WHAT CAN MOTORISTS DO TO PREVENT MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENTS?
In 2009, the Tennessee Department of Transportation released an in-depth report regarding motorcycle accidents. The research indicated that in 48.5 percent of incidents between 2004 and 2008, multiple vehicles were involved in the motorcycle crash. A significant 28.1 percent of accidents were intersection-related.
While you may do everything you can to remain safe on your bike, it is important for motorists to also recognize that they play a role in motorcycle safety. According to the Motorcycle Safety Foundation, in incidents in which the motorist is to blame, the accident is often a result of the vehicle driver’s unawareness of the motorcyclist.
The MSF offers the following tips to people in cars to prevent a fatal motorcycle accident:
- Take the time to check all mirrors and ensure it is safe to switch lanes or make a turn.
- Consider that motorcycles may look further away than they are in the mirror.
- Keep more distance in between the car and the motorcycle because cyclists often downshift instead of braking when slowing down.
- Poor road conditions are even more dangerous for motorcyclists, so people in cars should provide plenty of space and take extra caution when sharing the road.
If you experience a motorcycle accident in Tennessee, the law enables you to hold the responsible party accountable for your damages. Filing a lawsuit could mean recovering compensation for items such as medical bills, rehabilitation and your emotional pain and suffering.
While this information may be useful, it should not be taken as legal advice.