How to avoid a rear-end motorcycle accident

Fall is a fantastic time for motorcycle riders in the Volunteer State. Whether you love to cruise around Athens, explore the Great Smoky Mountains or head into Nashville for some food and entertainment, your bike gets you there. Still, if a negligent motorist runs into the rear end of your motorcycle, you may sustain both a life-altering injury and extensive property damage.

Citing data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the Insurance Information Institute reports that motorcyclists accounted for 14% of all traffic-related fatalities in 2017. While ordinary rear-end accidents are not often fatal for motorists, they can be deadly for motorcycle riders. Here are some tips for keeping drivers from running into the back of your bike: 

Maximize your visibility

Because your bike is smaller than cars, trucks and SUVs, motorists may have a tough time seeing it. Therefore, try to maximize your motorcycle’s visibility. Wearing reflective gear, adding aftermarket lights and replacing burned-out bulbs quickly are effective strategies. 

Create a crumple zone

Modern passenger vehicles have crumple zones that protect occupants. Your bike, though, has none. Fortunately, you can use another vehicle to create your own crumple zone. If you pull up to stopped traffic, move in front of the last car. This gives you a protective barrier between your bike and approaching vehicles. 

Stop to the side

If you have to stop at a red light or stop sign, you can increase your odds of avoiding a rear-end collision by stopping to the side of the driving lane. Then, if a distracted driver fails to stop, he or she is likely to pass next to you instead of rear-ending your motorcycle. 

Paying attention to your surroundings is often a successful tactic for staying safe wherever you ride your bike. This is particularly important if you ride during inclement weather or when there are more intoxicated drivers on the road. Nevertheless, with some smart riding, you can boost your chances of missing a rear-end collision altogether.

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