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Tennessee Senate Advances Bill Lowering Requirements for Wearing Helmets on Motorcycles

(PRWEB) June 12, 2013

Michael D. Ponce & Associates is a law firm in Tennessee whose attorneys have spent several years representing clients who have been wrongfully injured in car accidents, trucking accidents, motorcycle accidents and other types of crashes. Part of the firm’s mission is to help inform the public in general with regards to laws that may affect their safety while they are on the roads of Tennessee. As such, the firm hereby alerts the public to a report that appeared on the Murfreesboro Post Web site recently that detailed the advancement of a bill that would loosen the requirements for wearing a helmet while riding a motorcycle.

The report appeared on the Murfreesboro Post Web site on March 18, 2013 and the article that was entitled, “TN Report: Ketron promotes seat belt bill” discussed the process that was occurring with relation to the bill. As of the publishing of the article, the motorcycle helmet bill known as SB548 that was at issue had passed through the Senate Transportation Committee by a vote of 6-3. As a result, the bill will now be considered by the full Senate.

The bill would allow motorcyclists who are over the age of 25 and who have met safety requirements that are to be determined by the state to ride motorcycles without wearing a helmet. The article states that as of now, those safety requirements include meeting minimum insurance requirements, completing a qualified safety course and paying a $50 fee to the state.

According to the Tennessee Department of Safety, the state agency that tracks and records data regarding Tennessee motorcycle accidents, more than 3,200 crashes occur in the state every year. These accidents lead to nearly 150 fatalities and to more than 2,500 injuries. According to that same table of data, approximately 15 percent of the people killed in Tennessee motorcycle accidents between the years of 1999 and 2008 were either not wearing helmets or they were not wearing their helmets in what was considered a proper manner.

“This bill, if it becomes law, would represent a departure from the norm for motorcycle riders in Tennessee. We want to make sure that everyone is aware of what is happening with regards to this issue and that people who are concerned make their voices heard with their representatives. We hope that however this issue is resolved that the safety of people on the roads of the state is the top priority,” said Michael D. Ponce, the Managing Attorney at Michael D. Ponce & Associates.

The attorneys at the firm would like for the public to be aware that this bill is being considered and that it could become law if it advances through the legislative process and is ultimately signed by the governor. The attorneys would also like to encourage the public to use the utmost caution when riding on a motorcycle, whether a helmet is required or not.

About Michael D. Ponce & Associates

Michael D. Ponce & Associates, PLLC, whose Web site can be found at the URL of, is a law firm comprised of Tennessee personal injury lawyers who have been handling cases on behalf of clients in legal matters including personal injury and negligence, motorcycle accidents, car accidents, trucking accidents, pedestrian accidents, DUI accidents, premises liability, swimming pool accidents, dog bite injuries, bed bug cases, wrongful death and social security disability matters.

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