Why are left turns dangerous for motorcyclists?

On Behalf of | Jul 8, 2021 | Motorcycle Accidents |

Left-hand turns might not require much more operational skill than right-hand ones, but they could present more risks. Drivers and motorcyclists making a left turn at Georgia intersections may benefit from being more cautious. Otherwise, an avoidable and regrettable accident could result. Motorcyclists might need to be extra careful because they may face a far worse outcome if an accident happens.

Motorcycles and left turns

When a car crashes into a heavy-duty pickup truck, the truck’s powerful frame might provide far greater protection to its occupants. The vehicle may suffer more, but it would doubtfully suffer as much as a motorcycle. Motorcycles do not offer a significant amount of protection to bikers and riders. So, extra care becomes necessary when operating a bike, especially when making a left-hand turn.

Motorcycles certainly aren’t as large as full-sized cars, much less SUVs. The smaller size undermines visibility, so drivers may not see a motorcycle when it makes a left turn. A collision may result if the car’s driver thinks the coast is clear.

Pedestrians might also dart into the intersection, assuming there is no vehicles present. A motorcyclist may crash into a street sign when attempting to avoid the pedestrian.

Motorcyclists and injuries

Motorcyclists might find themselves narrowly avoiding injuries more times than what is comfortable. A motorcyclist even has to worry about parked cars. If a driver opens a door at the wrong time, a motorcyclist might crash into it.

The injuries a motorcyclist potentially faces could be severe ones. Severe road burns and bruises might be the least of the motorcyclist’s worries. Traumatic brain injuries, spinal damage, and even death could result from motorcycle accidents.