According to some studies, the most common type of motorcycle accident is also one of the most dangerous. It’s when a motorcycle is driving straight and another vehicle makes a left turn in front of the bike.

For instance, you are riding down a two-way road with no traffic around you. A pickup truck is coming toward you in the opposite lane, approaching a driveway. They turn their blinker on, but you think they will wait for you to pass before turning. You’re the only vehicle on the road, after all. Instead, they make the turn in front of you and you hit the side of the truck.

Why does this happen? There are a lot of potential reasons, but one of the biggest issues that the human brain struggles to determine how fast something is moving and how far away it really is. This is why a driver can look right at you, decide that they have time to turn, and then make a dangerous turn when there is absolutely not enough space.

After these accidents, those drivers often accuse the motorcyclist of speeding. They say that they had enough space and the bike must have been breaking the speed limit to close the distance that fast. The reality, though, is that they just did not understand just how close the bike was. This effect may be more pronounced because of the bike’s small size, which makes it even harder to determine things like distance and speed.

If you get involved in an accident like this and suffer severe injuries, you may have a right to seek compensation for your medical bills.