November 11th, 2013|
November 11, 2013
Tennessee is battling a rising number of fatal motorcycle accidents. The Nashville Motorcycle Accident Lawyers with Ponce Law point out that a total of 114 motorcyclists died in the state in 2011. However, that number jumped dramatically to 139 fatalities in 2012. If accident trends continue, the number could rise even higher this year.
Most recently, a 22-year-old rider from Chattanooga was killed when he lost control of his bike and crashed into a tree near the intersection of Shallowford Road and Standifer Gap Road at around 10 a.m. on Oct. 12.
An article from the Times Free Press reported a 46-year-old rider was killed when he crashed along Access Road during the same weekend as the other crash.
These accidents brought the annual total for motorcycle fatalities in Chattanooga to five, versus four fatalities last year.
These numbers leave many motorists wondering what is being done to improve highway safety in Tennessee. Law enforcement says it will be doing its part to promote safety by increasing the number of saturation patrols focusing on motorcycle compliance. Chattanooga also plans to add to accident investigators to their staff.
The Nashville Personal Injury Lawyers with Michael D. Ponce & Associates are aware of the dangers motorcyclists face on the highway and are hopeful the recent efforts help reduce the number of motorcycle accidents and fatalities.
September 23rd, 2013|
September 23, 2013
The Nashville Motorcycle Accident Lawyers with Ponce Law explain that research shows drivers who fail to recognize or yield right-of-way often cause motorcycle crashes. One of the most common reasons given for this failure is that motorists do not see motorcyclists.
This seems to be the case in a crash that recently occurred in Clarksville that left a motorcyclist seriously injured. According to an article from The Leaf Chronicle, occurred at approximately 1:30 p.m. on Sept. 2, at the intersection of Pea Ridge Road and Tracy Lane.
Reports state that the victim was traveling along Pea Ridge Road. As he approached the intersection with Tracy Lane, an SUV traveling in the opposite direction attempted to make a left turn in front of the bike, causing the two vehicles to collide.
Such crashes leave many motorists and motorcyclists alike wondering what they can do to help prevent such crashes. Michael D. Ponce & Associates’ team of Nashville Personal Injury Lawyers says drivers should always look twice in both directions before turning into traffic. Eliminating distractions while driving will also reduce the chances of an accident.
Motorcyclists should work toward making themselves more visible to others on the road by always utilizing a headlight and wearing light-colored or reflective clothing when traveling after dusk or before dawn.