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Motorcycle accident shows mixed results


Many Tennessee residents likely enjoy the adrenaline rush of riding a motorcycle. However, motorcycles remain one of the more dangerous modes of transportation available. Even with improvements in safety features and technological innovations, motorcycles still lack the size and safety features of other motor vehicles. Riders are almost completely exposed and are thus highly vulnerable. Because motorcyclists are highly vulnerable, it is absolutely vital that other drivers on the road are aware of them so as to prevent accidents from occurring.

According to a preliminary report, motorcycle fatalities in the U.S. are projected to have droppen in 2013. The data, which was released by a nonprofit organization that serves as representation of state highway safety offices, projected a 7 percent decrease in motorcyclist deaths. While motorcycle deaths are projected to have been higher in 13 states, they are projected down in 35 states, as well as in the District of Columbia. Fatalities in two states are projected to remain the same. This is in comparison to the data from 2012.

However, the report also states that motorcycles are still far less safe than passenger vehicles. Motorcycle accidents resulted in six times the fatalities as passenger vehicles in 2011. The reason why motorcycle fatalities were down in 2013 likely had more to do with the weather -- 2013 was wetter and colder, deterring people from taking their motorcycles out as often -- and less to do with improved safety features.

According to article highway safety expert, the best way to prevent further injury and death in motorcycle accidents is helmet use. Though some states, such as Tennessee, have helmet laws, the same cannot be said for every state and many choose to ride without helmets, increasing the risk of injury or death.

Even with safety precautions, it is impossible to prevent the actions that other drivers take on the road. If another driver acts in a way that is considered negligent, and that negligence causes a motorcycle crash to occur, victims have rights. Sometimes it is possible to pursue compensation from the negligent party and to hold the responsible parties accountable while at the same time receiving monetary relief.

Source: Forbes, "Motorcycle Deaths Down, But Overall Safety Has Not Improved, A New Study Finds," Tanya Mohn, May 7, 2014

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