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 of motorcycle controls
- Successful motorcycle operations like clutch, shifting, turning and braking
- Proper fitting for all motorcycle-related gear
Once you have completed a foundation course, you can move up to expert or advanced classes that can help you learn important skill-building techniques and improve your riding. Things like quick braking, swerving, education on new laws and how to maneuver in traffic or other risky conditions can mean the difference between life and death on the road.
However, even if a motorcyclist does everything in his or her power to stay safe, part of that responsibility also falls to other drivers. If you are injured in a motorcycle accident due to a negligent driver, discuss your injury with a personal injury lawyer.
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