Memphis Motorcycle Injuries on the Rise
A rise in motorcycle crashes across the country and the world have led to an increase in medical bills and lawsuits, including in Memphis. What explains the increase in Memphis motorcycle accident cases, and what can you do about it?
Seasonal Changes and Memphis Geography
Every year, spring and summer bring more motorcycles to the road. As a result, more accidents usually occur during those months.
Seasons have this affect around the world. However, Memphis arguably has a higher risk of motorcycle accidents during the warmer months because of our location.
As a shipping hub with multiple major interstates and highways, we have a lot more traffic than outlying towns. And because we border multiple states and have a major bridge across the Mississippi River, a lot of people use us a crossing point to get other directions.
So when vacations go up, and when people want to hit the road, there’s often no way to avoid Memphis’s busy streets.
Pandemic-Related Motorcycle Accidents Cases in Memphis
Over the last two years, motorcycle accidents have risen in the off-seasons as well. One reason some researchers suspect: an increase in motorcycle use during the pandemic.
As someone who’s taken Covid pretty seriously, it makes sense to me. You spend a lot of time indoors, in cramped spaces, maybe homeschooling or sharing work tables with the rest of your family. You want someplace safe to go, to forget it all and enjoy wide open space.
Motorcycles offer that freedom, and so many people took to the streets during the pandemic as a way to relax.
This increase in bikers on the road increases the injury rate as a result, especially during those colder months when the roads are more dangerous in general.
Inflation and Motorcycle Use
In other countries, motorcycles often overtake cars for their efficiency and price. They offer cheaper commutes, especially when gas prices rise.
And gas prices certainly have risen here in Memphis. With the cost of a full tank skyrocketing, motorcycles look much more attractive and can save families hundreds of dollars.
Unfortunately, while motorcycles may be the wiser option for a lot of people, they still aren’t a major part of the driving culture. As a result, Memphis drivers often miss bikers. In fact, a lot of people don’t even remember to look in the first place.
We’ve seen this pattern with pedestrians and cyclists, too. Over the last few years, Memphis has improved bike lanes and greenways. But there’s still a lot of work to do before bikers can feel truly safe on the road.
Help with Memphis Motorcycle Accident Cases
If you’ve been injured in a motorcycle crash, we can help. Our attorneys have handled hundreds of Memphis motorcycle accident cases and related injuries, and we can help you, too.
We have the size and experience to fight for you. We know what it takes to get you the compensation you need and deserve. And as an added benefit, we’re small enough to give your case our full attention.
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