Motorcyclist accident realities in Tennessee

If you or one of your friends or relatives rides a motorcycle in Tennessee, you know that bikers face a lot of challenges and risks on the road. Drivers of other passenger or commercial vehicles do not always pay close attention to bikers as they seem to focus more on larger vehicles like cars or trucks. Riders continue to be injured or even killed in crashes every year.

Records from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration show that the number of motorcyclist deaths across Tennessee have only slightly fluctuated in recent years. In 2013, there were 138 bikers killed in vehicle crashes. That number dropped a bit to 120 the following year and then went up to 123 in 2015. In 2016, the state experienced a larger increase in biker fatalities as 147 riders lost their lives in accidents. In 2017, the state experienced a total of 134 motorcyclist deaths. In Shelby County alone, 76 motorcyclists died in the five years spanning from 2013 to 2017.

Some people falsely believe that young riders are more likely to die due to the stereotype that they are reckless on their bikes. However, in 2017, 74 of the people who died were at least 40 years of age and 24 of those were 60 or older. Only 34 of the 134 deaths involved bikers in their 20s. 

If you would like to learn more about how to get help after you or a loved one has been involved in a motorcycle accident, please feel free to visit the biker's rights and compensation page of our Tennessee personal injury and motorcycle accident website. 

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