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Tips to help Tennessee motorists avoid motorcycle accidents

February saw its fair share of warm weather this year, prompting many motorcyclists to take to Tennessee's roadways. Spring is just around the corner, meaning that even more bikers are preparing for the riding season. While these motorcyclists need to ensure that their bikes are properly maintained and that they have the skills they need to operate their motorcycles in a safe fashion, other motorists need to ensure that they are aware of the motorcyclists that may be operating near them.

Most motorcycle riders will agree that motorists must become more aware of the dangers of motorcycle unawareness. More than half of all fatal motorcycle accidents involve another vehicle. In many of these instances, a driver other than the motorcyclist is at fault. To prevent fatal and injurious motorcycle accidents, motorists need to be aware that a motorcycle's slim profile can easily be lost in one's blind spot. Therefore, motorists should be sure to check their mirrors twice before changing lanes or turning.

Motorists should also be aware that it can be difficult to judge a motorcyclist's distance from another vehicle. This is due to a motorcycle's small size compared to other vehicles. This depth perception issue can make it difficult for drivers to gauge a motorcyclist's speed, which could result in a serious wreck.

Since motorcyclists lack the protection of an enclosed vehicle body, seatbelts and airbags, they can be seriously injured when involved in an accident. These victims can be left with significant damages, including pain and suffering, medical expenses, and lost wages. The physical, emotional, and financial losses can take a toll, leaving these victims uncertain about their future. By pursuing a personal injury lawsuit against a negligent driver, they may be able to recover compensation for these losses.

Source: Motorcycle Safety Foundation, "Quick Tips: Ten Things All Car & Truck Drivers Should Know About Motorcycles," accessed on Feb. 24, 2017

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