THE SAFETY OF MOTORCYCLE RIDERS HINGES LARGELY ON OTHER DRIVERS
Given the nature of motorcycles, crashes are often much more serious than those involving only cars and trucks. Since motorcycles are much smaller than other vehicles on the road, they can be harder to see when you are driving around East Tennessee. At Cantrell, Goodge & Associates, we understand the consequences of what happens to a motorcycle rider when another driver fails to see while sharing the road.
However, according to the American Automobile Association, there are some simple steps that you can take to help keep everyone safer. For instance, if a motorcycle is present, it is very important for you to check all of your blind spots and mirrors prior to changing lanes. In addition, motorcycles should be provided with ample room. Since they are traveling at the same speed as you and other vehicles on the road, it is just as important to leave a few seconds of time behind them as it is for other cars. This is especially true on roads that are rough or unevenly paved.
Another issue that presents difficulties for motorcycle riders is that car drivers sometimes think a lane is wide enough to compensate both a car and a motorcycle. Even though motorcycles are much smaller, you should still allow them the same space to maneuver as a car or truck.
Finally, motorcycle riders are more likely to be out in numbers when the weather is nice and on weekends. Therefore, you should exercise extra caution at those times as the chances of an incident involving a motorcycle are increased. For more information on collisions involving motorcycles, please visit our web page.