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Tennessee is a state that requires all motorcyclists and passengers over the age of 21 to wear a helmet while riding on a motorcycle. If they do not, they will be violating the law, and this may make it more difficult to receive compensation for injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident. Since Tennessee measures the fault of each driver after a collision, a motorcyclist who was not wearing a helmet may still be able to seek damages if he or she was hurt. However, there are certain circumstances in which motorcyclists cannot collect compensation.

Tennessee’s Helmet Law

Not only are Tennessee motorcyclists required to wear helmets while operating their vehicles, but they cannot wear just any helmet. Their protective gear needs to comply with the following federal safety regulations:

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Campbell County motorcycle accident attorney

The state of Tennessee requires all motorcyclists to wear proper protective gear, including helmets while operating their vehicles. This is for protection in case of a collision with another vehicle on the road. However, motorcyclists cannot just wear any helmet. It must be a helmet that meets the safety standards of the Department of Transportation. One of the requirements for a proper helmet is that the gear is not permanently altered. This means a person cannot mount a camera onto the helmet by the use of drills or screws. However, GoPros are cameras that come with adhesive mounts sturdy enough to be worn on a motorcycle helmet. These are allowed on the road if mounted securely. In some cases, a GoPro camera’s footage can be used if the motorcyclist is pursuing compensation for injuries after an accident.

What Is the Tennessee Helmet Law?

When riding through the state of Tennessee, all motorcyclists must wear a helmet with the following safety regulations:

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After receiving complaints from motorcyclists regarding wait times at stoplights, Tennessee joined 11 other states in legalizing safe crossing through red lights under certain circumstances. In 2003, Tennessee passed its law, which states that motorcyclists can pass through intersections with red lights after coming to a complete stop first. Of course, the law has limits to keep drivers safe from injuries as a result of collisions. Motorcyclists can only pass through red lights that are controlled by sensors, which in some cases can identify cars, but not motorcycles. Cyclists must proceed with caution to avoid causing a crash or being hit by another driver.

Understanding Tennessee Traffic Control Laws

Sensors that control traffic signals detect metal, and as motorcycles have evolved, more and more of these vehicles are manufactured using materials such as aluminum and fiberglass. As a result, sensors sometimes cannot detect when a motorcycle is waiting for the light to turn green. Therefore, motorcyclists have complained that the wait time at certain intersections was too long. Tennessee’s laws allow motorcycle drivers to cross through red lights only if:

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Campbell County motorcycle accident injury attorney

In order to avoid injuries to passengers on a motorcycle, both the driver and the passenger must know the safety measures that should be taken. It is safest for passengers to ride in a sidecar next to a motorcycle, but for those who do not have a sidecar attached to their vehicle, passengers will need to ride directly behind the driver. A passenger means the motorcycle will have to carry extra weight, which will cause the vehicle to maneuver differently. It will take longer to accelerate, and both the driver and the passenger will need to lean into every turn to make sure the motorcycle can complete it properly. In Tennessee, passengers on a motorcycle -- and all operators -- must ride the bike with one leg on each side and feet in the footpegs, and they must always remain seated on the permanent seat attached to the bike. Tennessee law also states that child passengers whose feet do not reach the footpegs are prohibited from riding on the motorcycle. If this law is violated, the driver will face a Class C misdemeanor penalty.

What to Do to Avoid Injuries

Before beginning any ride, the driver of the motorcycle should check their tire pressure and suspension to be sure the cycle is in proper working order. They should also be sure their passenger is well-equipped with protective clothing (i.e. long pants, long-sleeved coat, sturdy shoes, helmet) and that their feet can reach the footpegs.

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Campbell County motorcycle accident injury lawyer

Some dogs become excited by loud or fast-moving objects. If properly restrained, the most a dog might do when it spots a car or motorcycle passing by is bark loudly, strain at a leash, or paw at a window. However, if a dog is set loose in a yard, it may run into the road, which could lead to damage to vehicles and/or the death of the animal. A car is much bigger than a dog. It is unlikely that anyone in the car would be injured if the vehicle struck a dog. However, motorcycles are different, because the drivers are exposed. A dog of considerable size could cause a serious accident if it attempts to chase down a motorcycle. The state of Tennessee has certain laws that regulate when dogs can be off-leash, which can determine liability if the pet causes a motorcycle accident with injuries. 

