Data released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Association shows that approximately 36 percent of all motorcycle accidents that result in a fatality were related to a single traffic maneuver. We’re talking about the left-hand turn. In fact, over half of all accidents involving one vehicle crossing into the path of another were traced back to a left-hand turn while only 5.7 percent involve one made to the right.
Why are left-hand turns so disproportionately dangerous? Maybe it is the fact that a left-hand turn often leaves a car at a standstill in an active lane. Maybe it is the fact that even when a designated lane exists, the line often stretches beyond the allotted space as the drivers wait for an opening in traffic. Or maybe it is because more drivers simply -- and negligently -- fail to see an oncoming car.