Much of the decision-making that drivers must do while operating a vehicle occurs at intersections. When someone makes a poor decision at an intersection, it can result in a devasting accident with another car, truck or motorcycle.
Motorcyclists have less protection than an individual within the relatively safe confines of a car, meaning that an accident involving a motorcycle rider can be particularly catastrophic. It is also worth noting that many motorcycle-related accidents happen at intersections, so it is important for everyone on the road to understand the cause of these motorcycle accidents and how to prevent them.
What causes motorcycle accidents at intersections?
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that 42% of motorcycle crashes occur when a driver turns left in front of a motorcycle at intersections, which overlaps with the 41% of accidents that occur because the driver does not see the motorcycle beforehand. This can be due to a driver’s hastiness, neglecting to check one’s mirrors before turning or choosing to turn despite having an obstructed view of oncoming traffic.
How can drivers and riders reduce the odds of an accident?
Drivers and riders alike should be aware of vehicle blind spots and do their part to overcome the smaller visible profile of a motorcycle. Everyone operating a vehicle should also be conscious, cautious and purposeful in their decision-making at major intersections. Removing distractions such as unnecessary electronics while driving is another key step in reducing traffic accidents.
The root cause of most traffic accidents is negligence in at least one party’s decision-making. Motorcyclists and other drivers who suffer damage or injury due to negligence while driving have the right to pursue the compensation they deserve.