Safety is important factor in preventing serious injuries to bike riders. We all know that personal injury or death can happen when a car driver is distracted or does not pay attention to bike riders. After years of more and more accidents between bike riders and cars, the Tennessee Legislature has finally passed a law giving more protection to bicycle riders. This law is meant to cut down on injuries to bicycle riders.
Seeing so many bicycle riders out as I went for my morning run this morning made me think of Tennessee's new law aimed to protect bicycle riders from serious injury or death by a distracted driver. Here are the highlights of the new Tennessee law:
- distracted driver resulting in pedestrian or bicyclist fatality can mean a jail sentence of up to 11 months, 29 days;
- distracted driver resulting in serious injury to pedestrian or bicyclist could mean 6 months jail time;
- give a "safe passing zone" - give the bicyclist or pedestrian 3 feet
Safety is key to preventing personal injury to Bicycle riders and pedestrians. The Tennessee legislature is doing its job to crack down on distracted drivers in order to make our streets safe for cyclist and pedestrians.
Let's do our part. Put down the cell phone. Don't text and drive. And, by all means, do not have road rage. Give cyclist and pedestrians a safe distance when you pass them. If you or someone you know has been hurt, please feel free to contact one of our experienced lawyers to discuss your rights with you.