September 04, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/
-- The Tennessee Highway Patrol recently reported on a young man killed in a motorcycle accident. The accident occurred when a pickup truck pulling a trailer slowed to make a curve and the motorcycle struck the trailer. The driver of the motorcycle was thrown into the back of the trailer. The severity of his injuries led to his death. No one in the pickup truck was injured.
The tragedy of this motorcycle accident
serves as an important reminder of the need for additional safety precautions for motorcycle riders. Those who are in a vehicle, like a pickup truck, have the added protection of the confines of the car around them while motorcycle riders do not. Although this freedom is arguably one of the draws to riding a motorcycle in the first place, it comes with risks. The reduced level of protection can increase the severity of injuries received during accidents.
Knowing the common causes of motorcycle accidents, and taking proactive steps to avoid them, can help reduce your risk of injury. Some of the more common causes include:
- Right of way violations. A common cause of motorcycle accidents involving other vehicles are the result of the other vehicle violating the motorcycle's right of way. One potential cause is the vehicle driver's inability to see the motorcycle. Precautions to increase the motorcycle's visual recognition, such as leaving a headlight on or wearing bright colors, may help reduce this risk.
- Road hazards. Mild irritants for automobiles can pose serious dangers for motorcycles. Obstacles like potholes and oil slicks can lead to major accidents. Be extra vigilant while riding to watch for, and avoid, these dangers.
- Skill. Motorcycle riders with more familiarity and skill decrease their risk of involvement in an accident. Take the time and make the investment of taking a course if you are new to riding.
According to the Department of Transportation, the number of motorcycle accident related fatalities has more than doubled over the past ten years. As a result, it may be more important than ever to take extra precautions before riding your motorcycle.
Accidents can happen, even when precautions are taken.
Unfortunately, even when precautions are taken accidents can happen. If you are involved in a motorcycle accident due to the negligence or reckless act of another driver, compensation may be available to help cover the various costs associated with an accident. These costs can include medical care and rehabilitative treatment. Contact an experienced Tennessee motorcycle injury attorney to discuss your situation and better ensure a favorable outcome.
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