Motorcyclists have a lot less protection than someone in a car while they travel on the roadways. This is why they should take more precautions to avoid injuries that can occur regardless if they collide with another vehicle. Motorcycle accidents can happen as a result of several reasons, including negligence by the motorcyclist or other motorists sharing the road. The motorcyclist following too closely behind a vehicle or another driver in a vehicle following a motorcycle too closely can also result in a crash. A motorcyclist weaving in between cars at a high rate of speed is dangerous, and this "lane splitting" is illegal in Tennessee. Poor conditions of the road such as potholes or debris can also cause drivers to suddenly swerve out of the way, thus causing a collision. These types of accidents can result in a motorcyclist who is taken to the hospital with injuries such as road rash, broken bones, head or back pain, lacerations, and even death.
Tennessee Motorcycle Safety Laws
Before cruising on the open road on a two- or three-wheeled vehicle, all Tennessee drivers must earn a motorcycle (Class-M) license. Examinations are similar to earning a regular driver’s license and anyone over the age of 16 years old can work to earn their right to drive a motorcycle. Once motorcyclists complete all the necessary tests, they are expected to abide by the rules of their given state. According to Tennessee law, all motorcyclists must:
Wear a helmet at all times.
Use a headlight even during the daytime hours.
Wear protective eyewear.
Equip a muffler, and left and right side mirrors.
If riding with a passenger, equip a seat and footrest.
A violation of any of these rules will result in a Class C misdemeanor charge against the offender.
Ways to Avoid a Collision
A motorcycle is the smallest vehicle to operate on roadways and therefore they are more difficult to see. On top of that, many motorists may not fully realize that motorcycles need more room because their brake and acceleration times are significantly shorter than those of a car or truck.
With that in mind, motorcyclists should be vigilant at all times and know that they have a higher level of risk while on the road. They cannot control the actions of other drivers around them, but there are ways for a motorcyclist to lessen their chances of injuries by taking the following precautions:
Drive to survive: Be extra careful when driving near other vehicles; even other motorcycles.
Stay out of blind spots: If another driver cannot see you, then he or she may hit you when making a simple lane change. Blind spots on a car are usually just next to the vehicle, but toward the back end of the car. Trucks have bigger blind spots and all motorists should rely on the rule “if you can’t see my mirrors, I can’t see you” in order to stay safe.
Check your vehicle: Do a safety inspection before and after a trip to make sure your motorcycle is in proper working order.
Dealing with any injury and the resulting medical bills can be a stressful process. It is better to do everything possible to avoid suffering an injury in a roadway accident.
Contact a Jacksboro, TN Personal Injury Attorney
Accidents can happen and unfortunately, motorcyclists often get blamed for a crash even when they have done nothing wrong. This can result in them not getting the compensation that they deserve from insurance companies or parties that are truly at-fault. If you or someone you know has suffered injuries in a motorcycle accident and are concerned about receiving compensation, hire a lawyer from the Law Office of William F. Evans to help protect your rights. To schedule a free consultation with a Campbell County motorcycle accident lawyer, call our office today at 423-449-7980.