According to the Tennessee Department of Safety, injuries and fatalities from motorcycle accidents have been on a steady climb for the past five years for which statistics are available. In 2004, for example, nearly 1,800 injuries and 95 deaths resulted from motorcycle accidents. Five years later, those figures hit more than 2,500 and 143, respectively. That’s a startling rise of 38% for injuries and an even higher 50% increase for motorcycle accident related deaths. In fact, state officials note that fatalities have risen 146% since 1999.
Why? Several reasons. First, drivers of cars and trucks often fail to notice motorcycles in the same way they do vehicles of larger size. They may turn improperly in front of a motorcycle, ignore signals, and simply not give an adequate lookout. In many accidents involving motorcycles, the drivers of larger vehicles are to blame.
In addition, though, accidents may be more injurious to motorcycle riders than to operators of larger vehicles simply because motorcycles are smaller than cars or trucks. There are several components to this, of course. First, if a motorcycle is hit by a car or truck, the sheer weight of the larger vehicle will do proportionally more damage to the motorcycle. Second, motorcyclists, even if helmeted, have significantly less protection in the event of a crash. Drivers of cars or trucks are encased in tons of metal, to say nothing of the protective equipment in their vehicles (such as airbags). Motorcycle operators have no such protection.
As a result, when motorcycle drivers are injured, it is often severe or catastrophic. They may suffer broken bones, internal injuries, or damage to the brain or spinal cord. These types of injuries have a corresponding impact on their medical bills and ability to return to their jobs. If you would like to speak to a motorcycle accident attorney in Nashville, please contact us.