Category Archives: Motorcycle Accidents

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How Is This Driver in Tennessee Facing Criminal Charges After a Motorcycle Accident?

According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, a driver is facing criminal charges after a head-on collision that killed a motorcyclist in Union County. Twenty-five-year-old John Paul Gupton of Maynardville was riding north on a Kawasaki motorcycle along the Maynardville Highway late on a Sunday night. A southbound pickup truck then swerved into oncoming traffic and hit him. The victim was wearing a helmet. The pickup driver, Kenneth Lee Heatherly, told the investigating trooper that he swerved into the northbound lanes in order to avoid another car that had stopped to make a left-hand turn. Heatherly and his passenger were not injured, and they were both wearing seatbelts. How Does This Fatal Motorcycle Accident Relate to Motorcycle Safety? The victim was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash, but there was not much that he could have done to avoid the deadly collision. However, motorcyclists should always: Stay aware…
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What Do I Do If I Am Injured in a Motorcycle Accident?

Even if you are moving at relatively low speeds, motorcycle accidents can cause significant injuries to riders. Things like lacerations, friction burns, broken bones and potentially catastrophic injuries like spinal cord injury or traumatic brain injury can occur at low speeds due to the relative lack of protection afforded by motorcycles. If you are struck by another vehicle when riding or another vehicle causes you to crash, you could have a negligence claim against the driver. Step-by-Step Guide for Motorcycle Accident Victims First and foremost: SEEK MEDICAL ATTENTION. In the rush following an accident, you might not realize just how hurt you actually are. Furthermore, motorcycle accidents can cause delayed onset injuries, such as brain injury, that are important to detect and treat as early as possible. Speak to witnesses and record their contact information. The more eyes you have on the accident, the more likely you are to be…
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Why It’s a Good Idea to Take a Motorcycle Foundation Safety Class

The Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security says that in the past 20 years, motorcycle deaths on Tennessee roadways have more than doubled. As of mid-July 2017, there have been 71 motorcyclist deaths on Tennessee roads. Motorcyclists are much more likely to suffer serious injury or death in accidents compared to people in cars. That is due to the relative lack of protection motorcycles afford. As such, it is important to emphasize safety and to wear protective gear, especially helmets – a requirement by law in Tennessee. Beyond protecting oneself with gear, there is another way Tennessee motorcyclists can prevent accidents: education. We encourage riders to enroll in motorcycle safety foundation classes, whether they are new to biking or for a regular refresher on best safety practices. Why You Should Take a Class Foundation classes can cover a variety of different aspects of riding a motorcycle, including: The basics…
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