Motorcycle Accidents: Limited Visibility

Motorcycle accidents that result from limited visibility are often preventable. This is the type of crash we hear about where the driver reports never even seeing the motorcycle prior to the collision. A variety of behaviors can result in limited visibility motorcycle accidents. Since motorcycles are smaller than traditional passenger occupant vehicles, it’s much easier for drivers who aren’t paying attention to not see them. Add driver inattention to the increased vulnerability of a motorcycle rider and you have a recipe for disaster.

Causes of Limited Visibility Motorcycle Accidents
  • Distracted driving
  • Alcohol impaired driving
  • Fatigued driving
  • Failing to check blind spots
  • Driver inattention
  • Speeding
  • Reckless driving
  • Failing to use proper signals and headlights
  • Changing lanes without looking
  • Making turns without checking for motorcycles or oncoming traffic
Distracted Driving Causes Limited Visibility

A major cause of motorcycle accidents involving limited visibility is distracted driving. If drivers aren’t paying attention to the road, they’re not looking out for motorcycles. When drivers are texting, emailing or talking on the cell phone, their attention is not on the task of driving. It’s on their cell phone. How can drivers see motorcycles in their blind spots or in oncoming traffic if they’re not even looking up from their phones? If you’ve been injured in a motorcycle accident involving limited visibility, you need to find out of the driver was involved in some type of distracting behavior. An experienced personal injury attorney can stay on top of any official investigative developments and determine if distracted driving was to blame for your accident.

Drunk Drivers and Motorcycle Accidents

Another major cause of limited visibility motorcycle accidents is drunk driving. Alcohol or drug impaired drivers are a danger to everybody on the roads, including and especially motorcycle riders. Drivers who get behind the wheel after drinking are jeopardizing their own lives and the lives of others. A drunk driver isn’t safe and doesn’t have the ability to navigate the roadways or lookout for motorcycle riders.

Drowsy Driving and Limited Visibility

Drowsy driving is another dangerous epidemic for other roadway users, including motorcyclists. Drowsy drivers are specifically known for not being aware of their surroundings. A fatigued driver is barely keeping it together to stay on the road, let alone checking blind spots and being aware of other riders and drivers on the road. Additionally, a drowsy driver has poor decision making skills and slowed reaction times. If you were involved in a limited visibility motorcycle accident at night, chances are driver fatigue could have been a factor.

Driver Inattention and Visibility in Motorcycle Accidents

Ultimately, motorcycle accidents involving reduced or limited visibility come down to some form of driver inattention. An inattentive driver is likely to miss seeing a motorcycle rider in his or her blind spot. A driver who isn’t paying very good attention to the road is also likely to merge or make a turn in the path of a motorcyclist. No matter what the particular circumstances of your accident were, an inattentive driver was likely involved. Drivers who don’t pay attention to the road or their surroundings are likely to put the lives of others at great risk for injury causing or fatal accidents.

Increasing Visibility on Your Motorcycle

Thankfully, there are things you can do to improve visibility on your own motorcycle. Wearing brightly colored clothes or reflective gear is a great way to improve visibility. Additionally, it’s important to make sure your headlights and taillights are bright, clean and in working order. Make yourself and your bike as visible as possible.

Share The Road

Ultimately, motorcycles safety comes down to one very important element, sharing the road. Drivers and riders need to share the road safely. This means drivers need to look twice for motorcycles and treat them with respect. Make sure you’re observing all rules of the road and giving motorcycle riders the room they need to maneuver in the event of an emergency. Sharing the road also means making a commitment to distraction-free driving. A distracted driver simply cannot share the road with others.

When to Call a Jackson Motorcycle Accident Lawyer

Motorcycle accidents involving limited visibility can be devastating for riders. You could be in the hospital and out of work for an extended period of time. If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a limited visibility motorcycle accident in Jackson or the surrounding communities, contact the skilled legal team at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC at (601) 948-1600 for a free case consultation.

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