There are more than 168,000 motorcycles registered throughout the state of Tennessee as of 2013 which was a 3.4 percent increase compared to the previous year. It is no surprise that manufacturers continue creating different types of motorcycles to ride.
No longer is there only one type of motorcycle, instead motorists will see many different kinds including some that permit passenger riders and ones carrying small cargo. Unfortunately the increased popularity of bikes has also led to an increase in the number of motorcycle accidents.
In 2012 the Tennessee Department of Safety noted that the number of fatal motorcycle collisions has increased over the years. Between 1998 and 2012 the number of fatal wrecks grew by 230% despite the number of riders wearing helmets increasing. Overall in 2012 there were more than 3,300 motorcycle accidents reported.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident caused by another drivers negligence, the victim may be entitled to compensation for property damage, medical expenses, lost wages, and more.
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Types of Motorcycles
One of the first steps in getting a motorcycle endorsement is choosing what type of bike to ride whether youre using it to test your skills or one to ride permanently. There is no particular type of motorcycle that is better than the other and all riders choose which bike to ride based on their needs.
The following are a few examples of the different types of motorcycles.
Standard Built for doing a little bit of everything, these motorcycles situate the rider in an upright position and do not come with fairings or screens. Standard bikes are usually used by beginner riders.
Cruiser A heavier and bigger model is a cruiser which situates riders lower in the seat at an incline with high handle bars. These types of motorcycles are not commonly used for long rides due the drivers position however they are popular. Examples of cruisers include Harley-Davidsons and Indian brand name bikes.
Sportbikes Built specifically for speed and handling these motorcycles are very lightweight but rather uncomfortable for riding for long periods of time. Furthermore these bikes often have higher insurance premiums and can much more easily suffer damage due to their light weight.
Dual Sport Those looking for speed and dual-abilities may choose a dual-sport bike which can be taken on and off-road. These types of motorcycles typically look like off-road bikes however they have added safety features like lights and mirrors that permit riders to take them on paved roads.
Tourer Designed specifically for long motorcycle rides, tourers typically have a bigger fuel tank, high fairings, and screens. The seats on these types of motorcycles are also more comfortable and some come with passenger accommodations.
Scooter/Moped The popularity of scooters has increased over the years due to lower fuel costs, practicality, and quieter ride than a typical motorcycle. Scooters are also much more affordable than a regular motorcycle and do not require special licensing.
In Tennessee any motorcycle rider over the age of 15 must have the appropriate motorcycle endorsement to legally ride on the roadways. Those who wish to operate a scooter must have a valid Tennessee drivers license.
Contact our Farragut Motorcycle Accident Lawyers
Motorcycle collisions are especially dangerous due to the increased risk of injuries cyclists are exposed to. If you or a loved one is seeking legal counsel after being injured in a motorcycle accident caused by a careless driver, our attorneys are here to help.
At Greg Coleman Law we understand how dangerous riding a motorcycle can be, however, motorists entrust one another to drive safely and one fails to do it often leads to a collision. With more than 37 years of combined legal experience, our attorneys have the knowledge and resources you need to fight for your rights.
We have a main office in Knoxville, Tennessee and are pleased to serve the surrounding areas, including:
- Strawberry Plains
and many more surrounding towns and cities. For a no-cost, no-obligation case consultation, contact us at (865) 247-0080. We can provide free legal advice on your specific claim and determine if the merits of your accident warrant filing a lawsuit.
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