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Over One-Third of Motorcycle Accidents Occur in Intersections

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Why Intersections Can Be Dangerous for Riders

Everyday occurrences can become hazardous for motorcycle riders around the country—high winds, yielding to traffic exiting the interstate, and drivers not signaling, to name a few. However, very few people acknowledge that intersections can become significantly dangerous for these riders.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that approximately 42% of motorcycle crashes occur in intersections where a vehicle turns left into the motorcycle. But why is this so common?

Why Are Intersection Crashes Common?

One of the most frequent reasons why drivers turn into motorcycle riders is simple—they're not paying attention. For many people, the most significant hazards they are aware of on the road are other automobiles or large trucks. Because of this, not every driver is looking for motorcycles, cyclists, or even pedestrians when they are turning.

Along with this, using a GPS, talking to passengers, changing the radio station, or (of course) using a phone while driving diverts a driver's attention away from the road. Since a turning vehicle often means that a driver's view is already obstructed in some capacity, adding extra distractions on top of that could mean disaster.

For this and many other reasons, all road users should remain diligent, proceed slowly through intersections, and scan for all kinds of vehicles before turning. Remember, “not seeing” a motorcycle rider is rarely a valid excuse, so it’s important to drive cautiously.

What Can Riders Do?

In addition to drivers being more cautious, riders can take additional steps to increase visibility whenever possible. While this can be as simple as wearing bright or reflective clothing and using headlights, they should also be mindful to avoid lingering in blind spots.

How Politis & Matovina, P.A. Can Help

It's unfortunate that hundreds of motorcycle crashes each year are caused by drivers who could have been more attentive to the roadways. But when this inattention causes a crash, we are here to help you seek justice. Schedule a free consultation with our team to discuss your options today by calling (386) 333-6613 or filling out this short form.