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The Most Common Type of Collision Between Cars and Motorcycles
Motorcycle accidents resulting from collisions with other vehicles are, unfortunately, all too common. In most cases, these accidents are caused by driver error, carelessness or lack of visibility. In this article, we will discuss the most common type of collision between cars and motorcycles.
Left Turn Accidents
Left turn accidents, also known as “T-bone” accidents, are by far the most common type of collision between motorcycles and cars. These accidents occur when a car turns left across the path of an oncoming motorcycle, often resulting in a serious accident or even death. According to recent statistics, almost 42% of all motorcycle accidents involved a motorcycle being hit by a car that was making a left-hand turn.
There are several reasons why left turn accidents are so common. One reason is that drivers often fail to see motorcycles on the road, which makes it difficult for them to anticipate the dangers of turning left. Motorcycles are smaller and less visible than cars, and they can easily be hidden behind other vehicles, road signs or trees. Additionally, drivers may misjudge the speed at which the motorcycle is travelling, leading to an accident.
Another factor that contributes to left turn accidents is the speed of the motorcycle. Many motorcyclists enjoy riding at high speeds and weaving in and out of traffic. While this can be exhilarating, it also increases the risk of an accident. The faster the motorcycle is travelling, the less time the driver has to react to unexpected situations such as a car turning left.
Preventing Left Turn Accidents
To prevent left turn accidents, both drivers and motorcyclists should take steps to increase their visibility and awareness on the road. For drivers, this means checking blind spots before turning left, using turn signals early and often, and always being alert to the presence of motorcycles on the road. Motorcyclists should also be visible by wearing brightly colored clothing or reflective gear, using headlights during daylight hours, and avoiding riding in blind spots.
In addition to visibility, both drivers and motorcyclists should always obey traffic laws and drive defensively. This means following the speed limit, maintaining a safe following distance, and always anticipating the actions of other drivers on the road.
Left turn accidents between cars and motorcycles are unfortunately all too common, but they can be prevented with increased awareness and visibility on the road. By following traffic laws and driving defensively, both drivers and motorcyclists can decrease the likelihood of an accident occurring. If you are a motorcyclist, always remember that you are less visible than other vehicles on the road, and take steps to make yourself as visible as possible. And if you are a driver, remember to always check your blind spots and anticipate the actions of other drivers on the road. With these simple steps, we can all work together to reduce the number of left turn accidents on our roads.