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Help Prevent Crashes During Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month

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Knoxville motorcycle crash injury lawyersIf you have ever sustained a motorcycle crash injury, then you know how devastating one can be. Unlike other vehicles, motorcycles offer their riders very little protection. In fact, federal statistics indicate that about four in every five motorcycle accidents result in serious injuries. Where do all these crashes come from? It turns out that in more than two-thirds of crashes between cars and motorcycles, it is the drivers of the cars who are responsible. And with 2,670 motorcycle crashes and 151 fatalities in Tennessee alone in 2021, there is still a lot that motorists can do to stem this tide of serious personal injuries and death.

Look Twice for Motorcycles

Since motorcycles are smaller and less visible than cars or trucks, it is important to pay extra attention to make sure you see them. To help keep this serious issue top of mind, the state government is asking all Tennessee motorists to “Look Twice for Motorcycles” during Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month this May. Specifically, here are three things they want to remind you so as to avoid a crash with a motorcycle:

  • Motorcycles always have all the same rights and privileges as any other vehicle on the road, including the use of the full width of traffic lanes.
  • Before you change lanes or merge with other traffic, particularly at intersections, always check your mirrors and blind spots for any motorcycles that may be there. Then signal and proceed.
  • Motorcycles do not follow the same driving patterns cars do. Where a car can just roll over a piece of wood or other small obstruction in the road without thinking about it, hitting that same piece of debris on a motorcycle may cause a fatal fall. Therefore, riders in front of you will react differently to road conditions, often dodging and maneuvering around things you won’t see; so stay alert and try to predict their evasive actions.

For this reason, it is also vital to back off and give these vulnerable riders enough room and time—about three or four seconds—to maneuver or stop in case of an emergency.

Contact a Compassionate Anderson County Motorcycle Accident Lawyer

Unfortunately, due to some riders’ risky behavior, law-abiding motorcyclists often get blamed for accidents that are not their fault. As an experienced Oak Ridge motorcycle crash attorney, The Law Office of William F. Evans has helped many riders and their families get the true compensation they deserve. If you are the victim of a motorcycle accident, call us at 423-449-7980 to schedule a free consultation. Meanwhile, we urge all Tennessee drivers to “Look Twice for Motorcycles” during May’s Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month—and throughout the year.



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