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Look Twice: Save a Life

By David PeelDavid Peel

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. And 81,000 people sustained personal injuries in motorcycle accidents in the United States in 2011.
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.
In Tennessee, statistics indicate an alarming trend when it comes to motorcycle accidents. According to the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security, “motorcycle fatalities [have] more than tripled in Tennessee in the last 14 years. Last year [in 2012], 138 motorcyclists lost their lives on state roadways, compared to 114 motorcyclist deaths in 2011.
That’s a 21.1 percent spike in motorcyclist fatalities.” The stated statistics don’t include the thousands of injuries sustained in motorcycle accidents in Tennessee.
Motorcycle drivers and riders who are victims of an accident can sustain a wide variety of personal injuries, from minor scratches and bruises to broken bones and brain injury.
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.
Peel seeks justice for those injured in car accidents, work place incidents, medical malpractice, and nursing homes. He often addresses churches, clubs and groups without charge. Peel may be reached through PeelLawFirm.com wherein other articles may be accessed.

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