Cars Turning Left Across Your Lane: Avoiding This Common Crash Scenario

written by David Mixson

One of my biggest takeaways from the Hurt Report is that riders can reduce their chances of crashing in so many ways.

One of the things that caught my attention most is that approximately 28 percent of multi-vehicle crashes involved a car turning left in front of (or into) a motorcyclist.1 See Figure 1 (below).

Figure 1 Motorist Turning Left Into Us

Head Knowledge

I go into more detail in Motorcycle Hacks, but here I’ll make this point. Understanding the high likelihood of this crash scenario (head knowledge) is the first step to avoiding them.

If a rider could eliminate (or even cut in half) this one type of accident scenario, they would slash their chances of crashing—and significantly fewer riders would die every year.

A single type of crash scenario accounting for nearly a third of multi-vehicle crashes is significant, and it’s worth noticing—so you can be on the lookout to avoid them.

* A portion of this article is an excerpt from my book Motorcycle Hacks.

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About the Author

David Mixson writes about the topics other motorcycle books gloss over. He worked as a NASA engineer for over thirty years and is the author of three books.

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