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Driver turns in front of motorcycle, killing Tennessee rider

For many Tennessee residents riding a motorcycle is a relaxing way to spend an afternoon. For others it may be their only form of transportation. Either way, these motorcyclists are less protected than those riding in enclosed vehicles. A motorcyclist does not have a seat belt, air bags, or surrounding metal to protect him in the event of an accident. For this reason, it is extremely important other drivers exercise motorcycle awareness. A failure to do so may be a deadly mistake.

A Tennessee rider was killed in a recent motorcycle crash when a vehicle exiting a parking lot turned into the motorcycle's path. The bike struck the vehicle's driver side door and the motorcyclist was thrown from the bike. The rider then slid across the street and was struck by a truck. Though the rider was rushed to the hospital, he died shortly after arriving. Police continue to investigate this horrific accident.

When motorcycle unawareness turns deadly a family may be left without the emotional, physical, and financial support of their loved one. Children may not have their father to guide them as they grow up, parents may not have their child there to support them in their old age, and the deceased's family may be dealt a severe financial blow. Being left in such a dire situation can be sad and stressful, and anger at the negligent driver can build to a boiling point.

A Knoxville attorney may be able to help address these issues. Filing a lawsuit against a negligent or distracted driver may lead to the recovery of compensation. If negligence can be proven on the defendant's part, then the victim's family might recover for the deceased's medical expenses, pain and suffering, and lost wages. This may allow the family to pay off bills, stay in their home, and know the negligent driver has paid for the wrong he has caused.

Motorcycle accident cases are tragic and complex. Whether the wreck resulted in a head injury, broken bones, permanent disability requiring long-term care, or death, an experienced attorney will fight to get an accident victim and his family the compensation they deserve.

Source: WRCB TV, "UPDATE: Motorcycle-car crash proves fatal for motorcyclist," Sep. 12, 2013

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