Motorcycle riders are always at risk of not being seen by vehicle operators. Unfortunately, bikers are not protected by the steel frames that protect operators of vehicles, and motorcycle accidents often result in catastrophic injuries or worse. A Tennessee bike rider recently suffered critical injuries when he was struck by a car.
According to a Murfreesboro police officer, he responded to a call about the reckless driving of a motorcyclist on a recent Wednesday evening. He located the biker in a parking lot. Despite the motorcyclist’s denial, the officer warned him about reckless driving. The motorcyclist reportedly then pulled onto the roadway at an intersection and headed north.
It appears that he almost immediately encountered a southbound car that turned left at the intersection, directly into the biker’s path. The collision caused the 28-year-old motorcyclist to be thrown from his bike. He was reportedly airlifted to a medical center in critical condition. The 18-year-old driver of the car was not injured. No mention was made of charges filed, but an accident investigation is reportedly underway.
As is common in motorcycle accidents and other vehicle accidents, crash investigators will determine the speed of the vehicles and who had the right of way. Depending on the results of the investigation, the injured biker may have a cause of action against the teenage driver. Recovery of medical expenses and other financial losses related to the injuries may be pursued by filing a personal injury claim in a Tennessee civil court. Even if the biker was partially responsible, he might be able to recover some damages pursuant to Tennessee comparative negligence laws. So long as the motorcyclist was less than 50 percent responsible for the crash, he could be entitled to an award of damages against the other driver even if the biker was also in the wrong, though the monetary amount would be reduced by his own degree of fault.