A motorcyclist with somewhat of a celebrity status in Northeast Mississippi was unfortunately injured last week when a flatbed truck hit his motorcycle. The 53-year-old’s popularity is due in part to the fact that his dog can be seen riding alongside him in the sidecar of the bike.
The reason given for the crash is likely all too familiar for many cyclists in Mississippi: the other driver just didn’t see the motorcycle. Of course, in many cases, that excuse won’t prevent a claim of negligence in civil court. Riders who have been injured because of another motorist’s negligence need to be aware of their legal options for holding the responsible party accountable.
Luckily, the 6-year-old blue heeler who rides along with the man appears to have come out of the ordeal with no injuries. The canine companion did bolt away from the scene, however, probably frightened by the whole event. The Tupelo-Lee Humane Society, along with family friends and police, set out looking for the dog, and he was found a good distance away from the crash. His owners plan to get him checked out for injuries.
The rider was not so lucky, though. He came away from the accident with injuries to his leg, ribs, sternum and lungs, and he was expected to undergo multiple surgeries at North Mississippi Medical Center.
This kind of crash can happen in a split second but have lifelong consequences. Mississippi residents whose injuries were caused by another party may have grounds for a personal injury claim. This sort of legal action can lead to compensation for medical bills, lost time from work and other damages resulting from an accident.
djornal.com, “Man with motorcycle-riding dog injured in wreck,” M. Scott Morris, July 4, 2013