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Negligent driver hits and kills motorcyclist in Tennessee

A motorcycle ride can turn tragic in seconds. For instance, an inattentive driver can switch lanes without looking and cause a tragic motorcycle accident. Serious injuries, head injury, neck injury, broken bones, permanent disability and death are all real risks in these types of accidents. A recent crash in Tennessee highlights how dangerous motorcycle unawareness can be, and Knoxville riders should take note.

A man was riding his motorcycle when an oncoming driver crossed the center line and slammed head-on into the motorcycle. The responsible driver has been charged with vehicular homicide and failure to maintain a lane. Investigators believe the driver may have been impaired and are awaiting blood test results.

A negligent driver in cases like these should be held accountable for the harm he or she has caused. Whether a motorcycle accident is caused by a failure to yield, inattentiveness or inebriation, victims and their families must face the aftermath. This means struggling with physical and emotional pain as well as juggling undeserved financial obligations associated with the wreck.

A lawsuit can help alleviate the pressures thrust upon these victims and their families. If a victim or the victim's family can prove that the responsible driver was negligent, and that the negligence caused the accident and injuries or death, then recovery is likely. Victims and their families, once successful, can then obtain compensation to help cover the costs of long-term care and other medical expenses. In the sad case of death, the family can also obtain compensation to cover funeral costs and future lost wages.

While criminal laws can punish negligent drivers, only a civil lawsuit can punish them financially and get victims and families the compensation they deserve. A successful civil suit can also serve as a reminder to other drivers that inattentive, negligent driving will not be tolerated.

Source:, "Lynchburg man dies in Tennessee wreck," Barrett Mohrmann, Nov. 27, 2012

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