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Left-Hand Turns By Cars Can Be Deadly for Motorcyclists

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Left-Hand Turns By Cars Can Be Deadly for Motorcyclists

In a recent article, the Albany Times Union warned it’s “left turn season” for motorcyclists.

The article cited police who warmed more riders are on the roads over the summer months and motorists need to be even more aware of them when they are making left turns.

It’s sound advice. Statistics reveal left-turn accidents are one of the most significant causes of fatal and serious motorcycle accidents.

The Problem With Left Turns

Recently, the Washington Post reported on how left-hand turns are unsafe for everyone. Federal statistics reveal 53.1 percent of crossing path accidents involve left turns but only 5.7 percent involve right turns. Just this week a motorist in Chesapeake was killed in a left-hand turn wreck.

Motorcyclists are even more vulnerable to cars making left turns. Often drivers are distracted or are looking out for other cars. They are not looking out for motorcycles.

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Figures from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) found 36 percent of fatal motorcycle crashes involve a left turn and these accidents account for 42 percent of collisions between motorcyclists and cars.

In these scenarios, the driver of a truck, a car or an SUV, hits a motorcyclist while making a turn or the motorcyclist is unable to avoid the vehicle in time and hits its side.

Motorcyclists lack protection. Figures show they are almost 40 times more likely to be killed in a crash than drivers or passengers.  Even if they survive, they often suffer serious injuries such as head injuries or back injuries.

If you are making a turn you should always look out to make sure the road is clear. Don’t just look for cars, buses or trucks but also be aware of riders who may be approaching fast.

Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers is the author of What You Need to Know About Motorcycle Accidents in Virginia. If you have been injured in a motorcycling accident you may need to recover as much money as you can from the insurance company to cover your serious and ongoing medical costs.

Our Virginia and North Carolina motorcycling injury lawyers can help you by filing a claim against the at-fault driver. At Cooper Hurley, we believe in the rights of motorcyclists. Call us at (757) 455-0077.

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John Cooper

John Cooper is a veteran of personal injury law practice in Virginia. A native Virginian, he was raised in Norfolk and Virginia Beach. He has more than 20 years of experience handling personal injury cases and recently handled the largest auto accident settlement in 2010, according to VA Lawyers Weekly. The award provided $3.5 million to a child whose young father died when the vehicle he was a passenger in was rear-ended by a careless truck driver.

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Jim Hurley has been practicing law throughout Virginia for more than two-and-a-half decades. During his career, he has tried more than 100 jury trials — a staggering number — and handled hundreds more that were settled out of court. He is guided by the principle that the client is in charge of his or her case and should be kept fully aware of the litigation process. Jim has been awarded an AV Rating by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating given, for his practice of law. He was named in Virginia Super Lawyers in 2014, 2015, 2016.

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Bill O’Mara started his legal career in 2008, moving back to his home town of Chesapeake, VA. He has practiced in the field of plaintiffs’ personal injury and other litigation. He has gained extensive court room and trial experience, including contested trials before judges and juries across Hampton Roads. In 2014, Mr. O’Mara joined Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers as an associate attorney. He became a partner in 2017.

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