Motorcycle accidents are on the rise in Knoxville. According to ConsumerReports.org, in 2014, 4,586 riders died in motorcycle accidents. The number of deaths increased by 10 percent in 2015. Many riders are so in love with the roads that they throw all caution to the wind and ride out. As exciting as riding can be, there are dangers on the roads that can affect their safety and ability to ride again in the future. With the risk of severe injury and possible death looming, many motorcyclists should become more cautious when they are riding with other motorists. They should also become more aware of the dangers they face so they can avoid them.
Here is a brief rundown of the hazards that can affect motorcyclists.
Distracted drivers are a danger to everyone. They are not looking at the roads, nor the cars and motorcycles that are around them. Distracted motorists are unable to extend common road courtesies, such as allowing other vehicles to merge or safely pass them because they do not know what is going on and are not aware of the intent of other motorists. Motorcyclists are particularly at risk because their vehicles are much smaller. Drivers who are not paying attention or watching for bikers may drift into their lanes and clip them, causing them to fall off their bikes and be hit by oncoming traffic. According to The Cheat Sheet, even slight taps and bumps from cars can cause motorcyclists to fall.
Adverse Weather Conditions
Motorcyclists like the freedom of not driving around in cages. But those cages offer protection when inclement weather strikes. Bad weather can make the roads more challenging for everyone to navigate. Motorcyclists should avoid riding when the weather is bad out. They should also drive slower and pay more attention to the other motorists on the roads so they can protect themselves from collisions.
Motorcycles may be fun and more appealing to drive than cars, but they are no less dangerous. Bikers should prepare themselves before taking to the roads so they can avoid the dangers.