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Hit-and-run accidents and motorcyclists

It is not uncommon for Knoxville drivers to see the remains of motorcycle accidents on roads each day. Many of those incidents are caused by other drivers who left the scene. According to ConsumerReports.org, the number of bikers who died in motorcycle crashes was 5,000 in 2015. Whether drivers are operating cars, trucks or motorcycles, they have a legal obligation to remain at the scene of any accidents they are involved in. Those who do not, have little regard for the injured and risk the consequences.

Many people who flee the scenes of accidents do so because they do not want to be held accountable, states USA Today. They may not have enough or any insurance to cover the damages and they may be guilty of driving while inebriated or intoxicated. Other reasons include they have suspended or revoked licenses, pending criminal charges, warrants and are young and inexperienced. Bikers who are injured in hit-and-run accidents tend to suffer from more severe damages and injuries than car and truck operators.

Determining who is responsible for hit-and-run accidents can be challenging because many injured bikers do not get the chance to capture any identifying information, such as good descriptions of the drivers, their license plate numbers and the make and models of their vehicles. Fortunately, advancements in surveillance technology are making it possible to catch the perpetrators.

The victims of the accidents have the most to lose. Many of them must pay for their damaged vehicles and medical treatments. Bikers should continue to practice safe driving habits and wear safety gear to give themselves the most protection against hit-and-run drivers.

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