It happens all the time: a motorcyclist is riding along, following traffic laws and paying close attention when the rider approaches an intersection. A car, truck or SUV is waiting with its left turn signal blinking.

Trusting that the driver sees him or her, the rider enters the intersection — just as the driver begins to turn. If the rider is lucky, he or she has a split second to dodge the much larger vehicle, or the driver realizes their mistake and brakes in time. But often, failing to yield to an oncoming motorcycle causes a violent wreck and terrible injuries for the rider.

Rider, passenger hit by SUV turning left

In a recent example of what can happen when a motorist does not yield on a left turn, a rider and their passenger were hurt when they were hit by an SUV in Oklahoma City. The two were riding north on Council Road when the SUV tried to turn left into their path. The rider could not avoid crashing into the front driver’s side of the SUV.

The extent of the injuries to the rider and passenger is not clear, but both were rushed to the hospital. The SUV driver sustained minor injuries and declined treatment.

Left-turn motorcycle wrecks hurt riders

Even if the riders were wearing helmets, leather jackets and other protective gear, it would not be surprising if they both were seriously hurt. An SUV accelerating into the path of a motorcycle traveling at regular speed can easily throw a rider and passenger onto the road. Or their momentum might have forced them to fly into the SUV.

Drivers who fail to yield to motorcycles often claim they did not see the bike approaching. This shows how drivers need to be aware of their surroundings before they start to turn.

Motorcycle accident injuries tend to cause serious injuries, including traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), back and neck injuries, road burns, broken bones and more. If you were caught in a motorcycle collision, you should talk with a personal injury attorney about how much compensation you could be entitled to through litigation.