When talking about motorcycle accidents, there are usually two topics that are consistently brought up: the increased risk of danger and serious injury for the motorcyclist, and the fact that many accidents occur because car drivers do not even see the smaller vehicles. A motorcycle accident occurred recently in Tennessee that accurately demonstrated both of these concepts, further illustrating why these two issues are so serious to motorcyclists.
The accident occurred in the evening in Gibson County. An elderly driver switched lanes as he attempted to pass another vehicle, and in switching to the other lane, struck the motorcyclist head-on. According to Tennessee Highway Patrol, the motorcyclist was killed in the accident but nobody else was injured.
Based on the information that has been made available about this accident, it sounds as though the car driver attempted to pass because he did not see any vehicles in the other lane. This supports the idea that vehicles often do not see motorcyclists due to their smaller size. Additionally, the motorcyclist was killed, and nobody else was even injured according to the official reports. This also supports the second topic: motorcyclists are almost guaranteed to suffer more serious injury in the event of an accident.
It is for these reasons that it is highly recommended that those who are injured in motorcycle accidents consult with an attorney about the circumstances of their case. The compensation recovered from a successful personal injury claim can help with the medical costs that you may be facing in the aftermath of an accident. If you have lost a loved one in a motorcycle accident, you could also meet with an attorney to discuss your options for a wrongful death lawsuit.
Source: The Jackson Sun, "One killed in motorcycle crash in Gibson County," Maranda Faris, July 12, 2015