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Fatal Nashville motorcycle accident reveals dangers

Longtime Tennessee motorcyclists are probably well aware of the problems that come with sharing the road with cars and trucks. The drivers of bigger vehicles sometimes seem to have a hard time seeing two-wheeled vehicles like motorcycles, and the result is often a motorcycle accident - and all too often a fatal one.

Earlier this month, a woman was killed in a Nashville motorcycle accident when a man driving an SUV failed to yield the right of way and the two vehicles collided. The 55-year-old woman was traveling southbound on Dickerson Pike, riding a Harley-Davidson, when the SUV, which was traveling in the northbound lane, attempted to make a left turn in front of her, according to police. The woman struck the SUV and was thrown from her motorcycle. Police said she was pronounced dead several hours later at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

This scenario is sadly familiar to motorcyclists, their friends and families. Statistics show that two-thirds of motorcycle accidents that involve another vehicle are caused by the other driver's failure to yield to the motorcyclist's right of way. About 70 percent of these accidents occur at intersections. And, because motorcyclists are so much more exposed than car or truck drivers, their injuries in these accidents are much more severe than those suffered by car or truck drivers in similar accidents. In fact, motorcyclists are five times as likely as a car passenger to be injured in an accident and 26 times more likely to die.

People who are injured can face extremely high medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering and perhaps a permanent disability. The families of those who are killed face losses of their own. When these damages are caused by another driver's negligence, the injured parties deserve to be compensated for their losses.

Source: News Channel 5, "Motorcyclist Dies After Crash In East Nashville Overnight," April 8, 2013

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