According to Tennessees Department of Safety & Homeland Security, there were 1,019 traffic fatalities due to motor vehicle accidents in 2012. Showing a 9.75 percentage increase from the previous year, it is clear that Tennessee motorists must adjust their driving habits in order to reduce the number of auto collisions and their associated injuries and deaths. As more and more drivers continue to enter Tennessees roads and highways, traffic congestions often leads to catastrophic collisions.
The Tennessee traffic fatality report also indicates that of the 1,019 fatalities, 138 of them were motorcycle riders. When a motor vehicle collides with a motorcycle, the potential injuries and property damage is enormous. A number of factors certainly contribute to the accident severity including speed traveled, weight and size of the vehicles, and the manner in which the impact takes place. However, regardless of the accident details, car vs motorcycle accidents are often the most severe of all collisions.
Greg Coleman Law has proudly represented the residents of Tennessee for many, many years. During this time, our legal team has seen a countless number of serious car vs motorcycle accidents. We believe that when the negligence of another driver causes injuries or harm to you and your passenger occupants, this at-fault party must pay for all of the accident victims damages. If you or a loved one has been involved in car vs motorcycle accidents in Tennessee, Greg Coleman Law is prepared to guide you through the litigation process.
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Car vs Motorcycle Crash Statistics
Tennessee motor vehicle collisions occur from a number of factors, some of which are in the motorists control and others that are beyond the control of the vehicle operator. As such, all Tennessee drivers must take in account of enormous responsibility that they have when they decide to get behind the wheel of a vehicle. Safe driving practices are essential to keeping Tennessee roadways safe from injury and fatality.
While some accidents are certainly unavoidable, being aware of the potential dangers that exist on the roads and highways today will place drivers in the best position to avoid a traffic crash. The following are some of the most interesting car vs motorcycle crash statistics:
All motorcycle riders must wear helmet at all times, according to Tennessee law
About 11 percent of all traffic accidents in the U.S. involve motorcycles
Motorcycle riders who choose to not wear a helmet are 40 percent more likely to die due to a head injury than that of riders who wear a helmet
Helmet use reduces the probability of a traffic fatality by 37 percent
Compared to passenger cars, motorcycles are 35 times as likely to be involved in a deadly crash
Head injuries are the leading cause of death in motorcycle accidents
The only method of reducing the number of car vs motorcycle accidents and the injuries and deaths associated with them are for all Tennessee drivers to learn to share the road. With the vast number of potential hazards existing for all motorcycle riders, passenger vehicles must learn to recognize these bikes and, at the same time, motorcyclists must make themselves visible to traffic.
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Types of Car vs Motorcycle Accidents
Collisions between passenger vehicles and motorcycles occur in a variety of different ways. The injuries and damages associated with these traffic crashes are generally directly related to the type of collision, the force of the impact, and the variance in size and weight between the two colliding entities. More often than not, the aftermath of these crashes is very severe. We encourage all passengers involved in these crashes to seek medical attention immediately.
Some of the most common types of car vs motorcycle accidents are as follows:
Vehicle makes a left turn during a green light
Car or motorcycle fails to yield at an intersection
Tailgating paired with an abrupt stop in traffic flow
Vehicle making a right turn at a highly trafficked intersection
Intersections are often the most common location for these kinds of crashes. As such, all Tennessee motorists must exercise extreme caution when crossing any intersection, especially busy intersections in populous cities. When a smaller vehicle such as a motorcycle is approaching they are difficult to spot. In addition, judging distance can be difficult when the approaching vehicle is a motorcycle. Therefore, all Knoxville residents must adjust driving habits accordingly to remain safe on the roadways.
Contact an Experienced Knoxville Accident Attorney
From broken bones to road rash and more severe injuries such as paralysis or traumatic brain injury, accident victims who suffer due to car vs motorcycle crashes are often left with substantial medical bills. Greg Coleman Law believes that when the negligence or carelessness of another motorist causes undue injuries to accident victims, the at-fault must be held liable for their actions. As such, we work diligently to craft a case which awards our clients the maximum compensation possible.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a crash, Greg Coleman Law is here for you. We are prepared to take on your case today and guide you through the litigation proceedings. In doing so, we are able to focus on the case while you and your family members focus on getting back to your normal routines.
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