One of the first road accidents of the year in Tennessee claimed the life of a man on the evening of New Year's Day. According to a preliminary accident report, the man died in a motorcycle accident that occurred at approximately 10 p.m. The accident is still under investigation, and authorities have asked witnesses of the accident to come forward.
Motorcycle riders will always be more vulnerable than drivers of other vehicles. Not only do bikers need more skills than car drivers do, but they also ride on two wheels only, significantly increasing the risk of crashing. Furthermore, motorcyclists have none of the protection offered to motorists, such as airbags, seat belts and the cab of the vehicle. For those reasons, the chances of surviving a motorcycle accident are limited.
Motorcycles are part of the scene on the Tennessee highways throughout the summer. Safety authorities note that bikers need more advanced skills and better coordination than drivers of vehicles. These two-wheeled modes of transport are typically fun to ride, but motorcycle accident-related injuries cause many severe and life-changing injuries -- some of which are fatal.
Tennessee roadways can be dangerous places for occupants of any type of vehicles. However, those on motorcycles have none of the protective devices that automobile drivers have such as airbags, seat belts and more. It is therefore not surprising that bikers are typically at higher risks of suffering severe or even fatal injuries in collisions. The vulnerability of bikers is underscored by a recent fatal motorcycle accident on Highway 70.
Heading into winter weather, motorcycle enthusiasts in Tennessee will have to take special care when they take to the roads. Operating motorcycles in any weather conditions requires more skills than driving automobiles. Also, without seat belts, air bags and other protective features with which larger enclosed vehicles are equipped, motorcycle accident injuries are often more traumatic than those suffered by occupants of four-wheel vehicles. Safety authorities say eight in 10 motorcycle crash victims suffer severe or fatal injuries.
The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration says the number of motorcycle riders in Tennessee and other states increases at a significant rate from year to year. Bikers are much more likely to suffer catastrophic or fatal injuries in motorcycle accidents because they are so exposed. The Orthopaedic Trauma Association says that orthopedic surgeons are often called in to treat victims of these accidents, who often require surgery to arms, wrists, legs, feet and spines.