Motorcyclists are often thought of as being reckless. We have all seen one pop a wheelie in traffic or roar carelessly around and weave through traffic.
But, in Tennessee, most motorcycle accidents are not the fault of the motorcycle driver. Usually, it is automobile drivers who fail to watch out for motorcyclists when making turns at intersections. And the consequences to the motorcycle driver can be devastating.
According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2011 over 4,500 people in the United States were killed in motorcycle accidents, which represent 14 percent of all traffic fatalities for that year. The NTSB concluded that people on motorcycles are 30 times more likely than people in passenger vehicles to die in a crash, and 5 times more likely to sustain personal injury in a crash.
If you or someone you know has been seriously injured in an accident while on a motorcycle in Tennessee, understand that the same Tennessee laws apply equally to motorcycles as they do passenger vehicles, including the requirement that a negligent driver who causes an accident must compensate you for your injuries and other damages.
Look twice when turning left, and let’s protect the most vulnerable motorists on the road.