The Porter Law Firm Provides Motorcycle Safety Tips - For All Drivers

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Safe riding practices for motorist and motorcyclists

According to the Motorcycle Safety Foundation, more than half of all fatal motorcycle crashes involve another vehicle. Lacking many safety features, including an exterior frame and seat-belts, collisions are directly born by the bike rider. To better avoid accidents on the road, Matthew Porter, Memphis personal injury attorney, shares safe riding practices for motorists and motorcyclists alike.

It is conceivable that a poor judgment call is more likely to occur if a driver is given little space or time to react to traffic conditions. In order to prevent an unnecessary collision, providing a generous following distance can give a motorcyclist or driver the means to safely stop in case of an emergency.

Oftentimes, drivers can change lanes without checking their rearview mirror or blind spots. The narrow profile of a motorcycle could be hidden in the vehicles pathway, and may ultimately result in an accident. To better avoid a collision, a motorcyclist should never assume another vehicle can see them.

For both parties to safely maneuver in and out of lanes, they must anticipate the actions of others nearby, and appear visible. Be sure to signal when intending to change lanes or pass another vehicle, whether is be a motorcyclist, truck or car. Maintaining a secure distance, approximately several car lengths ahead or behind, can assure the likelihood of crossing lanes without putting other vehicles in harms way.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has estimated that approximately 1,630 lives were saved in 2013 in part to the use of a helmet. Although it is the job of the motorcyclist to wear proper protective gear, it is the role of all those on the road to obey speed limits, follow road signs and focus solely on the road when driving.

About The Porter Law Firm, PLLC
Personal injury lawyer Matthew Porter, who practices primarily in Memphis, Tennessee, leads The Porter Law Firm. The firm’s areas of representation include victims of car accidents, motorcycle accidents and truck accidents in Tennessee. Personal injury cases are also an area of representation and include, slip and fall accidents, injury to children, the elderly or others due to negligence and medical malpractice, including wrongful death. Porter also includes in his practice areas product liability and denial of insurance benefits,. Porter is a member of the American Association for Justice, the Tennessee Association for Justice, the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, and the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum. For more information visit

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