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What is The Number 1 Cause of Motorcycle Crashes?

Jason Reese

Driver’s Left-Hand Turn Error Leaves Motorcyclist in Critical Condition

The Fort Wayne Police Department and the Allen County Prosecutor’s office are investigating an accident that left a motorcycle rider in critical condition after a crash with a sedan. The driver of the passenger car was not injured. Police accident reports say the mid-afternoon accident happened at the intersection of Bluffton and Winchester roads between a silver Pontiac Grand Am and the motorcycle traveling northbound on Bluffton Road. Witnesses report seeing the driver of the passenger car attempting to make a left-hand turn onto Winchester Road from southbound Bluffton Road and then approached the path of the motorcycle, which then broadsided the car.

After a two-year drop in motorcycle crash fatalities, a recent report by the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute has emerged that shows a rise in motorcyclist deaths after the state’s year-over-year percentage increase ranked highest in the nation.

No. 1 Cause of Motorcycle Accidents

Although they should be, drivers aren’t always on the lookout for motorcycles and with a heightened risk of more drivers who are operating while distracted on their phones, or are just being inattentive, collisions between motorists and cyclists could grow. The most common motorcycle accident occurs when a vehicle positioned in front of the bike is turning left and basically cuts the cyclist off, without warning. The car or truck driver typically fails to see a motorcycle operator or is unsure of their speed and attempts a move to turn left too quickly. The end result is nearly always serious.

Law enforcement officials expect non-motorcyclist drivers to play a role in traffic safety and to:

  • Look Twice for Motorcycles: Motorists need to be especially alert and look both ways for motorcycles at intersections and when making a left-hand turn. This is where and when many accidents occur.
  • Share the Road: Drivers need to remember that motorcyclists are entitled to a full lane in order to maneuver and avoid road hazards and give the motorcyclist’s space respect by keeping a safe distance. Sharing the road will save lives.

Motorcyclist drivers can also help prevent a crash by always trying to position their bike where it will most likely to be seen while maintaining a fair amount of distance from other motorists. Driving alert and proceeding with caution through intersections with these tips can help reduce being hit while another driver is making a risky left-hand turn in front of them.

  • Try to figure out where other driver’s blind spots are and avoid traveling in them.
  • Watch the traffic patterns and be cautious of situations where lane changes are more frequent, or lanes are shifting in speed.
  • Avoid traveling where fast drivers are dodging congested traffic.
  • Watch for vehicles that are changing lanes by paying attention to their turn signals, wheels, and a driver who is busy moving in their seat.
  • Change position as traffic situations change and remember to slow down, cover your brakes and get ready to make safe, smart and quick choices if needed.

Safe motorcycling takes training, practice, balance, coordination, good judgment and experience. Keeping the regular maintenance of a motorcycle is also necessary to avoid being in an accident. Most important though is for a driver to know their bike, abilities, and always wear the right gear. That gear includes a motorcycle helmet. It’s the best protection against a traumatic brain injury if a crash were to occur.

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Wagner Reese has a team of experienced Indiana motorcycle accident injury attorneys here for you. We are the best choice to represent you in your claim for damages to your bike or yourself. We are in the business of bringing justice to those injured on Indiana roadways, and want to assist you on your road to recovery by lightening the load of medical bills and other expenses incurred by this accident.

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