According to the Associated Press, the state kicked off Motorcycle Awareness Month recently in an effort to raise perception and decrease traffic accidents and deaths.
The news source reported that a campaign event recently began at the Opry Mills in Nashville, featuring Kendell Poole, director of the Governor’s Highway Safety Office, Transportation Commissioner John Schroer and Col. Tracy Trott, the commander of the Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP).
The THP reported that there were more than 2,800 motorcycle crashes in the state last year, resulting in 135 deaths. Additionally, from January 1 through May 1 this year, there were 337 motorcycle crashes and 14 fatalities.
As part of the month, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released some safety tips for motorcyclists and drivers, including:
- Road users should never drive, bike or walk while distracted. Doing so can result in tragic consequences for all on the road, including motorcyclists.
- A motorcyclist has the same rights, privileges and responsibilities as any other motorist on the roadway.
- Allow a motorcyclist a full lane width. Though it may seem as if there is enough room in a single lane for a motor vehicle and a motorcycle, looks can be deceiving. Do not share the lane: a motorcyclist needs room to maneuver safely.
- Due to motorcycles being smaller than most vehicles, they can be difficult to see. Their size can also cause other drivers to misjudge their speed and distance.
- Never ride while impaired or distracted—it is not worth the risk of killing or injuring yourself or someone else.
Additionally, motorcyclists should were protective gear, including jackets and helmets.
According to the NHTSA, in 2012, 41 percent of fatally-injured motorcycle riders and 53 percent of fatally-injured motorcycle passengers were not wearing helmets at the time of the crash.
WHAT SHOULD I DO IF MY LOVED ONE IS INJURED OR KILLED IN A NASHVILLE MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT?
Aside from death, motorcycle accidents often result in serious personal injuries, including traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injuries, amputation and broken bones.
If you are ever injured in a motorcycle accident, you should seek compensation. Do not let a negligent driver victimize you. Call us to seek damages for your injuries.
“Watch ye and pray, lest ye enter into temptation. The spirit truly is ready, but the flesh is weak.” – Psalms 27:1
Davis’ Words of Wisdom: Try to wear reflective clothing when operating a motorcycle at night.