According to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, crashes at intersections cause about 51% of fatal motorcycle accidents. It’s easy to understand why when you can’t predict what someone else crossing the intersection will do. Below, we will detail some of the common causes of motorcycle accidents at intersections so that you can safeguard your rights.
Left turns can be significantly dangerous when impatience is involved. Drivers may try to turn before the motorcycle approaching them makes it to the intersection. Or, if a motorcyclist is turning, a driver may speed through the intersection coming toward them. In any case, it’s vital to ensure you have enough time before turning left to avoid a severe crash.
When someone is speeding toward an intersection, they may not stop in time as their light is red. They might speed through the intersection, and if a motorcyclist is in the driver’s path, they can suffer catastrophic injuries in a crash.
Drunk drivers often have a reduced reaction time and decision-making abilities. Unfortunately, as a drunk driver approaches an intersection, they may completely ignore traffic signals. As a result, all other drivers and motorcyclists at the intersection are in danger of a collision.
Distracted driving takes up a driver’s focus for about 15 seconds (a few seconds to do whatever activity they’re doing and another 10 to refocus). Whenever a driver is distracted, they can create numerous dangers at intersections and other locations on the road. Distractions can include visual, manual, and cognitive (texting while driving is all three).
Unfortunately, motorcyclists don’t have the same protections as motorists. Any crash involving a motorcyclist can lead to catastrophic or fatal harm. Our Oregon motorcycle accident attorneys at The Gatti Law Firm work to help you understand your rights and pursue the compensation you deserve.