Very often, motorcyclists swerve off the road while negotiating turns with a variable radius. Essentially, there are different turning maneuvers required for different shapes of road. The radius on a simple, right angle turn is constant, so the motorcyclist can approach the curve from the left area of their lane, slope to the right while rounding out the actual curve and end up back in the left area of their lane after the curve. The maneuver is simple and integrated into standard motorcycle safety courses. However, when a motorcyclist misjudges a constant radius turn for a variable radius turn, the consequences can be fatal.
If a motorcyclist were to ride through a turn with a decreasing radius, such as a U-turn, with the same strategy used for constant radius turns, they would drift out of their lane into opposing traffic or off the road. The motorcycle safety experts of Motorcycle.com recommend negotiating a variable radius turn by starting out with as wide of an approach as possible. This is necessary because often the motorcyclist cannot see around the bend of the curve. With a wide turn, motorcyclists are better prepared to adjust for unknown features around the curve.
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As long as motorcyclists are educated about proper turning procedures, the only remaining threat to their safety is the presence of careless or negligent motorists. Integrating motorcycle safety information into drivers’ education can go a long way in decreasing the incidence of motorcycle accidents. If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident caused by a negligent motorist, contact us and we can help. Our national motorcycle accident attorneys will work tirelessly in the courtroom to secure the full compensation that you deserve for your injuries. For more information or a free consultation with one of our motorcycle accident lawyers, call us at (866) 377-3800.
[Did You Know: The Motorcycle Safety Foundation’s standardized curriculum only dates back to 1973.]
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