With the onset of spring, many Tennesseans feel it’s time to warm up the motorcycles and get out on the road. There are plenty of great riding opportunities in the state, though it is important for riders to stay alert. Motorcycle accidents can cause serious injuries, including broken bones and head injuries. In some cases, other motorists on the road do not respect the space of motorcycle riders sharing the road, and collisions sometimes result from fully preventable situations.

Multiple people were hospitalized in Cleveland after a passenger vehicle collided with a pair of motorcycles. The accident happened after the car crossed the median, striking one motorcycle head-on before hitting another from the side. The accident happened in the late afternoon on Frontage Road.

Two of the cyclists were airlifted to Erlanger Medical Center with critical injuries. Two others are reported in critical condition, as well, while a fifth person was also transported to the hospital. The accident is still under investigation from police, and the Tennessee Highway Patrol reports that criminal charges may result from the collision. It was unclear at the time of the initial report whether drugs or alcohol had been involved in the accident.

The collision serves as an example of how quickly riders can be imperiled by drivers on the road. It also shows the extent of the serious injuries that can result from these types of accidents. If you or a loved one has been involved in a serious motorcycle accident, especially one that was the result of negligence on the part if another motorist, compensation may be available to help you work through the aftermath of the event.

Source: Cleveland Daily Banner, “Five injured in car, motorcycle crash,” Greg Kaylor, April 14, 2014