It’s extremely important for drivers to watch out for motorcyclists, particularly on roads that are notorious for accidents. Likewise, motorcyclists need to make sure they are operating their bikes in a way that does not endanger their safety.

At this point, it’s unclear what exactly happened, but a motorcyclist was killed in an accident with a truck in West Knox County last night. According to media reports, a 27-year-old man was riding a 2004 Kowasaki east on Lovell Road. The bike reportedly collided with a Dodge Ram truck, which was headed west on the road, after it apparently turned in front of the biker. It appears that the driver was attempting a left turn onto Bob Gray Road, according to a Knox County Sheriff’s spokesperson.

The motorcyclist, who was from Knoxville, was pronounced dead at the scene. Reports say that he was wearing a helmet. The 66-year-old driver of the Dodge, meanwhile, was not injured in the accident.

People who live in the area say that it is a notorious spot for accidents. The Knox County Sheriff’s Department says that it is still investigating the cause of the crash.

Unfortunately, this accident shows that helmets can’t always spare motorcyclists from serious crash injuries. When accidents are severe or high impact, sometimes no amount of protection can prevent fatal injuries. That makes it all the more important for drivers to keep an eye out for motorcyclists, particularly while making turns on busy roads.

Source: Knoxville News Sentinel, “One killed in West Knox motorcycle crash,” Aug. 21, 2012

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