It is very likely that at some point in your life you came across a billboard or bumper sticker reminding you to look twice or take extra care for motorcycles. This is because motorcycle accidents do not discriminate based on gender, location or any other factor. Like every type of car accident, motorcycle accidents truly can happen to anyone at any time. However, unlike other types of car accidents, the risk of catastrophic or fatal injury is extremely high.
The truth is that any accident can cause serious injury, and there is no real way to determine how serious an accident will be. However, there are some factors that indicate an accident will not be as serious, most significantly the size, speed and safety features of the vehicles involved. For example, if an 18-wheeler collides with a passenger vehicle, chances are very high that the driver of the truck will have fewer injuries than the driver of the passenger vehicle.
Because of this, even though it is accurate to say that any accident could be fatal, it is also accurate to say that the chances of a motorcyclist being fatally injured in an accident are significantly higher than almost any other type of driver. Not only are motorcycles smaller than nearly every other vehicle on the road, they also lack safety features such as airbags or seatbelts. This means that if a collision does occur, there is virtually nothing protecting a motorcyclist from the merciless laws of physics.
The good news for motorcyclists is that while they may lack many of the same features as other drivers on the road, they face no lack of benefits in the courtroom. Motorcyclists are treated as equally as any other driver, which means that if a motorcyclist was injured in an accident in which he or she was not at fault, then he or she could be compensated. If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident in Tennessee, consider meeting with an attorney to see if you can recover compensation for your injuries.