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Motorcycle deaths and injuries are far too common


Tennesseans may be thinking that, with cooler weather on the way, most motorcyclists are putting their bikes away. But that isn't true. Many bike riders will take advantage of Fall-like weather up until the bitter end, making use of its relaxing and cost-saving benefits. However, as fun as riding a motorcycle may be, it can also be dangerous when other motorists are inattentive or otherwise negligent behind the wheel.

Motorcycle crashes are far too common. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, motorcycle deaths reached record numbers a few years ago after doubling between 1999 and 2008. In fact, during a seven year period, more than 34,000 motorcycle riders died in accidents. An additional 1.2 million were treated for motorcycle-related injuries. Though motorcyclists can take certain precautions to help keep themselves safe, like wearing a helmet, their safety is often in the hands of other motorists. This can certainly leave them in a vulnerable position.

When a motorcyclist is hit by a negligent driver, he or she can suffer wide-ranging and life-altering harm. Physically, a motorcyclist can suffer serious injuries or even permanent disability. Emotionally, a victim might become fearful of climbing back on his or her bike. Financially, an individual can be devastated by medical expenses and lost wages.

Fortunately, experienced Knoxville attorneys are ready and willing to help motorcyclists file a lawsuit in an attempt to recover the compensation they deserve. Whether a wreck was caused by motorcycle unawareness or any other form of negligence, an attorney can provide aggressive representation that seeks to leave a victim in as favorable a position as possible.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, "Motorcycle Crash-Related Data," accessed on Sept. 19, 2014

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