A crash between a motorcycle and a car killed an 18-year-old woman in Bradley County on Feb. 15, authorities told the Times Free Press.
Jordan Best of Columbus, Ohio, died at Skyridge Medical Center after sustaining injuries in the crash, News Channel 9 reported. Best was riding passenger on a motorcycle driven by Marty Sandidge, 43, of Shope Road in Bradley, said county sheriff’s office public relations coordinator Bob Gault.
Gault said officers believe Sandidge was trying to pass two cars on Springplace Road, but the lead car turned and Sandidge’s motorcycle crashed into it. Michael L. Babb, the driver of the car, was not injured.
Sandidge was flown to Erlanger Medical Center, where he is still being treated, according to the Times Free Press.
Motorcycle accident fatalities rose from 2009 to 2010 in Tennessee, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. In 2010, 136 motorcyclists were killed in crashes, up from 122 in 2009. Both years, most of the victims were wearing helmets. Motorcycle accidents accounted for 13 percent of all traffic fatalities in the state in 2010.
Preliminary data from the Governors Highway Safety Association showed that on a national level, motorcycle fatalities dropped 2 percent from 2009 to 3,279 in 2010. However, the same data showed that in Tennessee, fatalities increased from 104 to 117 between those years.
If you’re riding a motorcycle, be sure to follow these tips from the Motorcycle Safety Foundation to prevent yourself from becoming another statistic:
-ALWAYS wear a helmet. Though it doesn’t guarantee your safety in an accident, you’ll be much more vulnerable to head trauma injuries without one. Make sure your helmet strap is securely fastened.
-Black leather motorcycle jackets may look stylish, but you’re much safer if you opt for brightly colored clothing or use reflective strips that will increase your visibility to drivers.
-Make sure your motorcycle can be seen by cars around you at all times. If you’re in a car’s blind spot, they have no idea where you are, so don’t be afraid to take up a whole lane.
Should you or a loved one be injured in a Bradley County motorcycle accident, the lawyers at the McMahan Law Firm are here to help. They’ll even visit you in the hospital to get your case started right away.
“We’ll do whatever it takes to meet with you, to show you how important your case is and to make sure your questions are all answered by us,” said attorney Brent Burks.
For more information, call 423-265-1100 or Ask the Insiders Now!