All vehicular collisions are tragic, and most are considered avoidable. Of course, the element of tragedy is magnified to an infinite degree when there is severe injury or loss of life. Such was the case in a recent motorcycle accident. A soldier, who had dedicated years to military service, was killed.
The man, based in Fort Campbell, which is an Army installation which sits on the Kentucky-Tennessee state line, was an active duty soldier with an E-4 classification. He was examined by medical professionals at the scene of the collision, but it was too late for them to help him. The injuries he had incurred were mortal, and he died at the scene.
According to authorities, the soldier had been driving his 2005 Yamaha YZFR1 motorcycle along Fort Campbell Boulevard. He reached an intersection, and witnesses say that he was traveling at a high rate of speed. He never made it to the other side of the crossroads.
A 1993 Ford Ranger, turned left and went onto Lafayette Road. That was the point at which the collision occurred. The solider was killed when his motorcycle smashed into the larger, heavier Ford Ranger. The driver of the pickup survived, but was examined by medical professionals.
Police say that the soldier had been wearing a DOT-approved helmet. However, they speculated that it might not have been strapped on correctly, underscoring the need for proper helmet usage. Police also say that they don’t believe alcohol was a factor, although they are awaiting toxicology reports on both drivers.
Although no charges have been filed yet in this case, motorcycle accidents in Tennessee often result in criminal charges or civil suits. Those injured in motorcycle crashes have a right to seek compensation from parties who are responsible for the accidents. Personal injury attorneys help the victims and their families determine what compensation is available and how best to proceed.
Source: WMCTV.com, “Fort Campbell soldier killed in motorcycle crash” Kara Apel, Dec. 17, 2013