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How Many Motorcycle Accidents Occur in Tennessee Each Year?

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Because motorcycles offer less protection than other vehicles on the road, accidents often have devastating consequences.

Aside from death, many Tennessee motorcycle accidents result in personal injuries like spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, amputations and broken bones.

In 2013, the Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) reported that there were more than 2,800 motorcycle crashes. Additionally, the agency said that as of May 1, 2014, there were 14 motorcycle accident fatalities this year.

Sadly, on July 26, two motorcyclists were seriously injured in a crash on US Highway 231, near Midland Fosterville Road in Rutherford County. According to WKRN-TV, the accident occurred as 43-year-old Kenny Taylor and 48-year-old Kerry Whittaker were riding Harley-Davidson motorcycles, when they passed a Lincoln Town Car in the slow lane going southbound.

The station reported that the driver of the Lincoln, Roy Beasley, Jr., 82, made an improper lane change and moved directly into the path of Taylor, causing the two motorcycles to collide.

Taylor was transported to Vanderbilt University Medical Center by helicopter, where he was treated for critical injuries. Whittaker was transported to Saint Thomas-Rutherford Hospital—his injury status has not been made public.

The accident remains under investigation. Beasley was charged with making an improper lane change.


Because motorcycle accidents are often the result of a negligent driver (a Florida study recently estimated that more than 50 percent were caused by other vehicles on the road), you should immediately contact an experienced attorney following a crash.

Our attorney can help you seek damages, which can be used to help pay for rehabilitation and therapy, in addition to pain and suffering. We have obtained million-dollar verdicts and settlements for clients—our record of accomplishment speaks for itself when it comes to representing those who have been injured in motorcycle accidents.

Contact us today for a free consultation.

“For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me.” – John 6:38

Davis’ Words of Wisdom: Motorcycle accident deaths doubled in the U.S. between 1999 and 2008.

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