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Never trust a driver who is turning left

On Behalf of | Apr 14, 2024 | Car Accidents

It is always important to be cautious when driving, and you should focus on being a defensive driver. This means trying to anticipate the types of mistakes that others are likely to make. This can allow you to take defensive action in advance and sometimes avoid accidents.

One of the most important times to focus on this defensive driving is if you see another vehicle turning left. Left turns have long been considered one of the most dangerous driving maneuvers. The driver has to make a judgment call about whether or not it is safe to turn at that time. Most drivers do this correctly, but it’s inevitable that some drivers will make the wrong decision and cause accidents.

The risk for motorcyclists

Left turns can be dangerous for anyone who gets cut off by another driver, but it’s especially a problem for motorcyclists. In fact, drivers turning left in front of motorcycles is one of the main ways in which motorcyclists are killed and injured every year.

Keep in mind that these turns do not always happen at intersections. In many cases, they are on stretches of road with two-lane traffic. The driver who is turning left simply has to cross the oncoming traffic lanes in order to do so. They may be turning into a driveway, for example. But if they don’t see the motorcycle – or they think it’s farther away than it really is – they may turn at the wrong moment and cause a collision.

Seeking compensation

Have you been injured in a motor vehicle accident caused by another negligent driver? You may deserve financial compensation for medical bills and more.