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Could a left turn lead to a motorcycle accident?

With warmer weather closing in, more and more people will jump on their motorcycles and hit the open road. If this sounds familiar, it's safe to say that you're excited about the months to come.

Unfortunately, it's hard to shake the thought that you could one day be part of a motorcycle accident.

Get this: A simple left turn could cause a motorcycle accident that changes your life forever.

If a driver neglects to see your vehicle or inaccurately judges your speed, he or she could turn left in front of your motorcycle. As a result, you're unable to stop in time and you strike the side of the vehicle at a fast rate of speed.

The best way to avoid this type of accident is to always anticipate that it will happen. This way, as you approach an intersection, you'll have your eyes out for drivers who may make this type of move.

As you approach an intersection or another area where someone may be making a left turn, slow down as to give yourself more time to react. This can be the difference between avoiding a crash and finding yourself facing a serious situation.

If you are part of a motorcycle accident, such as one in which a vehicle turns left in front of you, don't wait to receive medical attention. You'll want to learn more about your injuries as quickly as possible.

From there, you can turn back to the accident itself to get a better idea of what went wrong and who was at fault. When doing so, it never hurts to understand your legal rights as a motorcyclist.

Source: Ride Apart, "10 Common Motorcycle Accidents and How To Avoid Them," accessed March 30, 2018

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