A 28-year-old motorcyclist was seriously injured in a six-car crash that occurred in Tennessee on Sept. 4. The incident happened at around 5:26 p.m. on the northbound side of Alcoa Highway nearby McGhee Tyson Airport and Payne Avenue. The man was listed in serious condition at University of Tennessee Medical Center as of Sept. 6. Local reports claim that the chain-reaction crash was initiated by a 33-year-old driver in a GMC Acadia who braked abruptly when a Chevy Silverado riding ahead reached heavy traffic congestion.
A 26-year-old driver in a Toyota Rav4 reportedly rear-ended the GMC when it stopped suddenly. The impact of the collision subsequently caused the GMC to rear-end the Silverado. In turn, the 19-year-old man's vehicle crashed into the back of a minivan. A Ford Explorer was then said to have struck the rear of the Toyota Rav4.
The motorcyclist was traveling too fast to avoid the accident and collided with the rear of the Ford Explorer. Police say the motorcyclist collided with the SUV's rear window and gate. According to police, he suffered injuries that were not life-threatening. He was wearing a helmet that was in compliance with Department of Transportation standards. All of the drivers in the crash were reportedly wearing seat belts at the time and did not suffer any injuries. There were no passengers on board in any of the vehicles and no air bags were deployed.
People who suffer injuries in a motorcycle accident may be entitled to seek restitution to help account for economic and non-economic damages suffered in an incident. These victims may be due compensation for off-setting medical expenses, loss of income and repair costs resulting from the incident. In order to obtain restitution, plaintiffs may need to prove that the defendant's negligence caused the injuries.
Source: The Daily Times, "Motorcyclist in serious condition after six-vehicle wreck on Alcoa Highway", September 06, 2014