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Motorcycle Accidents Archives

A current outlook on helmet laws

The debate over whether motorcyclists should wear protective helmets when riding has been a seemingly endless one. Motorcycle enthusiasts across the nation are divided on this subject, some arguing that it crosses the line in terms of one's freedom. Tennessee motorcyclists are currently required to wear a helmet while operating bikes on the road, but might those laws change in the future?

Ooltewah motorcyclist killed in car accident

One might say that motorcyclists in Knoxville are already at an inherent disadvantage when it comes to staying safe on the road. The lack of protection offered by their bikes means that even in a minor collision, they could be at risk of suffering severe injuries. There are steps that motorcyclists may take to mitigate those risks (such as wearing a helmet and protective clothing), yet they also have to worry about inattentive motorists. It can be difficult to see motorcycles on the road, and despite extensive campaigns to increase awareness of motorcyclists, many drivers may still forget to do those simple things to make the road safer for all. 

The most common motorcycle injuries

As perfect as hitting the road on a motorcycle feels, it can almost seem as if the two were made to go together. Most Tennesseee motorcycle enthusiasts would agree with this sentiment, especially as the weather continues to grow warmer in the Volunteer State. Unfortunately, this eagerness to keep the roads hot comes an alarming number of accidents. The below information shares a few accident prevention tips, as well as the most common types of motorcycle injuries.

Tennessee's motorcycle helmet law

Warm weather in Tennessee is here at last, and that means the motorcycles are beginning to keep the roads hot. While the safety precautions one takes may depend on the type of bike, current state laws enforce helmet use at all times. Regardless of one's age or experience, a motorcycle accident with helmets involved could decrease riders' chances of suffering from serious injuries.

Motorcyclists' rights and protection

With spring fully underway, many people in Tennessee may be getting ready to get out and enjoy the open road on two wheels. The freedom and joy that comes from riding a motorcycle is something that simply cannot be matched from riding in a car or other passenger vehicle. At the same time, the level of risk that a person faces when on a motorcycle is also greater than that of a person in a car or other vehicle. 

Motorcyclist injured in hit-and-run accident

Motorcycylists in Tennessee certainly have less inherent protection around them than do drivers and passengers in cars, trucks or sport utility vehicles. This fact can make them highly susceptible to injuries when they are hit by other vehicles. That, however, does not mean it is their fault when they are hurt and operators of other vehicles do have a responsibility to avoid hitting motorcyclists just as they do other vehicles, pedestrians or bicyclists.

Back to the basics: motorcycle safety

Tennessee's rolling valleys and gorgeous countrysides attract thousands of motorcyclists each year. Now that spring is here, the state's roads will likely see a spike in its number of two-wheeled vehicles. While the alluring aspects of riding in the open wind are hard to ignore, there are a number of risks riders can avoid to keep the journey a safe one.

5 ways other drivers make the roads unsafe for motorcyclists

Now that spring is here, you may be anxious to steer your motorcycle out of the garage and get back on the open road. It is nearly motorcycle season again, and bikers in Tennessee and elsewhere are impatient to feel the freedom of a good ride. However, as we at the law offices of Pryor, Priest, and Harber know, spring also marks the beginning of accident season for motorcyclists.

Motorcyclists face increased risk in accidents

Anyone who has ever ridden on a motorcycle in Tennessee knows the joy of being on two wheels and the feeling of freedom that may accompany the experience. Unfortunately bikers and their passengers also must be keenly aware of the increased risk they face relative to people in passenger vehicles if they are to be involved in a motor vehicle accident.

Are Tennessee's roads getting any safer?

If you are one of the many people in Tennessee who has watched the evolution of automotive technology in recent years, you might assume that the advances being made are able to help lead to a reduction in motor vehicle accidents. Certainly this is part of the goal of the improving safety features and other elements in vehicles however it seems that progress in saving lives is not yet being seen.

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