With spring fast approaching, more Tennesseans may find themselves taking to the roads on motorcycles. This cost-effective mode of transportation can be fun, but it can also be dangerous, particularly when other motorists fail to be aware of motorcyclists. Since motorcycles do not provide the safety features found in cars and trucks, what might otherwise be a minor accident can be deadly. Tragically, one Knoxville resident was recently killed in such a motorcycle accident.
The wreck occurred when a minivan pulled out in front of a pickup truck, causing the truck driver to slam on his breaks. As a direct result, the truck swerved and flipped, striking the motorcycle and its rider. Though the motorcyclist was wearing a helmet, he later died at the hospital. The driver of the minivan did not stop, and authorities are still looking for the vehicle and its driver.
Losing a loved one in an accident like this can wreak havoc on a family. Not only are they forced to confront the emotional loss suddenly thrust upon them, but they must also find a way to deal with the financial realities of their loved one's death. At a time of turmoil and grief, a surviving family may be hit with medical expenses, funeral costs, and deprived of their loved one's wages. Together, all these losses can take a toll and leave a family stressed and fearful about its uncertain future.
Those who have suffered serious injuries or the loss of a loved one at the hands of a negligent driver should consider taking legal action. By filing a claim and succeeding, which, it must be said, is not always possible, a family can recover compensation for their losses. This might provide financial stability and closure during a time when a family needs to mourn their loss.
Source: WVLT Local 8 News, "Blount Co. deputies looking for van involved in deadly crash" Feb. 9, 2015