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Left-turn dangers: Motorcycle accidents and your safety

On Behalf of | Mar 11, 2024 | Motorcycle Accidents |

You face potential hazards every time you hit the road on your motorcycle. One of the most significant threats comes from drivers making left-hand turns.

Knowing your rights when you sustain injuries in this type of accident is important.

Left turn accidents

Left turns are a common cause of motorcycle wrecks for several reasons:

  • Crossing paths at intersections: 42% of fatal crashes involve left turns
  • Visibility and depth perception: It is more difficult to see motorcycles and judge their speed
  • Distraction: Phone calls, texts and other distractions are a growing concern
  • Negligence: Some drivers fail to adequately check the intersection or corner before turning

These crossing-path accidents can result in severe injuries or death due to the exposed nature of motorcycle riders.

Kentucky laws

Drivers making left turns must yield to oncoming traffic. According to Kentucky Revised Statutes §189.340, the driver can only turn left when it does not interfere with the approaching traffic. Understanding these laws is crucial for drivers and motorcyclists, as adherence to these rules can prevent devastating accidents.

Legal compensation

If you have injuries from your crash, seeking reimbursement for medical expenses and other damages is vital. Contact your insurance company promptly, providing all necessary documentation. Your insurance may cover the costs if the at-fault driver does not have adequate coverage.

In the aftermath of your accident, you must determine fault. Strengthen your case by collecting evidence such as witness statements, photos and police reports.

Kentucky follows a comparative negligence system. Compensation amounts correlate to the degree of fault of each party. You may receive reduced compensation if you are partially at fault for the accident.

Navigating the roads on your motorcycle requires a heightened sense of awareness. Understanding Kentucky’s traffic laws and talking to a personal injury lawyer about your rights can help you get the compensation you deserve.