One of the main reasons that motorcyclists are attracted to motorcycles instead of a standard car or truck is because of their compact size and maneuverability. Motorcyclists have the freedom to explore the open road with minimal restrictions. However, many motorists misconstrue a motorcycles’ maneuverability and this dangerous misconception can cause accidents.
Attorney Brian Steed Tatum has years of experience in helping North Carolina’s and South Carolina’s injured motorists in dealing with the effects of motorcycle accidents. His knowledge and skill are dedicated to each client to help him or her receive the compensation he or she deserves as a result of injuries.
Drivers’ misconceptions about motorcycles’ maneuverability is a common cause of accidents. According to the Motorcycle Safety Foundation, drivers of passenger motor vehicles tend to unintentionally ignore motorcyclists and, in most fatal accidents involving motorcycles, a car or truck driver was at fault for causing a collision.
Maneuverability is one of a motorcycle’s best characteristics. Its smaller size allows easier access and more flexibility to execute basic maneuvers like turns and passing. On the other hand, motorcyclists cannot always dodge and avoid a crash. The stopping distance of a motorcycle is nearly the same as that for cars, and bad weather and poorly maintained roads can make the pavement slippery, which is more difficult for bikers to maneuver their motorcycles.
Bikers often adjust their lane position while riding. This is to ensure that the rider is readily visible to other motorists as well as to avoid debris and other bad road conditions. Car and truck drivers must realize that maneuvering and adjusting lane positions frequently is not meant to be reckless riding; in fact, it is a safety maneuver and motorists need to give motorcycles plenty of room to keep everyone safe.
Also, to keep a motorcycle performing at its best, routine maintenance is essential. By ensuring that the motorcycle is performing at its best at all times, riders can be confident that their motorcycle can maneuver properly. Poor maintenance causes mechanical issues that can cause a rider to lose control or crash.
Drivers of passenger motor vehicles should not assume that motorcyclists can maneuver out of the way to avoid a collision. This assumption is usually far from accurate and can result in dangerous and fatal accidents.
At the Tatum Law Firm, we are dedicated to our clients and are available to help them find the course of action that makes sense for them and their families. We take the time to evaluate each case so that we can offer the best services to our clients. We understand how difficult and stressful life can be after an accident and so our dedicated motorcycle accident attorney, Brian Steed Tatum, is ready to evaluate your case and help you through the process of getting you the maximum compensation available for your losses.
If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a motorcycle accident, please contact our office for assistance at (704) 307-4350 or reach out to us online for a free case evaluation.