Beware: Your Left Turn Could Cause a Motorcycle Accident
You may be sitting at a signal light waiting to turn left at an intersection when, out of nowhere, you almost hit an oncoming motorcycle while attempting to turn left. Although you breathe a sigh of relief, as does the motorcyclist, this type of South Florida motorcycle accident occurs far too often.
Drivers who make left turns in front of motorcycles are the biggest reason for motorcycle crashes, and this is probably due to the following reasons:
- Motorcycles are more difficult to spot.
- Drivers don’t look for motorcycles.
- Drivers fail to yield right of way.
- Drivers are unsure how fast a motorcycle is traveling.
- Drivers turn if they see the motorcycle’s blinker on.
Although there are many other reasons why car and motorcycle accidents in South Florida occur, left turns and pulling out in front of a motorcycle’s path are the most common causes.
Just this past New Year’s Day, an off-duty Broward Sherriff Deputy was killed in a South Florida crash for this very reason. Sadly, a driver made a left-hand turn into the pathway of his motorcycle.
If you were injured in a Broward County motorcycle accident, or if you lost a loved one in a South Florida motorcycle crash, then you should talk with an experienced personal injury lawyer who will help protect your rights.