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Ways motorists can avoid collisions with motorcyclists

Cars are much larger than motorcycles, but they are just as deadly. According to Consumer Reports, in 2015, more than 5,000 bikers died in motorcycle accidents. Many motorists in Knoxville do not pay much attention to bikers on the roads. They tend to pay more attention to other things like their mobile devices and other cars. This inattentiveness is among the many things that lead to car and motorcycle accidents, injuries and death. Many these accidents are preventable. 

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Common factors that lead to truck accidents: Part 1

Motorists should make themselves aware of the dangers they face and create when they are on the roads with truckers in Knoxville. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, Highway Loss Data Institute, in 2015, approximately 3,852 people were killed in truck collisions.

Not giving trucks enough stopping space

Teens, alcohol and car accidents

Alcohol-related car accidents are a leading cause of death for teens in Knoxville. With warmer weather on the way, more teenagers are getting their licenses. Prom and graduation seasons are also coming up, and the roads are becoming more dangerous for young adult motorists. According to the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control, teenage drivers who drink have a significantly higher risk of being involved in fatal crashes.

Many drunk teen motorists binge drink. They consume several drinks in a short amount of time before they drive their vehicles. Teenagers are also more likely to drink socially because they face pressure from friends. Many young drivers do not have much driving experience, and they may have lower tolerances than older drivers which is the perfect recipe for drunk driving accidents.

Intoxicated truckers

The number of truck drivers on the roads in Knoxville is growing every day. Because of the type of vehicles they drive and their job responsibilities, truck drivers are held to higher standards in regards to drug and alcohol use. Studies show that intoxicated truckers are one of the most dangerous types of motorists to avoid. Truck drivers cause accidents that result in catastrophic injuries for victims and long-term pain and suffering for their families.

According to Rueters.com, many big rig operators resort to using narcotics, alcohol and other substances so they can perform their jobs. Many truckers have long routes and work long hours. Some of them work for smaller companies that do not provide much flexibility or work life balance to their drivers. Truckers who use drugs, alcohol and other substances to stay awake so they can perform their jobs are not as predictable as other truck drivers. Their disregard for company policies and the law causes them to endanger other motorists who are on the roads with them.

Motorcyclists and drowsy riding

Drowsing driving accidents are a very common occurrence in Knoxville. Motorists are not the only ones who fall asleep while they are operating their vehicles. Many bikers often become sleepy while they are on the roads. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2013, 72,000 motor vehicle accidents were caused by sleepy motorists. Drowsy driving accidents can occur at any time. But they are more likely to occur during the early morning and late evening.

It is not always possible for other motorists to know when a biker is too tired to operate his or her vehicle safely. Drowsiness is often caused by inadequate sleep, side effects of medications and intoxication. Many signs of drowsy driving mimic the symptoms of intoxication. Motorcyclists who drive while tired face the risk of serious injuries. Common signs of drowsy riding include driving too closely to other motorists, drifting between lanes, not stopping in time to avoid collisions, delayed reactions times and reduced awareness.

Daylight saving time and car accidents

Knoxville motorists should be extra cautious on the roads after daylight saving time. The streets are not as safe as they normally are because of the change in time. According to Vox.com, it causes sleep deprivation and exhaustion for many people. Many motorists are well aware of the dangers of driving while sleepy. But they may not know how much daylight saving time can alter their abilities to stay awake and alert while they are on the roads.

Daylight saving time occurs in the spring. The clocks are set ahead an hour to increase the number of hours that daylight occurs. It also increases visibility during some early morning and evening hours. Gaining an extra hour may not seem like it is enough to disrupt a person’s sleeping pattern. But there are studies that show how much a person’s brain and body functions change when they do not get enough sleep.

Motorcyclists and alcohol

Many people in Knoxville are under the impression that motorcyclists do not get drink and ride. Drunk driving is an epidemic that does not discriminate against motorist type. Bikers, vehicle operators and even truckers are common offenders. According to RideApart.com,“ legally intoxicated motorcyclists are the largest group of motorists who are most likely to die in alcohol-related motor vehicle accidents.” The percentage of bikers who were drunk at the time of their demise was 27 percent in 2012.

Factors that affect blood alcohol content (BAC)

2 factors that affect biker safety

The start of spring is right around the corner, and many bikers are gearing up to hit the roads in Knoxville. With warmer weather comes an increase in motorists and motor vehicle accidents. Victims of motorcycle accidents tend to suffer more severe injuries than victims of other types of road accidents. Motorcyclists who plan to make the most of the warmer weather should learn about issues that can affect their safety so they can avoid them.

Left-hand turns

Who is at risk for car accidents?

There are many different kinds of motorists on the roads in Knoxville. With the number of car accidents increasing daily, many people are not aware that there are risk factors that make them more susceptible to motor vehicle wrecks than others. Drivers who know these risks can take better precautions to avoid them.

According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, Highway Loss Data Institute, in 2015, there were 32,166 fatal car accidents. Many of those accidents were caused by high-risk drivers. The following motorists are more likely to cause and become involved motor vehicle wrecks than other drivers.

Bikers and Drunk Driving

People who drive cars are not the only ones who are guilty of drunk driving. Many motorcyclists in Knoxville socially drink and ride, not caring that they are putting themselves and everyone else on the roads with them at risk for accidents. According to Rideapart.com, in 2012, “27 percent of all motorcycle accident victims who died were drunk.”

Bikers are no different than motorists when it comes to succumbing to the effects of alcohol intoxication. Alcohol inhibits the senses, affects motor skills and makes it harder for bikers to control their actions and vehicles. Motorcyclists use more of their bodies to control their vehicles. When they drink and ride, they lose the ability to steer their bikes safely. For example, an intoxicated biker is not capable of handling turns and lane maneuvers without putting themselves at risk of falling off their bikes and colliding with other motorists.

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