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Top Causes of Motorcycle Accidents in Tennessee

Posted on February 13, 2024 in

Motorcycle accidents occur for many reasons, including those that are the fault of the motorcycle rider and those that are brought on by the negligence of other drivers. In all situations, these accidents are highly dangerous, resulting in significant injury and often the loss of life. For those who have been in a motorcycle accident in Tennessee, having legal support from The Law Offices of Christopher Eads, PLLC, throughout your defect is critical.

Common Reasons Motorcycle Accidents Occur in Tennessee

Accidents related to motorcycle use can occur for various reasons, including simply because of driver error. The following are some of the most common reasons they happen.

Turning Left

For motorcycle riders, turning left is the most challenging of maneuvers, and this is when many of the accidents related to operating a bike happen. Nearly half of all motorcycle accidents involving striking a car occur due to the rider turning left as the car enters the intersection, striking the rider.

Following Too Closely

Another common cause for motorcycle accidents occurs when either driver is following the other too closely and, when they need to do so, they cannot stop fast enough without striking the other. If a car strikes the motorcycle rider, this can lead to the back wheel being hit, causing the rider to be ejected from the bike.

Road Hazards

In some situations, what is on the road can cause an accident. This includes wet or slippery conditions but also objects in the road, grass in the roadway, or roadkill. If there is a significant gradient change or larger cracks in the pavement, this can also cause an accident to occur. Without enough warning, the rider may strike these objects and spin out of control.

Avoidance-Related Accidents

Whether it is distracted driving or reckless speeding, many motorcycle riders are forced to maneuver quickly to avoid a collision with the other driver. In doing so, they risk a no-contact crash leading to serious injury. In this case, the car does not strike the bike directly. However, the rider’s movements to avoid the car can lead to an injury that is devastating.

Why Cars Are More Likely To Strike Motorcycle Riders

While these may be the most common causes of motorcycle accidents, there are plenty of reasons these types of incidents occur. Some of the most common include:

  • Distracted driving due to texting or using a phone
  • Speeding
  • Poor lighting
  • Inexperienced drivers who do not know how to share the road with a motorcycle
  • Not signaling for a turn
  • Intoxicated driving
  • Fatigued driving

Motorcycle riders can also be at fault in some situations. It is not always easy to prove that you are innocent in many of these common causes as well. That Is especially true in situations where the evidence is limited. In some cases, it comes down to one person’s word against the other.

Because of the difficulty in proving innocence in a motorcycle accident, drivers should take such accidents seriously, working to prove their innocence with the help of a defense attorney who can find all applicable evidence in your case.