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A motorcycle collided with an SUV in Williamson County on Wednesday, causing its rider—a 44-year-old man—to suffer fatal injuries.

Per a report by WKRN.com, the accident occurred at around 5:30 p.m. at East McEwen Drive near Carothers Parkway. When police and emergency responders arrived at the accident scene, they found the rider near the roadway in a thicket of trees.

Traffic accident scene reconstruction experts determined that the man was traveling east when the driver of the SUV changed lanes. At some point, the man’s motorcycle was struck by the SUV, causing it to fall onto the curb and the victim to be launched into the air before he hit a tree.

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Safety Tips for New Motorcyclists

The Middle Tennessee area has had unseasonably warm weather in recent weeks, and the official start of spring is just around the corner. Warm weather means an increase in the number of motorcycles on roadways in and around Nashville, as well as an increase in motorcycle sales.

If you’re thinking about buying your first motorcycle, it’s important to be aware of the increased risks and dangers you’ll face traveling on two wheels compared to traveling on four. First, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety says that motorcyclists are 30 times more likely to suffer fatal injuries during accidents than people traveling in enclosed vehicles.

In addition, older riders, including those who are 60 years old or older, are three times more likely to suffer serious injuries that require hospitalization after an accident than younger riders. While motorcycles are more likely to cause serious injuries during crashes than other vehicles, it’s important to note that nearly half of all motorcycle fatalities involved speeding or alcohol intoxication.

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Two Fatal Motorcycle Accidents Reported in Nashville in Past 10 Days

Two separate motorcycle accidents claimed the lives of two people within the past 10 days in and around Nashville.

Per a report by WKRN.com, the first accident occurred on Nov. 17 in Hermitage at around 11:30 p.m. Metro Nashville Police say the 51-year-old man was traveling south on Tulip Grove Road when he lost control of his motorcycle near the Chandler Road intersection.

Emergency responders pronounced him dead at the accident scene. A preliminary investigation revealed that speed may have been a factor in the accident.

WKRN.com also reports that a second accident occurred Sunday afternoon at around 4:30 p.m. when a 54-year-old woman lost control of her 2009 Harley Davidson motorcycle while traveling northbound on Old Hickory Boulevard.

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Investigators Say Alcohol and Weather May Have Caused Motorcycle Crash

Investigators with the Kentucky State Police say that a two-vehicle accident that involved a passenger vehicle and a motorcycle may have been caused due to a combination of alcohol and slick roads.

Per a report by Clarksville Now, the rash occurred Wednesday night on Interstate 24 in Oak Grove, Kentucky, near the Tennessee-Kentucky state line. An investigation by law enforcement revealed that the motorcyclist—a 24-year-old man from Oak Grove—was traveling west on I-24 near mile marker 91.

Police say that he failed to slow for stopped traffic that was in front of his motorcycle, causing him to crash into a 2006 Dodge that was also traveling westbound.

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Serious Injuries Reported after Head-On Collision Involving Motorcycle and Car

A motorcyclist was transported to Vanderbilt University Medical Center via LifeFlight helicopter after being involved in a serious accident with another vehicle on Wednesday.

According to a report by Clarksville Now, the accident occurred at around 7 a.m. in Montgomery County at the intersection of Madison Street and Highway 76 when the motorcycle crashed head-on into a white sedan.

In addition to causing the motorcyclist to suffer serious injuries, the accident also caused traffic to backup for around 90 minutes and created major delays during the morning rush hour, as the roadway was reduced to just one lane as police worked to investigate the crash and clear the scene.

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Man Seriously Injured after Being Struck by Pickup Truck in Warren County

A 38-year-old man from Bowling Green was traveling north on Louisville Road on his moped early Sunday when he was struck from behind by a pickup truck.

According to WSMV.com, the accident caused him to be ejected from the moped and suffer serious injuries. Police say he wasn’t wearing a helmet at the time of the accident. The man was transported to a local hospital to receive treatment and then flown to Vanderbilt University Medical Center to receive additional treatment for serious injuries.

The 56-year-old driver of the pickup truck and his passenger weren’t injured during the accident. Police in Warren County are investigating the accident to determine its cause.

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Motorcycle Crashes into Semi-Truck on Interstate 24 near Clarksville

A motorcyclist suffered serious injuries after he was involved in a crash with a tractor-trailer on Interstate 24 near Clarksville Saturday afternoon.

According to a report by Clarksville Now, the accident occurred in the eastbound lanes of I-24 in Christian County near mile marker 89. Police say that the injured motorcyclist—a 22-year-old man from Ohio—was driving a 2009 Yamaha R6 motorcycle when he attempted to pass between two vehicles.

While maneuvering between the vehicles, his motorcycle came into contact with a Freightliner semi-truck driven by a 36-year-old man from Goodyear, Arizona.

The collision caused the man to lose control of his motorcycle and be ejected from the bike. Both the man and his motorcycle ended up on the right side of the highway after the rider lost control. The driver of the semi-truck stopped his vehicle near the accident scene and was uninjured during the crash.

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Serious Injuries Reported after Motorcycle Accident in Rutherford County

A 29-year-old man suffered serious injuries after his motorcycle collided with a Volvo sedan on Highway 41 near Murfreesboro Monday morning.

According to a report by WKRN.com, the accident occurred at the intersection of Highway 41 and Epps Mill Road. The motorcyclist was traveling southbound on the highway when the Volvo suddenly turned in front of him, causing him to collide with the vehicle.

The man suffered serious injuries, but officers with the Tennessee Highway Patrol say that they aren’t considered life-threatening at this time.

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Motorcyclist Dies after Head-On Collision in Robertson County

A 40-year-old motorcyclist died after he was struck head-on by a vehicle in Cross Plains, Tennessee, Thursday morning.

According to a report by WKRN.com, the accident occurred when a passenger vehicle crossed the double line of the highway and collided head-on with the motorcycle. The impact of the collision caused the motorcyclist to suffer critical injuries, and he later died at the scene before emergency responders could arrive to administer aid. His motorcycle ended up pinned underneath the vehicle that struck him.

A spokesperson with the Tennessee Highway Patrol says that there’s nothing the motorcyclist could have done to prevent the accident, and that the cause of the accident was the passenger vehicle crossing the center line. A witness told reporters that the driver of the vehicle stopped and asked to use his phone shortly after the accident occurred.

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Truck Driver Facing Vehicular Homicide Charges after Motorcycle Collision

A motorcyclist died after being struck by a pickup truck on Bell Road last month, and now the driver of the pickup truck faces vehicular homicide by intoxication charges.

According to WKRN.com, the accident occurred when the driver of the 1993 GMC pickup truck was traveling west on Bell Road and attempted to make a left turn onto Old Hickory Blvd.

As he turned left, Metro Nashville Police say that he failed to yield the right of way to a motorcyclist, which resulted in him striking the 60-year-old man’s bike and causing him to suffer serious injuries.

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