Left Turn in Front of Bike
One of the most frequent bicycle accidents is known as the “left turner.” In this scenario, the cyclist and the motor vehicle operator are approaching an intersection from opposite directions. The driver of the car suddenly makes a left-hand turn in front of the cyclist.
Advice to Cyclists
This is the MOST likely way you will have a collision, not just for you, but for other cars and motorcycles as well. An oncoming car that wishes to make a left hand turn has to yield to oncoming traffic. However, all too often the driver is distracted by talking or texting and does not notice the oncoming cycle. This is the most common way for larger vehicles to have an accident, so a bicycle is at an even greater disadvantage.
What can you do to avoid this type of collision? First, always drive defensively and slow down when you reach an intersection to anticipate a car turning in front of you. Second, use lights and wear visible colors. Third, if possible go through an intersection when there is a car to your left that will be more visible to an oncoming vehicle.
This type of an accident can cause you to be seriously injured or even killed. Our office has over twenty years’ experience representing injured cyclists and bikers and are very familiar with the dynamics of how these collisions happen and the type of injuries sustained. If you or a relative was struck by an automobile or other moving vehicle while riding your bicycle, you may be entitled to compensation for:
- Medical expenses
- Pain and suffering
- Lost income
- Property damage
- Other losses
It is important to be represented by an attorney who is experienced in cycling law. If you would like more information, please feel free to reach me directly at 1-844-Bicycle or complete the free consultation request form.