Last year, 121 motorcycle riders were killed in Tennessee. And statistically, July is the most dangerous month for motorcycle riders. So now is the time to review steps that can be taken to help reduce the number of motorcycle accidents. Below are six ways you can help.
- Corral loose gravel — As a former motorcycle rider, I can vouch for the fun and relaxation that can be found riding a country road and enjoying the beautiful scenery. But many driveways in the country are gravel and often that gravel migrates into the roadway. Loose gravel is a real hazard for motorcycle riders especially if it happens to be in a curve. So if you own a gravel driveway, take the time to corral any loose gravel.
- Keep dogs properly restrained –- Many dogs like to chase things especially cars, bicyclists, motorcyclists etc. A dog darting into the roadway or lunging at the legs of a motorcyclist can easily cause an accident. Tennessee has a leash law, and for more information on your responsibility as a dog owner, go to johndaylegal.com/dog-bites.html.
- Lookout for motorcycle riders –- Most drivers who pull out in front of a motorcyclist or lane change into a motorcycle rider state they never saw the motorcycle. So make it a point to look for motorcycle riders when pulling out, changing lanes and other driving maneuvers.
- Stay back, Jack. – Don’t follow too closely to a motorcycle rider. In the event the motorcycle rider is confronted with an emergency (loose gravel, unrestrained dog, etc.) you will have sufficient reaction time to avoid an impact.
- Don’t be a distracted driver – While this rule holds true for all drivers, it is especially important for motorcycle riders. Consider this: you are approaching a red light, as you slow down, you start checking your phone for messages. Because you are distracted, you fail to notice the motorcycle stopped ahead of you. If this was a car or truck, it might just be a minor fender-bender. But motorcycles do not have the same crash protection as a car or truck, and the accident could be much more serious or even fatal.
- Slow down –- Speed reduces valuable reaction time. Time you just may need to avoid an accident with a motorcycle rider.
Keeping the roadways safe is everyone’s responsibility. Unfortunately, too many motorists do not take the responsibility seriously enough. So if you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident, contact one of our top-rated attorneys for a free consultation in which we will review your case, answer your questions and advise you of your legal rights. We handle all motorcycle accident cases on a contingency basis which means we only get paid if we win. We have recovered millions of dollars for our satisfied clients and we would like to help you too.
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