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How motorcyclists can increase safety when riding in traffic

On Behalf of | Mar 14, 2024 | Motor Vehicle Accidents

Tennessee is home to thousands of motorcyclists. Motorcycles are an enjoyable way to explore scenic roadways and city streets here. Yet, motorcyclists face unique risks that are not present for motorists in passenger vehicles. Since motorcycles have a small profile, they can be harder for other drivers to spot. Here are some ways motorcyclists can stay safe while riding in traffic 

Wear protective gear 

Riders should never take to the road without protective gear. The most important piece of safety gear is a helmet, but this also includes gloves, boots and a jacket. This gear will protect in case of an accident while also providing comfort and protection for long rides. 

Be aware of other vehicles 

Be sure to maintain a safe distance from other vehicles. Also, watch for vehicles to change lanes and be ready to swerve or brake if necessary. Make intentions clear and use signals. Avoid making sudden turns or moves. 

Stay focused and ride defensively 

Riding a motorcycle safely in traffic requires focus and patience. The actions of other drivers are unpredictable, so riders should assume they are invisible and always ride defensively. Riding through heavy traffic can be frustrating but try to stay as calm as possible and avoid aggressive driving. 

Where to get help after an accident 

It only takes a split second for an accident to happen. Anytime a person in Tennessee suffers injuries or loss due to negligence in an accident, he or she has the right to contact a legal representative about their options for damages. A successful lawsuit could help victims and families pay medical expenses and recoup financial losses that may have occurred due to an accident.