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Lower your risk of a motorcycle crash by staying out of motorists blind spots


According to Current Results weather statistics, Tennessee has an average of 200 sunny days per year. This gives motorcyclists plenty of opportunities to enjoy their two-wheeled transportation. Rider safety is always a concern, and developing safe habits can reduce the risk of a collision. An attorney in Tennessee cautions that what would only be a fender bender between two passenger vehicles has the potential to cause significant damage in a motorcycle crash. Although awareness programs encourage car drivers to watch out for motorcycles, riders can do their part by making sure they are visible.

Blind spots = high danger

A motorcycle is approximately a third as wide as a passenger vehicle, which makes them difficult to see when they are in a vehicle's blind spot. A blind spot is any place that a driver is unable to see by looking in the rear- or side-view mirrors. The location and length of blind spots differ from one vehicle to another, and some may include space to the rear of the vehicle, as well as along the sides.

If a driver relies solely on mirrors to check traffic before changing lanes on a city street in Tennessee, an attorney knows that the resulting motorcycle crash could cause significant injuries, even at 30 miles per hour. However, the speed limit on rural and urban interstate highways in Tennessee is 70 miles per hour, and at that speed, any amount of contact will probably be fatal. By avoiding blind spots, motorcyclists improve their safety on the road.

Safety precautions

According to Cycle World, riding directly beside any vehicle puts a motorcycle at high risk of a sideswipe. Instead, a rider should stay at a distance behind the vehicle. Before passing, a rider should have a plan. Many drivers do not turn their heads to check their blind spots, so if a rider is unable to see the vehicle's mirrors, it is safest to assume the driver does not see the motorcycle. By spending a few seconds in the left side of the lane, the motorcycle is in the mirror of the vehicle and provides the driver with a few seconds of direct visibility. A pass should be completed as quickly as possible to minimize the amount of time the rider is in the danger zone beside the larger vehicle.

Even the most cautious motorcyclist is no match for a negligent or reckless driver. After a motorcycle crash in Tennessee, an attorney may be able to help hold the responsible party liable and ensure that the victim receives compensation for damages.

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