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Ride for motorcycle awareness calls for safer driving

So far this year in Tennessee there have been 102 deaths resulting from motorcycle crashes. This high number is the result of a number of factors, but perhaps the most devastating is the inattentive driver. A negligent driver who is not paying attention on the road can easily cause a motorcycle accident by a change of lanes without looking or a failure to yield to a motorcycle.

In an attempt to raise motorcycle awareness, police officers recently rode with more than 200 other bikers through the city of Memphis. That city has already faced 195 motorcycle accidents with nine fatalities resulting so far this year. Police say that the ride was to draw attention to the dangers of riding a motorcycle and the fact that drivers and bike riders need to watch out for each other. This is a message that all drivers should heed, including those in Knoxville.

When a driver fails to look out for motorcycle riders, accidents can result in serious injuries including head injuries, neck injuries and broken bones. Recovering from these injuries can be physically and emotionally draining. Yet, in addition to these stresses, motorcycle accident victims must also deal with the monetary costs associated with the accident.

Motorcycle accident victims should not be forced to pay for damage done by the reckless or negligent driving of another. A lawsuit can help these individuals obtain compensation for their injuries. A financial recovery can help cover medical expenses, long-term care and medical equipment needed for those left with a permanent disability. In addition, victims may be able to receive awards for pain and suffering and lost wages.

While a motorcycle ride to raise awareness is praiseworthy, it does not offer any assistance to those wrongly injured while riding a bike. Only the law can attempt to make things right. Motorcycle accident victims have enough to deal with without financial stress. Fortunately, a personal injury claim may be able to help make these victims whole again.

Source: The Commercial Appeal, "Memphis police event emphasizes motorcycle safety," Timberly Moore, Sept. 17, 2012

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