Tragically, many motorcyclists who are killed in crashes are involved in those crashes because of other people’s mistakes. Whether the motorcyclist is cut off in traffic or someone moves into another lane without looking and, the motorcyclist is at the greatest risk of being hurt or killed.
Unfortunately, one motorcyclist lost her life when she was hit by a vehicle on Clinton Highway at West Emory Road in Tennessee. According to the report, the 45-year-old motorcyclist was traveling south when a woman in a Toyota Prius turned left in front of the motorcyclist and into her path.
The 67-year-old driver of the Prius was able to come to a controlled stop after the collision, but the motorcyclist could not. She crashed into the intersection of W. Emory Road and Clinton Highway. Witnesses at the scene reportedly performed CPR, but the motorcyclist did not survive. The driver of the Prius suffered non-life-threatening injuries and was hospitalized.
Drivers must watch out for motorcyclists on the roads
Drivers need to be cautious when making turns that may cut off other drivers. Although motorcyclists are sometimes more difficult to see, failing to yield when they have the right of way can lead to devastating consequences.
Drivers can be more cautious by looking ahead into the oncoming lane to check for motorcyclists specifically. They should also look to their left or right before merging into another lane, so they check the sides of their vehicle for any motorcyclists riding in a blind spot.
When you’ve been injured by an errant driver, take action
If you’re hit on a motorcycle, you may have the opportunity to seek compensation. If you lose someone in a motorcycling crash, your family may be able to pursue a wrongful death claim. An attorney can help you understand more about these options.