Nashville Motorcycle Accident Lawyer – Helmets Save Lives And Serious Injury
As an experienced Nashville motorcycle accident lawyer, I know very well that motorcycle accidents most often result in more serious injuries than other types of accidents, as there is little protection for the rider. Cars provide “an armor of protection” for drivers and passengers, while there is little between the road and the motorcycle rider. That is why motorcycle helmets are so important. These safety devices provide the best protection available from head injuries. All motorcycle helmets sold in the United States must meet federal guidelines, which set a minimum level of protection a helmet has to provide for the motorcyclists
Many motorcyclists believe that laws requiring them to wear a motorcycle helmet amounts to a violation of their Constitutional rights and at a minimum an unnecessary burden that takes the fun and enjoyment out of riding. In Tennessee neither of these objections carry any weight with the legislature. If you are a motorcyclist in Tennessee and you do not wear a motorcycle helmet, not only are you risking your life, you are also increasing your chances of getting a very expensive ticket. Tennessee is one of the 20 states that require the use of helmets for all motorcycle riders and passengers.
Even the most skeptical and hard-headed motorcyclists cannot ignore the statistics relating to motorcycle helmet usage. The following are statistics showing the benefit of wearing a motorcycle helmet:
- Head injury is one of the major causes of death in motorcycle accidents.
- In an average year, 4,800 to 5000 motorcyclists die and about 88,000 were injured in roadway crashes in the United States.
- With statistics showing that a motorcyclist is almost 37 times more likely to die in an accident than someone riding in a passenger car, according to data examining per mile traveled in 2013.
- Further statistics show that a motorcyclist who is not wearing a helmet is 40 percent more likely to sustain a fatal head injury and 15 percent more likely to sustain a nonfatal head injury than a motorcyclist who is wearing a helmet during a crash.
- Motorcycle helmets are 67 percent effective in preventing brain injuries.
- A study by the University of Southern California found that wearing a helmet was the single most important factor in surviving motorcycles crashes.
Helmet use laws have helped lower the amount of deaths among motorcyclists on U.S. highways. Tennessee requires that all motorcycle drivers and passengers wear helmets. The law is easy to enforce as motorcycle riders and passengers are highly visible.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle crash caused by another driver, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. These types cases are complex and require an attorney with experience and knowledge of the complex areas of personal injury, serious brain injuries and wrongful death issues in Tennessee courts. Contact the experienced Tennessee motorcycle accident lawyers at Phillip Miller & Associates at (800) 337-HURT (4878) or (615) 356-2000 for advice regarding your case. Call for a free evaluation of your case so that you know where you stand. We are experienced in handling motorcycle accident cases.