If you have been hurt in a motorcycle accident, then you know just how extensive the resulting injuries can be. As discussed last week, you might suffer from road rash, but you could also suffer broken bones or a head injury, which could leave you permanently disabled. The extent of your harm doesn't end there. Financial losses in the form of medical expenses, rehabilitation costs, and lost wages can leave you strained, stressed, and fearful for your future.
With spring fast approaching, more Tennesseans may find themselves taking to the roads on motorcycles. This cost-effective mode of transportation can be fun, but it can also be dangerous, particularly when other motorists fail to be aware of motorcyclists. Since motorcycles do not provide the safety features found in cars and trucks, what might otherwise be a minor accident can be deadly. Tragically, one Knoxville resident was recently killed in such a motorcycle accident.
Last week on the blog we talked about a tragic fatal motorcycle accident. Unfortunately, these types of wrecks are not uncommon. Though not all motorcycle crashes are fatal, many leave victims with serious injuries, including permanent disability. Those who suffer this type of harm may have a hard road ahead of them, fraught with emotional and financial challenges. Fortunately, these victims do not have to maneuver this difficult course alone.
The beautiful summer weather in Tennessee coupled with its scenic views makes it perfect for motorcycle riding. This aspect, in addition to the financial advantages, of riding a bike draws many to the activity. Despite how fun, relaxing and cost effectiveness of riding a motorcycle, the unfortunate reality remains that it can be quite dangerous, particularly when Tennessee's motorists experience motorcycle unawareness, which can prove fatal.
The month of May is Motorcycle Awareness Month, and Tennessee is ready to put a stop to motorcycle injuries in deaths. Though completely preventing motorcycle crashes is highly unlikely, holding special events may help raise motorcycle awareness, causing motorists to look twice for bikes before changing lanes or turning. Reducing motorcycle unawareness is vital, as last year saw more than 2,800 motorcycle crashes with 135 fatalities resulting from those wrecks. Already this year, Tennessee has had 337 motorcycle accidents with 14 deaths.
As fun as riding a motorcycle can be, it can also be extremely dangerous when other motorists are inattentive. Unfortunately, a tragic motorcycle crash has left a Tennessee woman dead after another driver failed to be aware of her. According to reports, the woman was riding her motorcycle when a truck pulled out onto the road in front of her, causing the motorcycle to slam into the side of the truck. The motorcyclist was pronounced dead at the hospital.
Riding a motorcycle can be a convenient way to get to work or school and to relax after a hard day or week at work. But there is a problem in Tennessee: motorcycle unawareness. Being unaware of motorcycles renders a motorist dangerous, prone to causing a serious motorcycle crash. A group of bike riders, dedicated to raising awareness in Tennessee, is trying to change this.
For many Tennessee residents riding a motorcycle is a relaxing way to spend an afternoon. For others it may be their only form of transportation. Either way, these motorcyclists are less protected than those riding in enclosed vehicles. A motorcyclist does not have a seat belt, air bags, or surrounding metal to protect him in the event of an accident. For this reason, it is extremely important other drivers exercise motorcycle awareness. A failure to do so may be a deadly mistake.
A lack of awareness of motorcycles is a problem plaguing Tennessee's roadways. An inattentive, distracted driver can fail to yield to a motorcyclist and cause a motorcycle crash that leaves the rider with a head injury, broken bones, or a permanent disability that requires long-term care. In the worst cases, and all too often the result of these wrecks, the rider is killed. One of these accidents occurred recently, and Knoxville riders should take note.