One source recently discussed the somewhat immeasurable effects that a motorcycle driver or rider can have and the potential they have to last. The initial treatment or findings from an accident are able to be measured by cost and in detail; however, it’s the long-lasting ones that often cannot be quantifiably documented, and some are wondering what means need to be taken to ensure safety.
Helmets can help a great deal when someone makes contact after they’ve been thrown from their motorcycle, but not completely. One figure reported regarding the added security against a fatality that a helmet can grant is some 39 percent. With the totals of motorcycle fatalities coming to just over 4,500 from 2010, some people are thinking about more ways to allow for motorcycle safety.
Tennessee is reportedly one of several states that has heard talk of repealing their laws requiring helmets to be worn by motorcyclists. According to one source, many people aren’t comfortable with the strict regulations and would rather promote better education and driving safety courses. For the president of the organization Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, better driver’s training isn’t enough. They liken it to a driver of a car not wearing their seatbelt even though a driver went through an extensive course.
Motorcyclists in Tennessee may wish to watch what will happen to the laws regarding their obligations as a cyclist. In the event of an accident, knowing your options regarding personal injury could help you receive compensation to aid with the payments of medical bills. While some injuries are easy to spot on scene, others can continue to create problems for you well into the rest of your life and having a way to support yourself could help with the medical complications.
Source: The Huffington Post, “Motorcycle deaths, injuries cost $16 billion,” Joan Lowy, Nov. 27, 2012