The Tennessee Personal Injury Lawyers at Michael D. Ponce & Associates Alert Public to Pulling of Bill That Would Eliminate Helmet Requirement for Riders Over 21

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The Tennessee personal injury attorneys at the law firm of Michael D. Ponce & Associates, whose Web site URL can be found at, hereby alert the public of a recent decision by the Tennessee legislature to pull a bill from consideration that would have allowed motorcycle riders over the age of 21 to decide for themselves whether or not to wear a helmet while riding. The bill will no longer be considered and the Tennessee motorcycle helmet requirement continues.

The Tennessee personal injury lawyers at the law firm of Michael D. Ponce & Associates, a law firm dedicated to representing the legal rights of clients who have been injured in several different types of accidents, hereby announce to the public that the Tennessee legislature has decided to remove a bill that would have allowed riders over the age of 21 to decide for themselves whether or not to wear a helmet while driving their two-wheeled vehicles.

The decision was made, according to a report released on Channel 8 CBS in Knoxville, because lawmakers were persuaded by the fact that even if a Tennessee motorcycle accident occurs when the rider was moving at only 20 miles per hour without a helmet, the chances of suffering a traumatic brain injury are greatly increased. In addition, a legislative analysis of the benefits of wearing motorcycle helmets revealed that if this bill, known as HB 2661, had become law the resulting traumatic brain injuries would have cost Tenncare more than one million dollars per year.

In terms of the overall statistics regarding Tennessee motorcycle accidents, the records kept by the state government indicate that approximately 3,000 of these crashes occur every year, and these crashes lead to nearly 2,500 injuries and to nearly 150 fatalities. The Tennessee motorcycle accident lawyers at Michael D. Ponce & Associates urge motorcycle riders to continue wearing their helmets when they ride for obvious safety reasons.

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, car accidents, motorcycle 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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