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Group seeks to raise motorcycle awareness in Tennessee

Riding a motorcycle can be a convenient way to get to work or school and to relax after a hard day or week at work. But there is a problem in Tennessee: motorcycle unawareness. Being unaware of motorcycles renders a motorist dangerous, prone to causing a serious motorcycle crash. A group of bike riders, dedicated to raising awareness in Tennessee, is trying to change this.

After losing some of their own to motorcycle accidents, a group of motorcyclists in Collierville started a new chapter of the Motorcycle Awareness Campaign. The effort to raise awareness of motorcycle presence on the road includes handing out stickers and flyers as well as asking drivers to be on alert for motorcyclists. Some group members agree motorcycles may be hard for other motorists to see, but that is exactly why, they argue, extra precautions must be taken.

Motorcycle awareness campaigns are noble, helpful, and should continue. Yet, though these efforts may help prevent future motorcycle accidents, there is very little, if anything, they can do for those who have already been harmed in such a crash. Instead, an accident victim should consider contacting an attorney to discuss his legal options for seeking accountability.

If the decision is made to proceed with a lawsuit, the victim must show the defendant was negligent and caused the victim's injuries, which may include a head injury or broken bones. Thus, proving a driver was distracted or otherwise negligent is essential, as is showing the extent of the victim's injuries. A competent Knoxville attorney can analyze accident reports and witness testimony in order to develop the best legal argument possible to give the victim the highest possible chance of success.

Winning a case against a negligent driver means the victim may obtain compensation. Economic harm, including medical expenses and lost wages, may be recoverable as well as noneconomic harm such as pain and suffering. Then, the victim can focus on healing, getting life back to normal, and getting back on his bike, if he so desires.

Source: WMC-TV News, "Motorcycle campaign aims to save lives," Janice Broach, Sep. 25, 2013

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