On Sept. 13, a crash involving a 2005 Mercedes and a motorcycle in Rutherford County seriously injured two people. The incident occurred around 2:40 p.m. at Veterans Parkway and Barfield Road in Murfreesboro. According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, the Mercedes failed to yield at the intersection and pulled in front of the bike.

A 38-year-old man and a 36-year-old woman on the 2012 Suzuki motorcycle were taken to Vanderbilt Medical Center via helicopter for treatment. Sources indicate that they both required surgery. However, the man succumbed to his injuries on Sept. 18. The woman’s condition was not reported.

The 21-year-old man behind the wheel of the Mercedes and his passenger did not suffer injuries in the wreck. He received a citation for failing to yield, and the THP says that no additional charges are expected to be filed in connection to the incident. Both individuals were reportedly wearing their seat belts at the time.

Motorcycles afford no protection against the sheer size of other vehicles on the road in the event of a motorcycle accident. Even when riders are wearing protective gear and helmets, the effects can still be catastrophic or even fatal.

When a family loses a loved one to an accident, they could be entitled to compensation. A personal injury lawyer could advise and assist family members with filing a wrongful death claim against the at-fault motorist. The financial losses the family suffered as a result of the victim’s death such as funeral and medical costs could be addressed through the claim.

Source: WGNS Radio, “UPDATE: Motorcycle accident this past Saturday sends husband and wife to Vanderbilt Medical Center“, September 18, 2014