Although the weather is turning colder and motorcyclists will start to put their bikes away for the winter, there are still a number of individual who either have or will be injured in a motorcycle accident this year. These victims, many of whom live in Tennessee, can be left with hardships that drastically affect their lives for years to come. Their damages may include medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering. Without financial assistance, these losses can wreak havoc on a person not only financially, but emotionally as well.
The number of individuals hurt in motorcycle accidents is staggering. In 2015 alone, nearly 5,000 people died in motorcycle crashes, which is up slightly from 2014. Another 88,000 riders were injured in wrecks. Experts estimate that motorcyclists are up to 27 times more likely to be killed in an accident and five times more likely to be injured in a wreck compared to motor vehicle passengers.
Although some of the deaths and injuries mentioned above are caused by motorcyclist error, a large number of them are caused by the negligence of another. Far too many motorists suffer from motorcycle unawareness, causing them to fail to even recognize when a motorcycle is in their vicinity. They might then fail to yield, change lanes into a bike or fail to stop in time to prevent a rear-end collision.
Those who have suffered harm in a motorcycle accident caused by the fault of another may be able to successfully take legal action to recoup their losses. A personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit can go a long way towards paying off unexpected and undeserved bills, and allow a victim to focus on reclaiming health and getting back to normal life.
Source: Insurance Information Institute, "Motorcycle Crashes," accessed on Oct. 28, 2016