In 2015, the state of Tennessee reported a total of 20 fatal motorcycle-related fatalities. However, only four months into the New Year, 25 motorcycle-related fatalities have been reported and Tennessee Highway Patrol has taken notice.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), almost half of all motorcycle crashes nationwide also involve an automobile. The most common scenario occurs when a car takes a left turn in front of motorcycle, either because they failed to see the approaching motorist or have misjudged their distance and speed. The driver of the motorcycle rarely has time to react in situations like these and the resulting crash can be deadly.
According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, drivers need to make an effort to be aware of motorcyclists, who are much less protected from bodily harm in the event of a collision than someone in a car. May has been declared Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month and works to remind all drivers to share the road. As warmer weather approaches, motorcycles will be more present on roads not just in in Tennessee, but across the United States. The NHTSA offers the following suggestions to increase the safety of both cars and motorcycles:
- Car drivers should remember to allow motorcycles the full width of a lane at all times.
- Both drivers need to remember to use their signals when changing lanes or merging - for motorcyclists, turn signals and hand signals both apply.
- Always check mirrors and blind spots before changing lanes, particularly at intersections.
Motorcycle accidents tend to be very serious or fatal, often leaving the injured and their families in dire situations both financially and emotionally.
The Knoxville motorcycle accident attorneys at Greg Coleman Law have seen the devastating effects that collisions can have on everyone involved.
If you or someone you love has been injured in a motorcycle accident that could have been prevented, contact one of the attorneys at our law firm for a free case evaluation. We can help you make the right decision and pursue the compensation you deserve.