Tennessee motorcyclist killed in collision with pickup

A 39-year-old Maryville, Tennessee man was killed in a motorcycle accident last week. The manner of the accident highlights the uphill battle motorcyclists may face when they have been involved in an accident.

The Blount County Sheriff's Office said the man was riding his motorcycle north on Morganton Road around 1 p.m. when he rear-ended a pickup truck that had pulled out from Wells Road. The man was taken to the University of Tennessee Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. The driver of the pickup truck would not accept medical attention.

The cause of the motorcycle accident remains under investigation by the Blount County Sheriff's Office Traffic Safety Unit. Looking at how it the accident happened, some might assume the motorcyclist was at fault since he rear-ended someone. It is important to remember, though, that until the investigation is concluded, it is every bit as possible the pickup driver did not see the motorcyclist and pulled out when he shouldn't have, meaning the motorcyclist could not have stopped in time.

Motorcycle drivers have the disadvantage of having a bad reputation when it comes to accidents. People always assume they were the ones acting recklessly if ever an accident occurs. The facts are, however, that this is simply not always the case. While it is true motorcycles offer less protection than cars, it isn't the motorcyclists' fault if he or she is driving safely and the other person is intoxicated, distracted, speeding or just plain careless. Anyone who is involved in an accident while riding a motorcycle should remember that he or she is not before a court of public opinion; he or she has a chance to sort through the facts and see what they reveal.

Source: Knoxville News-Sentinel, "Maryville man killed in motorcycle accident," 8 June 2011.

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