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Motorcycle Accident in National Park Kills One

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Jonathan Hernandez1 year ago

One man was killed in a motorcycle accident that happened in the Smoky Mountains.

Details about the Fatal Motorcycle Accident

Multiple sources are reporting that a 68-year-old man was killed in a motorcycle accident that happened in little River Road in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park on Wednesday, according to a statement that was released from the park.

The accident reportedly involved the motorcycle driver and a couple from Oregon who were driving a Toyota Tundra pickup truck at the time of the accident. The collision reportedly happened at about 1 p.m. on Wednesday afternoon in an area about a mile and a half away from the Sinks on Little River Road, which is a scenic but winding roadway that connects Gatlinburg and Townsend.

Witnesses of the accident say that a motorcycle was passing a vehicle on the double yellow lines in the middle of the road

Important Information about Motorcycle Accidents

According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, there are thousands of wrongful deaths of people involved in motorcycle accidents every year in the United States:

  • In 2014, there were a total of 4,295 motorcyclists who were killed in motorcycle accidents.
  • Motorcycle fatalities accounted for about 13 percent of all traffic accident-related fatalities.
  • Helmets have been proven to be about 37 percent effective in preventing fatalities in motorcycle crashes. 

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