Tennessee's Leash Law Explained

In the state of Tennessee, no dog is permitted to be off-leash--also called “at large”--whether on private or public property. This is to avoid injuries to a person who is not the dog’s owner, and it is also meant to keep dogs safe from automobiles on the road.

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Campbell County motorcycle accident attorney

Motorcyclists have a lot less protection than someone in a car while they travel on the roadways. This is why they should take more precautions to avoid injuries that can occur regardless if they collide with another vehicle. Motorcycle accidents can happen as a result of several reasons, including negligence by the motorcyclist or other motorists sharing the road. The motorcyclist following too closely behind a vehicle or another driver in a vehicle following a motorcycle too closely can also result in a crash. A motorcyclist weaving in between cars at a high rate of speed is dangerous, and this "lane splitting" is illegal in Tennessee. Poor conditions of the road such as potholes or debris can also cause drivers to suddenly swerve out of the way, thus causing a collision. These types of accidents can result in a motorcyclist who is taken to the hospital with injuries such as road rash, broken bones, head or back pain, lacerations, and even death.

Tennessee Motorcycle Safety Laws

Before cruising on the open road on a two- or three-wheeled vehicle, all Tennessee drivers must earn a motorcycle (Class-M) license. Examinations are similar to earning a regular driver’s license and anyone over the age of 16 years old can work to earn their right to drive a motorcycle. Once motorcyclists complete all the necessary tests, they are expected to abide by the rules of their given state. According to Tennessee law, all motorcyclists must:

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The warm weather is upon us, which means more motorcyclists are hitting the pavement. Like people who drive cars, motorcyclists are expected to take several precautions to stay safe while driving. However, motorcycle accidents can happen even when all safety measures are taken. Since motorcycles are smaller, they are often harder to see on the road, and they can occur because other drivers do not respect a motorcyclist’s right of way. Collisions between motorcycles and other vehicles often result in personal injury, and an injured cyclist may be eligible to receive compensation for injuries or damage to their motorcycle.

What To Do After an Accident

If an accident happens, the driver who is at fault for the incident is responsible for paying for any damage experienced by others involved in the accident, including costs related to injuries and repairs for damages to vehicles. Therefore, if you are a motorcyclist involved in an accident, you should assess your injuries and the damage to your motorcycle while still at the accident site.

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On February 28, a motorcyclist suffered serious injuries on Interstate 40. The accident occurred when the motorcyclist collided with a semi-truck. The motorcyclist was transferred to a local hospital, and fortunately, is expected to recover. 

Because of the lack of protection compared to a car, motorcycle accidents often result in severe and even fatal injuries. Many are caused by negligent drivers who failed to see the motorcycle. If you are the victim of such an accident, contact a skilled personal injury lawyer as soon as possible.

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Campbell County motorcycle accident injury lawyerPeople throughout the state of Tennessee were reminded of the dangers that every motorcyclist faces when a cyclist was fatally injured on Sunday, October 14th, 2018. The accident, which occurred when the 26-year-old motorcyclist sped through an intersection and collided with another vehicle on Highway 153 outside of Chattanooga, ultimately resulted in the death of the motorcyclist. 

For motorcyclists around the country, the accident served as another sobering reminder of the dangers of motorcycling. According to the Insurance Information Institute (III), approximately 5,286 motorcyclists were fatally injured in accidents throughout 2016. If you or a loved one are injured in a motorcycle accident, another driver’s negligence may be to blame, and contacting a legal professional can make all the difference in your family’s recovery. 

Motorcycle Accidents Nationwide

As mentioned above, more than 5,000 American motorcyclists were fatally injured in 2016. This marked a national uptick of more than 5% in motorcycle fatalities compared to the previous year. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), motorcycle fatalities are at their highest level since 2008. So why the sudden rise in fatal motorcycle accidents? 

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