Nashville Motorcycle Accident Attorney
Advocacy for Nashville Motorcycle Accident Victims and Families
Motorcyclists suffer some of the most severe and catastrophic injuries on the road. In fact, there are well over 4,000 motorcycle fatalities each year, accounting for roughly 15% of all motor-vehicle fatalities, which is a highly out of proportion percentage given that very few trips are made by motorcycle. Unfortunately, a common perception is that these riders are all reckless, even when they were not at fault in the accident. In 2009, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, 62 percent of motorcycle fatalities involved another vehicle and of those fatalities, 42 percent were caused when the motorcycle was going straight while the other vehicle turned left into the motorcyclist. As with all motor vehicle operators, motorcyclists are prone to speeding and drunk driving as well. In those instances where there were no other vehicles present in the motorcyclist’s’ death, which only arose 38 percent of the time, 48 percent of the motorcyclists that died had been speeding and 42 percent had been driving under the influence of alcohol. Riding a motorcycle is dangerous primarily because a motorcycle offers no protection against larger vehicles and they are more difficult to see, especially in blind spots. With the rising number of distracted drivers on the roadways thanks to increased electronics use, sadly, riding a motorcycle can be an extremely dangerous mode of transportation for those people that do it for joy, to help the environment, or to save on gas costs or other expenses.
If you or someone you love was involved in a motorcycle accident, you need an experienced Nashville motorcycle accident attorney who can properly investigate your case, determine the cause of the collision, and aggressively pursue your right to compensation.
Tennessee Motorcyclists Have the Same Rights and Responsibilities to the Road
To many motorcyclists, it may not feel like it at times when cars and other large automobiles fail to yield or provide enough space, however motorcyclists have the same rights to the road as other road users. This includes the full right to the lane and the standard right of way when a car would have as well. Likewise, motorcyclists have the same responsibilities to ride lawfully by not riding on the shoulder or swerving in between cars between lanes during periods of slow traffic.
At Calhoun Law, PLC Nashville, Tennessee, we have extensive experience handling a range of accident claims, including complex cases involving motorcycle accidents. As your advocates, we will take the time to understand your concerns, answer your questions, and aggressively pursue your case.
We understand the significant challenges faced by any family — whether you yourself have suffered a serious injury, or you are the spouse, sibling, or parent of a motorcycle accident victim. Our Nashville motorcycle accident attorneys will work hard to protect your rights and help your family securely transition through recovery.
Proving Negligence in Your Motorcycle Accident
As road users, we all have the same responsibility to operate our vehicles safely and to never put the lives of others at risk. Legally, this responsibility is called our duty to act with care, and when it is violated by speeding, distracted driving, swerving, changing lanes improperly, or any other infringement upon the rules of the road, the negligent party may be found liable to pay for your damages. However, proving negligence is sometimes the hardest, as well as most important, step in the legal process of compensation following an accident. The more evidence gathered at the scene of the crash, the easier it is to prove negligence. This evidence can be gathered in the form of witness testimony; photographs of your damaged motorcycle, the scene of the crash, the other party’s automobile, and your injuries; and, of course, a detailed police investigation immediately following the crash, which should include both parties’ accounts of the collision in the official accident report. This may not be possible for an injured motorcyclist to collect or ensure that others do, because the first and most important step following a bad accident is to seek medical attention immediately. However, even medical records and an honest discussion with the doctor providing the care has a place within the evidence that will be used. If you or a loved one was injured in a motorcycle crash, it is important to hire an experienced Nashville motorcycle accident attorney who can gather and piece together the vital bits of evidence to prove negligence of the party that caused your injury.
Our Nashville motorcycle accident attorneys are experienced with claims involving:
- Intersection collisions
- Uninsured & underinsured motorists
- Serious injury: head, back, neck
- Brain injuries
- Permanent injury
- Wrongful death
Investigations Involving Motorcycle Accidents in Nashville
Motorcycle accident claims are different than other Nashville automobile accident claims, because the victim is most often the rider. Also, the motorcyclist often sustains very serious injuries and may not be able to give an account of the accident. If someone you love was involved in a motorcycle accident, you need an experienced Nashville motorcycle accident attorney who can review the evidence of your case, work with appropriate experts and present a compelling case to the court. We will fight hard to ensure that your family recovers the full compensation you are entitled to.
Call now at 615-250-8000 for a free consultation or contact us by e-mail to speak directly with an experienced Tennessee motorcycle injury attorney.