Motorcycle accidents are among the most fatal on the road, with motorcyclists being 30 times more likely to die in the event of an accident.
This is largely due to the fact that bikes are less visible compared to vehicles and motorcyclists are more physically exposed to harm during a wreck. It’s especially concerning because there are thousands of registered cyclists in Tennessee.
Here are some of the leading causes of motorcycle accidents:
Motorcycle accidents are caused by various reasons, many of which are related to the hazardous road conditions that riders face. Some of the most common hazards are:
- Debris on the roadway
- Oil slicks
- Wet roads
- Gravel or grass clippings on the road.
Riders must be aware of these dangers and take precautions when traveling on hazardous roads. That means slowing down and leaving other vehicles plenty of space.
However, smart motorcyclists know that they need to also watch for other drivers who don’t have the sense to slow down when the road conditions are poor. A car that hits a pothole too hard, could easily bounce out of its lane and hit a rider.
Distracted drivers often cause motorcycle accidents. This can be anything from texting while driving to eating or applying makeup. When a driver is distracted, they’re not paying attention to the road and may not see a motorcycle coming, leading to a serious accident.
It’s important for everyone to be aware of the dangers of distracted driving and to take steps to avoid it. Whether you’re driving a car or motorcycle, always keep your eyes on the road and avoid any activities that can take your focus away from the task at hand.
If you are in a motorcycle accident, you may be able to recover damages for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. Tennessee follows a modified comparative negligence rule, making it impossible for you to seek compensation if you bear 50% or more responsibility for your accident. For that reason, it’s important to have experienced legal guidance to help you understand your legal options.