Accidents involving motorcycles and passenger cars happen for numerous reasons. A driver may fail to stop in time at a stoplight and hit a motorcycle that is waiting for the light to turn red. A driver may try to change lanes on the interstate without checking their blind spots. Another motorcyclist may make a mistake while riding in a group and strike someone else in the group.
However, the most common accident is very simple: A car makes a left turn right in front of a motorcycle.
As a rider, you probably think about this all the time. You know that drivers often overlook motorcycles on the road. You know that the small size of your vehicle can make it nearly invisible.
In many cases, the driver stops before making the turn, looks for other cars, and just doesn’t see the bike. Or, in cases where the driver does see the motorcycle, they may think that it is farther away than it really is or traveling at a slower rate of speed. No matter what mistake the driver makes, the result is that they turn their car through the motorcyclist’s lane and cause an accident.
If this happens to you, there’s probably no way to avoid that crash. In that split second that matters most, the car blocks your entire path as you’re traveling at your normal rate of speed. You can’t possibly stop on a dime and there is nowhere to swerve without entering the oncoming traffic lanes.
The collision may leave you with serious injuries that the other driver directly caused, and you need to make sure you know how to seek compensation for your costs. If you’ve been injured due to another driver’s mistake, find out what steps you can take to protect your interests as soon as practical.