motorcycle safety tips

Nashville Motorcycle Accident Lawyers Discuss Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month

by Staff Blogger | May 1st, 2015

Motorcyclists in Tennessee face a significant risk of involvement in an accident every time they ride. Last year alone, a total of 2,710 Tennessee motorcycle accidents were reported. The Nashville motorcycle accident lawyers at Ponce Law point out that motorcycle fatalities have increased by as much as 25 percent over the last ten years as well.

With numbers like these, May has been declared Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month by the Governor’s Highway Safety Office. This is good news to many motorcycle enthusiasts’ ears.

WSMV 4 News reported that the campaign kicked off this morning with a press event with speeches from an individual who survived a Tennessee motorcycle accident and the director of trauma outreach and education at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

If you ride a motorcycle, the Nashville personal injury lawyers at Ponce Law challenge you to promote motorcycle safety during the coming weeks. One of the best ways you can do this is wearing a helmet.

Lawmakers recently considered a proposal that would allow adult motorcyclists in our state to operate without helmets. While the legislation was shot down, a bill did pass that allows motorcyclists to ride during funeral processions or parades without without helmets. Regardless of the law, our attorneys encourage you to wear a helmet each and every time you ride—it could save your life.

Tennessee Motorcycle Accident Prompts Safety Concerns

by Staff Blogger | October 27th, 2014

The sun is beginning to rise later and is setting earlier across Middle Tennessee as we prepare for the clocks to fall back. This time of year can be especially dangerous for motorcyclists as visibility decreases.

Just this past weekend there was a Tennessee motorcycle accident that was the result of a motorist’s failure to recognize a biker’s right-of-way. Reports indicate the crash happened at approximately 2:15 p.m. on Sunday, October 26, along Hampshire Pike in Columbia, Tennessee.

According to an article from the Columbia Daily Herald, the motorcyclist was heading westbound along the highway when the driver of a Chevrolet HHR attempted to turn left and failed to recognize the oncoming bike. The two vehicles collided and the motorcyclist was left with injuries that required transport to a local hospital for treatment.

The incident highlights the importance of motorists always looking out for motorcycles on the road. Additionally, motorcyclists following these tips to prevent accidents:

  • Wear a helmet and safety gear.
  • Drive defensively
  • Never drink and drive
  • Obey the posted speed limit
  • Eliminate distractions when driving

At Ponce Law, we know the risks motorcyclists face each time they hit the road, which is why our Nashville personal injury lawyers hope these tips help to keep you safe when on a motorcycle in the future.