What safety laws are in place for motorcyclists in Tennessee?

For residents of Tennessee who choose to hit the open road on a motorcycle, staying safe is a top priority. These motorcyclists rely on motorists to help them stay safe. When a motorcyclist is involved in an accident, the motorcyclist can be injured. If that accident was caused by another driver, the motorcyclist might opt to pursue legal action against the motorist. Because the actions of a motorcyclist might come under scrutiny over the course of the case, it is vital for motorcyclists to ensure they are in compliance with the law.

Do all motorcyclists have to wear a helmet?

All motorcyclists, even those who are riding a motorcycle off road, must wear a helmet. There aren’t any restrictions regarding helmet speakers in the state, so it is up to motorcyclists to determine how they choose to use helmet speakers. Additionally, eye protection is required unless the motorcycle is equipped with a widescreen.

Should my bike have turn signals or a headlight?

Turn signals aren’t required on motorcycles in Tennessee. Headlights must be used. According to Tenn. Code Ann. 55-8-164(b), daytime headlight use is required for motorcycle riders who operate their motorcycle on the road. If the motorcycle is being used off road, the headlight requirement isn’t applicable.

While it is important for motorcycle riders to follow these rules set forth by the state, failure to do so shouldn’t stop them from seeking help to determine if they have a claim for compensation. Learning about personal injury laws and determining how those apply to a case can help a victim to decide if he or she wants to pursue compensation.

Source: American Motorcyclist Association, “Tennessee State Motorcycle Laws” Dec. 01, 2014