Because our roads tend to be less burdened than some other larger areas of the country, we may forget the dangers we face every day on the roads. Those dangers are much worse though for motorcycle riders because motorcycles do not offer the same protection as a vehicle. This is why motorcycle accidents often involve serious injuries and fatalities. Unfortunately, a local man is another example of these deadly accidents.
The fatal motorcycle accident
According to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department, the fatal motorcycle accident occurred Monday afternoon. The collision between the Toyota Camry and the motorcycle happened in McCalla at the intersection of McAshan Drive and Jefferson Metropolitan Parkway. The 22-year-old motorcyclist dead at the scene, and the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Traffic Accident Reconstruction Team is still investigating.
After the accident
Because TART has not released the details of the accident or determined who was at fault, we cannot opine as to liability. However, it is important to understand that whoever caused this accident is responsible for all of the damages that resulted.
For the motorcyclists, if the Toyota Camry driver was responsible, they would be responsible to the surviving family members. The damages would include the property damage, pain and suffering, loss of income, etc. His family would sue in a wrongful death lawsuit.
For the Toyota Camry driver, if the motorcyclists was responsible, his estate and insurance would be responsible to the Toyota Camry driver and any passengers in the vehicle at the time. The damages would also include property damage and pain and suffering, and the type of lawsuit is called a personal injury lawsuit.
Regardless of fault though, both parties should consult an attorney as soon as is humanly practical. Whether it is just determining potential liability, crafting a defense or just seeking general counsel on how to proceed, it can be an important call to protect one’s rights.