For motorcyclists in Tennessee, spring is an exciting season. They haven’t really been able to ride all winter, and spring is the time when the snow and ice melt, temperatures go up, and they get to bring their motorcycles back out for another year. The best riding may happen in the summer, but the most exciting riding is in the spring because it’s all new again.
It’s also more dangerous. Riders need to be careful.
Why do the risks increase?
It’s well-known that spring is risky for motorcyclists, but why is that? To understand the hazards you face, here are a few potential reasons:
- The weather can change quickly. Those roads may not be as dry and safe as you assume.
- Drivers have forgotten about motorcycles and therefore are more likely to overlook them.
- Some drivers do not like motorcycles and may drive aggressively, unhappy to see them back on the road.
- The days are still shorter than they are in the summer, so you spend more time riding in the dark.
- Other motorcyclists may be a bit “rusty” after taking the winter off, which can lead to increased risks if you normally like to ride in a group.
Perhaps the biggest risk out of those five comes from drivers. They always need to be extra aware and check twice for motorcycles, and they’re least likely to do it in the spring. It just doesn’t cross their minds. This negligence can lead to some serious accidents. If you’re injured in one, you need compensation for medical bills, lost wages, ongoing health care expenses, and many other costs. An experienced attorney can help.