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Tennesee motorcyclists' death shows need for awareness

A lack of awareness of motorcycles is a problem plaguing Tennessee's roadways. An inattentive, distracted driver can fail to yield to a motorcyclist and cause a motorcycle crash that leaves the rider with a head injury, broken bones, or a permanent disability that requires long-term care. In the worst cases, and all too often the result of these wrecks, the rider is killed. One of these accidents occurred recently, and Knoxville riders should take note.

A Memphis motorcyclist was recently killed when an alleged drunk driver struck his bike. The driver of the car now faces charges for vehicular homicide and driving under the influence. But that does not put other riders at ease, as friends of the deceased stated that riders are now responsible for their own safety because other motorists do not see them. This is a sad situation for motorcyclists, and one that should be aggressively fought.

Fortunately, when a motorcyclist is injured in one of these accidents, an experienced accident attorney can help ensure a negligent driver sees and is held accountable for the damage he has caused. By suing the driver responsible for the accident, the victim may obtain money to aid in paying medical expenses and to ease pain and suffering. Also, lost wages may be recuperated. Then, the victim can focus on reaching a full recovery and getting back on his bike. In the case of death, a surviving family can sue to recover damages.

While a lawsuit only helps a motorcycle accident victim after the fact, it seeks, in addition to obtaining compensation, to put other motorists on notice of the importance of motorcycle awareness and to let them know that negligent driving will not be tolerated. Perhaps then, the roads will be as safe as they should be for bike riders.

Source: WMC-TV News, "Motorcycle deaths concern fellow riders," Shay Harris, Aug. 9, 2013

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