According to the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security, it was more dangerous to be on a motorcycle in 2012 than in other recent years. The government agency released a report in December 2012 stating that there had been 133 fatalities in motorcycle accidents this year in Tennessee alone.
This number is significantly higher than in previous years. In 2011, 114 people were killed in motorcycle accidents. According to Kara Macek, the communications manager at the Governors Highway Safety Association, these numbers are going up all over the country, not just in Tennessee.
“…It’s a nationwide trend that overall fatalities are going down but motorcycle fatalities are going up,” said Macek.
This climb in fatalities is alarming. To bring this number down in 2013, every driver should be aware of the top causes of motorcycle accidents and what we can do to stop them.
- Motorcycle-car accidents. The most common types of these accidents occur because drivers do not see the smaller vehicles. Drivers should be sure to check their blind spots before turning or changing lanes. Similarly, motorcyclists should not assume they are visible.
- Rear-ending. For drivers, rear ending can be a hassle, resulting in damage and sometimes injuries. For a motorcyclist, the injuries can be far more severe. Bikers can be ejected from their vehicles and can sustain life-threatening injuries, even if they are wearing a helmet and protective clothing.
- Single vehicle accidents. In these accidents, only the motorcycle is involved. Operating a motorcycle is much different than driving a four-wheeled vehicle, and a slick patch of road or moment of distraction can cause serious accidents. These types of accidents occur with all motorcycle drivers, but are most common with younger and inexperienced drivers.
A motorcycle or vehicle accident can be traumatic. If you or a family member was involved in a motorcycle accident, we may be able to help. Contact our Nashville car accident attorney for more information and a free consultation.
“I can do all things through him who strengthens me.” – Philippians 4:13