High-profile motorcycle accidents serve as reminders of safety

High-profile motorcycle accidents serve as reminders of safety

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Recent accidents are reminders for motorcycle safety. Recent accidents are reminders for motorcycle safety.
Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett is now sporting a cast on his right arm and a large bandage on his left after a tire went flat while he was riding his motorcycle Thursday. Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett is now sporting a cast on his right arm and a large bandage on his left after a tire went flat while he was riding his motorcycle Thursday.
"If you're just buying a motorcycle, we suggest that you go through one of our courses," Tennessee Highway Patrol Sgt. Stacey Heatherly said. "If you're just buying a motorcycle, we suggest that you go through one of our courses," Tennessee Highway Patrol Sgt. Stacey Heatherly said.

By JESSA LEWIS
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - In the past week, there have been several motorcycle accidents in the county involving high-profile government and police officials.

Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett is now sporting a cast on his right arm and a large bandage on his left after a tire went flat while he was riding his motorcycle Thursday.

Two other motorcycle accidents occurred during the Knox County "Ride for Life" Saturday. The wrecks involved Newport Police Chief Maurice Shultz and aKnox County Sheriff's Deputy Sgt. Roger Sexton.

The incidents serve as reminders that extra precautions are needed when riding a motorcycle and when sharing the road with one.

"If you're just buying a motorcycle, we suggest that you go through one of our courses," Tennessee Highway Patrol Sgt. Stacey Heatherly said. "We have an educational program through the Department of Safety that educates riders, trains them how to ride, (and) of course the laws of the road when riding a motorcycle."

THP statistics indicate motorcycle crash numbers are not much different than in year's past.

"We haven't seen any huge rise in crashes, as far as involving motorcycles," Heatherly said. "It's been about the same in Knox County. I'm not speaking for the entire district. We on have 'The Dragon,' of course, a different number in motorcycles crashes."

Just like with a car, regular maintenance is key for motorcycle owners.

"They need to make sure their headlight is on, that it's working properly, make sure their tires are just as good, and make sure that everything's working properly on their motorcycle," Heatherly said.

As of Friday there have been 112 motorcycle accident fatalities statewide this year, compared to 104 at this time last year.

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