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Tennessee man dies in motorcycle accident despite wearing helmet

A Tennessee man died recently after being involved in a motorcycle accident even though he was wearing a helmet at the time the accident occurred.

The motorcycle accident happened when the man was traveling north on Morganton Road in Maryville, which is about three hours east of Nashville. The Blount County Sheriff's Office said he rear-ended a pickup truck that had pulled out at the intersection with Wells Road. The man's helmet, which was a state-approved type, was knocked off by the impact. He was taken to an area hospital where he later died.

The accident is still under investigation. Authorities have not said whether speeding, drugs or alcohol were factors in the crash.

The incident goes to show just how dangerous riding a motorcycle can be, even when appropriate safety precautions are taken. Motorcycle riders can wear safety gear, be aware of their surroundings and follow traffic laws, but it does not help if an inattentive or distracted driver does not see them. There is a certain amount of risk inherent in choosing to ride a motorcycle. While cars present somewhat of a safer option because of their greater bulk and more supportive frames, motorcycle riders are more exposed, which can have serious consequences should there be an accident.

No lawsuits have yet been filed in connection with this incident, but depending on the facts and circumstances of this situation, it is possible the driver of the pickup may face a wrongful death lawsuit. That type of claim is often used by families of accident victims to recoup some recompense for their loved one's death.

Source: The Daily Times, "Motorcycle crash on Morganton Road kills Maryville man," 7 June 2011.

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