Standing Up for Tennessee Bikers
Once you really get to know Tennessee, it sort of seems like it was touched by the motorcycle gods. This state has everything bikers could want: Twisty mountain roads, pastoral valley rides, epic views, scary drop-offs and even caves!
Whether you’re riding in the Great Smoky Mountains, or around the stunning lands outside of Nashville, or up around Johnson City, the Volunteer State welcomes riders with open arms. Even better, the Tennessee motorcycle community is historic, rich and welcoming. You’ll find kindred spirits at every stop along any motorcycle route you take.
Unfortunately, just like every other state in the country, Tennessee motorcycle riders also face discrimination in the legal system and the courts.
If you or a loved one has been in a Tennessee motorcycle crash, you are likely facing not only medical hardship, but the legal system is also throwing barriers in front of you, making it hard to get the justice you’re due.
Rider Justice is here to help Tennessee motorcycle riders who are injured in a motorcycle crash.
When you love motorcycle riders and you know Tennessee motorcycle laws like we do, it is a wicked-powerful combination.
Oh, and did we mention that we fight for what’s best for you and your family? Too many Tennessee personal injury attorneys are looking for a quick settlement. We’re looking for justice. We’re sort of crazy about justice. Motorcycle riders face too much discrimination from cops, auto drivers, insurance companies and the courts. But none of that intimidates us. We have faced and beaten them all. Over and over.
If you’ve been injured in a Tennessee motorcycle crash, call the Tennessee motorcycle lawyers who love bikers, and know the laws, and fight like demons in the courts.
We are motorcycle accident lawyers who fight for biker rights day in and day out. In our experience, motorcycle riders are frequently treated unfairly and therefore require aggressive attorneys in order to receive maximum compensation.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle collision, give us a call for a completely free, no-obligation consultation to find out if you have a case. We’re proud to give every single client the care and attention they deserve all while taking the stress of insurance phone calls and hospital bills off your plate. We go to work while your job is to heal.
Rider Justice is the legal team you need when the absolute worst happens on the road.
Or dial 303-865-3934
Rider Justice was founded by Scott O’Sullivan, a personal injury attorney who cares deeply about motorcycle riders and the motorcycle community. From his very first motorcycle crash case in 1998, Scott discovered that this was his vocation – his calling in life: to serve the motorcycle community and injured riders. This community is often stereotyped by the legal system and, therefore, Tennessee motorcycle riders must fight twice as hard for justice and compensation after a motorcycle crash.
If you have been injured in a Tennessee motorcycle accident, the Rider Justice team will fight like hell to get the money you are owed so that you can heal and move forward.
Scott O’Sullivan is founder of Rider Justice and he has been supporting the biker community for over 20 years, including helping injured riders, non-profit board leadership, motorcycle event sponsorships and free legal advice to BikerDown.
Tennessee Motorcycle Laws
Motorcycle Endorsement: required
Gear: Eye protection for riders and passengers
Dead Red Lights: allowed at lights with sensors (not at timed lights)
Lane Splitting: Not Allowed
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Tennessee and Motorcycles: The Great Smoky Mountains and So Much More!
Let’s talk about some of Tennessee’s best motorcycle rides.
For pure beauty, it is hard to beat the Great Smoky Mountains! Bikers come from all around the country to ride this park’s loops and skyways. If you haven’t yet, you should try riding the following Tennessee motorcycle rides:
- Tail of the Dragon: No list of great motorcycle rides in Tennessee would be complete without the famous Tail of the Dragon. This ride along US-129 is known all over the world as a great biker destination. In less than 11 miles, there are 318 curves! Because of its popularity, watch out for other bikers and even photographers.
- Cade’s Cove Loop: For a more leisurely ride, you can’t beat Cade’s Cove Loop. This ride starts and ends in Townsend, TN, but it takes you deep into the heart of Tennessee’s Smoky Mountains. You’ll arrive at Cade’s Cove halfway through your journey and ride all the way around it before turning around to head back to Townsend. Pack a picnic because there are no amenities, but this is one gorgeous, peaceful ride.
- Moonshiner 28: Next up, Tennessee motorcycle riders love the beautiful roads on Highway 28, running through three different southern states in one 30-mile ride: Georgia, North Carolina and Tennessee. Some riders even prefer this ride over The Dragon because there are great curves, gorgeous scenery and less traffic.
But the best motorcycle rides in Tennessee aren’t all in and around the Smoky Mountains. Literally, every region of the Volunteer State has great rides.
For example, near Nashville, The Natchez Trace Parkway can take you all the way from Leipers Fork, TN (just 28 miles southwest of Nashville) to Natchez, Mississippi. Plan a big adventure and take several days to ride all 430 miles, or just ride a small portion. You won’t be disappointed. This road traces ancient Indian footpaths and animal trails, which were later used by Spanish Conquistadores, American settlers and traders. Because of its important history, this Parkway is designated as one of America’s National Scenic Byways by the Federal Highway Administration, and also one of only 31 “All-American Roads.”
Want a ride with a bit more adventure and drama? You can’t beat the Cumberland Plateau Tour! As the name suggests, this ride runs along a plateau (Scared of heights? Skip this one!) before plunging into stunning valleys and dense forests. This amazing Tennessee motorcycle ride starts in Center Hill Lake, TN and ends in Altamount, TN, and should only be ridden during daylight hours.
You also have to check out The Southern Dozen! Roaring curves, incredible views and treks through three Southern states: Tennessee, Virginia and North Carolina. Just as the name suggests, there are 12 motorcycle rides in The Southern Dozen and all these rides start in or near Johnson City. They include rides with names like The Snake Ride, 8th Wonder of the World, Long Dam Ride, Spelunker Tour (including a cave tour!), and Vinegar Pie.
Dang! It is hard to stop writing about all the great motorcycle rides in Tennessee! This place is like a movie set for every great motorcycle movie you’ve ever seen. Cities, farms, mountains, twisties, straightaways, cliffs, waterfalls, valleys, old barns, older bridges… you could spend your entire summer riding in Tennessee.
Be Safe When Motorcycling in Tennessee
A word of caution: All of these Tennessee roads can be dangerous and Tennessee weather can be notoriously fickle, causing many motorcycle accidents for unsuspecting riders. (Don’t even get us started about the way auto drivers behave on twisty mountain roads. We’ve seen too many riders go down in Tennessee mountains because of high-speed autos.) Whenever you ride your motorcycle in Tennessee, you should prepare for just about any weather event, ride defensively, and make sure you wear proper gear.
IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT TENNESSEE MOTORCYCLE LAWS: Tennessee requires that all motorcycle riders wear a helmet, and you have to ride with your lights on.
Please ride Tennessee’s roads with joy! But please also ride safely. And if you ever need legal advice after a motorcycle accident in Tennessee, please call Rider Justice. We’ll drop everything to help you.
Free Insurance review
The worst possible time to find out you’re under insured, is after an accident. Before your next ride, call us and we’ll review your insurance with you to make sure you and your loved ones are properly covered. (We don’t sell motorcycle insurance, we just sue them.) Call now: (303) 865-3934