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Inattentive driver causes fatal motorcycle crash

Though the weather has started to turn cold, many Tennesseans continue to ride their motorcycles. Whether to get to work, school or social events, riding a bike can be relaxing, fun and cost effective. However, far too many Tennesseans are simply unaware of motorcycles, putting bike riders at extreme risk of injury or death. In a matter of seconds, what should have been a peaceful ride can turn into a nightmare.

This happened recently to one Tennessee woman who was killed in a motorcycle crash. According to police, the 46-year-old woman was riding her motorcycle down the road when a truck pulled out of a parking lot and hit her, throwing her from the bike. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the truck received a citation.

The loss of a loved one to a senseless accident like this can be soul-crushing. Loved ones will never be able to hear their loved one's voice, celebrate holidays and life achievements with him or her, and rely on the lost individual for emotional support. In addition, a family that loses a loved one may suffer financially. Medical expenses, funeral costs and lost wages can all take a toll, leaving a surviving family on unsteady financial footing.

In such a difficult time, the good news is that family members may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit to help them recover their economic and noneconomic damages. This includes those losses mentioned above, but also compensation for pain and suffering and loss of consortium. Though those who lose a loved one in a tragic accident may not want to embroil themselves in a legal matter, doing so with the support of an attorney can be a significant step toward finding closure, peace of mind and financial security.

Source: WKRN-TV, "Motorcyclist killed in Lebanon crash," Oct. 28, 2014

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