Tennessee motorcycle safety

The Governor’s Highway Safety Association Is Aiming to Reduce Motorcycle Accidents

by Staff Blogger | August 7th, 2015

Riding motorcycles can be a fun hobby, but there are risks associated with getting on a bike. According to the Governor’s Highway Safety Association (GHSA), there were a total of 4,584 motorcycle accident fatalities last year.

With so many motorcycle collisions in our state, the Nashville motorcycle accident lawyers at Ponce Law explain that the GHSA is looking for better ways to protect the safety of motorcyclists.

Kendell Poole, the chairman of the GHSA and the director of the Tennessee Office of Highway Safety, says state officials are working on a multifaceted approach to motorcycle safety. The agency is working to promote laws that protect motorcyclists, but more importantly, they are asking motorcyclists to do their part to prevent injuries.

According to Clutch and Chrome, the GHSA has issued a report calling for motorcyclists to not only wear helmets every time they ride, but to invest in bikes with anti-lock braking systems, ride below posted speed limits, and avoid drinking and driving.

Other measure bikers can take to stay safe include:

  • Taking a motorcycle safety training course
  • Avoiding riding when it’s raining, snowing, or in heavy winds
  • Ensuring they are visible to others on the road

The Nashville personal injury lawyers at Ponce Law point out that preventing motorcycle accidents isn’t just up to bikers. Anyone who operates a motor vehicle should remember to look twice before moving in traffic to ensure there isn’t an oncoming motorcyclist. We hope the efforts being made by the GHSA are successful in making Tennessee’s roadways safer!

Bill Aims to Allow Lane Splitting for Motorcycles in Tennessee

by Staff Blogger | March 2nd, 2015

It’s no secret that traffic can be horrendous in Middle Tennessee—and those at most risk in heavy traffic are motorcyclists. Vehicles often speed up and slow down and swerve in and out of lanes near motorcyclists, who only have a helmet as protection in the event of a collision.

To help reduce Tennessee motorcycle accidents, lawmakers are considering a new bill offering motorcyclists a chance to better protect themselves. Reports indicate the bill would allow motorcyclists to split lanes under certain traffic conditions.

Lane splitting is a maneuver common in many other parts of the world where motorcyclist travels between vehicles in two separate lanes. According to an article released by Motorcycle USA, H.B. 1102 would allow motorcyclists in Tennessee to do this as long as traffic is traveling at or below 45 mph and the motorcyclist doesn’t exceed the posted speed limit. Lane splitting would not be allowed in marked school zones where warning lights are flashing.

While lane splitting sounds dangerous, studies have shown it to improve motorcycle safety rates by reducing fatigue and exposure to vehicles whose speeds are fluctuating.

At Ponce Law, we are advocates of motorcycle safety, and our Nashville personal injury lawyers are anxiously awaiting to find out if this bill becomes a new law.