Recently, a Sevierville, Tennessee, man was riding his motorcycle when he collided with a truck. The motorcyclist was airlifted to a local hospital where he later died from his injuries. Police are still investigating the cause of the accident and it is unclear whether or not the biker was wearing a helmet at the time of the accident. The truck driver sustained only minor injuries and has not been charged.
Tragic incidents like this occur more frequently than we like to think. The small size of a motorcycle makes them vulnerable to larger vehicles, other drivers' blind spots and other drivers' inattentiveness. So it is important that bikers take certain safety precautions. Wearing a helmet is the most important step bikers can take to protect themselves. The risk of the most serious injuries resulting from motorcycle accidents, mainly those involving the head and neck, can be drastically reduced simply by wearing a helmet.
Nevertheless, a helmet cannot protect motorcyclists from all of the dangers on the road. Cars and trucks provide some protective features like seatbelts and airbags, but motorcycles have neither safety belts nor airbags. A motorcycle accident can lead to head and neck injuries that result in permanent disability or death. Long term care may also be required for those riders who survive an accident.
A lawsuit may be the only way for a victim or family members meet the expenses associated with such an accident. Working with an experienced personal injury attorney is the best way to ensure a favorable outcome.
Source: The Daily Citizen, "Former Dalton resident killed in Tennessee," April 18, 2012