On Virginia roadways, no vehicle is more at risk than a motorcycle. Their size, when compared to all the other vehicles on the road, means they are harder to see. While motorcycle riders should be alert at all times when on the road, left turns pose an exceedingly larger risk. According to the Motorcycle Safety Center of Virginia, 4,668 motorcyclists died in 2013 on U.S. roads. One of the most common causes of injuries and deaths to cyclists was left hand turns.
The MSCV recommends all riders use the SEE strategy. This stands for search, evaluate and execute. This basically means always being aware of the road and traffic. A rider should always know where all vehicles are around him or her and have a plan for where to go should an accident scenario present itself. In addition, motorcycle riders should always have the headlights on, obey the speed limits and drive according to road conditions.
Motorcycle-Central.com notes that the risks are greater for left-hand turns because of the nature of turning left. In this scenario, a rider must cross traffic. If there is no turn light, then the motorcyclist must rely on his or her own instincts to know when it is safe to turn, which is why it is advisable for riders to always be aware of their surroundings and alert to other vehicles. In addition, riders have to keep in mind that any collision on a motorcycle comes with an increased risk for severe injuries because they will almost always be tossed off their bikes.