Articles Posted in Motorcycle Safety

Last week, the Clarksville Police Department issued safety tips for drivers and motorcyclists after recent fatal motorcycles accidents in the city. On Saturday, two more motorcycle accidents were reported within hours of each other in Montgomery County, and both caused riders to suffer serious injuries.

Per a report by, the first accident happened when a Pontiac Montana driven by a 73-year-old woman was headed south on Ft. Campbell Blvd. The woman attempted to make a left turn onto Ashbury Rd., but she didn’t see a motorcycle headed in her direction.

The 22-year-old motorcyclist collided with the front passenger door of the Pontiac, and he was transported to Vanderbilt University Medical Center via LifeFlight helicopter to receive treatment. He was recently reported to be in stable condition.

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Eight people have lost their lives in traffic accidents in Clarksville in 2017 thus far, and four of them were on motorcycles. In response, the Clarksville Police Department wants drivers to be more cautious when they’re on the city’s roadways, especially when they’re driving near motorcycles.

Per a report by Clarksville Now, a spokesperson with the CPD says that drivers and motorcyclists should work together to reduce the risk of accidents. He says that there are actions that can be taken by both that can help improve everyone’s safety on streets, highways, and interstates throughout Clarksville and Montgomery County.

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A 23-year-old man from Hermitage was killed when his motorcycle collided head-on with a pickup truck on Bell Road in Nashville on Saturday afternoon.

Per a report by, the accident occurred when the motorcyclist passed vehicles in the bike lanes of Bell Road before colliding with a pickup truck at the intersection of Stewarts Ferry Pike while the driver was making a U-turn.

Emergency responders pronounced the motorcyclist dead at the scene. The 60-year-old driver of the pickup truck wasn’t injured in the crash. After an investigation, officers with Metro Nashville Police declined to be press charges and said that his U-turn was legal.

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Fatal injuries were reported in Hermitage after a vehicle collided with a motorcycle on Sunday.

Per a report by, the accident happened at around 1 p.m. on Old Hickory Boulevard at Butler Lane. Metro Nashville Police say that two motorcyclists were traveling side-by-side in the southbound lanes when a blue Nissan Altima crossed into oncoming traffic from the northbound lanes and struck them head-on before leaving the scene.

The impact of the collision caused a 60-year-old man from Madison to suffer fatal injuries. The other rider—a 67-year-old man from Hendersonville—suffered road rash and minor injuries and was transported to Summit Medical Center to receive treatment.

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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, 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, 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. 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, 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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