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How to Avoid a Motorcycle Accident and Serious Injuries

Posted on in Motor Vehicle Accidents

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On February 28, a motorcyclist suffered serious injuries on Interstate 40. The accident occurred when the motorcyclist collided with a semi-truck. The motorcyclist was transferred to a local hospital, and fortunately, is expected to recover. 

Because of the lack of protection compared to a car, motorcycle accidents often result in severe and even fatal injuries. Many are caused by negligent drivers who failed to see the motorcycle. If you are the victim of such an accident, contact a skilled personal injury lawyer as soon as possible.

Motorcycle Safety Tips 

According to a study conducted by the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA), 4,990 Americans were killed in motorcycle collisions in 2017. In all, motorcycle fatalities accounted for approximately 14 percent of all traffic deaths that year. Listed below are a few steps you can take to decrease the likelihood of an injury the next time you ride your motorcycle. 

Wear Your Helmet 

Despite the fact helmets can substantially decrease the likelihood of serious injury, many motorcyclists elect not to wear them. It is estimated that more than 800 lives could be saved each year by every motorcyclist wearing their helmet. Helmets can prevent life-threatening head injuries and devastating brain trauma. 

Practice Safe Driving Habits

Some motorcycle collisions are at least partially attributable to a motorcyclist driving in a negligent or reckless manner. Because there is so little margin for error, it is critical to practice safe motorcycle driving habits. Avoid riding at speeds over the legal speed limit, tailgating, or recklessly passing other vehicles. 

Avoid Driving in Bad Weather

Riding a motorcycle in less than ideal weather conditions can be dangerous. During heavy rainfall, motorcycles are susceptible to hydroplaning and your vision can be limited. If snow or ice is present, motorcycle tires struggle to gain traction, and you can lose control easily. As you plan for your next ride, make sure to check the day’s forecast.

Contact a Jacksboro, TN Motorcycle Accident Lawyer 

Due to the limited protection that motorcycles provide, injuries can range from broken bones to severe head trauma. If you were involved in an accident caused by another driver, you deserve the help of a trusted legal team you can believe in. At The Law Office of William F. Evans, we are dedicated to securing our clients the injury compensation they deserve. To schedule a free consultation with a Campbell County personal injury attorney, contact us today at 423-449-7980. 

Sources:

https://www.wvlt.tv/content/news/Motorcycle-trapped-under-semi-truck-on-I-40-506494341.html

https://www.ghsa.org/resources/spotlight-motorcyclists18

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