Besides being fuel-efficient, the sleek and compact design of motorcycles is perfect for navigating heavy-traffic situations. That is why many Dallas residents chose to ride motorcycles. However, if there is one glaring downside to a motorcycle, it is the lack of protection for the rider. Nonetheless, riders typically compensate for this absence of protection by riding with extra caution. Other motorists should also do the same; otherwise, a motorcycle accident may ensue.
Such an accident happened in Tyler recently, which led to the rider suffering injuries. A police officer was stationed on his police motorcycle at Calloway Road one Tuesday morning when a truck struck his motorcycle from behind. The officer, a 21-year veteran from Tyler Police Department, was transported to the hospital for treatment.
The driver of the truck was a 75-year-old man from Arp. He was traveling westbound when he struck the officer's motorcycle. Investigators are looking into other details of the accident.
As shown in the crash, in a motorcycle accident, the rider usually gets the raw end of the deal. A rider can sustain a brain and spinal cord injury and other catastrophic injuries in a motorcycle accident. On the other hand, other motorists are often left unscathed. Fortunately, injured riders can seek liability to hold a negligent driver accountable.
An injured Dallas resident can file a personal injury lawsuit. Besides holding a negligent driver legally responsible, the lawsuit may lead to a monetary award. The award can cover medical expenses, pain and suffering and lost wages.
Obtaining advice is essential in achieving the appropriate amount of compensation. This is especially relevant to injured victims who suffered permanent disability. A wrongful death lawsuit can also be filed by family members on behalf of a victim who died in the accident. No matter the case or cause of action, those affect should understand their options so they can take appropriate action.
Source: Ktre.com, "Tyler PD officer involved in accident identified as 21-year veteran," Whitley Warden, Mar. 19, 2014