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Tennessee Reminds Motorists to Share the Road With Motorcyclists

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May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, a nationwide initiative that sheds light on the importance of motorcycle safety and the need for motorists to share the road with motorcyclists responsibly. Why is this important? Because motorcyclist safety is often disregarded on Tennessee's roads.

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    Bikers are at risk of severe injury in a motorcycle accident

    Motorcyclist deaths have climbed in recent years. In 2023, roughly 200 motorcyclists died in traffic accidents in Tennessee. A single lapse in attention from a motor vehicle driver can result in a devastating motorcycle accident. This can leave motorcyclists with severe injuries and complex legal battles for compensation. Even worse, motorcyclists can lose their lives.

    To help spread awareness around motorcyclist safety, the Tennessee High Safety Office has shared valuable tips for sharing the road with motorcyclists, as outlined below.

    Check mirrors and blind spots

    Before switching lanes or making maneuvers, motorists should diligently check their mirrors and blind spots to detect the presence of motorcyclists. Given their smaller profile, motorcycles can easily go unnoticed if drivers fail to conduct thorough visual checks before changing lanes.

    Pay attention to the speed and distance of motorcycles

    Motorcycles' smaller size can often lead to misjudgments regarding their speed and distance compared to other vehicles. Motorists should exercise caution and attentiveness when gauging the movements of motorcyclists. They should also avoid making assumptions and maintain a safe following distance.

    Signal intentions and lane changes

    Clear communication is important when drivers share the road with motorcyclists. Motorists should consistently signal their intentions before changing lanes or merging with traffic. This allows motorcyclists to anticipate drivers' movements and adjust their position accordingly.

    Allow full lane width for motorcyclists

    Recognizing that motorcyclists require adequate space to maneuver safely, motorists should refrain from encroaching on their lane. Allowing motorcyclists a full lane width promotes their visibility and affords them the necessary room to navigate potential hazards without constraint.

    Maintain adequate follow distance

    Tailgating poses a significant risk to motorcyclists. Drivers who follow too closely don't have the reaction time and maneuvering space to avoid a collision in the event of a sudden stop. Motorists should maintain a safe following distance of three to four seconds when trailing a motorcycle. This allows both parties to respond effectively to changing road conditions.

    Common motorcycle accident injuries

    Motorcycle accidents can result in a variety of injuries, ranging from minor to severe. Some of the most common motorcycle accident injuries include:

    • Road rash: When a rider skids across the pavement during a crash, they can suffer abrasions and lacerations known as road rash. These injuries can range from mild to severe and may require extensive medical attention.
    • Fractures: Motorcycle accidents often lead to broken bones, especially in the arms, legs, and collarbones. The impact of the crash can cause bones to fracture upon impact with the ground or another object.
    • Head injuries: Head injuries are a significant risk for motorcyclists, even when wearing helmets. Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) can occur due to the force of impact, leading to concussions, contusions, or more severe brain damage.
    • Spinal cord injuries: Motorcycle accidents can also cause damage to the spinal cord, resulting in partial or complete paralysis. These injuries can have a lifelong impact on the rider's mobility and quality of life.
    • Soft tissue injuries: In addition to road rash, motorcyclists may suffer soft tissue injuries such as sprains, strains, and bruising. These injuries can cause pain and discomfort and may require medical treatment and rehabilitation.
    • Internal injuries: Motorcycle accidents can also cause internal injuries, including damage to organs such as the liver, spleen, or kidneys. These injuries may not be immediately apparent and can lead to serious complications if left untreated.

    If you've been injured in a motorcycle accident due to another party's negligence, it's crucial to seek legal representation to protect your rights and pursue compensation for your injuries and losses.

    Hurt in a motorcycle accident in Tennessee? You may be eligible for compensation

    A motorcycle accident can have devastating and long-term consequences. If you were hurt in a motorcycle crash, you may be unable to work and earn a living while the medical bills pile up. On top of that, you're dealing with pushy insurance companies who have a bias toward motorcyclists. That's why it's important to get a strong legal advocate on your side.

    Negligent drivers and their insurers are often quick to deflect the blame. At the Law Office Of Eric Beasley, we take a meticulous approach to gathering evidence, interviewing witnesses, and leveraging expert insights. We ensure that each client receives the personalized representation they deserve.

    For over two decades, Attorney Eric Beasley has advocated for injured motorcyclists throughout the greater Nashville area. He has a proven track record of success, and his case results prove it. For instance, in one case, our law firm recovered $850,000 for a motorcycle wreck involving severe injuries.

    Getting started on your motorcycle accident claim is simple. Just contact our law firm online or call one of our law offices in Nashville or Goodlettsville for a free consultation.

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