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.