Riding a motorcycle can be an exhilarating event. It allows the rider to experience the road without the sensory depriving enclosures associated with other vehicles. Unfortunately, the Insurance Information Institute says that the inherent design of motorcycles makes them far less crash-worthy than other vehicles.
A study conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found that in 2013, at least 4,668 people died in motorcycle-related crashes. That same year, NHTSA reported that 88,000 people suffered injuries while riding their motorcycles.
Tennessee happens to be one of only three states that provide mandatory insurance discounts for motorcycle drivers who complete motorcycle training courses. These courses can be extremely helpful for many individuals new to the lifestyle. For example, the braking system on motorcycles operates much differently than those on cars. Braking too forcefully using the front brakes can cause the bike to flip. Conversely, not applying enough braking power may cause a rider to slam into something in front of him or her.
Statistics compiled back in 2012 revealed that as many as 8.5 million motorcycles were on the road that year. There’s also been a recent general trend of older and more affluent individuals choosing to take up motorcycling. Enthusiastic newcomers to the motorcycle lifestyle should know that the smaller size of motorcycles makes them much more difficult to see for many motorists. Sadly, a 2012 projection predicted that motorcyclists were at 26 times greater risk of dying in the accident than a vehicle occupant and five times more likely to incur some manner of injury.
Despite their smaller size, Tennessee motorcyclists still have a right to use state roadways to enjoy their preferred method of transportation. If you’ve been injured while on your motorcycle, you may be possible for you to sue those responsible for your injuries. Your Tennessee personal injury attorney can take a look at your case and determine whether filing a civil lawsuit might be an appropriate way for you to recover your medical expenses, lost wages and other losses.
Source: Insurance Information Institute, “Motorcycle Crashes” accessed Jan. 27, 2015