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Motorcycle unawareness leads to Knoxville rider's death

Riding a motorcycle can be a fun experience. Yet, because of their small size, motorcycles can often be overlooked by an inattentive driver. This motorcycle unawareness can lead to a devastating accident that causes serious injuries including broken bones or a head injury. In the worst cases, the rider is killed. A motorcycle accident, no matter how minor, can have victims and their families reeling from the trauma. A recent wreck serves as an example.

A Knoxville architect was killed recently on an interstate in Chattanooga when another vehicle rear-ended his motorcycle. The man's family must now face the difficult task of grieving their loved one and trying to move on with life. Yet, the void left by their loved one's death will have a long lasting emotional and financial impact on the entire family.

When a family member is lost to an accident, the family can be left emotionally scarred and without a much needed income. Even if the accident victim survives, the victim can be left with a permanent disability that requires long-term care. This care can be trying physically, emotionally and financially. Legal action against a negligent driver can help these victims and their families move forward with their lives.

A lawsuit can be filed against a negligent or distracted driver who causes an accident. To succeed on the claim, a victim must establish the driver was negligent, that negligence caused the accident, and the victim's injuries or death resulted from that accident. When one is victimized by a speeding driver or a driver's failure to yield, negligence will likely be found.

Once these elements are satisfied, a victim and surviving family members can obtain compensation. These awards can be used to cover medical expenses, pain and suffering, and lost wages. In the tragic event of death, the surviving family can also recover funeral costs.

These recoveries allow victims and their families to obtain the care they need and allows them to avoid undeserved stress created by unexpected medical bills. Hopefully then, these individuals will be able to achieve a full recovery and move on with life the best they can.

Source: WBIR-TV 10, "Local architect dies in motorcycle accident," Mar. 19, 2013

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