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Motorcycle crash deaths on the rise in Tennessee

The number of motorcycle-related deaths has skyrocketed this year in Tennessee. According to the Tennessee Department of Transportation, 133 people have died so far this year in motorcycle crashes. Only 114 people died in motorcycle wrecks in all of 2011. The statistic is staggering, highlighting the true dangers of a motorcycle accident.

Many motorcycle riders, including Mid. Tenn. Motorcycle Education Center instructor Gardiner Jones, feel that inattentive drivers fail to yield to motorcycles because their vehicles are bigger. Whether or not this is the case, the sheer size difference between a motorcycle and a car does make a negligent driver extremely dangerous to a bike rider. When there is a failure to yield on the part of an inattentive driver, serious injuries are likely to occur.

When one falls victim to a motorcycle accident the risk of permanent disability and the need for long-term care are real. The physical and emotional toll taken on these victims can be excruciating, only to be further exacerbated by financial woes created by the accident. Luckily, legal action can help ease these undeserved burdens.

If a motorcycle accident victim can prove a responsible driver was negligent, that negligent caused the accident, and the negligent accident resulted in injuries, the victim can succeed on in a lawsuit and obtain compensation. These awards can then be applied to medical expenses, physical therapy, pain and suffering, and lost wages. Hopefully, the wounded rider can then have a quick recovery and life will be normal once again.

Motorcycle unawareness is a problem on Tennessee's roads. While signs posted by the Tennessee Department of Transportation showing the number of motorcycle deaths can raise awareness, only legal action can get victims the compensation they need and deserve.

Source: Knoxville News Sentinel, "Motorcycle deaths climbing in Tenn.," Dec. 8, 2012

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