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Failure to yield to motorcycle kills one, injures another in TN

A recent accident has claimed another Tennessee motorcyclist. The wreck occurred on Highway 25 in Anderson County when a Lake City man and his wife, who were on a motorcycle, were struck by an SUV. According to police reports, the SUV turned in front of the motorcycle, causing the collision. The male motorcyclist died at the hospital while his wife was treated for non-life threatening injuries. Police continue to investigate the accident and do not believe drugs or alcohol was involved.

Motorcycles, by their small nature, are prone to serious mishaps. Yet, it is for this reason that other drivers must be attentive and have motorcycle awareness. A distracted driver who swerves and may have bumped another car, may cause a deadly crash when the other vehicle is a motorcycle. As evidenced by the recent accident in Anderson County, when one of these wrecks occur serious injuries or death can result.

A bike rider injured in a motorcycle crash or a surviving family of a rider killed in an accident may have a cause of action against the driver who caused the wreck. To succeed in a lawsuit, the injured rider or the surviving family must prove the other driver was negligent. Negligence can be established by showing the driver was speeding, impaired, failed to yield, or was distracted. Once negligence is proven, the plaintiff must then show that the negligence caused the plaintiff's injuries or death.

If a victim or a victim's family succeeds in a lawsuit, then compensation may be obtained to help cover many expenses. Amongst these are hospital costs, lost wages, pain and suffering, loss of companionship, and funeral expenses. The victim or the victim's surviving family can then focus on moving on with life and putting the tragic accident behind them. Also, these lawsuits help raise motorcycle awareness and the dangers posed by a negligent driver such as failure to yield to oncoming motorcyclists.

Source: Knoxville News-Sentinel, "Lake City man dies in cycle accident," Jun. 1, 2013

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