TENNESSEE DOT OFFICIALS WARN MOTORCYCLISTS ABOUT POTHOLES
Defects in Tennessee roadways can be inconveniences for vehicles. For motorcyclists, however, these can pose substantial safety risks. As such, it is important for these roads to be maintained in a reasonably safe condition.
Officials with the Tennessee Department of Transportation are warning motorcyclists to be cautious of potholes. These authorities note that rutted roads are more dangerous for motorcyclists than cars.
These statements are part of the department’s public statements after a fatal motorcycle crash, which may have been caused by a problem with the road. The collision occurred when a 55-year-old male motorcyclist hit a pothole. This caused him to strike a Honda Accord and fly off of the motorcycle. The man, a Tennessee resident, died as a result of his injuries.
A second motorcyclist was also injured in the crash. This man was traveling behind the deceased, and swerved to avoid colliding with the Honda. He suffered serious injuries.
The Honda driver and passengers were not harmed.
Reports do not indicate whether the deceased’s family members or the other motorcyclist have initiated any civil litigation against the city or state. The DOT fixed the pothole the same night the accident occurred.
Motorcyclists who have suffered a head injury or brain damage due to the negligence of another driver may be able to collect damages. This compensation may be pursued through civil litigation against the negligent driver. In addition, if an accident was caused by poor road maintenance, victims may be able to pursue a lawsuit against the city or state. If you would like to learn more about these options, it may be beneficial to discuss your situation with an attorney.