While motorists and motorcycles must follow the same traffic laws, for the rider, the results of a collision may easily be deadly.
According to the Tennessee Highway Safety Office, in a crash between a motor vehicle and a motorcycle, the cyclist is roughly five times more likely to suffer an injury than the vehicle occupants, and roughly 27 times more likely to die.
1. Look out for motorcycles
Because motorcycles are smaller and less common than other vehicles on the road, a motorist may simply fail to see or fail to notice a motorcycle rider. This is especially true when a driver is changing lanes or making a left-hand turn.
2. Check mirrors and blind spots often
The rear and side-view mirrors on a vehicle are essential for helping drivers to monitor surrounding traffic. Failing to check mirrors and blind spots frequently or failing to keep mirrors properly adjusted poses a risk to everyone on the road.
3. Use appropriate signals
Using signals when merging or changing lanes allows the rider, and other vehicles, needed time to find a safe lane position and speed without disrupting other traffic.
4. Keep a safe distance
Motorcyclists may need to slow down, stop or move within the lane quickly to avoid road debris or other hazards. Maintaining the following distance of three to four seconds may prevent a rear-end collision.
The results of a motorcycle accident are often catastrophic. Riders and their families should know that, if a driver’s negligence causes injury or death, the law may hold him or her responsible for needed compensation.