A great number of motorcycle accidents that occur nationwide each year are due in some part to some type of maneuverability issue. In many cases, this has nothing to do with the motorcycle rider’s ability or skills to ride, and has everything to do with drivers’ misconceptions about what a motorcycle is and is not capable of. How often have we seen drivers tailgate motorcyclists?
Do many drivers even give a second thought to how much room a motorcyclist needs to maneuver in the event of a roadway hazard? Do drivers often wonder why motorcycle riders switch in and out of lanes for seemingly no apparent reason? It all comes down to motorcycle maneuverability.
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Although in the movies, we see motorcyclists dodging, jumping and avoiding hazards with the greatest of ease, navigating the roadways in the real world is a little different. Drivers who have never ridden motorcycles often have pretty profound misconceptions about the capabilities and maneuverability of motorcycles. You can tell who does and doesn’t understand the maneuverability of a motorcycle, by how closely a driver follows a motorcycle or how they treat motorcyclists on the roadways. Drivers’ misconceptions about motorcycle maneuverability are a huge problem for riders on roadways in Jackson and around the nation.
If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a motorcycle maneuverability accident in or around the Jackson Metro Area, contact the skilled legal team at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC at (601) 265-7766 for an immediate free consultation.
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Although motorcycles are pretty sporty, they do have some pretty serious limitations, especially when handling traffic and other aggressive motorists are involved. First and foremost, a motorcycle can’t stop on a dime. They need additional room to maneuver in the event of an emergency or hazard in the roadway. They’re not cars, and they only have two wheels. Drivers can’t expect for motorcycles to perform like cars. Additionally, maneuverability can be greatly diminished by roadway conditions like poor weather or construction debris. A pothole that isn’t a big deal for a driver, could pose a serious risk to a rider. On top of all of the maneuverability limitations of a bike, riders also have to deal with drivers that crowd their space, merge into them or otherwise disrespect or endanger them on the roadways.
Roadway Hazards and Motorcycle Maneuverability
One of the biggest problems with motorcycle maneuverability is navigating around roadway hazards. Have you ever seen a motorcycle weave in and out of lanes for no apparent reason? Riders are often scanning way ahead of where they are riding for the simple reason of keeping an eye out for roadway hazards. They might also be jockeying for additional space in the event of an issue. Riders don’t only have to contend with distracted and dangerous drivers, they also have to keep a vigilant eye on the conditions of the roadway.
Giving Motorcycle Riders The Space They Need
In most cases involving motorcycle maneuverability accidents, injuries could have been prevented if only motorcycles had the room they need. Drivers need to understand that motorcycles do have maneuverability limitations. They’re not cars. They can’t perform like cars, and they can’t keep riders safe in the same way that cars do. Giving motorcycle riders the space they need to maneuver in the event of a hazard or roadway emergency can help to keep them alive.
Motorcycle accidents are often much more devastating for the riders involved than for the drives and passengers in traditional passenger occupant vehicles. Simply put, riders are more vulnerable in the event of an accident. Riders can become severely or catastrophically injured in accidents as seemingly low speeds, because they don’t have the same protections as passenger vehicle occupants. They don’t have seat belts, steel cages and air bags. At best, they have protective gear like helmets and jackets, but those items can only do so much in a very severe accident. Victims of motorcycle maneuverability accidents are often in the hospital for an extended period of time. Although everybody hopes and wishes for a full recovery, the sad truth is that many people will have lifelong impacts related to their injuries after the accident.
After a Motorcycle Maneuverability Accident
After an accident involving motorcycle maneuverability, it’s absolutely essential to get in touch with a skilled and proven motorcycle accident lawyer. In some cases, it will take additional investigative efforts to determine the cause of a motorcycle accident, so it’s essential to have an experienced team in your corner. Your lawyer can stay on top of official investigative developments and be your advocate while you recover from your injuries.