Tennessee’s scenery is beautiful and our numerous roads and highways are great places to ride. However, sometimes the ride for motorcyclists becomes a little more thrilling than they intended. Sadly, motorcycle accidents are very common in Tennessee, particularly in the warm weather months. As a result, many riders are injured or killed every year. Motorcycle accidents are often caused by negligent or reckless drivers in passenger vehicles. When the driver of a vehicle makes a reckless driving decision, such as pulling out in front of a motorcycle rider, the motorcycle is left with nowhere to go and the rider has almost no protection from the impending impact.
We know that motorcycle riders are often criticized by other motorists and many of them believe the mere fact of riding a motorcycle is risky behavior; however, reckless drivers who cause injury to motorcyclists should stop blaming the victims and accept responsibility for the deaths and injuries they cause. If you or a family member has been seriously injured in a motorcycle accident with another vehicle, you have the right to recover financial compensation. But, you need to know how to protect your rights, what the legal process entails, and you must understand why the accident occurred.
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Causes of Serious Motorcycle Accidents in Tennessee
The reasons behind every accident are different, and it’s not always a simple matter to determine why the accident occurred, what the contributing factors were, or who was at fault.
Some motorcycle accidents have occurred due to a faulty motorcycle or safety equipment, debris lying on the road, or dangerous road conditions that should have been rectified. Regardless of how the accident occurred, all victims involved in motorcycle accidents will experience similar challenges in the aftermath of an accident.
However, it’s been our experience that motorcyclists are commonly killed or injured by drivers because they:
- Are distracted
- Are not looking out for motorcycles
- Ignore the rules of the road
- Don’t fully understand how our traffic laws apply to motorcyclists
Tennessee Motorcycle Accidents: The Rights of Victims
Fortunately, Tennessee law allows injured victims of negligent companies or unsafe drivers to seek financial compensation for their injuries and other losses.
Every case is individual, but compensation for motorcycle accidents might include:
- Current and future medical expenses
- Loss of wages and earning capacity
- Mental health treatment
- Pain and suffering
- Disability and disfigurement
- Changes in quality of life and emotional losses
If a reckless driver has caused a member of your family to be fatally injured in an accident, be aware that surviving family members have every legal right to seek compensation for their loss. Please contact us to discuss what losses may be covered in your particular case and the potential worth of your claim. You must understand that, even when it’s plainly obvious that the driver who hit the victim was at fault, victims of accidents are not automatically granted compensation. So, victims must take appropriate steps to preserve their rights following a motorcycle accident.
These steps include:
- Asking for and receiving medical attention as soon as possible
- Collecting as much information as you can at the scene of the accident
- Waiting to have your motorcycle repaired
- Avoiding signing anything and/or speaking with the insurance adjuster at all costs
- At the earliest opportunity, speaking with an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer in Nashville
These steps may seem obvious and simple, but they could very well protect you following a motorcycle accident. It’s important that you speak with an attorney immediately following a motorcycle accident in order to gain as much information as possible, as well as obtain legal support while you focus on your recovery.
Why You Should Speak with an Experienced Motorcycle Accident Attorney in Nashville
The experienced attorneys at Jeff Roberts & Associates understand only too well how devastating a motorcycle accident can be to a family’s future. Our aim is to level the playing field between huge insurance companies and individuals who are hurt. Because Jeff Roberts was previously an insurance adjuster, he knows how insurance companies often disrespect and deny claims for victims of motorcycle accidents.
Accident victims may experience:
- Settlement offers that are way too low—offers that don’t take into account future medical needs and non-medical losses
- Delays and denials
- Accusations of fault in the motorcycle accident
- Undue pressure for the victim to sign away their rights or give unnecessary statements
- Attempts to minimize the severity of the victim’s injuries and associated losses
- Surprising time limits and other delays and complications
Get Started on Your Case Today!
The only way to avoid these kinds of problems and to fight back is to place your trust in highly experienced Nashville motorcycle accident attorneys, such as those at Jeff Roberts & Associates, PLLC. It’s important that you understand your rights! When you contact us, we’ll begin a free case review and investigate your options. We’ve had great success in securing real results for accident victims and we’re always prepared to go the extra mile to ensure that our clients are well taken care of.
Your initial meeting with us will be a no-pressure, no-obligation meeting where we’ll be happy to answer your questions and discuss your concerns. Let us help you recover financially, so you can put the pieces of your life back together. By working together, we can start making it right for your family!
Contact us online or by phone at (615) 205-0904 today to get started with your free, no-obligation consultation.