Bike riders know full well how much danger they are in when they take to the open road — mostly because car drivers seem to be oblivious to important safety concerns regarding motorcyclists who are sharing the road. That’s why all bike riders need to be aware of how dangerous the blind left turn can be. In fact, it’s, without a doubt, the most frequently occurring of all motorcycle accidents.
The driver of a car either doesn’t see you or judges your speed incorrectly and thinks they can make a left turn before the motorcycle reaches the intersection. The car driver might not be paying attention or maybe they are distracted. In some situations, the driver may look right at you and not see you. Popular motorcycle blog RideApart.com calls it car psychology: “A driver looking for cars perceives merely an absence of cars, not the presence of a motorcycle.”
To avoid getting into a blind left turn accident, motorcyclists must watch out for themselves. Be alert and aware. If you see the potential problem coming at you, you can avoid it. Part of your job as a rider is to develop a sixth sense; this is a time when that intuition will come in handy.
Be aware of how aware the car driver is; can you make eye contact? Do they see you? Also make sure you anticipate where their car is headed. You can check the car’s tires to see where and when it’s going to start turning.
Motorcyclists enjoy the freedom of owning the road. There is no better time to “own the road” than when you are concentrating on safety.
For over 25 years, Andrew Prince, Esq. has been representing NJ motorcycle riders who have been injured in accidents. If you or someone you know deserves to be compensated for their injuries sustained in an accident, contact Mr. Prince today for a free consultation about the case.