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The biggest killer of motorcyclists

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To summarize. The three deaths below in Lincoln Nebraska were caused by left turning drivers violating motorcyclist right of way. The 1981 Hurt report had cited this as the most common cause of the most common type of motorcycle accident, collision with another vehicle. It seems that little has changed.

Bottom line: We talk a lot about driving defensively, but if you don't have a plan for surviving potential left turning drivers at an intersection or a vehicle planning to turn left off the roadway into your path other than hoping for the best, you're running a terrible risk of becoming a statistic. This MUST be an active safety action by the cyclist, it CANNOT be left to chance.

My own solution has always been to

Slow down- Reduce speed to the point where you can survive an impact.
Try to make eye contact with the driver- then proceed with extreme caution at a speed that gives you time to respond or reduces the consequences of a crash.
Cover the Brakes- and have a plan

Curious to hear how others manage this high-risk situation.

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Reference: The Hurt Report, 1981
Article source: The Hurt Study Summary - webBikeWorld

  1. Approximately three-fourths of these motorcycle accidents involved collision with another vehicle, which was most usually a passenger automobile

  2. In the multiple vehicle accidents, the driver of the other vehicle violated the motorcycle right-of-way and caused the accident in two-thirds of those accidents.

  3. Deliberate hostile action by a motorist against a motorcycle rider is a rare accident cause. The most frequent accident configuration is the motorcycle proceeding straight then the automobile makes a left turn in front of the oncoming motorcycle.
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My experience was partially due to a traffic light stuck green my way. I had just pulled out of a gas station on my 71 Suzuki Titan twin, going 45mph and the only thing I remember is seeing a flash of white. The 17 year old female driver had decided it was safe to cross, and didn't see me, even though I had my headlight on. I flipped over the car, and landed on my back. I passed out for a couple of minutes, but since I was wearing a full face helmet I survived unscathed.

Recently, I was heading towards a right turn, and some jerk pulled out of a driveway in front of me close to the corner while clearly smirking at me. I got good use of my double-disc front brake, and avoided hitting the jerk.
As said before, assume that no-one see's you, and be very cautious at corners and intersections.
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