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Tennessee motorcyclist killed when truck fails to yield

As fun as riding a motorcycle can be, it can also be extremely dangerous when other motorists are inattentive. Unfortunately, a tragic motorcycle crash has left a Tennessee woman dead after another driver failed to be aware of her. According to reports, the woman was riding her motorcycle when a truck pulled out onto the road in front of her, causing the motorcycle to slam into the side of the truck. The motorcyclist was pronounced dead at the hospital.

An accident like this is sad and preventable. Motorcycle unawareness and failing to yield to motorcyclists lead to many accidents each year which can result in a head injury, broken bones, or death. By paying close attention and looking twice to make sure a motorcycle is not coming before turning out onto the road could save a life. But until these drivers act responsibly, undeserving motorcyclists will continue to fall victim to their negligent ways.

A motorcycle accident victim who survives is likely to face a tough recovery. Physical pain can leave one unable to enjoy her favorite things in life and render her unable to work. Emotional trauma may make it difficult for the victim to be happy and to feel comfortable climbing back on her bike. Also, medical bills can rack up, leaving the victim with a heavy load of debt. When a motorcyclist is killed in an accident, her surviving family may be left with similar emotional and financial burdens.

When these damages hit, an accident victim or her family should seek compensation from the negligent driver who harmed them. A Knoxville accident attorney can assist in this process and can aid in attempting to show the driver was in fact negligent. One way to show negligence is to establish the irresponsible driver failed to yield the right of way to a motorcyclist.

If negligence and causation are shown, then the victim or her surviving family may recover compensation for their losses. Recovering for medical expenses, lost wages, loss of companionship, funeral costs, and pain and suffering can help bring a sense of closure and help the victim or her family get back on their feet while at the same time punishing the errant driver and raising motorcycle awareness.

Source: WATE ABC News 6, "Maryville woman killed in weekend motorcycle crash in Alcoa," Oct. 21, 2013

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