We may finally be getting a much needed break from the cold, wintery weather. Spring is here and most Tennesseans are very glad to see it. With the change in weather comes a change in vehicles that are on our roads, however, because people are once again bringing out their motorcycles. Of course that also unfortunately means a return of motorcycle accidents.
The trauma center at Vanderbilt University knows this better than anyone as they’ve already seen a spike in motorcycle accidents. Last weekend alone they treated 5 motorcycle accident victims; a number that will continue to rise.
The men and women working at Vanderbilt are urging riders to take care of themselves and as auto accident lawyers in Nashville, we couldn’t agree more. According to the medical director of the Trauma Intensive Care Unit at Vanderbilt:
“The advent of warm weather rolls out many activities such as motorcycle and ATV riding and cycling that require attention to detail and essential safety gear. Do not forget to be attentive, and always wear helmets when riding.”
That last point couldn’t be more important. Wearing a helmet will always increase your chance of surviving a motorcycle wreck. Despite this fact, there is still legislation in the works that would make wearing a helmet voluntary for any rider 21 or older.
This doesn’t sit well with the surgeons at Vanderbilt, who are constantly treating riders for head trauma. According to the chief of the Trauma and Surgical Critical Care Division:
“At a time when our state and our nation are attempting to reduce health care costs, this legislation, if enacted, will result in increased deaths and substantial financial consequences not only for the accident victims but for all Tennessee taxpayers.”
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