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Driver cited for failure to yield in Knoxville bike accident

Knoxville police report that a car accident involving a bicycle occurred on April 9 in Knoxville just before 6:30 p.m. While heading east on Kingston Pike, the bicyclist approached the intersection with Deane Hill Drive. An oncoming car attempted to make a turn onto Deane Hill and struck the bicyclist, resulting in personal injury to the cyclist.

The victim was taken to a local hospital. There he reportedly required surgery for possible internal injuries. Further word on his medical condition was not immediately available, and there were no reports of any injury to others involved in the collision.

Knoxville police issued a traffic citation for failure to yield to the driver of the car, though the names of those involved in the incident were not immediately released to the media. Nevertheless, the victim may have a long recovery period ahead of him, particularly if he suffered internal injuries. In addition, the costs of his recovery may be both emotional and economic.

As he recovers, the bicyclist may wish to pursue a claim for financial remuneration for his injuries under Tennessee personal injury law. The law is specifically designed to assist an injured car accident victim in recovering money for damages suffered at the hands of another party whose actions were deemed negligent in causing the accident. Those so injured would do well to review the evidence collected during the police investigation as well as the official accident report. This, along with any other evidence gathered, may help in determining what, if any, legal rights may exist for the car accident victim.

Source: WBIR, "Bicyclist injured in collision with car," April 9, 2012

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