Since 2003 the number of motorcycle licenses in Hamilton County have increased by 44% to around 17,397 licensed operators. This increase in Hamilton County is indicative of a statewide increase that has seen the number of riders balloon from 235,000 to nearly 345,000 in the past ten years. So what do these numbers mean?
Well for one it means that more people are enjoying the freedom of a motorcycle and taking in our state’s landscape on two wheels. Unfortunately, it also means that there have been more motorcycle accidents, some of which have taken lives.
This last weekend alone saw two riders lose their lives in tragic accidents. Last Saturday, a young man lost control of his bike near Shallowford Road and struck a tree. It’s believed he briefly looked behind him, a simple gesture that may have spun his motorcycle out of control. Then early Monday morning another rider was killed when he lost control of his motorcycle and struck a guardrail on Access Road.
And less than two hours later on I-24, yet another accident occurred when a motorcycle was hit by a vehicle, throwing the passenger off the bike and onto the road where she was struck by a car. She survived the wreck but suffered serious injuries.
It continues a troubling trend. This year alone there have been five fatal motorcycle accidents in Chattanooga compared to four the entirety of last year.
Do You Need a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer in Chattanooga?
We can’t let the rising trend of motorcycle accidents keeps us from riding. What we have to do is find a way to stay safe. That means riding safer and making sure that other motorists are looking out for us. But, what happens when you lose someone you love to the negligence of another?
You can fight back and you can get the compensation you deserve. The Insiders at the McMahan Law Firm know that a successful wrongful death lawsuit can’t heal the heartache of a loss, but we know that it can help take away some the financial stress.
Let our Chattanooga motorcycle accident lawyers go to work for you. Just contact us today.
Source. TimesFreePress.com, ‘http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/2013/oct/15/deaths-add-to-motorcycle-toll-here/,’ Beth Burger, October 15, 2013.