent of all motorized vehicle crashes, they result in nearly 12 percent of overall deaths.
While there are many causes of motorcycle accidents, one of the most common reasons involves left turns by a motorist who fails to see the biker.
Without the structural protection of a vehicle, victims of these tragic motorcycle wrecks frequently experience long-term injuries, such as brain and spine damage, paralysis, and other debilitating injuries.
Causes of Left-Turn Motorcycle Crashes
Making a proper left turn at an intersection is a basic driving skill. So why do so many passenger vehicle and truck drivers make errors and strike a motorcyclist? Here are some of the top reasons.
Not seeing the rider
While it's easy to miss a motorcycle trapped in the blind spot of a vehicle driver's rear or side mirrors, it's still no excuse. A driver has to physically look left before turning in that direction. It's also the driver's responsibility to avoid lane drifting in a dual left-turn situation.
Speeding through a red light
When a driver tries to beat a red light and turns left anyway, he's likely to strike a biker who has the right of way to proceed straight through an intersection in opposing traffic.
Engaging in distracted driving
This includes behavior such as eating and drinking, personal grooming, texting, talking on a cellphone, and other distracted driving practices.
Some left-turn collisions occur when a driver is passing another vehicle and fails to check for a motorcycle rider who has the right of way before proceeding.
Types of Compensation for a Left-Turn Motorcycle Wreck
If you prove the driver’s negligence in causing your left-turn motorcycle accident, you're entitled to compensation for your injuries under Missouri and Kansas laws. Types of damages include:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Property damage
- Pain and suffering
- Wrongful death damages if a loved one died in the collision
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